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End of the railroad for the $1bn old boys' club

For years, no one could understand why such a huge proportion – 97 per cent – of Long Island Railroad workers retired on disability benefit. Now the brazen secret is out, and the perpetrators are facing jail. David Usborne on a spectacular scam

Album: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Wolfroy Goes To Town (Domino)

The stark landscape of Will Oldham's album is the musical equivalent of King Lear's blasted heath (indeed, in "New Whaling" the protagonist is a monarch of sorts laid low by his own urges).

Madoffs in suicide bid after fraud

The wife of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff says the couple tried to kill themselves after he admitted stealing billions of dollars in the largest Ponzi scheme in history.

Khodorkovsky was to be freed today but will stay in jail until 2016

Poignant pen from prison cell of Russian oligarch

Khodorkovsky's son says smuggled writings reveal a changed man

Don't let the cost of building insurance crack your budget

With the expectation of another harsh winter, the cost of buildings insurance premiums have shot up. In the past 12 months the average cost of buildings cover has rocketed 14.3 per cent according to the AA Insurance Premium Index.

Olympus investors demand review

Chief executive's removal after only two weeks prompts questions over controversial transactions

London named fraud capital of UK

London is the fraud capital of the UK, being home to around three-quarters of the UK's "identity fraud hotspots", a study has found.

UBS trader Kweku Adoboli remanded

The alleged rogue trader accused of gambling away a record £1.5 billion was today committed to crown court.

Fired Olympus boss hits out at boardroom 'cancer'

The ousted Olympus chief executive, Michael Woodford, pledged yesterday to return if shareholders cut out the "cancer" at the company by removing the current board.

Fraudster jailed after faking his own death

A pensioner from Kent has been jailed after faking his own death in Central America so that he could secure a £520,000 life insurance payout.

Judgment puts Madoff payments on hold

Payouts that would have been mailed out today to victims of Bernard Madoff's investment fraud have been put on hold, after a legal judgment that may have blown a $3bn hole in efforts to recover lost money.

Profile: The 'thoroughly decent' man who was left looking for a miracle

Neighbours of Kweku Adoboli had noticed him working much longer hours than normal in recent days, doubtless assuming that the smartly dressed trader was engrossed in one of the big deals that had propelled him into the upper echelons of one of the City's most illustrious banks.

Freedom, By Jonathan Franzen

My family and other disasters

Kate Hughes: Time to get a grip on the 'need' to own our property

It comes to something when normally law-abiding citizens start forging payslips to get a larger mortgage, risking a criminal conviction while they're at it. Apparently it's a "fraud for need, not fraud for greed" thing according to a spokesperson from the UK fraud prevention service CIFAS, but I'm not sure about the "need" bit at all. Despite a good two years of belt-tightening and wringing our hands, we're still not learning our lesson are we? And it's not like that lesson isn't a straightforward one – don't buy something until you can afford it, including property.

Fraud measures could damage housing market

A scheme tackling mortgage fraud – which cost the industry about £1bn last year – may slow applications in an already stagnant market, mortgage brokers have warned.

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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