Lisa McElroy

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You've undoubtedly heard the advice again and again: If you are close to retirement age, you should max out your contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans.
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The right to vote. Seems like it was settled a long time ago, when we gave women the vote, did away with poll taxes and lowered the voting age to 18.
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In 2012, Robert Allen Stanford was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors to the tune of $7 billion. While that might be only a fraction of the $65 billion that Bernard Madoff got away with, it's still about 10 percent of New York City's budget for 2013.
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At the time AARP took up their cause, Robert Bennett of Annapolis, Md., and Leila Joseph of Brooklyn, N.Y., had several things in common. They were older Americans. They were widowed. They were homeowners. And they both faced foreclosure and eviction on reverse mortgage loans.
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Imagine that you die after a long series of illnesses. Because you've been successful in your field and leave a considerable estate. You might expect a will challenge - sure. But from your former lawyer?  Now, that's one weird situation.
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Imagine that you're called for jury duty. Maybe you're excited - you've always wanted to see the justice system from inside. Maybe you're bummed out - you've already been through this routine more times than you can remember.
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Sometimes, if you fight very, very hard against injustice, you win.
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The holiday season is the time for big-screen blockbusters. So perhaps it's appropriate that 2014 has ushered in a real-life tale of activists, break-ins, surveillance and the FBI that has all the makings of an action-packed, big-screen thriller.
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It's all the "rage" - or is it?  The " knockout game" - not really a game, but rather a violent form of assault - has made headlines across the nation over the past several months. It involves knocking out an unsuspecting victim with a single punch. Some news organizations have reported that the "game," in which people of color, often older, are randomly attacked by young "players," has become an epidemic. Others, while acknowledging that the game exists, brand the so-called trend an urban legend.
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It's often true that older people feel lonelier as their children leave the nest, their friends move south and their spouses pass away.
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