CDC Urges More Attention to Defrauding Seniors

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is known for its efforts to combat obesity, or Zika, or the H1N1 flu virus. It now is drawing attention to a hazard that doesn’t sound like a disease at all, “senior financial abuse.” A 2016 survey from the Investor Protection Trust said almost 1 in 5 seniors, some 7 million Americans, report that they have been victims of exploitation.


FBI Reports Violent Crime Surge, But What Does It Mean?

The FBI says overall reports of violent crime increased by 8.6 percent in 2016, and homicides were up 4.1 percent. One analyst called the increases “ominous,” following similar upticks in 2015. Others point out that crime in the U.S. is still at modern historical lows. “What’s going on?” asked another expert. “No one really knows.”

The Real Lessons of Bernie Madoff’s Crimes

The jailed Wall Street financier has been a poster symbol for the corruption and fraud that many believe led to the 2008 financial meltdown. But a new book by sociologist Colleen Eren argues that the real problem is the economic culture that allowed him to flourish.