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Some families could get more than $14,000 in new Covid relief. It’s looking more and more like universal basic income

Finance
Hinterhaus ProductionsAs Congress works to finalize its latest coronavirus relief bill, some American families are poised to receive a financial windfall.Between new $ 1,400 stimulus checks and an enhanced child tax credit, that could add up to more than $ 14,000 for some families."All of the focus has been on the $ 1,400 when, in reality, for a family of four, they should be focused on the $ 14,000," said Ed Mills, Washington policy analyst at Raymond James. Mills wrote about the potential income boost this week.The new stimulus checks would provide $ 1,400 per person, including child and adult dependents.More from Personal Finance:Lawmakers question whether new child tax credit is too much or too little Still no stimulus check? What that means for your tax return this year Small bus...

Nobel Prizes and COVID-19: Slow, basic science may pay off

Technology
While the world wants flashy quick fixes for everything, especially massive threats like the coronavirus and global warming, next week's Nobel Prizes remind us that in science, slow and steady pays off.It may soon do so again.Science builds upon previous work, with thinkers “standing on the shoulders of giants," as Isaac Newton put it, and it starts with basic research aimed at understanding a problem before fixing it. It’s that type of basic science that the Nobels usually reward, often years or decades after a discovery, because it can take that long to realize the implications.Slow and steady success in science has made researchers hopeful in the fight against the pandemic. It even offers a glimmer of climate optimism.Many years of advances in basic molecular science, some of them alrea...
Ring in 2019 with these 6 basic financial resolutions for retirement

Ring in 2019 with these 6 basic financial resolutions for retirement

Finance
Saving more for retirement is a common New Year's resolution. This year, the pledge comes in at the number five resolution in Principal Financial Group's annual survey of 1,008 American consumers wishes for next year, with 21 percent of respondents stating a desire to sock away more for their golden years."The new year is a chance for new opportunities and a clean slate," said Jerry Patterson, senior vice president of retirement and income solutions at Principal, in a statement. "The challenge will be taking those good intentions and making them last into February and beyond."Many financial experts advise upping your retirement savings rates past your company match (typically somewhere around 5 percent of salary) to double-digits, to 15 percent of pay or more. The more you save, the earlie...
Nothing basic here: Sharon Stone, 60, goes braless in raunchy throwback pictures

Nothing basic here: Sharon Stone, 60, goes braless in raunchy throwback pictures

Entertainment
GettySHARON STONE: The Basic Instinct actress, here earlier this year, posed braless in a sexy shootThe actress is celebrating her 60th birthday today — Saturday, March 10.Sharon Stone became a Hollywood icon thanks to her leading lady roles in 90s blockbusters Total Recall and Casino.But she is perhaps best known for her appearance in 1992 thriller Basic Instinct, where she famously posed on a chair, wearing a very short dress and no underwear.In the same year her flesh-flashing antics hit the big screen, a fresh-faced Sharon bared her assets in an eye-popping photoshoot.CamerapressBOMBSHELL: The US beauty flaunted her nude assets in the 1992 picturesSharon Stone's sexiest pictures Sharon Stone's sexiest pictures through the years.Instagram/Getty Sharon Stone's s...
Former Bosnian fighter Azra Basic jailed 14 years for war crimes

Former Bosnian fighter Azra Basic jailed 14 years for war crimes

World
Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A court in Bosnia sentenced a former female fighter known as the "mistress of life and death" to 14 years in prison for war crimes on Wednesday.Azra Basic was handed the sentence after being found guilty of taking part in the killings, torture and inhumane treatment of Serb civilians and prisoners of war during the Balkan war in 1992.The court determined Basic murdered a restrained prisoner named Blagoja Djuras at the Yugoslav People's Army Hall in Derventa, by stabbing him in the neck.It was also found she ordered prisoners to remove their shoes and clothing, eat money, walk barefoot on glass and lick blood off Djuras's dead body.The sentence handed to the 58-year-old Basic is the most severe given to a woman for atrocities committed during the Bosnian conflict.During the...