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Your Identity Is Worth $5 on the Black Market


Hackers have access to your data, and they’re selling it for only $5, according to an article in GigaOm.

You enter a great deal of information about yourself online every day. Whether you’re inputting your credit card information on a site like Amazon, verifying an account with your social security number or simply checking your Twitter feed, you’re exposing yourself to hackers. All your online information can be bundled and sold on the black market.

Think that your credit card number, social security number, expiration date and mother’s maiden name would be worth thousands to someone trying to steal your identity? Think again. Such “fulls”—a single package with all the aforementioned information—sell for only $4 or $5 per victim.

But according to cyber security experts at RSA, the security division of EMC, financial information isn’t the only thing hackers are mining from your web activity. Stealing social media accounts…

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Chopping Wood a Manlier Feel than Sports


Being a lumberjack has long been considered among the “manliest” of professions, but now there may be scientific proof to back it up.

Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara have discovered that chopping wood significantly increases testosterone levels, even more so than competitive activities.

Scientists have known for a while that competitive exercise, like sports, tend to increase how much testosterone the body releases. The study, published in Evolution & Human Behavior, sought to determine how non-competitive exercise — like food production — compared. In order to do so, researchers tested the testosterone levels of the indigenous Tsimane people in central Bolivia before and after they cut down trees. Their results showed a 46.8 percent increase in testosterone levels following the wood cutting, a full 17 percent higher than the testosterone bump caused by playing soccer.

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Get Ready For a COLD Winter


This winter threatens to be “bitterly cold,” with below-average temperatures in two-thirds of the country. That’s if you believe the folksy — but often, they claim, accurate — Farmers’ Almanac.

The almost 200-year-old almanac again comes out Monday, and the AP reports it’s predicting a harsh winter, one that could even bring a blizzard to the first outdoor Superbowl in years.

“We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold,” managing editor Sandi Duncan said.

The Almanac is also describing the coming winter as “piercing cold” and “biting cold.”

The Farmers’ Almanac predictions are based on the same analysis of sunspots and tidal action, largely ignored by modern meteorologists, that the publication has used since its first issue, in 1818. The publication claims it’s correct 80 percent of the time.


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New Kind of Back-to-School for Chicago Kids


Chicago children are walking unfamiliar paths, and in some cases across gang lines, for their first day back to school on Monday, after the city shuttered about 50 elementary schools amid restructuring.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel led the initiative to close schools to help pay down the city’s $1 billion budget deficit, meaning many students are going to new schools. But the first day back comes just a day after one man was shot on one of the routes students will be taking, and a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed near another.

Hundreds of “Safe Passage” workers in neon vests are working to make the routes safe.


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Police Find Body Snatched by Crocodile During Birthday Party


A birthday party in the Australian Outback went horribly awry Saturday when a crocodile engulfed a swimmer and pulled him underwater. After a weekend-long search, police reported Monday that the body of Sean Cole, 26, has been recovered, the Associated Press reports.

Cole and a friend had attempted to swim across a 260-foot-wide, “crocodile-infested” river during a 30th birthday party in the Mary River Wilderness Retreat, a touristy spot in the Outback near Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory. Tom Nichols, Northern Territory wildlife ranger, told the AP that witnesses saw the crocodile making its way upstream with the victim’s body in its mouth.

(MORE: 15,000 Crocodiles Escape from South Africa Farm)

Early Monday morning, officials found Cole’s body floating on the river’s surface, along with the carcass of a crocodile, which was more than 15 feet, 5 inches, long and weighed more than 1,430 pounds. Authorities believe the victim…

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Trump’s Taste of His Own Medicine


New York state is suing local bigmouth Donald Trump for $40 million, accusing him of running a bogus Trump University that promised students get-rich-quick schemes — but instead was just a series of pointless seminars costing up to $35,000.

And students didn’t even get to meet Trump like they expected — all they got was a photo-op with a life-sized cardboard cutout of the orange-haired real estate mogul.

But state attorney general Eric Schneiderman is just giving Trump, who is notoriously litigious, a taste of his own medicine. Here are some of the most famous (or infamous) legal threats and lawsuits that the Donald has made.

Real Lawsuit With Bill Maher
Trump announced in February on Fox & Friends that he would sue Real Time host Bill Maher for failing to pay up after a very public bet. Maher, mocking Trump’s $5 million pursuit of President Barack Obama’s college records…

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“The Boswell Sisters – It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing (1932)”


May the evening


pleasant slumber.