Only in America
So many Americans are hooked on opioids that mussels in waters off Seattle have tested positive for oxycodone. Mussels naturally filter contaminants from seawater, and Puget Sound contains wastewater from Seattle’s sewage plants. Jennifer Lanksbury, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist, said the mussels’ positive test shows that “there’s a lot of people taking oxycodone in the Puget Sound area.”
Two customers are suing McDonald’s for $5 million, claiming burgers ordered without cheese should cost less. Floridians Cynthia Kissner and Leonard Werner say that since McDonald’s charges less for standard hamburgers than for cheeseburgers, a similar discount should apply to Quarter Pounders ordered “without cheese.” McDonald’s, the suit says, is charging “for cheese it does not deliver.”
Boring but important
FBI warns of hacked internet routers
Hackers linked to the Russian military have compromised hundreds of thousands of home internet routers in at least 54 countries, the FBI said last week, as U.S. authorities urged anyone with a router to reboot it. Sofacy Group, also known as A.P.T. 28 and Fancy Bear, has seized control of at least 500,000 routers with malware capable of blocking web traffic, collecting personal information, and disabling devices entirely. The group, which is believed to be controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency, was also behind the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee. Officials say that anyone who owns a router turn it off and then back on, and upgrade the firmware. Affected devices include those made by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, and TP-Link.