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Social Security Q&A: Will Same-Sex Couple Qualify for Benefits?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Question: My same-sex partner and I recently married. Will we qualify for Social Security benefits? Answer: You may be eligible to apply for Social Security benefits. Many factors affect your eligibility for benefits, including how long you worked and your age. Social Security encourages you to apply for benefits right away, even if you aren’t sure you’re eligible. Applying now will protect you against the loss of any potential benefits. …

How to Keep Pets’ Weight in Check

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Garfield is not the only fat cat around. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50 percent of the nation’s cats and dogs are overweight. And just as concerning, more than 90 percent of their owners don’t recognize that their pet is carrying around extra pounds. “People automatically think a …

Boomers Question Place For Pets in Retirement

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Los Angeles — Denise and John Stevens have had pets their whole lives — then they retired. “After our last dog passed away, we decided not to get another one. We like the freedom from worrying about her,” Denise Stevens, 63, said of the Long Island, N.Y., couple whose Jack Russell terrier died …

The Ins and Outs Of Driveway Alarms

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Just like a security light attached to a motion sensor, a driveway alarm uses a wired or wireless sensor to inform you when someone has walked or driven onto your driveway. A few Angie’s List experts weigh in …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Meeting His Waterloo

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hint and Explanation: First, Pin Down the King Monarchs and military leaders — Peter the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte and Robert E. Lee among them — have shown an affinity for the board game called chess. It is no wonder. The pieces are more than symbolic replicas of military …

Column: Supreme Court Justices Are Torn Between Restraint and Intervention

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Washington W hen the Supreme Court convened in 1967 to decide the case of Loving vs. Virginia, 16 Southern states had made it a crime for interracial couples to marry. The trial judge who convicted Richard and Mildred …

Consumer Confidential: Warning About Cellphone Radiation May Go Too Far

Sunday, July 5, 2015

It’s a question that just won’t go away: Do cellphones give you cancer? The city of Berkeley, Calif., has passed an ordinance that, beginning this month, would make it the first municipality in the country to require that cellphone retailers warn customers that mobile devices may emit cancer-causing …

Bound for Quebec? Don’t Worry About the Language Barrier

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec — During weeks of travel in parts of Quebec where few speak much English, I encountered only one problem arising from the language barrier. It happened when I broke into a guy’s house. Following a sign …

Flight 93 Center Opens Sept. 10

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Shanksville, Pa. — A $26 million visitors center complex at the Flight 93 National Memorial will be dedicated and open to the public Sept. 10, a day before the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks. The new center …

USDA Proposes Healthier Fare

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Kansas City, Mo. — As teachers lament seeing toddlers too large to fit in playground swings, a federal program that feeds millions of low-income children may be overhauled for the first time in almost 50 years, aiming to …

Cleaning Up Papa John’s Menu Costs Chain $100 Million a Year

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Papa John’s International Inc. is spending $100 million a year to eliminate artificial ingredients and other additives from its menu, underscoring the cost of the restaurant industry’s shift to more natural foods. The company removed monosodium glutamate, or MSG, from its ranch dressing last year and pulled trans …

Online Shoppers Browse More, Buy Less

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Washington — It’s only getting harder for retailers to close the deal with online shoppers. A new report has found that customers are leaving retailers’ websites more frequently without buying anything and, when they do open their wallets, they are spending less on average per order. The findings …

Study: Google’s Search Favors Its Own Products

Sunday, July 5, 2015

When you go to Google for anything, be it a weather report or a phone number or an explanation of string theory, you assume that the top results will always be the very best. Those are, at least, the only ones you click: Studies suggest it’s a rare, …