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Social Security Q&A: Children Could Be Eligible for Survivors Benefits

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Question: My neighbor said my kids, 8 and 15, might be eligible for survivors’ benefits since their mother died. Are they? Answer: Maybe. Their mother must have worked and earned the required number of Social Security credits. If she did, both you and your children may be eligible for benefits. Apply promptly because survivors benefits are generally retroactive only up to six months. You can apply by calling Social Security’s …

In Proper Japan, Adultery Site Is Big

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tokyo — Ashley Madison, the world’s biggest online hookup site for married people, works only when monogamy is the rule on the surface but, deep inside, couples want to cheat. That’s why it is scoring big in Japan. The nation that prides itself on conformity and proper appearances reached a million users in …

Milwaukee Group Wants to Buy Pabst

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Milwaukee — Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz and Pabst Blue Ribbon. The brewing tradition started by Milwaukee’s German immigrants in the 1800s endured for more than a century, until industry …

Slide Creeps Toward Town

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jackson, Wyo. — No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it’s going to take a piece of Jackson with …

N.Y. Power Broker Basil Paterson Dead at 87

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Basil Paterson, who for decades was a dominant figure in the political landscapes of Harlem, New York City and New York state, and whose career helped pave the way for younger black leaders including his son, former New …

Julian Dugas, 95, D.C. Leader, Dies

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Washington — Julian Dugas, a lawyer and civil rights activist who became a power broker in the administration of former District of Columbia mayor Walter Washington and helped guide the city’s transition to home rule in the 1970s, …

‘Re-Pivot’ to Europe

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Washington — Poland and the United States are preparing to announce the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO’s presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, …

Student Fights for Holocaust Justice

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Amsterdam — Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam’s city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing …

Holy Fire Ceremony Draws Thousands in Jerusalem

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jerusalem — The dark hall inside Christianity’s holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites. Christians believe …

World & Nation Briefs: April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Everest Search Teams Recover Body of 13th Sherpa Katmandu, Nepal (ap) — Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest …

NASA’s Space Station Robonaut Getting Legs

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Cape Canaveral, Fla. — Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs. For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot — now stuck on a pedestal — is going mobile at the …

Boston Ramps Up Marathon Security Effort

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boston — There’s a tense excitement running through this city as it prepares for the 118th Boston Marathon, a uniquely Bostonian event, held on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April, which celebrates the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Residents are waiting to see how much of …

Missing Mass. Boy’s Body Found

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Worcester, Mass. — The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday. The body found Friday off Interstate 190 has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early …