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Today's News

  • Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 56 million Social Security recipients will see their monthly payments go up by 1.7 percent next year.

    The increase, which starts in January, is tied to a measure of inflation released Tuesday. It shows that inflation has been relatively low over the past year, resulting in one of the smallest increases in Social Security payments since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975.

    This year, Social Security recipients received a 3.6 percent increase in benefits after getting none the previous two years.

    About 8 million people who receive Supplemental Security Income will also receive the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, meaning the announcement will affect about 1 in 5 U.S. residents.

    Social Security payments for retired workers average $1,237 a month, or about $14,800 a year. A 1.7 percent increase will amount to about $21 a month, or $252 a year, on average.

    Social Security also provides benefits to millions of disabled workers, spouses, widows, widowers and children.

  • Today in History for October 16th
  • Art in Motion: Blending Science, Hi-tech and Art

    Robot flowers that flex and blossom are one of the highlights at the Kinetica Museum's exhibition in London. The show mixes technology, science and art.

  • Amphibious ATV Coming to a Dealership Near You

    The Quadski, a one-person motor boat that also drives on land, is being billed as the first high-speed, mass-produced amphibious vehicle by its makers, Michigan-based Gibbs Technologies. It's scheduled to go on sale for around $40,000.

  • Rocking at 50: Rolling Stones to Tour Again

    The legendary band, who celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first gig at a bash earlier this year, says it will return to the stage with four concerts in Newark, New Jersey, and London.

  • Prescribed burn NE of Jemez Springs set for this week

    San Juan Prescribed Burn in the Jemez Ranger District is being planned to begin Wednesday, Oct. 17, if conditions are favorable, fire managers will ignite the 7,300 acre San Juan prescribed burn, located 3-5 miles northeast of Jemez Springs. 

    Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day.  Prescribed burning is the managed application of fire to wildland fuels (woody material) under specified conditions, within predetermined boundaries in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community protection, and restore forest health.

    · The burn area is located 3-5 miles northeast of the Jemez Springs and 4-8 miles northwest of the community of Ponderosa.

    · During the three to five day burning period, 7,300 acres of hazardous fuels will be treated with hand and aerial ignitions. Approximately 2,500 acres are expected to be treated each day.

    · Larger blocks will be treated over a five day period which will increase daily smoke volume, but will decrease the number of days smoke is in the air.

    · Ignitions will not exceed more than five days. After ignitions are complete residual smoke will be visible for a few days.

  • 3 women arrested in death of Chimayo man

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three women were booked on first-degree murder and aggravated burglary charges in the fatal beating and stabbing of a man at his home in Chimayo.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that 64-year-old Rudy Montoya was found beaten and stabbed in his home Friday.

    The Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Department arrested the victim's niece, 34-year-old Rhiannon J. Montoya of Espanola, and two other women, 18-year-old Sheanee Martinez of Chimayo and 22-year-old Angel P. Baldonado of San Juan Pueblo.

    Investigators say Montoya engineered the crime, though she wasn't present when her friends killed Rudy Montoya.

    Police say Martinez stabbed the victim more than 40 times.

    Baldonado is accused of striking Rudy Montoya with a baseball bat.

    Authorities say Baldonado suffered burns while burning the victim's car to destroy evidence.

  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. CLINTON ON CONSULATE SECURITY: 'I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY'

    The Secretary of State pushed back against Republican criticism of the Obama administration for its handling of the attack in Libya.

    2. WHAT THE CANDIDATES NEED TO DO IN DEBATE TWO

  • Yeager Re-enacts Historic Sound Barrier Flight

    The first pilot to break the sound barrier did it again on Sunday. General Chuck Yeager flew faster than the speed of sound, exactly 65 years after his historic flight.

  • Today in History for October 15th