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In this Aug. 13, 2013 photo provided by Serena Markstrom Nugent, Michele Markstrom, left, the mother of the bride, Serena Markstrom, holds wings representing one of her parents before the ceremony in Eugene, Ore. (Cassy Berry/Serena Markstrom Nugent via AP)

Celebrate Your Way With a Nod to Family Traditions

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Your wedding day? It’s “your” day. It’s all about you. Your wedding day? Your mother has been planning it since the day you were born. It can be challenging to celebrate your unique romance while somehow pleasing — or at least not alienating — your relatives. Do you plan the traditional ceremony and reception that your family might recommend (what’s …

Social Security Q&A: What Is Substantial Gainful Activity?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Question: What is substantial gainful activity? Answer: Social Security uses the term “substantial gainful activity,” or “SGA,” to describe a level of work activity and earnings. Work is “substantial” if it involves doing significant physical or mental activities or a combination of both. If you earn more than a certain amount and are doing productive work, Social Security generally considers that you are …

Man Buns Are Here to Stay

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Akron, Ohio — When Justin Bieber was photographed wearing a man bun to a fundraising gala last month, the Twittersphere lit up. Some Bieber watchers welcomed the new ’ do. Some scorned it. Cinnabon saw it as an opportunity. “Hey @JustinBieber — can we get our MiniBon back?” the sweet roll maker tweeted. …

Are You Saving Enough For Retirement?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Saving for retirement is no easy task, but a new study says you don’t need to be a Powerball winner to put away enough cash for old age. According to the study by Fidelity Investments, 45 percent of those surveyed in 2015 were on track to cover essential …

McDonald’s Japan Selling Chocolate French Fries

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tokyo — Is this the answer to McDonald’s problems in Japan? The “McFry Potato Chocolate Sauce”? Yes, you read that right. French fries covered with not one but two types of chocolate sauce. It’s the fast food chain’s latest effort to turn around its business in Japan after …

The Wintry, Wild Side of Yosemite

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A lone coyote darts through a snowy meadow, disappearing into the mist enshrouding a grove of cedars. Icicles sparkle from the mossy trunks of massive pine trees. Snow drifts and waterfalls tumble down the faces of majestic granite …

‘Love Story’ Stars Return to Harvard

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cambridge, Mass. — Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal rolled onto the Harvard campus last Monday in an antique convertible similar to the one used in Love Story and reminisced about the film that made them household names …

Cassettes Are Cool Again

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Steve Stepp likes to tell people his company is still around after 45 years thanks to his stupidity and stubbornness. As the owner of family-run National Audio Co., the last business to manufacture audio cassette tapes on a …

Reporter’s Book Details Seattle Murder Case

Sunday, February 7, 2016

We sat in the sun to talk, which made us both happy, since so much of what brought Eli Sanders and me to this meeting was steeped in darkness: The sweltering July night in 2009 when Jennifer Hopper …

Korean Woman Raises Dogs Saved From Streets

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Asan, South Korea — Puppies bark and wag their tails as they follow a gray-haired woman through a hillside compound that shelters more than 200 dogs. “Hey, my babies. Give your mom a kiss,” said Jung Myoung Sook, …

This Isn’t JFK’s School Desk

Sunday, February 7, 2016

It seemed too good to be true: An old wooden desk carved with the initials “JFK” from the private school in Connecticut where John F. Kennedy studied as a boy. That’s because it was. The desk was the …

Science Seeks Owner of WWII Trumpet

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The old, bent trumpet is dripping with water as Shanna Daniel lifts it from its basin in the conservation lab at the Washington Navy Yard. It’s a B-flat horn, made around 1934, with a bell that was smashed …

Reading Like a (Nearly) Ivy Leaguer

Sunday, February 7, 2016

If you want an Ivy League education, you could fork over $200 grand or so and go to Cornell or Harvard for four years. Alternatively, you could save a ton of cash by simply reading the same books Ivy League students are assigned. That became easier recently with …