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Viral Hepatitis Kills -- A Lot

Tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS are global scourges, killing millions of people worldwide each year. Viral hepatitis is worse. A report published in the Lancet looked at death data from 183 countries and found the mortality rate for viral hepatitis is growing, from 890,000 deaths in 1990 to 1.45 million in 2013.

That's more people killed by ...Read more

Social Security and You: Social Security and Welfare

Q: In a recent column, you said that disability benefits are not welfare. But you are simply wrong about that. They are. And so are benefits paid to widows and children. Only real Social Security, and by that I mean retirement benefits, should be paid from Social Security funds. All those other so-called Social Security "benefits" are undeserved...Read more

Social Security and You: Questions From Divorcees

Q: I am 62 years old. I had to stop working because of various medical problems I don't need to bore you with. I am thinking of signing up for my Social Security and wanted to ask you how to do that. By the way, I am divorced. We were married for 25 years. My ex died just last year.

A. You actually have quite a few Social Security filing ...Read more

Social Security and You: Some Insights Into SSA Operations

Q: I work for the Social Security Administration in the Dallas area. I enjoy reading your column and I have even learned a few things about the Social Security program. I like the way you explain the reasoning behind various laws to your readers. That is something that is lacking in the training we get from SSA. But I do have one gripe. I wish ...Read more

Social Security and You: Questions About Widow's Benefits

Q: I understand paying benefits to widows. But I don't understand paying benefits to divorcees. A woman who is divorced is not a widow. She is an ex-wife. So why does she have a claim to her ex-husband's Social Security?

A: When Social Security first started, the program did not pay benefits to divorced women. But that led to many unfair ...Read more

Social Security and You: Social Security Disability Is NOT Welfare

Q: I am 60 years old and have had to stop work because of various medical problems. I would like to apply for Social Security disability benefits. But my husband and I have a retirement nest egg worth about $250,000, so I guess we are not eligible. Do I just wait until I am 62 to sign up for retirement benefits?

A: I am constantly amazed by the...Read more

Social Security Q&A: Social Security survivors benefits

Q: When a person who has worked and paid Social Security taxes dies, are benefits payable on that person's record?

A: Social Security survivors benefits can be paid to:

-- A widow or widower -- unreduced benefits at full retirement age, or reduced benefits as early as age 60.

-- A disabled widow or widower -- as early as age 50.

-- A widow ...Read more

Questions from Teachers and Railroaders

Q: I read your recent column explaining the offset I will suffer because I get a small teacher's pension that will prevent me from getting full benefits on my husband's Social Security record. My husband gets $2,400 per month from Social Security. I only taught for a short while and get $400 from the Texas teacher's retirement system. If I drop ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: College student eligibility

Q: Will my son be eligible to receive benefits on his retired father's record while going to college?

A: No. At one time, Social Security did pay benefits to eligible college students. But the law changed in 1981. We now pay benefits only to students taking courses at grade 12 or below. Normally, benefits stop when children reach age 18 unless ...Read more

Social Security and You: Questions About Disability Benefits

Q: I am 60 years old. I have had some major health issues and I have had to stop working. About 6 months ago, I applied for Social Security disability benefits and I just got my first check. But now I am concerned. A neighbor told me this will mess up my future retirement benefits from Social Security. He said I will get less money. Did I make a...Read more

Social Security and You: Maximizing Strategy Can Lead to Medicare Mess

Q: My wife signed up for Medicare when she was 65. But she didn't apply for Social Security benefits until she was 66 years old this past March. At that time, she filed a restricted claim, taking spousal benefits on my record. She plans to save her own retirement benefits until 70. She's had some medical problems recently and so she has had to ...Read more

Widow's Benefits Clarified

Q: I have been married three times. All three of my husbands are dead. I divorced my first husband when I was 38. He died several years ago. I was married to my second husband for 15 years. He died when I was 62, and I am getting divorced widow's benefits from him. I married my third husband when I was 66, and he died several months ago. I ...Read more

Google AdWords redesigned for a mobile-first world

The shift to mobile is no longer a change on the horizon. It's here.

With this philosophy in mind, Google Inc. announced significant changes to AdWords, the company's advertising programme and its cash cow. The updates were announced in a blog post by Sridhar Ramaswamy, senior vice-president, Ads and Commerce.

Ramaswamy explained that ...Read more

Taliban leader's killing exposes deepening US-Pakistan strains

The U.S. drone strike that killed the Taliban's top leader as he traveled through Pakistan reflects just how much the U.S. is willing to disregard an ally it increasingly sees as an obstacle to securing peace in Afghanistan.

The May 21 killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour was an embarrassment to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government because ...Read more

Court battle looming on maximum age for judges

HARRISBURG -- What began four years ago as a legislative initiative with little controversy -- letting voters decide whether to raise the retirement age for judges from 70 to 75 -- is now entangled in a heated court battle.

Early in June, legislative Democrats will face off with Republican colleagues in Commonwealth Court over the GOP's ...Read more

OPINION: What was wrong in Al Capone's cell?

AT A glance, Joey Warchal knew something was very wrong.

He loved everything he saw during a tour of Eastern State Penitentiary -- Al Capone's cell most of all, but something was very wrong.

A tour guide said the Prohibition-era gangster was incarcerated in 1929 and 1930.

"The radio featured in the display is historically inaccurate," ...Read more

Rothschild in swoop on troubled rival Alliance Trust

Investment giant Alliance Trust yesterday revealed it has been approached by a rival about a possible tie-up.

The Dundee-based company said Jacob Rothschild's RIT Capital Partners 'has approached with an informal proposal for a merger of the two companies'.

RIT is chaired by Lord Rothschild, the fourth baron of the Rothschild family, which...Read more

State seeking settlement to fund coastal restoration in Louisiana

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry are engaged in an uneasy alliance to try to achieve a major and long-lasting goal: a settlement with oil and gas companies to help restore Louisiana's eroding coast.

Billions of dollars are at stake -- as well as the coastline.

Landry and the governor's executive counsel, Matthew Block...Read more


Q: You pretty much described this as your dream job. Why is that?

A: "It's my love of the city and being able to do what I've always wanted to do to benefit the city. It's a win-win."

Q: What are some of the things city residents should know about you?

A: "I'm always available by phone, email. The door is always open. I'm open to concerns...Read more

Here comes the judge

She's known since the age of 7 that she wanted to be a prosecutor.

Mary K. Dimke, 38, can't remember what triggered this career goal but she said it's something she's always wanted. It's a goal that changed a little over the years, but never strayed from the law, with her now serving as a U.S. magistrate judge in Yakima, with the U.S. ...Read more