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Bigger tax breaks, new health care options on tap for 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Each year, business owners can count on changes in tax law and other rules. For 2017, small businesses are getting a bigger deduction for equipment purchases, and those that aren't required to provide health insurance will have an option to help staffers pay for coverage. Many companies have new filing deadline ... (full story)


An annuity that's too good to be true?

Dear Mr. Berko: My wife and I are in our early 70s, are retired from good jobs and have no children. Our joint account (enclosed) has $1.23 million, and our two identical individual retirement accounts are worth $549,000 each. We own our home, which is worth about $170,000, free and clear. Our car is paid for, and we have no debts. ... (full story)


A winter visit to Athens offers a pleasant alternative

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — As a seaside metropolis with a lively outdoor vibe and dozens of picturesque islands beckoning nearby, Athens is more often considered a summer tourist destination than a winter escape. But if you've got more than beaches on your mind, there's plenty of upside to a brief cool visit that avoids the crowds ... (full story)


Local


Democracy gets black eye in North Carolina

This election cycle has seen the word “unprecedented” used at an unprecedented rate. However, in what truly appears to be unprecedented, the outgoing North Carolina governor, Republican Pat McCrory, working with the Republican-majority state legislature, is implementing emergency legislation that would significantly hamp ... (full story)


Family and colleagues remember Kent PI atty

A hard-working lawyer who valued equality and social justice—that’s how family and colleagues describe Kent attorney J. David Dyer.
The 70-year-old passed on Nov. 29, 2016, after losing his battle with a longstanding illness.
“My father valued honesty and exhibited integrity throughout his career,” sai ... (full story)


State


Unjust Costs
The lives of many poor, non-violent offenders have been upended and their futures jeopardized by unaffordable court fines, fees, and bail

The 2014 shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, led the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate other practices of law enforcement and courts in the St. Louis neighborhood. The department’s scathing report, issued in March 2015, revealed that local courts were imposing fines and fees on people a ... (full story)