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Social Security and You: Delayed Retirement Credits

People who delay starting their Social Security beyond their full retirement age (currently age 66) get a bonus equal to two-thirds of one percent added to their monthly Social Security checks for each month they wait to begin benefits. That comes out to a 32 percent if they wait until age 70. (There is no bonus added after age 70.)

The rules ...Read more

Early Retiree Worries About Social Security

Q: I am 53 and my wife is 50. We have had a very successful business and have made enough lucrative investments so that we have been able to sell the business and retire. But now we are a bit concerned about our future Social Security benefits. We could start another business, and pay ourselves a salary, just so that we continue to pay into ...Read more

Social Security and You: Offsets Impact Some Public Employees

Almost all people who work in this country are covered by Social Security. In other words, they have a job where Social Security taxes are deducted from their paychecks. But about 10 percent of Americans work at jobs that are not covered by Social Security. Usually these are state and local government jobs.

Why is that? Because back when Social...Read more

Social Security and You: Withdrawing Claim Might Be Best Option

Q: I am 64 years old. I retired last year and decided to file for my Social Security in November. I got my first check in December. But now I've been offered a job that will pay me a rather substantial amount of money for short periods of time. Specifically, I would make $40,000 in May of this year and then another $40,000 in October. I realize ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: Social Security statement

Q: What is a Social Security Statement, and how can I get a copy?

A: Your online Social Security Statement gives you secure and convenient access to your earnings records. It also shows estimates for retirement, disability, and survivors benefits you and your family may be eligible for. You can get your personal Statement online by using your ...Read more

Social Security and You: Earnings Penalty and Spouses

Q: I filed for my Social Security benefits last year when I was 62. My wife, who never worked outside the home, and who is the same age as me, signed up for spousal benefits on my account at the same time. Several months ago, I found a job that pays me more than Social Security allows. I reported this to the Social Security people. They are now ...Read more

Social Security and You: My Last File and Suspend Column -- I Hope!

Before I begin today's column, I must clarify something. In several past columns, I discussed the looming April 30 deadline for filing a Social Security retirement claim and then immediately suspending benefits, usually to allow a husband or wife to claim spousal benefits while your own retirement checks remain in suspense until age 70 so that ...Read more

Social Security and You: Good Old-Fashioned Social Security Was Not Complicated

Q: My wife and I don't know if we should "file and suspend" or "file and restrict" and if we should do it now or if we should wait. Please help! I can't believe how incredibly complicated Social Security is. It's worse than the tax code!

A: I made a little promise to myself that I would NOT write another column about all the confusion over the ...Read more

Interpretation centre at Gurgaon bio-diversity park soon

Gurgaon: The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is constructing an interpretation centre at the bio-diversity park, located near Guru Dronacharya Metro station, to invite visitors to relax amid shade structures and suitable arid trees.

According to a senior official, the centre will be furnished with striated bamboo interiors and spread...Read more

Sheriff's office unveils new simulator to train first responders, students in defensive driving

PENDLETON -- Sitting behind the wheel of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office's brand new driving simulator feels very much like sitting in a real car.

The high-tech machine features three screens to simulate a windshield and two windows, and the engine "revs" when users accelerate.

Although it might feel a bit like a video game, the ...Read more

Ambitious development plans outlined for Elvis' Horn Lake ranch

The first pieces of a massive redevelopment around Elvis's old Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake are coming together, the project's managing partner said Thursday.

Davage "Buddy" Runnels Jr. outlined an initial phase that includes, among other features, a welcome center, restoration of both the honeymoon cottage used by Elvis and Priscilla and ...Read more

Residents express concern over Cash America's proposed move

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Plans by Cash America to relocate from 3200 N. Big Spring St. to a larger

location on Big Spring Street just south of Wadley Avenue drew concern from nearby residents at Monday's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

Cash America was seeking a zone change to Local Retail District, LR-3 for a new 6,000-square-foot ...Read more

Volunteers to continue search for missing teen

Carlos Perez is known for his skills on the soccer field.

Perez, 16, moved to Mansfield about three years ago from Mexico with his family and is described as smart and competitive by his friends.

"Everybody knew him because he was in the soccer team," Zahrai Aguilera said. "And he was also one of the brightest in his class."

Aguilera, 15,...Read more

How well is Ohio really doing?

As he forages the country in his bid to be president, Gov. John Kasich proudly brags about how great things are in Ohio.

The second-term Republican accurately talks of the creation of more than 417,000 jobs on his watch since 2011 and efforts to help the poor and others who "live in the shadows."

Left unsaid in the Kasich town halls of the...Read more

Laid-off Americans are finally returning to the labor market: Will they find jobs?

WASHINGTON - After years of sitting on the sidelines, hundreds of thousands of workers who lost their jobs in the 2007-08 financial crash are finally getting back into the game.

Friday's jobs report shows that since September, droves of laid-off Americans who had been conspicuously absent from the recovery began returning to the job market, ...Read more

Service sector buoys Texas job picture

Texas employers hired more than they fired for the 11th straight month in February, a sign of continued resistance to the economic strains of low crude oil prices and the high dollar, data released by the Texas Workforce Commission and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas showed Friday.

With service-sector job gains buffering losses in oil and ...Read more

Failed Miami Beach hotel vote creates convention uncertainty

This may go down as the year that makes or breaks plans to turn the Miami area into a major player on the international convention circuit. So far, 2016 is off to an inauspicious start.

Tuesday's failed referendum to build a $400 million hotel next to the Miami Beach Convention Center represents a serious setback for the politicians and ...Read more

Charlotte-area jobless rate rises to 5.3 percent in January

The Charlotte-area jobless rate rose in January as every industry reported job losses. Economists say, however, that month-over-month swings in January are common after the seasonal hiring over the holidays.

The region's jobless rate rose to 5.3 percent in January from 4.9 percent in December, the N.C. Commerce Department said in a report ...Read more

Deguito feared for her life -- witness

THE bank manager of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) Jupiter Branch in Makati City, Maia Deguito, facilitated the transfer of huge amounts of cash because she feared for her life and the safety of her family, a witness told senators on Thursday.

Romualdo Agarrado, a reserve officer of RCBC, claimed to have witnessed how Deguito ...Read more

'City of Gold's' Jonathan Gold on City of Big Shoulders' food scene

"The seventh meal in an evening is hard to do," said Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic at the LA Times. "I ate at 150 places in Chicago for a magazine cover story a long time ago."

If you think you've seen someone who looks like Gold eating around Chicago the past few years, you might be right. His daughter is a ...Read more