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How Retirement Benefits Will Change in 2015

money.usnews.com — From larger benefits payments to a new account option, here's what retirement savers can expect in the new year. Social Security and Medicare will be making important changes to their programs next year. Individual retirement accounts and 401(k)s will also be tweaked in significant ways.

Rand Paul's Draft Declaration of War Dismays Anti-War Advocates

usnews.com — Sen. Rand Paul has authored a declaration of war against the Islamic State group. It would allow for limited use of U.S. ground troops. Sen. Rand Paul risks alienating a key constituency with his vigorous support for fighting the Islamic State group, leading anti-war advocates say.
Nov 24, 2014

"The last time Congress officially declared war was in the early 1940s after the Pearl Harbor attack." usnews.com/news/articles/…

Nov 24, 2014

Rand Paul's Draft Declaration of War Dismays Peace Advocates t.usnews.com/Z4bjhp

Regin Spyware Monitored Russian, Saudi Networks

usnews.com — The Reign virus has been spying on citizens in foreign nations since 2008. By Tom Risen A cutting edge malware program nicknamed Regin has been spying on citizens in foreign countries - especially Russia and Saudi Arabia - since 2008, according to cybersecurity researchers, which claim it must have been designed by a nation like China, Israel or even the U.S.
Nov 24, 2014

The advanced #Regin spyware has tracked networks in 10 countries like Russia and Iran - but not in the U.S. usnews.com/news/articles/…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @TomRisen: The U.S. and Israel designed #Stuxnet - they may have designed the complex #Regin spyware. usnews.com/news/articles/… #cybersecurity

8 Ways to Fight Jet Lag on Your Cruise

travel.usnews.com — You've spent months comparing itineraries, cabin types and shore excursions, and now, you're ready for the international cruise of a lifetime. But if you're cruising abroad, you could lose precious vacation time to travel sleepiness. A bad case of jet lag could wreak havoc on the first few days of your getaway (not to mention your first few days back at the office).

Why You Never Need to Shop on Black Friday Again

money.usnews.com — You don't need to join the crowds to get the best deals. While some retailers will be going all out with incredible deals on the day after Thanksgiving, for many, Black Friday is just another day. Better deals can be found both before and after the traditional shopping holiday.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @Steph_Steinberg: 3 in 10 shoppers actually feel bullied by clerks during the holidays to open up a store credit card t.usnews.com/Z49yoj @alphaconsumer

Nov 24, 2014

3 in 10 shoppers actually feel bullied by clerks during the holidays to open up a store credit card t.usnews.com/Z49yoj @alphaconsumer

Chuck Hagel Stepping Down as Secretary of Defense

usnews.com — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is reportedly resigning under pressure from President Barack Obama. Chuck Hagel, the Vietnam veteran turned technology executive and prominent U.S. senator whom the White House fought so hard to install as secretary of Defense, is stepping down from his position.
Nov 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says new leadership needed as Vietnam veteran turned anti-Iraq War senator resigns. usnews.com/news/articles/…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @PDShinkman: Hagel's tenure as secretary of Defense wasn't exactly what he expected it would be: bit.ly/1AHtqHd (Photo:AP) pic.twitter.com/0U6XHuq4tn

Nov 24, 2014

RT @PDShinkman: Hagel's tenure as secretary of Defense wasn't exactly what he expected it would be: bit.ly/1AHtqHd (Photo:AP) pic.twitter.com/0U6XHuq4tn

Chuck Hagel Is Out as Defense Secretary

usnews.com — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is reportedly resigning, officials said Monday. Associated Press By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - Administration sources say that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning from President Barack Obama's Cabinet. Hagel, a former Republican senator, has served as Pentagon chief since early 2013.

What Civil Rights Groups Will Push in Ferguson, Even If Darren Wilson Is Not Indicted

usnews.com — Demonstrators march through the streets Sunday in St. Louis while protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. As Ferguson, Missouri, buckles down for another round of headlining-making protests with the grand jury announcement - expected shortly - as to whether police officer Darren Wilson will be criminally indicted for shooting unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, civil rights groups prepare for the long haul, regardless of the grand jury's decision.
Nov 24, 2014

Indictment or no indictment, here are the longstanding issues civil rights groups want addressed inFerguson usnews.com/news/articles/…

Marissa Alexander Agrees to Plea Deal, Will Spend Holidays Behind Bars

usnews.com — State Attorney Angela Corey, left, sought to jail Marissa Alexander, right, for 60 years before the plea deal breakthrough. Marissa Alexander returned to jail Monday, where she will spend the holidays as part of a plea deal to resolve charges for firing what she calls a "warning shot" at her admitted abuser.
Nov 24, 2014

Marissa Alexander agrees to 65-day sentence, still faces possible 2 years more t.usnews.com/Z4bp8x

Nov 24, 2014

Marissa Alexander Will Spend Holidays Behind Bars as Part of Plea Deal t.usnews.com/Z4bp8x

Benghazi Isn't Going Away For Hillary

usnews.com — Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies in 2013 about the attacks against a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton may face further questions about the deadly incident in 2016. At first glance, a rational observer might see a Republican-led House committee's verdict on the attack on a U.S.

Chuck Hagel Resigning Won't Fix Our National Security Issue

usnews.com — His departure marks a change in the bandage over a deeper security problem. By Peter Roff In Washington even the inevitable can still come as a surprise. Such is the case with the resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, which President Barack Obama announced Monday.

When Thankfulness Can Hurt Us

health.usnews.com — Expressing your gratitude is typically a good thing, but make sure you're doing it for the right reasons and at the proper time. Todd Kashdan, a psychology professor at George Mason University, is one of those guys. The good kind.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @USNewsHealth: It may be time to give thanks, but what do you do when being grateful backfires? ow.ly/EOGeE

Remembering Marion Barry: 1936-2014

usnews.com — The four-term mayor and civil rights activist was as known for his dedication to D.C. as he was for his infamous transgressions.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @usnews: Remembering the Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, in photos ow.ly/EOg9E [Primary elections, 2004. AP] pic.twitter.com/FlQUaxibH2

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and the Real Washington Dysfunction

usnews.com — Barry butted heads with Congress Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry was, to some, the worst of what the city has to offer in politics: He was a crack user, bombastic, and in his last term in office, he presided over an administration so troubled that Congress stripped him of much of his power, installing a financial control board to monitor city finances.
Nov 24, 2014

I've read @milligansusan's remembrance ... and the goddamn congress set him up #marionbarry t.usnews.com/Z4begz via @usnewsopinion

Budweiser Ditches Clydesdales to Focus Advertising on Younger Audience

usnews.com — The Budweiser Clydesdales have been a staple in holiday commercials since 1987, according to the Wall Street Journal. Hold your horses. Budweiser is ditching its iconic Clydesdales for this year's holiday advertising campaigns. The powerful horses have been used in company commercials since 1987.

5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy During Holiday Breaks

money.usnews.com — Get your kids involved in a holiday cookie bake off. Then swing by local fire and police departments with your kids, and drop the treats off as a thank you. By Abby Hayes Coloring wrapping paper. Who doesn't need more wrapping paper for the holidays? This is a twofold activity.

10 Retirement Benefits You Need to Have

money.usnews.com — Make sure your retirement plan includes these essential components. Next " 1 of 12 (iStockPhoto) Most retirees get their income from a variety of sources, including Social Security and personal savings. It's important to diversify your retirement income in case one of your benefits doesn't work out.

4 Ways to Show Gratitude at Work (and Why You Should)

money.usnews.com — Leaders should acknowledge that their success partly depends on others' hard work. During Thanksgiving week, it's natural to turn our thoughts to gratitude. Perhaps you are grateful for friends or family, but how often does the concept of gratitude and thankfulness come up at your workplace?

Top Agricultural Sciences Universities in the World

usnews.com — See the US News rankings for the world's top universities in Agricultural Sciences. Compare the academic programs at the world's best universities.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @Lise_Alves: Brazil's USP named as having one of the best agricultural degrees in world by World News & World Report http://t.co/iQTyNqu…