Nation / World

Q&A: Who Is Right?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — In a victory for online companies and tech activists, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve net neutrality rules that allow for the federal regulation of broadband Internet providers. Chairman Tom Wheeler called the vote the “irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free, open access to the Internet.” “Today is a historic day for the Internet …

Islamic State Killer Is Young Londoner

Friday, February 27, 2015

London — For months he taunted, knife in hand, his voice slightly muffled behind the mask that became the grim symbol of Islamic State barbarism. But when the identity of the killer known as “Jihadi John” was revealed Thursday, the profile that emerged was disturbingly familiar: a young man whose parents’ decision to …

Pedestrian Deaths Mirror 2013 Rates

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — While the number of people killed in car accidents has been on a fairly steady downward track in the past six years, the number of pedestrians killed by vehicles has gone in the other direction, and the primary reason is easy to grasp. Drivers have all sorts of new protection — air bags foremost among them — while pedestrians remain as …

Social Security Q&A: How to Change Bank-Deposit Information

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Question: I have been receiving my Supplemental Security Income by direct deposit for years, but I need to change my bank account. How can I do that? Answer: The most convenient way to change your direct deposit information is by logging in to your personal my Social Security …

‘Birth of a Nation’ Debate Endures

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — One hundred years ago this spring, Hollywood came of age in a blaze of wonder and fury. D.W. Griffith’s three-hour Civil War epic, The Birth of a Nation, was released in April 1915 after a …

Striving to Make Good Credit Score Perfect Isn’t Worth It

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Is perfection worth it when you’re oh-so-close already? When it comes to your credit score, attaining the top number may not bring as big a return as you might think — especially if your score is already the envy of most consumers. This isn’t to say that you …

Romance Writers Get Some Love

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Washington — Who among us, even in the dyspeptic climate of Capitol Hill, does not yearn for the HEA? For the cool of heart and the calculating of temperament, the Happily Ever After is the delicious denouement expected …

Lawmakers: Allow Pets To Ride Amtrak Too

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Washington — It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with the face of a tough guy and the personality of a princess. She and her owner, Rep. Jeff Denham of California, take the …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: A New Chess Queen

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Win the Queen There is a new queen of chess. With a third-place finish (after tie-breaks) in the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival in Caleta, England, 20-year-old Hou Yifan has made a giant step forward. A prodigy of rare talent who learned to play the game …

On Fashion: Why Are Designers Afraid of Women’s Sex Appeal?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — Making a woman look and feel sexy is one of fashion’s enduring pursuits. The most reliable and straightforward way to achieve this goal is by revealing some skin — but not too much. Everyone knows that part of what makes for a sexy entrance is …

Miss Manners: Don’t Discourage Children From Showing Respect

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: My son is a polite, respectful and kind-hearted child. As my mother before me, we only use the terms “Yes, ma’am” and “No, ma’am” to much older ladies and gentlemen. A simple “yes” or “no” spoken in kindness was always sufficient. In my nephew’s home …

Pawscars Honor Top Animal Actors

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Los Angeles — Honoring actors brings out red carpets, couture and — sometimes — creatures. A monkey who’s starred in 25 movies over two decades was top dog at the sixth annual Pawscars, the animal version of the Oscars. Waving a statue over her head in triumph, a …

To Your Good Health: For Some Terminal Patients, Routine Procedures Can Be Unnecessary Care

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother has stage 4 cancer. She just went to a dermatologist, who performed Mohs surgery on her nose. I am BEYOND upset by this unethical behavior. The country is already deeply in debt, and Medicare is paying for this? Unconscionable! Not to mention the …