A contractor has been charged with murder in the collapse of a building in Philadelphia that claimed the lives of six people and injured another 13 on June 5, 2013. Griffin T. Campbell, 49, was charged with six counts of third-degree murder, six counts of involuntary manslaughter, and 13 counts of reckless endangerment. The... 
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has recently made significant progress in reducing its huge backlog of claims for disability compensation. Since it peaked in March 2013, the backlog has been reduced from 611,000 to just under 401,000 — a 34 percent decrease. The agency also reported that it has concurrently increased... 
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The exploitation of veterans surely has to rank as one of the more vile manifestations of human behavior, particularly in a nation that consistently holds its military members in high regard. Sadly, recent reports have brought to light unsavory practices, both illegal and legal, that have taken advantage of our heroes... 
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Ask most people what country is the source of the majority of immigrants to Texas, and the vast majority would probably and rightfully answer with Mexico, the Lone Star State’s neighbor to the south. However, it is safe to say that few people, even within Texas itself, would be able to note India as an prominent... 
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Palliative care is a branch of medicine devoted to improving quality of life for people diagnosed with serious illnesses. Receiving such care can make a huge difference in patients’ lives, but many people do not know that it exists, or confuse it with hospice care. One of the hurdles to overcome in making this... 
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The Social Security Administration recently announced a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2014. Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for some 63 million Americans will increase by 1.5 percent. The ceiling on earnings subject to Social Security taxes will also increase — from $113,700 to... 
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Some insurance agents assume that blogging about their policies or about the market is a huge waste of their time. On the contrary: a blog can be one of the smartest tools in a savvy insurance agent’s marketing arsenal. A blog can establish an agent as an expert who knows products well and can help others make smart... 
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You may have a living trust and think that you are done with your estate planning. That may or may not be the case. Trusts can take many forms. They could be complete or incomplete, appropriate or inappropriate. Here are some things to think about. At the most basic level, is it up-to-date? Are there births or... 
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If politics gets out of the way, there may yet be hope for immigration reform. This fall’s government shutdown brought the debate of many issues to a halt, including immigration reform. Now, however, the reform agenda is back in the news with a proposed bill that may have the ability to improve immigrant laws and... 
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