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Social Security Q&A: Can I Get Benefits Beyond SSI?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Question: I am getting Supplemental Security Income. Can I get other kinds of help? Answer: You may be able to get other assistance. For example, in most states, SSI recipients also get Medicaid. You should contact your medical assistance office. Also, SSI recipients are sometimes eligible for social services provided by the state, city, or county where they live. These may include arrangements for meals or transportation. SSI recipients also …

Miss Manners: It’s Not a Good Idea to Get Engaged Before Getting Divorced

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dear Miss Manners : I have been going through a rough divorce for over a year now and have met a wonderful man who wants to get engaged. My husband is trying to hold out in settling the divorce as long as he can for his own financial reasons. Is it unethical for me to get engaged while still going through this divorce, …

NYC: Comfort, Florals And ‘Optimistic Chic’

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New York — After 10 days of fashion shows, it’s hard to imagine there’s a boundary left to push, a color that’s gone unused or a silhouette that hasn’t been relaxed. While the collections were all over the map (and in some cases, the maps were all over the collections), there were a …

American Tests $8,000 ‘Lie-Flat Bed’ to Los Angeles

Sunday, September 21, 2014

For $8,000, American Airlines treats select Los Angeles passengers to private berths, three- course meals boasting shrimp scampi and even vented compartments that can house socialites’ chihuahuas. The costliest U.S. domestic fare is a bet that some fliers …

Horse power gains favor among small-scale farmers

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Marathon, n.y. — While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules. …

Red Flags Don’t Temper Alibaba’s Hot Debut

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Washington — The Alibaba Group, China’s e-commerce powerhouse, made history Friday when it raised more than $21 billion in a record-breaking stock market debut. So what exactly did investors buy? A piece of a Caribbean-based holding company with tenuous ties to the actual firm. An ownership stake that’s …

Beer Icon Pabst Blue Ribbon Sold to Russian Beverage Firm

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pabst Brewing Co. is changing owners for the second time in about four years, as Russia’s Oasis Beverages and TSG Consumer Partners LLC linked up to buy the company behind American brews such as Pabst Blue Ribbon. Pabst, which also sells brands such as Schlitz and Old Milwaukee, …

Google, Car Firms At Odds Over Driverless Future

Sunday, September 21, 2014

San Francisco — With its vision for a future where cars drive themselves, Google is putting itself at odds with an auto industry that shares its desire for safer, less-congested roads - yet won’t abide the “driverless” part. The clash pits the Internet giant, public for barely a …

VW Denies Microbus Rumor

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet. Volkswagen is not poised to introduce a new version of its legendary microbus. A spate of rumors and even a set of photos sprang up on the Web this week, featuring stats, specs and details on the 2015 version of …

U.S. Stocks Move Little Despite Alibaba Debut

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday after a three-day rally as shares of Alibaba began trading and corporate takeovers boosted investor optimism. Alibaba climbed 38 percent in its U.S. trading debut, after the company raised a record-breaking $21.8 billion. Dresser-Rand rallied 9.4 percent as …

Internet Inventor Slams Corporate Agenda of Web

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A quarter-century ago, Timothy Berners-Lee designed the world’s first Web browser and server, kicking off a thing that people started calling the World Wide Web. In a visit to The Washington Post, on Thursday, Berners-Lee said that system is now in danger from Internet service providers (ISPs) who …

Pope Names New Chicago Archbishop

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Chicago — Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., was introduced Saturday as Chicago’s next archbishop, succeeding the cancer-stricken Cardinal Francis George. The appointment is the most significant move so far by Pope Francis for the American …

Islamic State Frees 49 Turks held since June; Turkey says it didn’t pay ransom

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Istanbul — Islamic State extremists Saturday released 49 diplomatic hostages to the Turkish government, ending a crisis that officials here said had blocked the NATO ally from fully joining the U.S.-led battle against the Islamic State. Turkish officials said the MIT national intelligence agency, which negotiated the hostages’ …