Washington, DC - Ask Rusty - Government Pension Offset (GPO) Dear Rusty:  Several years ago the husband of a friend of mine died before he collected any of his Social Security.  She applied for widow benefits from his Social Security, but she was told that because she had never paid into Social Security and because she had a pension from her employer, she was not eligible to draw survivor's benefits on his Social Security. What has this got to do with her not getting his Social Security?  Please help us understand this.  ~ Helpful Friend

Imperial, California - Just in time for Oktoberfest, German retailer43einhalb is offering sneakers that it describes as "puke and beer repellent." 

Washington, DC - Ask Rusty - Should I retire now or maximize? Dear Rusty:  I am 66, born 5/17/51, and planning for filing for my social security benefit. My husband is 60 and will be working for the next 7-10 years. We have our own corporation; he is a clinical psychologist and I work for the corporation as office manager. I will still continue to work. I am hoping to invest half of the SS check and use the other half for house projects, mortgage, and travel. Is there anything particular I need to know to apply or how I apply to maximize the most money? Our financial planner said filing or waiting was up to me. We are behind in saving for retirement, but also want to travel while we still are healthy enough to do so.  Signed:   Wanting to know more

Imperial, California - Britain mourns the death of what is said to be the oldest cat in the world, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].  Nutmeg succumbed to heart failure at the ripe old age of 32.

Imperial, California - For those who can't get enough of the continually updated listings in the Guinness Book of World Records, here's a new one that will have you wondering: how did he do that? 

Washington, DC - The winner of the 2017 Grateful American Book Prize is Margot Lee Shetterly, for her non-fiction work, HIDDEN FIGURES, a number one New York Times best seller, which tells the story of the pioneering African-American women who overcame racial barriers at NASA in the 1960s. They played significant roles in the very early days of America's space program.