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FILE - In this June 20, 2014, file photo, Rep. Dave Camp , R-Mich., at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday, July 25 in the House. "It is time we make some simple improvements to the child tax credit, so it keeps up with the cost of raising children," said Camp. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

House Votes to Boost Child Tax Credit for Some Families

Monday, July 28, 2014

Washington — More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Obama are set to expire. The bill would gradually …

Monday, July 28, 2014

Disability Claim System Faulty

Monday, July 28, 2014

Baltimore — The Social Security Administration has spent nearly $300 million to develop a computer system to speed processing of disability claims, but the system still isn’t working after six years, according to a newly released report. An independent analysis commissioned by the agency found that the project has been mismanaged and poorly executed. It is still in the “lengthy, expensive design phase,” …

Amazon Opens First of 15 ‘Sortation’ Centers

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kent, Wash. — As Mike Roth steps into Amazon.com’s newest warehouse here, he spreads his arms wide and asks what is different about this facility from the 96 other warehouses the Web giant operates around the world. To …

Getting Physical With Virtual Reality

Sunday, July 27, 2014

When Facebook acquired virtual reality headset developer Oculus VR for $2 billion in March, many in the tech industry lauded the move as heralding the next generation in computer gaming. The potential of Oculus’ Rift goggles is tantalizing …

Facebook Low in Customer Satisfaction, Survey Says

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pinterest users have a high rate of customer satisfaction, according to a new survey by an independent research group. Facebook and LinkedIn users? Not so much. Ads and privacy are big concerns cited by Internet users who ranked Facebook and LinkedIn lowest among social media sites, according to …

Horse Rescue Operations Crowded, Underfunded

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Chino Hills, Calif. — Almost every horse rescue in the country is running out of room or money as they continue to be strained by an influx of abandoned equines, a trend that began during the recession. Although …

An Unlikely Estate Keeper: Meet the Man in Charge of the Late James Brown’s Mansion

Sunday, July 27, 2014

When the James Brown movie Get On Up is released nationally on Aug. 1, a lot of its South Carolina connections will be in the mix — from the Godfather of Soul’s birth in Elko to his longtime …

Miss Manners: Using the Wrong Flatware Is Not the End of the World

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: I am looking for the correct answer to the following question: What happens if you are at a formal dinner and realize you are using the wrong piece of silverware for a given course? Gentle Reader: You go on eating. Everyone else goes on eating …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Sports, Empowerment and War

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Better than 1. ... Qxg5. The idea of sports as a form of manly empowerment is an old one. Teddy Roosevelt, a future American president of Rough Riders fame, declared in Professionalism in Sports (1890): …

Around the Remote: A World of Lies and Spies in A-Bomb Drama ‘Manhattan’

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Don’t Miss: Manhattan — This gripping and provocative new drama series is set in Los Alamos, N.M., against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb. John Benjamin Hickey ( The Big C ) shines as a self-destructive physics professor who is recruited …

Consumer Confidential: Bank of America Won’t Take No for a Permanent Answer

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The letter Richard Knee received from Bank of America opened with a warning: “You may be missing out on valuable offers.” “According to our records, you are not being mailed offers from Bank of America because you have opted out of postal mail marketing offers,” the letter said. …

Batman Still Thriving After 75 Years

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In a world filled with seemingly daily disasters and endless turmoil, it’s no wonder that superheroes are as popular as ever, from blockbuster movies all the way to the local toy shop. “When the world gets scary, superheroes’ sales go up,” says Brad Meltzer, the bestselling political-thriller author …