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August 2015

Baby boomer bloggers write about what’s on their mind as summer draws to a close

Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #414. August implies fall is around the corner, Baer says, and reports she’s taking advantage of summer while it lasts. Time at the beach… and seasonal foods… supply warm memories during the cold... Read more →

Citigroup to return additional $4.5 million to customers for fee overcharges

As a result of an interim agreement with Citigroup Global Markets Inc., a subsidiary of Citigroup, more than 15,000 CGMI customers who were overcharged fees on their investment accounts will receive reimbursements of more than $4.5 million. Consumers were overcharged when CGMI failed to rebate some customers’ accounts after periods... Read more →

Social Security is 80 years old today

Today, the Social Security Administration celebrates its 80th anniversary. On Aug. 14, 1935, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, legislation that continues to help some of the most vulnerable members of society. Social Security helped my parents and other older members of my family significantly. I recently... Read more →

Baby boomer bloggers write about retirement, its pleasures and challenges

Tom Sightings of Sightings From Sixty is the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs #413. Sightings tells us about his Aunt Hannah, a woman who had been widowed a long time, who came to visit for a month during the summer from her home in Florida, and who... Read more →

EPA launches first limits on U.S. carbon emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, announced Monday, will cut carbon pollution in the United States from the power sector by 870 million tons, or 32 percent below 2005 levels, in 2030. Power plants are the largest contributors to climate change in the U.S., making up about one-third... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Chrysler vehicles due to hacking vulnerabilities

Photo: Bull-Doser Chrysler is recalling about 1.4 million vehicles because their radios have software vulnerabilities that can allow third-party access to networked vehicle control systems. The recall affects vehicles with 8.4-inch touchscreens including 2013 to 2015 Ram pickups and chassis cabs and Dodge Viper sports cars. Also covered are 2014... Read more →

Why hospitals are making patients sicker

Consumers expect hospitals to be sterile, safe environments where sick people get better, not sicker. However, an analysis by Consumer Reports shows many hospitals have problems curbing infections. Consumer Reports is expanding its hospital ratings to include information about two common and deadly infections: methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA and... Read more →