Washington, DC - Ask Rusty - Losing Benefits You Have Earned

Dear Rusty: I'm 73 years old and have finally decided to call it quits from working and start taking life easy.  My wife is 72 and has never worked outside our home, but we're both in good health and are looking forward to "the good life" just doing what we want to do.  I haven't taken my Social Security yet because I've been working, but now that I'm retired from work we'll need the extra money to do the things we want to do.  How and when should I apply for benefits? ~ Finally Retired

Imperial, California - DNA testing appears to have been a very popular activity this holiday season.  A pair of 60 year olds in Hawaii, friends since they were in the sixth grade together, decided to take DNA tests.   Alan Robinson who was adopted at an early age and Walter Macfarlane who never knew his father used a gene matching Web site to find clues as to their family histories. 

Washington, DC - Looking for an attention-getting idea when decorating your Christmas tree this year?  How about festooning that conifer with live birds. 

New York - Diet and dietary practices differentially affect mental health in young adults versus older adults, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Imperial, California - Can a new edible concoction from Finland become a Holiday Tradition like turkeys and plum pudding?  A Finnish bakery has introduced what might be the world's first bread made with crickets, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Los Angeles, California - It's called the Museum of Failure but the touring exhibition that opened in Los Angeles this holiday season is anything but a failure, says the Association of Mature American Citizens.