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Social Security Q&A: Does SSI Have a Format for the Blind?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Question : I have a relative who gets Supplemental Security Income for a disability. She is now legally blind and wants to receive information from Social Security in an alternative format. How do I help her? Answer: Social Security is dedicated to providing vital information in the most effective way for every individual. There are several ways to receive information from Social Security if you are blind or have a …

Cats Love Playing With Apps

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Los Angeles — When Laura Fritz’s felines play with her iPad, her fat cat loses the urge to eat, her scaredy-cat loses his fear and her youngest just loses interest. If you’ve had enough time to play with the tablet you got for the holidays, try turning the device over to your tech-savvy cat. Every cat app, no matter the maker, has something …

Veterans, Shelter Dogs Work to Save Each Other

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chicago — James Elmore was putting Vienna, a pit bull mix, through her paces. On command, she sat, went to the down position, crawled, reached to shake hands. And if that didn’t impress, there was one of those “easy” buttons sitting nearby. Vienna smacked it with a paw, triggering a disembodied “That was …

Still Rockin’ the Road at 81

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Las Vegas — Another Saturday night on Earth. How is this one different? “Honestly, nothing is distinct after a while,” Willie Nelson confesses. He’s talking about life on the road at 81, when wisdom makes the totality of …

Don’t Panic: The First Lady Wore a Suit

Sunday, January 25, 2015

First lady Michelle Obama is a known admirer of designer Michael Kors, having chosen his sleek black sheath for her official White House portrait. So it was no surprise that she would choose a look from one of …

To Your Good Health: Rare Cancer of the Blood Moves Swiftly

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: On a Monday, I took my 91-year-old mother out for a belated birthday lunch. She has had a long and, until now, fairly healthful life. She still had her driver’s license and thought nothing of driving the 70 miles between her house and mine. She …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Jan. 25-31

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Don’t Miss The Americans — The suspenseful adventures of Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell) resume as this Cold War-era thriller launches its third season. Now, the undercover Russian spies have differing opinions on how to handle orders from their bosses regarding their teenage daughter. The …

Tax-Saving Tips for Generation Y

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Many young taxpayers miss out on tax-saving opportunities because they just aren’t aware of them. Here are some tax credits and deductions these folks shouldn’t overlook. Student Loan Interest Deduction Education borrowing is a big concern for many millennials. But, if you carry such debt, you might be …

Study: Medical Costs Vary Widely

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Washington — Thanks to recent efforts to make health care prices more transparent, it’s become clear that Americans in some parts of the country pay much more for a doctor’s visit or common procedures than people in other regions. Now a new report from a major health insurance …

Did These Inmates Have to Die?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Months after he landed in Florida’s Manatee County Jail, Jovon Frazier’s pleas for treatment of the intense pain that radiated from his left shoulder to his elbow were met mostly with Tylenol. “It really hurts! HELP!” Frazier, then …

Consumer Confidential: GOP’s Cuts to IRS Budget Will Tax Our Patience

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, speaking last week at a conservative policy summit, presented what he called the “single most important tax reform” America could make: abolishing the Internal Revenue Service. That probably won’t happen any time soon. But Republican lawmakers have managed to slash the tax agency’s budget …

Restaurants: We Don’t Live In a Foodie Desert

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Phoenix — Feeding Super Bowl visitors a year after New York’s restaurant scene did it is a hard act for any city to follow. But for downtown Phoenix, the NFL’s big game is a chance to simply score …

Arizona Is Super Bowl Central

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Phoenix — The last time the Super Bowl took place in Arizona, in 2008, Phoenix looked like an obstacle course. The city was wrapping up construction of a light rail and expanding its convention center. Partying was relegated …