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Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, there hasn’t been much of an impact in the volume or cost of emergency room care, a new …

Affordable Care Act Refutes Cost Prediction

Monday, October 20, 2014

Washington — Business groups said soon after the health-care act became law in 2010 that the sweeping health-care overhaul would impose huge new costs on U.S. employers, leading to job losses. Three years later, with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect, none of the most dire predictions has come to pass. Insurance premiums for companies that offer health benefits increased …

Ousted Nazis Got Millions In Benefits

Monday, October 20, 2014

Osijek, Croatia — Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found. The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage …

How to Find the Perfect Diamond

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but it can be difficult to figure out which diamond that is. Every diamond is classified by its carat size, color, cut and clarity — and the key to picking the best is finding a good combo of all four that …

To Your Good Health: Son Is Skeptical of Dad’s Unusual Remedy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In one of Dr. Donohue’s columns years ago, he wrote about pain in the rectum that he said was caused by “trapped gas” (as well as I can recall), and he recommended sitting on a baseball (or some kind of ball) for a bit and …

Consumer Confidential: Phone Carriers Have Big Incentive to Allow Cramming

Sunday, October 19, 2014

AT&T agreed last week to shell out $105 million in penalties and refunds for what regulators said were “hundreds of millions of dollars” in unauthorized charges billed to wireless customers, a practice known as “cramming.” But what makes this settlement — the largest ever for bogus phone charges …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Anand All Over Again

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Just Take It Life and chess have much in common. The king is dead. A new king is appointed and the struggle for supremacy begins anew. It is the “eternal return,” or in the illustrious patois of Yogi Berra, “deja vu all over again.” A …

Why I Don’t Breastfeed, If You Must Know

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — The mothers in my “Baby & Me Yoga Fit,” class looked down from their tree poses, surprised as I poured some instant formula into a bottle. Feeding our babies whenever they were in need was one …

Miss Manners: Facebook Posters Invade Recent Widow’s Privacy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: The morning after my husband’s death, I awoke to discover that “friends” had posted on his Facebook wall a photo of my husband and an obituary they had written themselves. This was done without my permission, and in fact, we had told these people not …

Money Talk: Returning Car Doesn’t Wipe Out Debt

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Question: My husband returned a car to the dealer when he lost his job. Now the company says he owes it more than $7,000 (the difference between what he owed to the dealer and the price for which the car was sold). He refuses to pay any amount, …

Canadian Human Rights Museum Opens in Winnipeg

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Winnipeg, Manitoba — For Gail Asper, daughter of Canadian media mogul Israel “Izzy” Asper, it’s nearly impossible to talk about the last decade without tearing up. In the span of 11 years, her dad died of a heart attack, the family lost control of Canada’s largest media company, …

Stocks End Week On Upbeat Note

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks rallied Friday, trimming last week’s decline, as earnings beat estimates, consumer confidence reached a seven-year high and investors speculated that central banks will add more economic stimulus. Schlumberger, the largest oilfield-services provider, jumped 3.7 percent after reporting earnings and saying falling crude prices …

Andrew Melton Jr., 94; Was Dean Witter Chief

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Andrew J. Melton Jr., who led the Dean Witter Reynolds brokerage through its acquisition by the largest U.S. retailer, Sears Roebuck & Co., part of the growth of one-stop financial-services supermarkets, has died. He was 94. He died Wednesday at his home in Tequesta, Florida, according to a …