| Sep 5, 2013
| 10:54 AM
My recent column about cable, satellite and phone companies demanding people's Social Security numbers as a condition for service got Jeffrey thinking.
He wants to know: When did our Social Security numbers become our personal identification numbers?...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has improperly paid millions of dollars in aid to thousands of farmers after they have died, according to a government audit.
An inspection of the department's crop insurance, disaster assistance and conservation...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 6:53 PM
After 14 years together, Mark Frey and Doug Vogel are finally finding out what it means to be a married couple preparing for retirement.
The Rancho Palos Verdes residents were elated when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 5:20 PM
A federal grand jury has indicted 14 Inland Empire residents in a sweep of people accused of stealing government benefits or lying on passport applications, federal prosecutors said.
Federal officials said Thursday that over the last two weeks, 13...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 7:15 PM
Is it that time again?
Syria will be foremost on Congress' mind when it returns from vacation next week, but lurking on the horizon like an ever-present cloud bank will be the debt limit. Treasury officials say the limit, currently set at $16.7...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 9:06 PM
Question: My family and I moved to our apartment two years ago. We have paid our full rent on time, every month. Last week, the apartment manager said the ownership has a new policy that requires me to give her my Social Security number. She said if I...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 11:09 AM
Monday marks the 42nd anniversary of the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, which says: “The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 7:50 PM
A Riverside County public defender surrendered to federal officials Wednesday as she faces charges of collecting nearly $130,000 in Social Security benefits intended for her grandmother, who died more than a decade ago, authorities said.
| Jun 28, 2013
| 8:13 PM
Dear Liz: I am a 67-year-old college instructor who plans to teach full time for at least eight more years. Last year I began collecting spousal benefits based on my ex-husband's Social Security earnings record. Those benefits give me an extra $1,250 each...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 8:15 PM
SAN JOSE – Avoiding the controversial issue of domestic spying, President Obama told a gathering of liberal activists Thursday that they may not always agree with him, but their shared work on causes such as the overhaul of the nation’s...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:11 PM
Dear Liz: I have three credit cards that are in my name only, plus a small loan at my credit union. My husband did not sign for any of these, nor does he know the extent of my debt, which is about $10,000. If I should die before I can get them paid off,...