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Social Security spent $300M on ‘IT boondoggle’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency. In 2008, Social Security said the project was about … 0

Aging and making it work

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NEW YORK — It’s not exactly “The Golden Girls,” but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it’ll do. Rosenfeld is among thousands of aging Americans taking part in home-sharing programs around the country that allow seniors to stay in their homes and save money while getting some much-needed companionship. “It’s a wonderful arrangement,” said the white-haired … 0

Colo. judge strikes down gay marriage ban

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DENVER — A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional Wednesday, but he temporarily put the ruling on hold to give the state until next month to seek an appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked … 0

Perry sending Guard troops to border

Monday, July 21, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the … 0

Ukraine rebels release bodies

Monday, July 21, 2014

HRABOVE, Ukraine — Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With … 0

Rebels keep tight grip on crash site

Sunday, July 20, 2014

TOREZ, Ukraine — Pro-Moscow rebels piled nearly 200 bodies from the downed Malaysian jetliner into four refrigerated boxcars Sunday in eastern Ukraine, and cranes at the crash scene moved big chunks of the Boeing 777, drawing condemnation from … 0

Casino growth deals Atlantic City a losing hand

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The rapid disintegration of Atlantic City’s casino market might be an early indicator of what could happen in other parts of the country that have too many casinos and not enough gamblers. In the … 0

Warzone ER

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In the heart of Gaza City, as its citizens again find themselves under fire from Israeli airstrikes and artillery, the wounded and their wailing families stream into Shifa Hospital without end. Shifa, Gaza’s … 0

French youth, police clash at anti-Israeli protest

Sunday, July 20, 2014

SARCELLES, France — Pro-Palestinian French youth defying a ban on a protest against Israel’s Gaza offensive clashed with police Sunday, setting fire to cars, pillaging stores and attacking two synagogues in Paris suburbs. Police, backed by a helicopter … 0

Poor teens’ health may benefit from enrollment in top schools

Sunday, July 20, 2014

CHICAGO — Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools — their health may also benefit, a study suggests. Risky health behavior including binge-drinking, unsafe sex and use of hard drugs was less common among these kids, compared with peers who went … 0

De-armament

Sunday, July 20, 2014

VIENNA — Iran has turned all of its enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the United Nations’ nuclear agency said Sunday. The move was expected. Tehran had committed to … 0

Compiling evidence

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site. “A buildup … 0

Helpful weather coming to Washington wildfires

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WINTHROP, Wash. — Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles. While Sunday’s weather … 0