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  • EXPLAINER: Why the Social Security COLA is jumping next year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising inflation has triggered a sizable increase in Social Security's annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2022. The Social Security Administration announced the 5.9% COLA on Wednesday after a Labor Department report on inflation during September.
  • EXPLAINER: Why Social Security COLA will jump next year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising inflation is expected to lead to a sizeable increase in Social Security's annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2022. Exactly how much will be revealed Wednesday morning after a Labor Department report on inflation during September, a data point used in the final calculation.
  • Liz Weston: Fortify your finances against natural disaster

    Emergency preparedness experts recommend that you have a “go bag” and a “stay bin” for disasters: kits with supplies to help you survive a few days if you have to evacuate your home or shelter in place.
  • Small islands caught between tourism economy, climate change

    NEW YORK (AP) — Come visit the Maldives, its president entreated the world at this year's United Nations General Assembly, moments before switching to an impassioned plea for help combating climate change. The adjacent appeals illustrated a central dilemma for many small island developing states: their livelihoods, or their lives?
  • Millennial Money: 5 steps to level up your side hustle

    The pandemic isn’t crushing the entrepreneurial spirit. It’s fueling it.
  • New Orleans gets some Ida relief, but rural pain will linger

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Supply trucks are once again delivering beer on Bourbon Street and the landmark Cafe Du Monde is serving beignets, fried pastries covered with white sugar, even though there aren’t many tourists or locals around to partake of either.
  • A U.S. Marine, a curious Afghan boy, an unfathomable moment

    One day not long ago, I watched my soon-to-be 3-year-old son jump up and down to the sound of “ho” and “hey.”
  • The Latest: More U.S. first responders are dying of COVID-19

    UNDATED -- The resurgence of COVID-19 this summer and the national debate over vaccine requirements have created a fraught situation for the United States' first responders, who are dying in larger numbers but pushing back against mandates.
  • Shortages of supplies and workers will delay Gulf rebuilding

    Joe Sobol, owner of Big Easy Construction in New Orleans, has bad news for homeowners who've been calling about roofs damaged by Hurricane Ida or to get an update on renovations that were scheduled before the storm ripped through the area.
  • A hurricane-hardened city coping 'the New Orleans way'

    NEW ORLEANS. (AP) — Shrimp and grits served for breakfast on the sidewalk at El Pavo Real. “Super Secret” seasoned pork and braised greens handed out at the door of the Live Oak Café. Spicy jambalaya dished out under a canopy erected on the empty sun-scorched streetcar tracks by a couple who just wanted to help.

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