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LinkedIn hacked, over 6 million user details posted online

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LinkedIn has launched an investigation into reports that its password database has been compromised with more than 6 million users' details posted online.

The business social network is examining claims by security analysts that millions of encrypted passwords have been published on a Russian hackers' website.

Graham Cluley, the cyberthreats expert, said the passwords were now likely to be in the hands of criminals. He advised the website's 160m worldwide users to immediately change their login details.

The security scare will cause fresh embarrassment for LinkedIn, which is also facing privacy concerns about its mobile calendar application.

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Sexy Advertising On the Rise

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Magazine ads are becoming bolder.
Don't blush, but chances are the magazines you read are getting sexier.

Sexy advertisements are up in magazines from Playboy to Time and Newsweek to Esquire, according to new research from the University of Georgia. Since 1983, the percent of ads using sex to sell products rose from 15 percent to 27 percent by 2003.

Though sexual imagery is used to sell almost everything, even banking services, the bulk of the increase has come in ads for impulse buys: alcohol, entertainment, beauty supplies.

These products have long clung to the "sex sells" maxim, said study researcher Tom Reichert, a professor of advertising and public relations at the University of Georgia.

"Advertisers use sex because it can be very effective," Reichert said in a statement. (Past research has suggested, however, that sex doesn't sell to female readers, with sensual advertising images leaving women bored and uninterested.)

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Police State: Police handcuff 40 innocent motorists at gunpoint for two hours as they act on a tip to catch a bank robber at intersection

Police in Colorado stopped 25 cars and arrested and detained 40 innocent people over two hours as they turned their hunt for a bank robbery suspect into a frenzied blind search.

Handcuffing every adult at gunpoint, the intersection of E. Iliff Avenue and S. Buckley Road in Aurora, Colorado, turned into a chaotic scene as police swarmed the area looking for the suspected robber.

'Cops came in from every direction and just threw their car in front of my car,' said Sonya Romero, who was one of the drivers who had been handcuffed by police.


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21 Signs That This Could Be A Long, Hot, Crazy Summer For The Global Financial System

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Mass protest in Montreal seen from the air
The summer of 2012 is shaping up to be very similar to the summer of 2008. Things look incredibly bleak for the global economy right now. Economic activity and lending are slowing down all over the planet, and fear is starting to paralyze the entire global financial system. Things did not look this bad back in the summer of 2011 and things certainly did not look this bad back in the summer of 2010. It is almost as if a "perfect storm" is brewing. Today, the global financial system is a finely balanced pyramid of risk, debt and leverage. Such a system requires a high degree of confidence and stability. But when confidence disappears and fear and panic take over, the house of cards can literally start collapsing at any time. Right now we are watching a slow-motion train wreck unfold and nobody seems to know how to stop it. Unless some kind of a miracle happens, things are going to look much different when we reach the start of 2013 than they do today.

The following are 21 signs that this could be a long, hot, crazy summer for the global financial system....

#1 There are rumors that major financial institutions are cancelling employee vacations in anticipation of a major financial crisis this summer. The following are a couple of tweets quoted in a recent article by Kenneth Schortgen Jr....

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US Congresswoman Blackburn: TSA is staffed with pedophiles and child pornographers

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On Monday, Blackburn released a report titled "Not on my Watch": 50 Failures of TSA's Transportation Security Officers". The report lists 50 crimes committed by TSA agents, including two from Nashville International Airport.

Blackburn said that more needs to be done to keep bad apples out of the airport screening process.

"TSA needs to immediately remove themselves from the human resource business. This report details highly disturbing cases where pedophiles and child pornographers wearing federal law enforcement uniforms are not only patting down unsuspecting travelers, but in many cases stealing valuables from their bags. Enough is enough. It's time for Congress to step in and demand accountability from Administrator Pistole," said Blackburn.

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Mother charged with disorderly conduct. Her crime? Cheering at daughter's graduation


Florence, South Carolina mom Shannon Cooper was taken into custody minutes after she celebrated her daughter receiving her diploma. Apparently, her cheers were loud enough to get her handcuffed and arrested at the Florence Civic Center (video below).

Parents were warned by South Florence High School authorities not to cheer for their children or they would be removed, but Shannon Cooper did it anyway, on Saturday night.

Cooper told WPDE-TV: "Are ya'll serious? Are ya'll for real? I mean, that's what I'm thinking in my mind. I didn't say anything. I was just like 'Ok, I can't fight the law. I can't argue with the police, but I'm like are you serious?' I didn't do any more than the others did, which I feel like no one should have went to jail."

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Another New Zombie Attack: Louisiana Man Carl Jacquneaux Bites Chunk of Victim's Face Off

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A Louisiana man is in custody after allegedly biting the face off of another man. This latest "zombie" crime is at least the fourth reported cannibalistic incident since a Florida man stripped naked and chewed 80% of the face off a homeless victim.

Law Enforcement officials in Scott, Lousiana, confirmed that Car Jacquneaux, 43, attacked an unnamed victim and, using his teeth, tore parts of the man's face off.

"During the attack, the suspect bit a chunk of the victim's face," said assistant police chief Kert Thomas. "He was clearly under the influence of some kind of drug."

Local TV station KATC is reporting that a friend of the victim believes that Jacquneaux was under the influence of a street drug known as "bath salts." The potent hallucinogen is known to cause, delirium, distress, psychosis and even homicidal behavior.

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'Zombie attack': Homeless Miami man high growls, bites police officer, smashes head repeatedly against cell wall

A homeless man high on drugs and drunk on Four Loko growled and tried to bite off a police officer's hand after he was arrested for disturbing customers in a Miami fast food restaurant.

The incident comes just two weeks after Rudy Eugene chewed the face off a homeless man in Miami. The frenzied 18-minute attack only ended when police shot Eugene dead.

In this new case, Brandon De Leon, 21, repeatedly banged his head against the patrol car's Plexiglas and yelled, 'I'm going to eat you.' Both De Leon and Eugene are believed to have been under the influence of a potent drug, known as bath salts.

The shocking crimes have led to a safety warning issued to local police officers when they deal with Miami's homeless population.


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Teen brothers told mom victim's blood was 'chili'

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Two teen brothers have been charged with what
prosecutors call the brutal murder of 15-year-
old Hector Hernandez-Valdez.
Two teen brothers have been charged with what prosecutors call the brutal murder of a 15-year-old in Tacoma.

Luis Arroyo, 16, and Cristobal Arroyo, 14, have been charged with first degree murder in the death of Hector Hernandez-Valdez. Both have pleaded not guilty.

On the afternoon of June 1, the boys' mother came home to find blood and a recycling bin in her living room, according to the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. When she noticed towels and "reddish-brown" stains on the floor, her sons claimed to be cleaning up "chili" that they had spilled while making lunch.

When the mother went upstairs to find a boy's body lying on a sheet, she walked to a nearby police station to report the crime.

Meanwhile, police say the boys wrapped the victim's body in a blanket and placed it in a recycling bin in the alley behind the residence.

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Judge Says He Was Struck by a Police Officer in Queens

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Justice Thomas D. Raffaele said a police officer in Queens, enraged at a jeering crowd, hit him in the throat on Friday.
Thomas D. Raffaele, a 69-year-old justice of the New York State Supreme Court, encountered a chaotic scene while walking down a Queens street with a friend: Two uniformed police officers stood over a shirtless man lying facedown on the pavement. The man's hands were cuffed behind his back and he was screaming. A crowd jeered at the officers.

The judge, concerned the crowd was becoming unruly, called 911 and reported that the officers needed help.

But within minutes, he said, one of the two officers became enraged - and the judge became his target. The officer screamed and cursed at the onlookers, some of whom were complaining about what they said was his violent treatment of the suspect, and then he focused on Justice Raffaele, who was wearing a T-shirt and jeans. The judge said the officer rushed forward and, using the upper edge of his hand, delivered a sharp blow to the judge's throat that was like what he learned when he was trained in hand-to-hand combat in the Army.