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    1. 6 Overnight Train Trips in North America

      There was once a time when a cross-country journey promised comfort and scenery — rather than a few hours buckled into a flying metal tube.

      On a train, passengers are free to get out of their seats to stretch their legs. They can strike up conversations with fellow passengers over dinner, and take in the ever-shifting scenery from out the large windows in special domed cars. During popular travel seasons, some trips feature National Park Service volunteers presenting programs about the history and significance of the passing landscape.

      On most trains, sleeping arrangements range from reclining chairs similar to a first-class plane seat to a variety of sleeping cabins; Amtrak has “roomettes,” which are private compartments that convert to beds in the evening. A more budget option: spending the night in a chair. (You'll want to bring a blanket, pillow and perhaps an eye mask and earplugs.) Some vacation trains ...

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    2. 5 Leadership Strategies to Improve Team Performance and Grow Your Small Business

      5 Leadership Strategies to Improve Team Performance and Grow Your Small Business

      The best ways to react when your team members seem uninspired and unmotivated.

      Every small business owner aspires to grow, but that process involves challenges that are not easily fixed just by talking about goals, budgets and weekly tasks. Sometimes, a subculture of dissatisfaction creeps in, and employees start to feel uninspired and unmotivated.

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    3. Is Your Cannabis Safe? 5 Questions To Ask Yourself

      Is Your Cannabis Safe? 5 Questions To Ask Yourself

      Not all cannabis is created equal. Wise consumers know how to spot the real stuff from the black market poison.

      in 2019, cannabis-related media headlines were dominated by the public health crisis surrounding vaping and other electronic smoking devices. In a majority of the reported incidents, the products were unlawful or counterfeit and purchased from illegal operators.

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    4. Mission Hospital’s $80 million cancer institute opens in Mission Viejo

      Mission Hospital’s $80 million cancer institute opens in Mission Viejo

      An $80 million cancer institute Mission Hospital will give south Orange County patients an option for treatment closer to home.

      On Thursday, Nov. 7, the hospital is opening the first two floors of its four-story, 104,000-square-foot Leonard Cancer Institute.  Located across the street from Mission Hospital’s main campus and next to the Shops at Mission Viejo, the institute is the first cancer research and treatment facility based in south county, hospital officials said.

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    5. Why Lifelong Learning is the Key to Entrepreneurial Success

      Why Lifelong Learning is the Key to Entrepreneurial Success

      The key to success has less to do with obsessing over consuming the 'right kinds' of materials and more to do with how you use what you learn.

      How can we make learning our default mode?

      According to Holmes, it’s not about amassing random knowledge or memorizing copious amounts of information. It’s about turning what we absorb into strategic action.

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    6. Medicare rules and costs for people age 65 who are still working

      Medicare rules and costs for people age 65 who are still working

      It's becoming a common scenario: You're creeping closer to your 65th birthday, which means you'll be eligible for Medicare, yet you already have health insurance through work. Sound familiar? If so, you might have options. While workers at businesses with fewer than 20 employees generally must sign up for Medicare at age 65, people working for larger companies typically have a choice: They can stick with their group plan and delay signing up for Medicare without facing penalties down the road, or drop the company option and go with Medicare. 

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    7. Employees Should Know These Three 2020 Tax Numbers

      Employees Should Know These Three 2020 Tax Numbers

      We’re all super busy in January, but don’t forget basic tax planning for 2020. At the start of each year, key numbers in many tax-law provisions are adjusted for inflation. While the IRS and Social Security Administration announce these figures in the fall, January is really when you need to pay attention to them. Many of the adjustments are important for employees, their paychecks, and their basic tax planning for 2020.

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    8. Does Medicare Pay For Long-term Care? Don’t Make A Big Mistake!

      Does Medicare Pay For Long-term Care? Don’t Make A Big Mistake!

      Who needs long-term care and why?

      Maybe, eventually, every one of us will need this care. Consider these statistics. 

      • A person turning 65 today has almost a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care services and support in their remaining years. 
      • 20% of those turning 65 will need care for longer than five years. 
      • About 35% of people who reach age 65 are expected to enter a nursing home at least once in their lifetime.
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    9. Former Mrs. Florida Karyn Turk headed to prison for stealing mom's checks

      Former Mrs. Florida Karyn Turk headed to prison for stealing mom's checks

      A federal judge in Florida ordered Mrs. Florida 2016 to spend a month in jail for stealing her mother's Social Security checks rather than using the money to pay for nursing home care.

      U.S. Magistrate Bruce Reinhart also sentenced Karyn Turk on Thursday to five months of house arrest when she gets out of prison and to perform 100 hours of community service in a nursing home, the Palm Beach Post reported.

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    10. Social Security Changes for 2020: Raises, COLA, Taxes, Benefits

      Social Security Changes for 2020: Raises, COLA, Taxes, Benefits

      Each year, those saving for and living in retirement should check up on their Social Security accounts and be aware of what changes are coming in the new year.

      This year, a set of scheduled annual changes are set to go into effect, following on the heels of the Securing Every Community for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act that was passed by Congress and signed into law in late December.

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    11. Downside of California’s decade of boom

      Downside of California’s decade of boom

      Right now, politicians and media alike are juxtaposing the hallmarks of California’s current boom with our deep problems — as if they represented a contradiction, and a puzzle. How can a place be so wealthy and innovative and progressive, they ask, and yet so poor and calamitous and ungenerous at the same time?

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    12. How to Save for Retirement While Running a Business

      How to Save for Retirement While Running a Business

      Entrepreneurs who put all their eggs in a single savings basket put themselves at risk.

      Freelancers, solopreneurs and small-business owners take huge risks by choosing self-employment over traditional careers. Not only do they give up the security of steady paychecks, but they must also give up the perks that come with the cash.

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    13. A New Year's Checkup for Financial Success in 2020 and Beyond

      A New Year's Checkup for Financial Success in 2020 and Beyond

      As 2020 kicks off, it’s a great time to make sure your savings and investments are aligned with your goals and not creating unnecessary taxes. Here are some key steps. Figure out how much income you’ll need in retirement. You can do it at any age, but it’s especially important in your 50s and 60s. Many people can calculate it themselves using a retirement calculator on the web. Searching for “retirement income calculator” will give you a number of choices.

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