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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 …

Pastors Say Easter Message Relevant for Mudslide Communities

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Arlington, Wash. — Churches in the Stillaguamish Valley will celebrate Easter like they normally do. Pastors will deliver the message of Christ’s resurrection from the grave, a triumph over sin, death and the devil. For Christians, the resurrection is a game-changer, the pivotal event in human history. The …

Divers Access Sunken Ferry

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mokpo, South Korea — After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers finally found a way into a submerged ferry off South Korea’s southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing …

Scalia: Supreme Court Press Freedom Ruling ‘Wrong’

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Washington — This spring marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, its most important pronouncement on the freedom of the press, but the ruling has not won the acceptance of Justice Antonin Scalia. “It was wrong,” he said Thursday evening …

Pro-Russia Gunmen Defy Ukraine Deal

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Moscow — Separatist gunmen in eastern Ukraine on Friday defied calls by world powers for them to surrender their arms and leave the government buildings they have seized in support of demands of independence from Kiev. Top diplomats …

S. Korea Ferry Captain Arrested

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Seoul, South Korea — As the last bit of the sunken ferry’s hull slipped Friday beneath the murky water off southern South Korea, prosecutors moved to arrest members of the crew in the maritime disaster. South Korean Officials …

Australia Revives Knighthoods, Making Some Down Under Croak

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sydney — Last month, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott stunned the nation by revealing that he had asked Queen Elizabeth II to reintroduce Australian knighthoods and damehoods, which were abolished in 1975. In a country that has been independent from Britain for 113 years, the decision led many …

U.S. Quietly Ups Bar For Asylum Seekers

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Washington — Federal officials have quietly introduced new guidelines that make it tougher for asylum seekers to get their cases heard before judges. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent a memorandum to asylum office directors and deputy directors on Feb. 28 describing “major changes” in the standards …

Colorado Deaths Stoke Fears About Effects of Pot Edibles

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Denver — A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in …

Eyewitnesses Seen As Unreliable

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Portland, Ore. — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony …

U.S. to Delay Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Washington — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely. In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington …