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Social Security benefits will go up in 2019. Find out now how big your check will be

Social Security benefits will go up in 2019. Find out now how big your check will be

Finance
If you're like other retirees, you're eager to see just how big your Social Security check will be next year. The Social Security Administration has released its cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, notices online. To find out what your payment will be, log on to your My Social Security account. Your cost-of-living adjustment will be found in the message center. Be warned: It may take more than one try in order to access your notice. More from Fixed Income Strategies:Investors avoid emerging m...

To save Social Security, we need to make it 'hip' with millennials

Finance
Survey after survey reveals that millennials are resigned to the idea that Social Security, as we know it, might not be there by the time they reach retirement age. According to a Transamerica survey, 81 percent of millennials polled believe this to be true. This is in contrast to a 2011 survey, which found that only about 50 percent of millennials at that time didn't feel they would receive Social Security upon retirement. It's safe to say that Social Security is facing an impending funding shortfall that threatens to cripple the future financial security of countless Americans. The reality is that Social Security can be sec...
Juul to end social media campaigns, stop selling flavored pods in some stores

Juul to end social media campaigns, stop selling flavored pods in some stores

Health
Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Juul, the company with more than 70 percent of the e-cigarette share in the United States, has agreed to stop selling its flavored pods in stores and to shut down its social media campaigns. The e-cigarette company made this announcement on Tuesday, in the face of a recent decision from the Food and Drug Administration to ban flavored e-cigarettes in gas stations and convenience stores. "We don't want anyone who doesn't smoke, or already use nicotine, to use JUUL products," the company said in a press release. "We certainly don't want youth using the product. It is bad for public health, and it is bad for our mission." Many anticipate that the FDA will move forward with a plan to beef up online sales age verification requirements for flavored e-cigarettes. The move to st...
Exposure to pesticides makes bees less social, reduces colony size

Exposure to pesticides makes bees less social, reduces colony size

Science
Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Exposure to pesticides can reduce the size of bee colonies and cause the insect to become less social. Researchers published those findings in the journal Science. A team of researchers, led by Harvard University's James Crall, used a robotic bench that allowed them to study the behavior patterns of as many as a dozen bee colonies at once. They observed that after pesticide exposure, bees spent less time nursing larvae and less time socializing with other bees. They also saw that exposure prevented the bees from building protective wax caps around their colony or warming the nest. "These pesticides first came into use around the mid-1990s, and are now the most commonly-used class of insecticide around the globe," Crall said in a press release. "Typically, they work throug...