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When signing up for a Health Savings Account, make sure to read the fine print

Q: We have a Health Savings Account at a local community bank. It’s basically for large medical expenses, so we don’t use it often. We just received a notice in the mail that the account “has been inactive since March 2, 2016, and will become dormant on March 2, 2018. Although this is your money, the law requires us, after a certain period of time, to turn over the money on deposit in inactive accounts to the State. ... Dormant balances of $999 or less will be charged $6 monthly.” I thought an account had to be dormant much longer than two years. Doesn’t the state have better things to do than to go after accounts that have been inactive for two years or longer? Also, the $6-per-month fee seems excessive and the state should be more concerned about those high dormancy fees than two years of inactivity. Could you check this out please? It just doesn’t sound correct.

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This is why Russian athletes are still allowed to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Q: I have been watching the Olympics, and I still don’t understand something: I thought the Russians were banned because of doping, so how can their athletes be competing? What’s more, I was told that until about 1990 there was a rule stating that only amateurs could compete. Did the Soviet government pay their athletes’ living expenses but not give them a salary so they could say they weren’t professionals? I remember how unfair it seemed watching our college students competing against their much more mature athletes.

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White House lowers U.S. flag after Florida school shooting

Before President Donald Trump planned to address the nation Thursday morning about a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, he issued a proclamation honoring the victims of the shooting. It says, "Our nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones." As part of that proclamation, the president ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and all public grounds until February 19th.

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Symbio Zoo animals celebrate Valentine's Day

The adorable animals at Symbio Wildlife Park got into the Valentine’s Day spirit, enjoying some delicious treats and pretty flowers, as seen in this video released on February 14. Wombat Millie and koalas James and Imogen had a lot of fun with their keepers on the special day, while some cute possums tucked into gorgeous blooms.

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Valentine’s Day dilemmas and how to properly solve them

Q: My college daughter has a boyfriend now and she tells me she is getting him candy and flowers for Valentine’s Day. I thought it was men who gave women candy and flowers. When I made that comment to her, she was quick to tell me I needed “to get with it.” I decided to ask you if this is something I’ve been missing or is it something new? Do I “need to get with it”?

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