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DATA BREACH: 500 Million Marriott Guests Affected

Marriott International announced today that its guest reservation database was hacked, and warned that the personal information of 500 million guests may have been exposed. 

The company says hackers were able to copy and encrypt information, and have likely been doing it as far back as 2014. Information that may have been lifted includes guest's names, home addresses, passport numbers, birth dates and other personal information. Some credit card information may also have been exposed. 

The company says it has taken steps to fix the problem and continue to investigate the source of the breach. (NBC News)

Jailed Murderer May Have Killed 90 People - 

The most prolific serial killer in American history may be sitting in a Texas prison.

Samuel Little, 78, is serving life in prison after he was convicted in 2014 of killing three people in California.  During an interview with the FBI he confessed to about 90 murders across the country (2 in the Metro area) between 1970 and 2005.

Investigators have confirmed 34 of the confessed killings so far and many more are pending confirmation. The FBI says Little could be the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history if his confessions check out. Authorities say he targeted vulnerable women involved in prostitution or addicted to drugs.

Some of the locations of his alleged killings were in Florida, Ohio, Mississippi, Arizona, Nevada, and Kentucky. The cross country spree was possible since Little led a nomadic life since leaving his Ohio hometown in the 1950s. 

Source: Fox 4 Southwest Florida

Flooding Is Causing More Problems For Fire Ravaged California - 

Flooding is wreaking havoc on Butte County's fire charred hills.

Yesterday, torrential rains beat down on the region, forcing the temporary closure of Highway 99 and spurring evacuations in the hills surrounding Paradise, a town destroyed by the Camp Fire. Cal Fire had to ferry residents out of their homes at a low-lying area near Paradise and Highway 99 after rising waters threatened three families. About 50 vehicles were also trapped in the region, but eventually made it out okay after the down-pour slowed down.

Several locations throughout California have seen road closures and evacuations due to the precipitation. Rivers of fire debris are to blame for many of the closures. Residents of Paradise are allowed back into the area starting next week.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Congress Pressures VA To Pay Veterans Back Benefits Under Forever GI Bill -

 Pressure from Congress is convincing the Veterans Affairs Department to pay student veterans all the benefits they're due under the Forever GI Bill.

Yesterday's change of course came a day after, as we told you, V.A. officials told congressional staffers they would not retroactively pay vets whose checks were less than they were owed because of problems with the department's computer system.

Republicans and Democrats went after the V.A. in a hearing after the man who oversees the program said trying to determine who gets what money could be a “tremendous amount of activity for no gain.” Late in the afternoon, V.A. Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement student veterans would get all their monthly housing benefits under the Forever GI Bill. 

Source: NBC News


How To Handle Pets And Travel During The Holidays - 

Holiday time means travel time. You’ll be going somewhere during the season, but do you have your pets taken care of?

Instead of stressing out about what to do with your pet while you celebrate with friends and family, take a breath and make a plan. Every animal is different, so you’ll know if hiring a pet sitter or boarding Spot and Fluffy is a good thing.

Maybe you are going to take the furbabies along. We’ve got you covered there too. Before you make those plans, check our list of tips to prepare.

  • Know your animal. Make sure you choose the option best for them, not you.
  • Pack for your pets. Take their shot records and other necessities.
  • Make plenty of stops. If driving with a pet, stop for their convenience
  • Find a pet-friendly place. Whether they’re on the road trip or home, research where they’ll be staying. If boarding, do a heavy background check.
  • Keep stress levels low.

Source: Bustle


Does your family have a strange holiday tradition? According to a survey 20% of Americans say their family has some quirky holiday traditions LIKE watching horror movies on Christmas Day or sending holiday cards to people they don’t know.


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