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Parties maneuvering on debt, health care

By David Espo WASHINGTON— The threat of a first-ever default by the federal government is pushing President Barack Obama and Republicans toward a sweeping agreement to cut government spending and increase the Treasury’s borrowing authority. Yet a perennial partisan struggle over the Medicare program for seniors’ health care drives them apart. Remarkably, the two sides […]

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No free lunch for the French or for any of us

Chalk it up to sour grapes — pun intended — but I am finding it difficult to empathize with the disgruntled French who now have to wait until age 62 to retire.

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Task force urges bone-density tests for more women

By Stephanie Nano NEW YORK — Routine screening for osteoporosis should include all younger postmenopausal women who have at least the same chance of a bone break as an older woman, a government task force said July 5. Also, for the first time, the group weighed whether men should be checked for the bone-thinning disease, […]

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Government gets an earful on 401(k) proposal

By David Pitt DES MOINES, Iowa — What happens when the government considers tinkering with retirement accounts and asks for citizen input? It gets plenty. Government officials began seeking comments in February on a proposal to add an annuity option to retirement plans. Such an option would potentially turn a portion of a retiree’s savings […]

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