change your password
August 5, 2014

With 1.2 billion stolen web credentials in the possession of a hacking ring, you might want to consider changing your online passwords.

Security experts believe this is the largest stockpile of stolen credentials in history, NPR reports. The gang has user names, email addresses, and passwords, having targeted 420,000 websites of all sizes in several countries, including Russia and the United States. The New York Times broke the story, and says the ring is based in a small city in south-central Russia and is comprised of less than 12 men in their 20s.

"I think all internet users should assume they've been impacted by this," Orla Cox, director of security response for anti-virus software company Symantec, told NPR. "Clearly these aren't opportunists, they aren't hobbyists. These are full time cyber-criminals, they have been likely carrying this out for a number of months, maybe even years."

The breach was discovered by Milwaukee-based Hold Security, and the company is not saying which businesses were targeted, as many still aren't safe from hackers.

Numbers don't lie
3:23 a.m. ET

China will budget about $145 billion for its military in 2015, a spokeswoman for the National People's Congress said on Wednesday. That's about a 10 percent increase, and it follows years of double-digit military spending hikes — and double-digit economic growth. And actual spending on the People's Liberation Army, especially its naval branch, will probably exceed the budgeted amount, The New York Times reports. Read the entire Times article, especially if you are interested in China's military, but for a brief look at how China's military spending stacks up to its rival world powers, BBC News has this short video. You'll get some big numbers, but the BBC also threw in as background some country-specific video of what each nations spends its military budget on. Watch below. —Peter Weber

live like an a-lister
1:55 a.m. ET

If you've ever wanted to spend the night in Leonardo DiCaprio's house, now's your chance.

The actor is renting out the $5 million Palm Springs house he purchased about a year ago at the not-such-a-bargain price of $4,500 a night, with a two night minimum. The 7,022-square-foot Modern masterpiece was designed by Donald Wexler in 1964 for Dinah Shore, and was remodeled before DiCaprio bought it. The house boasts six bedrooms, seven-and-a-half bathrooms, a pool, tennis courts, and a casita. While sadly the $4,500 a night fee doesn't include a visit from DiCaprio, it does provide daily maid service and WiFi.

There are some stipulations as to who can stay at the property, ABC Los Angeles reports. The house will not be rented out to fraternities, sororities, or any other organizations with members under the age of 25. You also can't play loud music, host big parties, smoke, or bring your pets...with those rules, it might just be better to stay home.

Buh Damn
1:37 a.m. ET

Parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone else who has to deal with teenagers, listen up: Seth Meyers will accurately explain what "on fleek" means in the Late Night video below. But under no circumstances should you use any of the other teen slang words in the manner he explains. In fact, it's probably safer not to use any of them at all. Especially "twant." On the other hand, you should watch for the laughs. (Warning: Meyers at times uses slightly crude language you and your coworkers/children/parents will understand.) —Peter Weber

next time order a salad
1:24 a.m. ET
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A New Jersey appellate court ruled on Wednesday that a man who was burned by a hot skillet while praying at an Applebee's cannot seek damages from the chain for his injuries.

Hiram Jimenez said that in March 2010, his waitress at the Westampton, New Jersey, Applebee's did not warn him that his steak fajita skillet was extremely hot, and when he bent over it in prayer, he heard sizzling noises and felt grease splatter in his left eye and on his face, NBC Los Angeles reports. Jimenez said he panicked, causing the food to fall into his lap and resulting in more burns. He does not have any scarring from the incident.

The appellate court upheld an earlier lower court ruling that dismissed the suit on the grounds that hot food posed an "open and obvious danger."

Blood and Soup
12:53 a.m. ET
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The details of Thursday morning's knife attack on U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert at a breakfast lecture in Seoul are not 100 percent clear — an event organizer said that the assailant ran up to Lippert, screaming, as soup was being served, then began slashing; a reporter tells The New York Times that Lippert "was exchanging name cards when a man approached the ambassador and toppled him and attacked him in the face with a knife."

But the motives of the attacker, 55-year-old Kim Ki-Jong, seem pretty certain. As he was cutting Lippert on the face and wrist with a 10-inch blade, Kim reportedly yelled "South and North Korea should be reunified," and after the attack he told reporters that he was angry about ongoing joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises. North Korea calls the annual exercises a provocation each year, and fires missiles in protest; anti-U.S. activists in South Korea protest the military drills, too.

Lippert is in stable condition, and the wounds aren't life-threatening, according to the State Department, which strongly condemned the attacks. President Obama also called Lippert, a former national security adviser, at the hospital to wish him a speedy recovery. South Korean President Park Geun-hye, on tour in the Middle East, called the incident "not only a physical attack on the U.S. ambassador in South Korea but also an attack on the Korea-U.S. alliance and we will not tolerate it."

Lippert, 42, is a decorated Navy veteran and expert on Asia policy, and has been ambassador since last October.

your health
12:40 a.m. ET
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Skip the soda and dump the donuts: The World Health Organization says that people across the globe are eating way too much sugar and need to drastically slash their intake.

The agency has issued new guidelines that recommend eating just 6 to 12 teaspoons — yes, teaspoons — a day. This applies to sugar that is added to processed food and found in juices and syrups, not sugar naturally found in fruit, milk, and vegetables. "We have solid evidence that keeping intake of [added] sugars to less than 10 percent of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity, and tooth decay," Francesco Branca, director of WHO's nutrition department, said in a statement.

Americans get about 13 percent of their calories from added sugar, which comes out to about 268 calories a day and 18 teaspoons, The Associated Press reports. To meet these new guidelines, they will have to cut their sugar intake by two-thirds. Experts say most people don't realize the amount of hidden sugars in their food, including items that aren't sweet, and the public's love of sugar is bordering on an addiction. "The trouble is, we really do like sugar in a lot of things," Oxford University's Kieran Clarke told AP. "Even if you are not just eating lollies and candy, you are probably eating a fair amount of sugar."

the long and short of it
12:03 a.m. ET

Hillary Clinton has now personally responded to recent reports about her use of a private email address, hosted on home-brewed servers, while she was secretary of state. And she did it in a tweet:

Presumably the State Department has to decide which emails are classified. But since it's hard to say much in 140 characters, more details are presumably coming.

that's really old
March 4, 2015

A team of researchers looking for fossils made an incredible discovery in the Afar region of Ethiopia: Lodged in a hillside was the lower jawbone and five teeth of an individual that likely lived 2.8 million years ago, the oldest remains ever found belonging to the genus Homo.

The area is now dry, but researchers believe it was once filled with rivers, wetlands, and grass. The jawbone is 400,000 years older than the fossils that once held the record as the earliest known remains from the Homo lineage, The Guardian reports. "This is the first inkling we have of that transition to modern behavior," Brian Villmoare at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas told The Guardian. "We were no longer solving problems with our bodies but with our brains."

The jawbone was found in January 2013 by Chalachew Seyoum, an Ethiopian member of the team studying at Arizona State University. The researchers made a recent return to the site, but are not allowed to say what — if anything — they discovered on this trip. Villmoare said that while the jawbone could belong to Homo habilis, it is more likely from a new species that lived before Homo habilis. The team says this will remain a mystery until more remains are found.

March 4, 2015
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Ben Carson is backpedaling from comments he made on CNN Wednesday about prison proving that homosexuality is "absolutely" a choice.

"A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they're gay," the neurosurgeon and potential 2016 Republican presidential nominee had told CNN. "So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question."

He apparently took his own advice. On his Facebook page Wednesday night, Carson wrote: "I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues. I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended."

Carson went on to say that he also supports "human rights and Constitutional protections for gay people," as well as civil unions.

conan goes to cuba
March 4, 2015

During his recent trip to Cuba, Conan O'Brien had just one goal: To make new friends. In the opening of his special "Conan in Cuba" episode, the host does his best to ingratiate himself with some ferocious dogs, elderly women, and confused grocery store employees, all while using the few Spanish phrases he knows. Watch the clip below to see how successful he was on his mission. —Catherine Garcia

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