Anonymous announced it was going after the KKK — and then things got complicated

Anonymous is at it again. This time the “hacktivist” group — that’s short for hacker/activist — is targeting the Ku Klux Klan. Anonymous says it’s going to give out personal information of 1,000 KKK members on Thursday as part of a social media campaign using the hashtag #HoodsOff. But nothing is simple in murky world of online activism. After someone leaked phone numbers and emails that were purportedly KKK members’, a lot of denials followed and then another person or group claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous tweeted that it had not released any information and implied that to do so was reckless. So who is Anonymous? And what’s with the Guy Fawkes image? Reporter Elizabeth Weise explains all that here.

The Volkswagen emissions scandal just got worse

The EPA says the German automaker not only cheated emissions regulations on diesel cars, but it also installed a “defeat device” in some VW, Porsche and Audi SUVs. You might recall that he EPA first accused the company of cheating emissions regulations in September. At the time, Volkswagen admitted that it had flouted regulations on up to 11 million cars worldwide. But Monday’s revelation broadens the scandal to more than 10,000 additional vehicles — just in the USA: the 3-cylinder diesel engine versions of the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L and Q5. This means VW could face more than $375 million in Clean Air Act penalties — on top of the $18 billion in penalties it could incur from the previous violations.

Wow. ‘Brangelina’ chat it up with Tom Brokaw — about everything

Or almost everything. In a rare and very candid interview on the Today show, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt opened up about their marriage, Jolie’s health and their new movie, By the Sea. All three aspects of their lives were intertwined — and not just because the movie portrays a troubled marriage (which Jolie emphasized was NOT based on their own). While the film was being edited, Jolie learned she could have signs of early-stage ovarian cancer, and she decided to have her ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed — just two years after she underwent a preventive double mastectomy. Pitt, who described his role in the ordeal as “support,” said it only brought the couple and their six children closer together.

People are getting sick at our favorite restaurant

And it’s making us nervous. You might have heard that over the weekend Chipotle closed its restaurants in Oregon and Washington state after at least 22 people were sickened by E. coli that was traced to Chipotle meals purchased between Oct. 14 and Oct. 23. No one has died, but about a third of the people have been hospitalized. The food-safety scare is seriously unwelcome news for the fast-casual chain, driving stock prices down Monday and coming on the heels of a less-than-stellar October sales report.



The Oregon Health Authority is investigating a possible E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in Oregon and Washington state. At least 22 people have been sickened; most of them reported eating at Chipotle.