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Social Security: Medicare: Rules for those with higher income

If you have higher income, the law requires an upward adjustment to your monthly Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and Medicare prescription drug coverage premiums. But, if your income has gone down, you may use form SSA-44 to request a reduction in your Medicare income-related monthly adjustment amount.

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App review: Reading Eggs – Learn to Read: Comprehensive program covers reading fundamentals and much more

Parents need to know that Reading Eggs – Learn to Read is a massive, subscription-based program designed to lead kids through the learning-to-read journey from pre-literacy to middle school. There's also a smaller, side set of math activities that focuses on concepts for preschool and elementary school-age kids. Reading activities span a wide range of books, videos and songs, and interactive games. The continuing reader section includes a game center where kids can choose to be matched against other registered kids in playing reading games. Parents can view progress reports and print paper worksheets that accompany the various lessons. The developers are British, so spelling and pronunciation reflect British rather than American English. The app is free to download but requires a subscription at $9.99/month per child and $4.99/month for each additional child; a 30-day free trial lets you try it out before purchasing. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared.

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Game review: ‘One Piece: World Seeker,’ teens can live the pirate life in exceptional open world adventure

Parents need to know that "One Piece: World Seeker" is an open world action/adventure game available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. Set in the universe of the "One Piece" manga/anime series, players take on the role of Luffy and explore a new land, seeking out treasure, finding the rest of the crew, and helping out the people of the island. Combat's constant in the game, with players using melee attacks and special abilities to fight enemies armed with a variety of weapons and skills. Despite the violence, there's no blood or gore, with defeated enemies simply being knocked out and vanishing. There are a few suggestive lines, and some of the female characters are presented in a sexualized manner. Some characters are also seen smoking cigars or cigarettes.

Home & Garden

This Japanese garden has been a labor of love for 35 years

Step out David Boteach's front door and a gentle world beckons – one filled with wondrous plants, waterfalls and whimsical bronze busts of fauna peeking over the leafy flora. Here sit two frogs shyly holding hands beside a lily pond; there stands a blue heron looking past a cinnamon-skinned paperbark maple toward a pool of pot-bellied koi. Peppered throughout the pebble-strewn paths, beneath graceful hinoki cypress and a stunning weeping Atlas cedar are a half-dozen stone Buddhas, their benign smiles affirming what is clear to all:

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What is AirDrop and why are kids using it?

You may wonder why certain social media such as Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok get so popular with kids and teens practically overnight. It's because kids want to be where their friends are. But what if your kid wants to share something with someone they're not friends with online, like their assigned lab partner, kids at their cafeteria table, or teammates after practice? In that case, they can use AirDrop. Though most kids use AirDrop perfectly safely, it has the potential for misuse that parents should keep an eye out for. This guide offers answers to parents' most-often-asked questions about AirDrop.

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Chelsea Clinton puts a spin on storytime at laundromat’s new learning space

The 24-hour Wash Time laundromat at Fullerton and Cicero, sprawled next to a Family Dollar store in a plaza in Belmont-Cragin, was buzzing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, the aisles jammed with people in business clothes, awaiting a visit from Chelsea Clinton, who would be cutting the ribbon on a new literacy space sponsored, in part, by the Clinton Foundation. Though signs taped to the front doors announced the laundromat was closed for the morning, a few people still manned the machines as event attendees jostled and talked. Laundry, as everyone who's ever been down to their last clean shirt knows, must go on.

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Confused by parental controls? Here’s what you need to know.

Even if you've talked to your kids about screen-time limits and responsible online behavior, it's still really tough to manage what they do when you're not there (and even when you are). Parental controls can support you in your efforts to keep your kids' internet experiences safe, fun, and productive. They work best when used openly and honestly in partnership with your kids – not as a stealth spying method.

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Style at Home: Celebrating the kitchen, the heart of the home

In my house, we sleep in the bedrooms, relax in the family room, and we live in the kitchen. It is the meeting place after a long day and the hub of activity during a weekend at home. When hosting guests, I find myself entertaining more and more from my modestly sized kitchen. Even though we don't intend to host by the oven, as house layouts trend increasingly toward open concepts, the kitchen is no longer a hidden room for immediate family. Instead, it has become a shared space for all who visit. I have found bringing decor and design into the kitchen a challenging but fun experience. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when decorating your kitchen.

Tennessee firefighters rescue dog that got trapped chasing squirrel in attic

A dog in Chattanooga, Tennessee, got herself into a spot of trouble on March 14 when she chased a squirrel into her family home’s attic, and managed to get stuck. The firefighters had to cut an opening using a saw to free the dog.