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Social Security Q&A: How to Save and Return to Disability Form Online

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Question: I’m getting ready to start filling out my disability benefits application online, but I’m concerned I will need to stop before I can finish it. Can I stop before completing the application and come back to finish it later? If so, how do I return to my online application to finish it when I have all the information I need? Answer: Applying for disability is a multi-step process that …

Who’s This Dog’s Daddy? DNA Tests Help Adoption

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Los Angeles — A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it’s similar to so many other dogs at the shelter? Check the DNA. The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA in Burlingame, a 30-minute drive south …

Was This Man Part of Lincoln’s Assassination?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Washington — Outside a Georgetown restaurant a group of crime writers is calling it a night when somebody brings up an old case one of them has been mining for years. “Guilty!” declares James Swanson, author of Manhunt and other books about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. “Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!” In Swanson’s opinion, one person …

Two New Ways To Remember Your Password

Sunday, March 29, 2015

San Jose, Calif. — Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You’re not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked. Recently Yahoo and Microsoft …

Fido Helps Doctors Find Cancer

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Little Rock — Man’s best friend may have just graduated to oncologist’s best colleague. A group of Arkansas medical researchers have revealed a new study finding that scent-trained dogs can be used to detect thyroid cancer — with …

U.S. Registry Adds Calif. Artists

Sunday, March 29, 2015

With nods to the Doors, Sly & the Family Stone, the Righteous Brothers and Steve Martin, the latest selections to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry have a decidedly California slant. Each year the institution surveys more …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for March 29-April 4

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Don’t Miss Outlander — Finally, it’s time to get back to the gorgeous Scottish Highlands and the second half of Season 1 of this lavish drama that spans the genres of science fiction, history and adventure. Over the next eight episodes, expect more moody intrigue and, of course, …

How Will You Die if You’re a Rock Star?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There is much mystery surrounding the death of Tupac Shakur, killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Was Shakur’s murder gang-related? Was it part of the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop rivalry — perhaps related to …

Miss Manners: Send Thanks Rather Than Announcement to Former Professors

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I will be completing my graduate studies during the next college semester, and I’m unsure as to what the proper etiquette is regarding the mailing of announcements. I would like to share this accomplishment with the professors who guided me during my undergraduate career, but …

To Your Good Health: Increase in Prescription Price Can Be Hardship

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I had a partial thyroidectomy over 40 years ago due to an enlarged thyroid, which was benign. I have been on varying amounts of thyroid hormone replacement ever since — initially Armour, then Synthroid, and now levothyroxine 88 mcg. Until recently, the cost of levothyroxine …

Thailand’s Leader Vows to Fight Slave Labor in Seafood Industry

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bangkok — Thailand’s junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets. …

DNA of Yeast, Bacteria Yield New Flavors

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New York — Thanks to recent advances in synthetic biology — a hybrid discipline of engineering and biology that makes possible the manipulation of DNA of microorganisms such as yeast, bacteria, fungi and algae — a new generation of “organism engineers” has already started experimenting with the creation …

Wheels: Feels Like a Tiger Under the Hood

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The little wagon was a pleasant surprise, equipped with the best four-cylinder engine I have driven. Because of what seemed to be its strictly utilitarian nature — it is often used as a small cargo van in the …