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Billions of cicadas to ascend in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania

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Next month, parts of the U.S. can expect to see and hear lots of 17-year-old cicadas, which will rise from the ground to mate.

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The insects, which have spent the rest of their lives underground, only live above ground for about six weeks. The adults, the ones that make all the noise, only ascend above ground to reproduce.

Males use the harsh sound to look for females so they can mate in that brief time. The sound can reach over 90 decibels in some instances; that's about the same volume as a lawn mower.

The female cicadas will lay eggs in a tree, and after the eggs hatch, the newborn cicadas -- called nymphs -- will bury themselves in the ground, where they'll develop for 17 years. 

According to The Washington Post, female cicadas can lay up to 400 eggs each, across 40 to 50 sites.

During the upcoming mating season, there could be as many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre in some places.

The noise, which is mostly a daytime phenomenon, will probably last until mid- to late June, by which time most of the cicadas will probably die, according to Gaye Williams, a Maryland Department of Agriculture entomologist. Williams said predicting exactly when the emergence will end is tough because it depends on many variables, including temperature, moisture and humidity. 

The good news is that cicadas can’t chew, so they don’t devour plants and trees. Plus, they don’t bite or sting.

But if you live in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and other neighboring states, now might be the time to invest in some ear plugs.

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Want to live at Disney World? Here's your chance

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Homes located just four miles from Disney World's Magic Kingdom are now available for purchase.

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Disney's Golden Oak community is the first-ever area and resort that is so close to the Florida theme parks. 

Single-family, custom-built homes range from 3,800- to-12,000-sqaure-feet and start at $2 million.

Golden Oak will feature nearly 1,000 acres of residential and commercial areas. Once completed, the gated community will have four neighborhoods made up of close to 300 homes, all with different themes. 

Most of the homes will feature old-world Mediterranean and Caribbean architecture. Parks and green areas feature "enchanting sculptures of the classic Disney movie characters," including Snow White and the seven dwarfs. Golfing areas and serene and water views are also on-site.

What's more, homeowners can also enjoy the amenities of a luxe hotel, including access to the services at the neighboring Four Seasons Resort, Disney Parks tickets, Extra Magic Hours benefit, park transportation, private, group activities and events and access to a private 17,000-square-foot clubhouse that features a dining room, bar, gaming area and pool. 

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Home allegedly stalked by eerie 'Watcher' back on market for $1.25M

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Six bedrooms. Four bathrooms. One stalker.

A colonial-style Westfield, New Jersey, home that made headlines after the current owners claimed someone who identified himself as "The Watcher" sent them creepy, anonymous letters is back on the market for $1.25 million, NJ.com reports.

According to USA Today, Derek and Maria Broaddus bought the house for $1.3 million in 2014, but the couple and their three children never moved in after supposedly receiving threatening letters from the so-called "Watcher."

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"My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time," one letter read, according to NBC News.

The writer also said, "Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested? Once I know their names I will draw them to me," NJ.com reports.

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The Broadduses tried to sell the house but failed. Last summer, the couple sued the previous owners, John and Andrea Woods, claiming that they knew about the stalker but kept quiet, according to The Associated Press and NJ.com. The Woodses denied the accusations, saying they did receive an anonymous letter but that it wasn't disturbing. They have filed a counterclaim against the Broadduses for causing them emotional distress.

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Spring cleaners, beware: Brown recluse spiders could be lurking in the shadows

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As if you needed another excuse not to clean your house.

According to KFVS, brown recluse spiders become more active as the weather warms up – just in time for spring cleaning.

Here's what you need to know to identify – and avoid – the unwelcome arachnids:

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1. What do they look like? The nocturnal spiders can be as large as a half-dollar and usually have violin-shaped markings on their upper body. 

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2. Where are they found? According to Live Science, brown recluses live in the southern and central U.S., including the following states:

  • Alabama 
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana 
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

They like "dark, secluded places," such as in closets or under garbage cans, Live Science reports. They might be lurking in boxes, shoes or clothes in your garage or basement, Holly Schwarting, who works for Kansas State University's Department of Entomology, told KFVS.

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3. Are brown recluses dangerous? While fatalities are rare, you definitely don't want to get bitten by one.

"The brown recluse spider's bite can be kind of a nasty one," Schwarting told KFVS. "Their venom contains a material that causes our tissue to break down, so it can create a lesion and a slow-healing wound."

The bite may have a red or purple circle around it, according to MedlinePlus. Bite victims may experience discomfort, chills, itching, nausea, fever and sweating, the site says. Rarely, the bites can cause jaundice, kidney failure, blood in urine, seizures and comas. 

You should go to the nearest hospital, call 911 or contact the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you think you've been bitten, according to MedlinePlus.

4. How can I protect myself while cleaning? 

Schwarting offered the following tips to KFVS:

  • Wear leather gloves
  • Shake out shoes and coats
  • Set up glue traps
  • Pay attention to your surroundings

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Trump’s former $95 million mansion to be torn down

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An oceanfront mansion Donald Trump sold to a Russian billionaire for $95 million in 2008 is going to be torn down.

The demolition of the estate, which was the largest single residential sale ever in Palm Beach, Florida, was approved this week.

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Long before he became the 2016 Republican presidential front-runner, Trump purchased the mansion in 2004 at a foreclosure auction for $41.4 million. He then renovated the property before selling it to fertilizer mogul Dmitry Rybolovlev in July 2008, five months before the Great Recession hit Palm Beach.

The Architectural Commission green-lighted the demolition in a 4-3 vote.

Commissioners were not given specifics about what is being planned at the property, which measures 6 acres with 475 feet of oceanfront views.

But sources familiar with the estate told Palm Beach Daily News that it may be subdivided and redeveloped into two or three houses.

The main house encompasses about 62,000 square feet. Outbuildings bring the total square footage to 81,738, according to property records.

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Landscape architect Lynn Bender told the board that once the demolition was complete, the lot would be resodded until plans for it were finalized. Only the perimeter walls, fences, access gates, columns and small portion of main entry driveway will be retained. A fountain at the main entrance also will be removed.

Known as Maison de L’Amitie, the estate was the longtime home of the late health care magnate Abe Gosman, who lost it in foreclosure. Gosman died in 2013.

Over the past several years, the estate was among the disputed assets in contentious divorce proceedings, stemming from 2009, between Rybolovlev and his ex-wife, Elena. Last June, a Swiss judge reduced her $4.8 billion payout to about $604 million, but the couple reportedly settled for an undisclosed amount said to be close to $1 billion. Details were also not disclosed about whether ownership of the house had changed.

Commissioners discussed the project for about 25 minutes Wednesday. Newly-elected chairman Richard Sammons recused himself from the agenda item because of conflict, although he did not provide specifics as to why.

Anthony Mauro, of Mauro Brothers LLC, spoke on behalf of the owner’s representatives at the meeting.

A carriage house built in the 1930s is the oldest building on the property. The French provincial-style main house, finished by Gosman in 1988, has one story and a basement. “The house is in relatively good shape,” Mauro said.

Commissioner Michael Small said he was given a tour. “It truly is an exquisite property,” he said.

Mauro said there are a number of people interested in buying it.

Vice Chairwoman Ann Vanneck voted against the demolition. After the vote she explained that in demolition cases, commissioners usually are given an itemized list of trees that will be affected by the demolition with corresponding photos. Applicants typically include a notation for each plant listed as to whether plans call for it will be left in place, relocated or removed.

Jason Aldean releases candles made from recycled beer bottles

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Just before embarking on a summer tour, country singer Jason Aldean has released an interesting household item -- candles made out of recycled beer bottles

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Aldean, 39, promoted the candle on his Twitter account Monday. 

Aldean partnered with Unwined Candle Co. to create the "Laid Back" candle, which has an approximate burn time of 45 hours.

The candle is described as such on Aldean's website

"Handmade candle using recycled beer bottles and all natural soy wax. Bottle color may vary. Candle has an approximate burn time of 45 hours. Laid Back is inspired by Jason’s captivating spirit. This candle will put you at ease through the fragrant, rich base of vanilla, musk, and sandalwood; livened up with subtle hints of jasmine,lavender and orange."

It sells for $16.00, plus shipping and handling.

Aldean will kick off his summer tour on April 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Top 20 most expensive ZIP codes for renters

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You’ve heard it before: It’s really expensive to live in New York or San Francisco. The amount some people in those cities spend on rent in one year would be enough for a down payment on a home in much of the country.

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To figure out which areas of these pricey locales have the most outrageous rents, RENTCafé, an apartment-search website, analyzed the rents charged in apartment buildings with 50 or more rental units in ZIP codes containing at least 200 rental units.

The data comes from Yardi Matrix, a rental market data service, and includes rents for units of all sizes from 2015. It was a nationwide analysis, but the 20 most expensive ZIP codes for renters were all in two states: New York and California. The list is overwhelmed by New York City ZIP codes — actually, even that’s too broad a category. They’re all in one part of New York: Manhattan.

It would take a pretty hefty income to be able to afford these areas. On top of the cost, there’s the fact that these are highly competitive rental markets, so even if you could pay thousands of dollars in rent each month, getting a place wouldn’t be easy. 

So if you feel like your building charges a ton in rent, looking at this list of high-end ZIP codes might make you feel a little better. Unless, of course, you live in any of these places.

ZIP codes are in New York City unless otherwise noted.

20. 90405

Includes Ocean Park and Sunset Park neighborhoods in Santa Monica, CaliforniaMedian monthly rent in 2015: $3,832

19. 94107

Includes Potrero Hill and Dogpatch in San FranciscoMedian rent: $3,851

17. 10038 (tie) 

Includes Lower ManhattanMedian rent: $3,855

17. 10069 (tie)

Includes Upper West SideMedian rent: $3,855

16. 10023

Includes Upper West SideMedian rent: $3,890

15. 10016

Includes Murray Hill and Kips BayMedian rent: $3,895

14. 94105

Includes Yerba Buena and South Beach in San FranciscoMedian rent: $3,911

13. 94158

Mission Bay in San FranciscoMedian rent: $3,931

12. 10019

Includes Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown WestMedian rent: $3,960

11. 10026

Includes Morningside Heights and HarlemMedian rent: $3,990

10. 10002

Includes Lower East SideMedian rent: $4,032

9. 10003

Includes Union Square and GramercyMedian rent: $4,095

8. 10001

Includes Midtown West and ChelseaMedian rent: $4,150

7. 10025

Includes Upper West SideMedian rent: $4,185

6. 94920

Belvedere Tiburon, CaliforniaMedian rent: $4,195

4. 10065 (tie)

Includes Lenox HillMedian rent: $4,200

4. 10010 (tie)

Includes Gramercy and FlatironMedian rent: $4,200

3. 10282

Includes TribecaMedian rent: $4,615

2. 10014

Includes the West VillageMedian rent: $4,650

1. 10036

Includes Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West, Times Square and Theater DistrictMedian rent: $4,720

Girl shaves her head for cousin fighting cancer

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A young girl is inspiring people across the country after she shaved her head in support of her 3-year-old cousin, who’s battling cancer.

Morgan Weyland, 8, of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, walked into SmartStyle Hair Salon Monday and asked the stylist to shave her head.

“That little girl has a heart of gold. There’s not many kids that would do that,” Amanda Thompson, Weyland's hairstylist, told WJAC.

Weyland's cousin, Cooper Evens, was recently diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma. Evens has a tumor in one of his intestines as a result of the rare type of lymphoma.

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Weyland has another cousin and an aunt who both have breast cancer.

Evens’ mother, Kayla Nicklow, said Weyland's support means the world to the family.

“It was pretty powerful and meant a lot to us because with Cooper just being 3 and having a rare kind of cancer, it’s nice to see all the support that we have been getting from Morgan and the family,” said Nicklow.

Weyland said she wants to cure cancer when she grows up. Her hair will be donated to Wigs for Kids.

Morgan Weyand shaved her hair for cancer awareness. I think more people should be less selfless like my 8 year old little girl. I love you morgan!Posted by Joanne Weyand Nicklow on Monday, February 15, 2016

9 cities where it's getting cheaper to rent

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It will come as a surprise to no one that rent prices in most of the country’s largest markets are expected to rise in 2016, according to a forecast from real estate data company Zillow. But there’s some good news in that forecast, even for people who live in some of the most expensive cities in the country: Rents won’t increase as much as they have been, Zillow predicts.

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For example, in 2015, rents in San Francisco grew 12.5 percent, but this year, Zillow expects that growth rate to slow to 5.9 percent. Of course, that’s probably not too comforting to a population of renters that already lives in one of the most competitive, expensive markets in the country, especially since Zillow said people in San Francisco can expect to spend 40 percent of their income on rent in 2016.

West Coast rents are an extreme — Zillow data says the three most expensive cities for renters are all in California. At the same time, tenants throughout the U.S. can expect modest rent increases, with a projected annual growth rate of 1.1 percent in 2016, from a median monthly rent of $1,381 to $1,396. 

And in some bigger cities, rents are poised to drop. They’re not necessarily the cheapest places to live, but they’re certainly not anywhere near the $3,699-per-month people can expect to pay in San Jose, California, this year.

Out of the 35 largest metro areas in the country, nine cities will see rent price drops in 2016, Zillow predicts.

9. Detroit

December 2015 Median Monthly Rent: $1,132Projected December 2016 Median Monthly Rent: $1,128Change: -0.4%

8. Philadelphia

December 2015 Median Monthly Rent: $1,558Projected December 2016 Median Monthly Rent: $1,550Change: -0.5%

7. Cleveland

December 2015 Median Monthly Rent: $1,124Projected December 2016 Median Monthly Rent: $1,117Change: -0.6%

5. (tie) St. Louis

December 2015 Median Monthly Rent: $1,123Projected December 2016 Median Monthly Rent: $1,115Change: -0.7%

5. (tie) Baltimore

December 2015 Median Monthly Rent: $1,714Projected December 2016 Median Monthly Rent: $1,702Change: -0.7%

4. Pittsburgh

December 2015 Median Monthly Rent: $1,090Projected December 2016 Median Monthly Rent: $1,079Change: -1%

3. Chicago

December 2015 Median Monthly Rent: $1,633Projected December 2016 Median Monthly Rent: $1,611Change: -1.4%

2. Las Vegas

December 2015 Median Monthly Rent: $1,212Projected December 2016 Median Monthly Rent: $1,191Change: -1.8%

1. Indianapolis

December 2015 Median Monthly Rent: $1,181Projected December 2016 Median Monthly Rent: $1,138Change: -3.6%

No matter where you’re looking to rent, good credit can make the process of finding a new place a lot easier since landlords tend to look at a version of your credit report when screening tenants. If buying a home is an option, that may be the more economical choice, as a monthly mortgage payment is sometimes less expensive than the median rent in some areas.

College student lists dorm room on Airbnb, faces consequences from university

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Airbnbs provide comfortable and interesting home away from homes for many people around the world.

For travelers, it's an alternative to pricey and mundane hotels, and for those that offer their spaces for others to rent, it's a good source of income

One college student in New England decided to try his luck at the rental business by posting his college dorm room on the site

Jack Worth, a 19-year-old student at Emerson College, wrote in the listing's description that his dwelling offered “a private, single-bedroom unit with sweeping views of Boston Common, right in the heart of downtown.”

The second-year student was able to rent out his space in a 12-story building of about 750 other students on three separate occasions before the housing department at the college found out about his Airbnb listing. They told the teenager it was against school regulations.

"Really, the idea just came from the combination of understanding where Emerson is located in the city and it being in such a heavily-desired neighborhood," Worth told the Boston Globe. "And the thought of how I could make a little bit of extra money."

Emerson spokesman Andy Tiedemann told Reuters that the residence hall policy prohibits students from renting out their housing units “to protect residents and the community from exposure to safety and security risks.

Worth, who was fined $150 by Airbnb for violating rules and now faces a disciplinary hearing by the educational institution on "several charges of misconduct," has started a petition to support himself and "his honest, entrepreneurial endeavor."

"There is nothing criminal with providing cheap housing to travelers," Worth's colleague, Ari Howorth, wrote on the petition's page." Jack Worth gave travelers from far and wide a taste of Boston life and the Emerson experience simply because he wanted to help those who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford to stay in the downtown area. If the Emerson community is as inclusive as it claims to be, it should act it." 

As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 400 people had signed the petition.

Social media users took to Twitter to express their thoughts about the situation using the hashtag #FreeJackWorth.

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Posted by Jack Worth on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Posted by Jack Worth on Sunday, January 31, 2016

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