| Jan 9, 2014
A year before California launched an upgrade to a computer system that pays disability claims to injured workers, state employee Michael O'Brien warned his bosses of big trouble ahead.
An application architect, he was in charge of making sure that the...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 9:53 AM
It would take the pen of Jonathan Swift* to fully describe Congress' willingness to beat up on the least fortunate members of society to protect the richest. The latest example is a plan to pay for a one-year extension of unemployment insurance by cutting...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Here are some important considerations to help you make the most of extra benefits for 2014.
-- 401(k) contributions. The contribution limit for 401(k)s, 403(b)s, 457s and the federal government's Thrift Savings Plan remains $17,500 in 2014, plus an...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 12:49 PM
A convicted felon charged in the 1988 slaying of a woman in her Rogers Park apartment was ordered held without bail today, authorities said.
DNA evidence helped Chicago police arrest Prentice Phillips, 48, of Evanston, who was charged Thursday with...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 9:37 AM
Is it possible for a major news organization to produce a story about the Social Security disability program without interviewing a single disabled person or disability advocate?
That's the experiment "60 Minutes" conducted Sunday. The result was...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 11:22 PM
PHOENIX — Matt Kemp spent the last seven weeks on the disabled list waiting to feel what he felt Monday night.
Adrenaline. Game on the line. Screaming fans.
Kemp cherished the moment, even if he didn't do what he envisioned when he was called by...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 9:53 PM
BOSTON – Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel will start Friday’s series opener in Tampa Bay, filling in for right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who will miss his next turn in the rotation with a lingering right groin strain, manager Buck Showalter...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 11:18 PM
PHOENIX — The champagne is still on hold for at least another day, but the Dodgers bounced out of their clubhouse here Tuesday night happily soaked in a different sort of bubbly.
There's nothing like being sprayed with a vintage Matt Kemp.
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
You can buy insurance that covers nearly any risk you can think of -- including alien abduction and excessive rain -- but that doesn't mean it's a good deal. Below are a couple of widely sold coverages that you probably don't need -- plus better ways to...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 12:51 PM
Now that we’ve all had a chance to be shocked by the dirty rich rats who hire a special tour guide so they can get onto the most popular Disney rides without waiting in a long line, let’s remember that the rich already had this ability,...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 9:28 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — There are days when it looks as if none of it ever happened — the shoulder injury late last season, the operation that followed, the early-season slump this year, the three stints on the disabled list that cost him 79 games....