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Regulators Fine Bank for Overzealous Credit Protection

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsBank of America is the latest major financial institution ordered to refund millions of dollars to consumers who were billed for credit card-related products they never ordered – and likely didn’t even need. Indeed, the credit and identity-theft protections sold by the North Carolina-based bank are things that people can do on their own for little or no money, consumer advocates say. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered the bank last week to return $727 million to nearly 3 million …

Boston Marathon’s ‘Fallen Man’ Still Running

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayAs Boston transforms its annual marathon into an affirmation of strength, renewal and healing this year, I can’t help remembering last year’s “Fallen Man” who wouldn’t stay down. Blown off his feet by the first of two explosions, runner Bill Iffrig, then 78, was helped up by race attendants in the ensuing chaos, and thought to himself: “Hey, go for the finish line.” That’s just what he did. The Finish Line is the title of a short film on Iffrig and his love …

Caregiving Spouses More Likely to Take on Medical Tasks

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingSpouses who are caregivers are significantly more likely than other family caregivers (adult children, for example) to perform many of the tasks that health care professionals do — including medication management, wound care, using meters and monitors, and more. Nearly two-thirds of spouses who are family caregivers (65 percent) performed such tasks, compared with 42 percent of other caregivers. Those are the findings of a new report issued today by the United Hospital Fund and the AARP Public Policy Institute. Among …

Amazon Fire TV: A New Option for Streaming Video

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyThere’s a new box in town — for streaming content to your television. It’s called Amazon Fire TV, and it costs $99. For years, Amazon Prime members (those who pay the company for unlimited shipping) have had access to Amazon’s massive database of movies and TV shows from their “smart” TVs or Blu-ray players. Some programming is free, some can be rented or bought. Now it’s a little easier to connect with that content through the company’s new Fire TV …

Social Security Halts Refund Grab to Recover Old Debts

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsUpdate: The Social Security Administration says it will immediately stop collecting old debts by grabbing taxpayers’ refunds. In a statement, Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting commissioner of the agency, says: “I have directed an immediate halt to further referrals under the Treasury Offset Program to recover debts owed to the agency that are 10 years old and older pending a thorough review of our responsibility and discretion under the current law to refer debt to the Treasury Department. “If any Social Security …

A Big Problem With Fill-in-the-Blank Wills

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIt’s tempting, I know. You’re trying to save money. You don’t have lots of property to leave to others. Your estate isn’t complicated. So you go to an office supply store, bookstore or online legal site, grab a standard will form and fill it in yourself. That’s what Ann Aldrich of Keystone Heights, Fla., did back in 2004. She left her property to her sister, Mary Jane Eaton, and added in a clause stating that if Eaton died before she …