Plan Now to Avoid an Inheritance Feud Later

Infighting among heirs is on the rise, thanks to the weak economy, the increase in blended families and a host of other factors. Probably the biggest is simply poor planning. Life is complicated enough, so don't bequeathe a battle to your heirs. Here's some straight advice.

BP's Oil Well Near Death, But Disaster Not Over

The impending death of BP's blown-out oil well will bring one piece of the catastrophe that began five months ago to an anticlimactic end. But it is an important milestone for the still-weary residents of the Gulf Coast.

Workplace Fatalities Plunged in 2009

Last year saw a sharp decline in on-the-job injuries in the United States, mainly because there were fewer jobs. Workplace fatalities due to injuries plunged 17% to 4,340 in 2009, The Wall Street Journal reported. That%u2019s the lowest since records began 18 years ago.

Cheez Doodle Inventor Morrie Yohai Dies at 90

Morrie Yohai, inventor of the Cheez Doodle snack food, died on July 27 at his home in King's Point, New York. He was 90. For millions of consumers, the puffed-corn treats, coated in aerosolized cheese, are a childhood classic.

Bad Fortune: Five Bizarre Billionaire Murders

Money can buy you power, but it can't always save your life: Here's a list of the world's richest murder victims, some of whom met deadly ends that one would more likely expect to see on the movie screen: bombs, arson and even a kinky sadomasochistic sex scene.

Breastfeeding Could Save Billions of Dollars, Hundreds of Lives

Sometimes, doing the simplest things can save not only money, but lives. A recent study published in Pediatrics found that the low level of breastfeeding in the U.S. is costing the country at least $13 billion each year, with nearly all of the cost related to infant illnesses and deaths.

Recession takes a toll on cemeteries

There's an old saying about death being a recession-proof business. After all, come hell or high water (or maybe because of them), somebody's going...

Deaths drop, suicides spike at work

Workplace deaths are down 10 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unfortunately, the number of suicides jumped 28 percent in 2008,...

A green lining for the bad economy

Two headlines in my local paper today made me re-think the phrase, "silver lining." Because according to The Oregonian today, the bad economy has a...

Great. It even costs more to be dead

Real estate prices aren't going down in every location. The cost of a burial plot seems to be rising nationally, for example. In a community...

Man dies after retirement party

Dying is bad, any way you look at it, but I don't know what's worse: Dying after celebrating bowling a perfect game, or having your colleagues throw...