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Q: I am 76 and my wife is 58. I own our home outright, and she will inherit the house when I die through a living trust. Is it to her advantage to maintain the situation the way it is from a capital gains perspective, or should I add her to the deed now? I am thinking of the step-up in valuation of the house when she inherits it to minimize her capital gains tax if/when she sells the house.

Because home prices have risen so dramatically since 2020, tax assessments are rising as well—which means larger annual property tax bills. Higher property taxes can be daunting for homeowners, but they are a boon for state and local governments that rely heavily on property tax revenue. Pro…

The Federal Reserve raised a key interest rate one-quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, the same level of an increase as in its previous meeting seven weeks ago. Repeating that small hike might not seem dramatic, but after a turbulent couple of weeks for the global economy, the 25-basis-point boost is a pretty big...

Authorities say a woman accused of setting fire last year to a Wyoming abortion clinic that was under construction told investigators that she opposes abortion and was experiencing anxiety and nightmares over the facility opening. According to court documents, 22-year-old Lorna Roxanne Green, of Casper, told an investigator she broke into the Wellspring Health Access clinic in Casper on May 25 and poured and lit gasoline. Green made an initial appearance by video Thursday in federal court in Cheyenne. She remains jailed in Wheatland with no bond set yet. Her attorney didn't immediately return a message seeking comment. The clinic has yet to open.

Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a pair of laws restricting the bathrooms transgender students can use and banning gender-affirming medical care amid a flood of legislation nationwide targeting the trans community. Doctors will have six months to cease prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. And transgender students will be barred from using public school restrooms that align with their gender identity. Students will need parental consent for special accommodations like using a faculty or single-occupancy restroom. Iowa LGBTQ advocacy groups, civil rights organizations and the state’s teachers’ union have condemned both laws.

A rural hospital in Idaho will stop delivering babies and providing other obstetrical care, citing recently passed laws in which physicians could be prosecuted for providing abortions, among other reasons. Bonner General Health will discontinue deliveries in mid-May. It also cited a declining number of deliveries and a loss of doctors among other factors. Those pregnant will most likely have to travel about 45 miles to Coeur d’Alene, or other hospitals farther away in Idaho, Washington and Montana. Hospital officials said the decision was a difficult one, and the state's shifting legal and political climate on medical care was partially to blame.

As spring sports get underway at East Palestine High School in Ohio, organizers are trying to create normalcy for student-athletes while cleanup from the February train derailment and toxic chemical burn continues just over a mile away. Environmental officials say testing shows the air and water there are safe, but health and safety concerns have disrupted the sports schedule. Nearly a dozen schools have pulled out of the invitational track meets East Palestine hosts. Athletic director Dwayne Pavkovich says he understands why they have reservations. But when other schools ask what they can do to help, his answer is simple: Come and play us.


For the first time in three decades, the U.S. has a new favorite dog breed, according to the American Kennel Club. Adorable in some eyes, deplorable in others, the sturdy, push-faced, perky-eared, world-weary-looking and distinctively droll French bulldog became the nation's most prevalent p…

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