GOOD DAY FOR: Laundering money, after chemist Yuegang Zuo reported that 90 percent of U.S. dollars in circulation carry traces of cocaine. That doesn’t mean that all cash was involved in drug deals or used to sniff coke lines, Zuo said; it can also become contaminated in bank money-counting machines. But while the amount of cocaine on dollars isn’t enough to pose a health risk, paper money does often carry disease-causing organisms. (CNN)
BAD DAY FOR: 130 million cardholders, after federal prosecutors charged ex-Secret Service informant Albert Gonzalez, 28, with stealing their credit and debit account information. Gonzalez is already in jail for swiping 40 million credit card accounts, the previous record for identity theft. (AP in Yahoo! Finance)
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