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Study: Data IDs Shoppers

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington — Credit card data isn’t quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included — and this is after companies “anonymized” the transaction records, saying they wiped away names and other personal details. The study out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, published Thursday in …

Obama Drops Proposal To Tax College Savings Plans

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Washington — President Obama on Tuesday abandoned a proposal to end a major tax benefit of popular college savings accounts used by millions of American families after the White House faced mounting criticism from lawmakers and parents. White House officials said the backlash against the president’s plan became “such a distraction” that it was best to drop the proposal, which would have removed …

CBO : Debt Interest Will Triple

Monday, January 26, 2015

Washington — The federal budget deficit will ease slightly to $468 billion this year, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday, but the agency warned that the mounting level of federal debt over the next decade would mean a tripling of interest payments and new spending constraints. The projected deficit, equivalent to 2.6 percent of the size of the economy, would be the smallest …

Make Spending Choices That Offer Most Bang for Your Buck

Sunday, January 18, 2015

If you’re pulling together your budget for 2015 or have made “spend less” one of your New Year’s resolutions, consider this tip: Rather than simply cut back on dinners out or trips to the mall, think instead about how to spend more meaningfully. Jonathan Clements, a columnist for …

Medicare Chief Steps Down

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Washington — Medicare’s top administrator unexpectedly resigned Friday, becoming the latest casualty in the turmoil over the president’s health care law, which is still struggling for acceptance even as millions benefit from expanded coverage. Marilyn Tavenner’s departure underscores …

Editorial: Connected Nation — Home Devices May Open Door to Data

Friday, January 16, 2015

The idea of a connected home — one filled with smart devices that can communicate with one another and automate routine tasks -— is no longer the stuff of Jetsons cartoons. With Internet-connected locks, lights, thermostats and related devices available, consumers can create homes of the future today. …

U.S. Forecast: Low Oil Prices Will Keep Gas Cheap All Year

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Washington — The federal government forecasts that low oil prices will continue through the year as a result of the global petroleum glut. Oil prices have plummeted by more than half since a high of $106 a barrel in June, giving motorists the gift of cheap gasoline but …

High Court Case Could Foil Government Suits Over Job Bias

Monday, January 12, 2015

Washington — The Supreme Court could put the brakes on the Obama administration’s growing crackdown against companies facing claims of discrimination against women, minorities and other protected groups. Justices will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that considers whether employers can defend discrimination lawsuits by asserting that government …

Divers Retrieve Black Box From Crashed AirAsia Jet

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia — Divers retrieved one of the black boxes Monday from the AirAsia plane that plummeted more than two weeks ago into the Java Sea, a major breakthrough in the slow-moving hunt to recover bodies and wreckage. The flight data recorder was found under part of …

Social Security Q&A: How to Report Social Security Disability Fraud

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Question: I suspect that someone I know is collecting Social Security disability benefits when they shouldn’t be. What is the best way for me to report fraud? Answer: Social Security has zero tolerance for fraud and uses many proven tactics to prevent fraud, waste and abuse. The Office …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 11, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

HCRS Recognizes Staff At Annual Meeting Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services recently presented length of service and other awards to employees and community partners. Lynn Boyle, field services director for the Vermont Agency of Human Services, received the agency’s annual Community Partnership Award for being …

Lebanon Workshop to Address Resiliency and Climate Change

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lebanon — A free workshop next month aims to help local businesses prepare for increasingly severe and unpredictable weather events brought on by climate change. The business continuity workshop is set for Feb. 3, from 7-11 a.m., at Hypertherm, 71 Heater Road, Lebanon. It’s coordinated by the Upper …

Drone Revolution Coming, but Big Obstacles Remain

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Boulevard, Calif. — The drones are coming. Not as flying deliverymen that bring diapers, books or soup cans to your home, a vision put forth by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to much fanfare a little more than a year ago. Instead, drones will help spray crops, inspect high-voltage …