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What to do if your parents need financial help

Most parents in the U.S. provide some sort of financial support to their adult children, multiple surveys have found. But often, financial aid goes the other way.
A 2015 survey by TD Ameritrade found 13% of American adults provided financial support to a parent. Millennials were far more likely than older generations to report t ... (full story)

Fewer protections come with digital payments like Apple Cash

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NEW YORK (AP) — My desperation to see Ariana Grande in concert created the perfect trap.
Instead of seeing her sing about love and loss, I got sucked into an online ticket scheme that cost me $75 and a big chunk of my pride.
Con artists often get away with scams like these because digital payment services such as Venmo ... (full story)


Battlefields around the world are finding new purpose as parks and refuges

(THE CONVERSATION) The horrors of war are all too familiar: lives lost, homes destroyed, entire communities forced to flee. Yet as time passes, places that once were sites of death and destruction can become peaceful natural refuges.
One of the deadliest battles fought on U.S. soil, for example, was the Battle of Gettysburg. Te ... (full story)

DACA argued at the Supreme Court: 6 essential reads

(THE CONVERSATION) The future remains uncertain for a group of young people who were brought from other countries to the U.S. as children without legal authorization.
Currently, these young people are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. This Obama-era program shields around 700,000 to 800,00 ... (full story)


Unproven fraud claims seen in state races could cloud 2020

As Kentucky's Republican governor trailed by thousands of votes in his re-election bid and Democrats took the reins of the Virginia Statehouse, social media posts offered an unsubstantiated explanation for the Election Day results: voter fraud.
The messages seized on small-scale voting issues or pushed inaccurate reports to call ... (full story)

Future of Ohio Bitcoin program, deemed illegal, in limbo

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COLUMBUS (AP) — Resuming Ohio's attempt to allow cryptocurrency in certain tax payments is up in the air after the state's top lawyer found a Bitcoin program launched by the former state treasurer was illegal.
Republican Attorney General Dave Yost found then-Treasurer Josh Mandel skirted state law when he launched the Ohio ... (full story)

Southern Ohio lawmaker wants computer crime laws updated

A southern Ohio lawmaker wants to upgrade the state's computer crimes laws so that even wrongfully accessing a computer system with ill intent or to commit a crime becomes a crime itself.
According to Winchester Rep. Brian Baldridge, a Republican, current law is damages-based which precludes prosecution of hackers or other scoff ... (full story)

Ohio counties to be part of $350M federal opioid study

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — Ohio communities will be part of a $350 million federal study analyzing drug intervention techniques and policies.
Ten Ohio counties will be among the first wave of communities participating in the National Institutes of Health's HEALing Communities Study, The Portsmouth Daily Times reported.
Ab ... (full story)

Ginsburg, in book, questions confidential #MeToo agreements

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new book on Ruth Bader Ginsburg explores the Supreme Court justice's thoughts on the #MeToo movement and her hope that non-disclosure agreements, which have come under fire in sexual misconduct cases, "will not be enforced by the courts."
Several women have spoken out about their encounters ... (full story)