Social Security recipients will see 2 percent boost in 2018

October 16, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year, the largest increase since 2012, thought it comes to only $25 a month for the average beneficiary.

The cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects benefits for more than 70 million U.S.…

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Texas payday lenders face tougher standards with new federal rules

October 12, 2017

Gordon Martinez turned to a storefront payday lender more than 10 years ago and took out a loan of $1,200. The former teacher had just moved to Dallas to start a career in sales and was struggling to make his rent. But with high fees, his debt ballooned to about $3,500 within a matter of months.…

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US pickup truck buyers demanding more luxury

October 12, 2017

DETROIT (AP) — Heated and cooled seats. Backup cameras. Panoramic glass roofs.

Not exactly what springs to mind when you think of a pickup. But that’s what American truck buyers increasingly want, spending an average of $46,844 on a pickup, according to Kelley Blue Book. That’s more than the starting price of luxury SUVs like the Mercedes GLC or the Lexus RX.…

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Upcoming Flu Season Could be Busy One

October 10, 2017

Flu season is at our doorsteps and medical professionals are warning this year’s flu season could be a particularly bad one.
Experts are sounding the alarm, saying this flu season could be a dangerous one.

So far, officials with the Seminole Hospital District have not reported any official cases of the flu locally.…

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New cars increasingly crammed with distracting technology

October 5, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, an AAA study says.

The study released Thursday is the latest by University of Utah professor David Strayer, who has been examining the impact of infotainment systems on safety for AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety since 2013.…

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Seminole’s Jackson Recently Named Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

September 28, 2017

Seminole High School senior Lacy Jackson was recently named to an elite group of prep scholars for her hard work and dedication to studies inside the classroom.
Jackson, 18, in early September, was named as one of 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

According to a press release issued by the organization, those “academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.”

“I was excited when I found out that I had been named (as a semifinalist),” said Jackson, in a Thursday afternoon interview with the Seminole Sentinel.…

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‘Obamacare’ survives; GOP concedes on last-gasp repeal try

September 27, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Obamacare” lives on.

Senate Republicans, short of votes, abandoned their latest and possibly final attempt to kill the health care law Tuesday, just ahead of a critical end-of-the-week deadline.

The repeal-and-replace bill’s authors promised to try again at a later date, while President Donald Trump railed against “certain so-called Republicans” who opposed the GOP effort.…

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Apple may test the bounds of iPhone love with a $1,000 model

September 11, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to sell its fanciest iPhone yet for $1,000, crossing into a new financial frontier that will test how much consumers are willing to pay for a device that’s become an indispensable part of modern life.

The unveiling of a dramatically redesigned iPhone will likely be the marquee moment Tuesday when Apple hosts its first product event at its new spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino, California.…

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Walmart dives into voice-activated shopping with Google

August 23, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it’s not doing it alone.

The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September.…

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Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts ‘Obamacare’ subsidies

August 16, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for a popular type of individual health plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop “Obamacare” payments to insurers, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

The nonpartisan number crunchers also estimated that cutting off payments that now reduce copays and deductibles for people of modest incomes would add $194 billion to federal deficits over a decade.…

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