Imperial, California - A pair of Florida teens recently skipped class to go swimming off the coast of Vilano Beach, FL and were carried away by a strong ocean current. Tyler Smith and Heather Brown wound up two miles offshore treading water for some two hours. The 17-year-olds said they were so scared at the prospect of drowning that they prayed as hard as they could. And, their prayers were answered. 

Schuyler, Nebraska - Two guys got up early one morning recently to clean up after Platte River floodwaters near Schuyler, receded recently. And, as fate would have it, they were well rewarded at the end of a hard day’s work, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Budapest, Hungary - Ask a Hungarian and he or she is likely to tell you that Hungary’s capital, Budapest, is famous for its spas. But, the Association of Mature American Citizens reports that the “Queen of the Danube,” is fast gaining a reputation for its edgy grasp of 21st Century technology. 

Washington, DC -  I turned 67 in September 2018. My benefit estimate is $1478 a month if I claim benefits now. I work and will continue working as long as I can. My 35-year earnings period includes about ten years of zeros when I was married (twice for about 5 years each). If I claim benefits now will my monthly amount go up if I continue to work? I read that the SSA recalculates each year and uses your high years. I make about $57k a year now and hopefully will continue to do so. Does the SSA replace one of the zero years with the years I work after claiming benefits and raise my monthly benefit accordingly and how much? I truly appreciate your help with this as I would like to decide this month. I have read on SSA that if I don't claim it will go up 8% but I also have read I could be drawing benefits and working too, and this would be a better financial situation. ~ Working Senior

Washington, DC - Spring is a popular time to move, but unfortunately, people aren’t the only ones on the move. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Thursday signed a national proclamation to declare April “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month,” during a critical time when damaging invasive species known as Hungry Pests emerge and can be easily spread in the things people pack and move, such as outdoor items like grills, gardening equipment, wading pools and bicycles or patio furniture.

Mooresville, North Carolina - Charlie, an 11-year-old golden retriever belonging to the Stipe family of Mooresville, lost its eyesight and so the family adopted a puppy named Maverick to be a companion for Charlie.