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Are you putting retirement plans on hold? What that means for your Medicare eligibility

Are you putting retirement plans on hold? What that means for your Medicare eligibility

Finance
If you're at least 65 and still punching the clock at work, odds are that you have two benefit enrollment periods to worry about this year. That's because in addition to signing up for next year's workplace health benefits, older workers must also make sure to coordinate their coverage with their eligibility for Medicare. The ordeal is a confusing one for the growing population of older workers. By 2024 there will be about 13 million individuals age 65 and older in the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More from FA Playbook:How y...
What the new tax law means for your college savings plan

What the new tax law means for your college savings plan

Finance
Your trusty college savings plan is no longer just for higher-education costs, thanks to the new tax law. Whether you have young children or grandchildren, you're probably aware of the rising cost of higher education: The average annual cost of tuition, fees and room and board at a four-year private college rose 3.5 percent, to $ 46,950, for the 2017—2018 school year, according to data from the College Board. That figure hit $ 20,770 for in-state tuition at a four-year public institution, the College Board found. Families can save for those expe...
Higher oil prices means higher gas prices

Higher oil prices means higher gas prices

Business
July 10 (UPI) -- Consumer demand strains and the lack of extra oil on the global market mean retail gas prices in the United States continue to climb, analysts said. Motor club AAA lists a national average retail price of $ 2.86 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on Tuesday, relatively unchanged since one week ago. Americans returned to work this week after a long holiday to mark Independence Day with gas prices at four-year highs. "As gas prices saw their highest level on July 4 in four years, President Trump continues to try to push OPEC to produce more crude oil, but so far, it hasn't materialized into much of anything," Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said in a separate statement. "Gas prices have inched up in a majority of states and oil prices remain...
What the fire near Saddleworth Moor means for wildlife

What the fire near Saddleworth Moor means for wildlife

Science
The fire near Saddleworth Moor now spans over seven square miles, and local residents have been evacuated from some of the worst affected areas.But what does it mean for the wildlife that rely on the moor?"It couldn't have happened at a worse time," says David Hunt, an Upland Conservation Officer with the RSPB."This time of year we're in the middle of the bird breeding season. So ground nesting birds will inevitably have been affected."You could potentially still have birds on eggs. Although it's starting to get quite late; some smaller birds might be on second clutches," he told BBC News. The RSPB's Dove Stone site is home to an internationally important population of w...
Mating season means more alligator-human interactions

Mating season means more alligator-human interactions

Science
June 27 (UPI) -- Alligators are ending up inside suburban garages and backyard pools. They're blocking sidewalks, basking in driveways and interrupting professional golfers. Gator experts say the reptiles are just looking for mates. "They're very promiscuous animals," Kimberly Andrews, a herpetologist and researcher at the University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology, told UPI. Throughout the Southeast, mating season is coming to a close. Females are gathering pine needles, leaves and soil to build their nests. But there are still some males looking for another chance to sire offspring. Each female lays 20 to 40 eggs. The clutch of eggs can yield offspring sired by multiple fathers. And males can father offspring with multiple females. This promiscuity helps ensure genetic diversity am...