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5 Social Security changes coming in 2015
By Emily Brandon, US News
Social Security recipients will receive 1.7 percent bigger checks in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today. And some groups of workers will begin receiving benefit statements in the mail with a list of taxes paid and an estimate of their future retirement benefit. Here's a look at the new Social Security benefits, taxes and services workers and retirees will experience in 2015: Bigger payments. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment is expected to result in the typical retiree getting about $22 more per month.
Free Shipping Is Going to Cost You More
By Laura Stevens And Shelly Banjo, The Wall Street Journal
Free shipping is getting more expensive. Retailers including Inc., Best Buy Co. and Gap Inc. are boosting the amount online shoppers must spend to qualify for free shipping, hoping to cover the growing cost of providing the perk. On average, a customer now has to spend $82 on merchandise to qualify for free shipping, based on July data from 113 major retailers—up from $76 the same month a year earlier, according to StellaService Inc., which collects data about online shopping.
Companies try to escape ObamaCare penalties
By Anna Wilde Mathews and Juile Jargon, The Wall Street Journal
With companies set to face fines next year for not complying with the new mandate to offer health insurance, some are pursuing strategies like enrolling employees in Medicaid to avoid penalties and hold down costs. The health law’s penalties, which can amount to about $2,000 per employee, were supposed to start this year, but the Obama administration delayed them until 2015, when they take effect for firms that employ at least 100 people.
French developer of ‘peanut allergy patch’ makes U.S. debut
By Noëlle Mennella and Natalie Huet, SRN News
PARIS (Reuters) – French biotech firm DBV Technologies – developer of what it says is a breakthrough treatment for peanut allergy sufferers – makes its U.S. market debut on Wednesday, with a Nasdaq listing set to raise funds for further research. The Paris-listed company, which develops immunotherapy patches for patients with potentially fatal food allergies, is issuing 2.67 million new shares worldwide via a U.S. listing and a private placement which together will raise at least 90 million euros ($114 million).
Wal-Mart’s New Everyday Low Price: A $40 Doctor Visit
By Andria Cheng, The Wall Street Journal
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pushed down prices for some generic prescription drugs to just $4 eight years ago, setting a new industry standard. Now it is trying to do the same for seeing a doctor. Wal-Mart now operates a dozen clinics in rural Texas, South Carolina and Georgia and has increased its expectation for openings this year to 17. On Friday, a Walmart Care Clinic opened in Dalton, Ga., six months after Walmart U.S., the retailer’s biggest unit, entered the business of providing primary health care.
Germ-zapping robot Gigi sets its sights on Ebola
By Michael Martinez, Paul Vercammen and Jack Hannah, CNN
Orange, California (CNN) -- Gigi the robot looks like a skinny, harmless cousin of R2-D2, but the machine is a cold-blooded killer for hire, a germ zapper that could become an important weapon in the fight against Ebola. After being wheeled into patient rooms at St. Joseph Hospital, humans clear out, and Gigi begins popping and blasting ultraviolet light that's 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight in killing contagion.
Millennials Are More Entrepreneurial Than Gen Xers, Baby Boomers
By Brittany Helmrich, FOX Business
More Millennials are interested in entrepreneurship than you might think, new research shows. According to a study by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), 46 percent of Millennials are interested in starting and running a small business, making them the most entrepreneurial generation by far. Only 34 percent of Gen Xers and 17 percent of baby boomers said the same.
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