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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 …

Winners and Losers of a Strong Dollar

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It’s a really good time to own wads of crisp, green American cash. As President Obama boasted during his State of the Union address last week, the U.S. economy is back. The job market is growing at a pace unseen in 15 years. The unemployment rate is lower …

Stocks Snap 4-Day Winning Streak

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New York — A batch of mixed earnings reports Friday helped push the stock market to its first day of losses last week. Shares of tissue and diaper maker Kimberly-Clark dropped after the company’s earnings fell short of expectations and it gave a disappointing outlook. Package-delivery service UPS …

A Test for Obama, New Saudi Leader

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Washington — In the late 1980s, a U.S. diplomat in Riyadh went to ask a small favor from then-Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, who replied: A friend who doesn’t help you is no better than an enemy …

Unfulfilled Promise of the Crock-Pot

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Seventy-five years ago, an inventor named Irving Nachumsohn received a patent for the first commercially successful electric slow cooker. A few decades later, his device was more than just a beloved accessory in millions of American kitchens. The …

IS: Japan Hostage Dead

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Irbil, Iraq — The Islamic State group on Saturday claimed it had killed Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa after Japan declined to pay a $200 million ransom for two men it kidnapped last year in Syria. In a departure from its previous practice of posting a video of the …

Rockets Kill 30 in Ukraine

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kiev, Ukraine — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the …

N.Y. Politician Arrested on Bribery Charges

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New York — New York and its Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo start this year’s legislative session facing the latest taint on its already tarnished reputation for government ethics with the arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent …

Bomb Threats Issued To 2 Atlanta Airliners

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Atlanta — Passengers on two Atlanta-bound airliners got a scare Saturday when “credible” bomb threats sent via social media prompted the military to scramble fighter jets to escort the planes to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, but searches by a police bomb squad and the FBI turned up nothing threatening. …

Pope Francis Likely to Visit Congress This Fall

Friday, January 23, 2015

Washington — Hours before he took the podium, whatever President Barack Obama said Tuesday night was getting eclipsed on the Hill by all the excited chatter about the next person likely to speak before a joint meeting of Congress. Expectations are growing that Pope Francis will be ascending …

Biologists: Magnificent Blue Glow of Hong Kong Seas Slightly Disturbing

Friday, January 23, 2015

Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong’s seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say. The glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom created by something called Noctiluca scintillans, nicknamed Sea …