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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 …

Frat Learned Chant at National Event

Saturday, March 28, 2015

After investigating a racist chant sung by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers on their way to an SAE Founders Day event, University of Oklahoma officials have concluded that members of the fraternity learned the words at a leadership event hosted by SAE’s national headquarters four years earlier. The …

Knox Murder Conviction Overturned by Italy high court

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Rome — Italy’s highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides …

Private College Sticker Shock

Saturday, March 28, 2015

With rare exceptions, sticker prices at colleges go nowhere but up. In 2012, Sarah Lawrence College in New York crossed a threshold for tuition, fees, room and board that dozens of others have now topped: $60,000 a year. …

N.Y. Mayor: Gas Line Tied to Blast

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A massive explosion that rocked New York City’s East Village and injured at least 22 people Thursday may have been caused by someone “inappropriately” accessing a gas line in the building, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. Just …

Crash Highlights Gaps in How Pilots Are Screened

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Washington — Commercial airlines do not screen pilots for mental health issues as rigorously as government agencies, law enforcement and specialized branches of the military, and some aviation experts say that may need to change in the wake …

Two Astronauts Prep For 1-Year Space Trip

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Baikonur, Kazakhstan — The capsule carrying a Russian and an American who are to spend a year away from Earth docked Saturday with the International Space Station. Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly are to spend 342 days aboard …

Jury: Silicon Valley Venture Capital Firm Did Not Discriminate

Saturday, March 28, 2015

San Francisco — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that debated gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley. The …

Bipartisan Health Bill Approved by House

Friday, March 27, 2015

Washington — The House gave sweeping approval Thursday to a bipartisan plan to alter payment systems for Medicare providers and extend a popular children’s health program, fueling momentum for legislation that could soon reach President Obama’s desk. The vote, 392 to 37, came as Senate Democrats’ resistance to …

Yemenis Flee Capital as Saudis Blast Houthi Rebels Targets

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — Saudi warplanes bombed a military airbase at Sanaa’s civilian airport and struck at other strategic locations in a sudden air campaign aimed at halting the advance of Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Residents packed their cars and …

Crash Called ‘Deliberate’ Act

Friday, March 27, 2015

Düsseldorf, Germany — The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight locked himself in the cockpit and, with apparent cool precision, deliberately slammed into snow-capped mountains, a French prosecutor said Thursday, in a stunning twist to a tragedy that …