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Welcome back to freedom.

With those words, the Dread Pirate Roberts himself declared Silk Road open for business once again, following the FBI raid that shut it down this fall.

Yes, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Silk Road is back up and ready to serve as your torrent-based online hookup for god only knows what.

Silk Road Marketplace

"This overhaul marks the dawn of a brand new era for hidden services," proudly wrote the DPR on Reddit, where the grand reopening was announced.

While acknowledging that the FBI shut down Silk Road, he claims its strategy do "divide, conquer and eliminate" failed and the site is fully operational.

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Portland, Maine, voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana for residents 21 and older. The measure passed with around 70 percent support Tuesday.

As such, Portland becomes the East Coast city to legalize pot.

Adult residents may now possess up to 2.5 ounces of weed.

The measure does not permit the recreational purchase or sale of marijuana, nor does it permit its use in public spaces like parks. But other than that? Legal.

"Most Portlanders, like most Americans, are fed up with our nation's failed marijuana prohibition laws," said David Boyer of the Marijuana Policy Project.

"We applaud the voters of Portland for adopting a smarter marijuana policy, and we look forward to working with city officials to ensure it is implemented."

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The world took notice when an eye-opening time-lapse video showing how an image can be so drastically changed using only Photoshop went viral last week.

Now the woman in question has been identified.

Sally Gifford Piper, the 36-year-old model in the video, and her husband Tim Piper, who directed it, spoke to ET about why they created it in 2011.

“I feel really angry about the pressure on women and the reality is that most of us don’t look like these perfect women,” Sally said of her "Body Evolution."

"I think that there needs to be a celebration of all different shapes and sizes. And we need to see more variety and I’m determined to fight for that.”

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Funeral selfies, a phenomenon real enough that there's a Tumblr blog devoted to it, show that our society may have hit a new, self-absorbed low.

A collection of strangely un-sad Instagrams, Tweets, and Facebook posts have been gathered on a Tumblr blog (naturally) called "Selfies at Funerals."

'Cause after all, no moment in life, or death, is too serious or trivial to pass without posting a rapid, vapid response - or cute pic! - on social media.

"Love my hair today. Hate why I'm dressed up #funeral," reads the caption of a self-portrait snapped by a young woman dressed in black at a funeral.

"Killin the selfie game at pop's funeral," tweeted a joyful young man mocking a piece of statuary at the service (we wish we were making that up).

Another photo on the blog of a blonde girl pouting in a pink bedroom with a "Keep Calm and Rock On" sign is titled, simply, "depressing funeral selfie."

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On Sunday, Joy Johnson became the oldest woman to finish the 2013 New York City Marathon, inspiring millions with her dedication to the event.

On Monday, this 86-year old passed away.

According to Joy's sister, the impressive runner fell and hit her head around the 20-mile mark over the weekend, yet insisted on completing the course.

The next morning, however - after being interviewed by Al Roker on the Today Show - Johnson died in her sleep. Her body was found later Monday afternoon.

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Democrat Bill de Blasio defeated Republican Joe Lhota to be elected the 109th mayor of New York City. He will succeed Michael Bloomberg at the helm.

The 52-year-old Bill de Blasio has held the office of New York City Public Advocate since 2010, and was favored to win the race easily, which he did.

He is expected to receive at least 70 percent of the vote at last count.

A populist, he has promised to help close the gap between the rich and poor, which is a big change from his Republican turned independent predecessor.

Despite his unprecedented progress on some social issues, Bloomberg has been criticized by de Blasio for the widening equality gap in N.Y. City.

Also, his stop-and-frisk policy became a talking point, with the mayor-elect even saying he offers "an unapologetic progressive alternative" to Bloomberg.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged today what many have suspected for awhile. He smoked crack cocaine at some point last year, but he has a valid excuse:

The politician was in a drunken stupor at the time.

According to The Associated Press, Ford admitted to this hardcore drug use during a Q&A with reporters at City Hall.

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Rochelle Sapp, a home daycare business owner in Iowa, is accused of throwing a toddler to the ground for failing to remove her coat last month.

The three year-old, Autumn Elgersma, died from her injuries.

Rochelle Sapp Mug Shot

On October 29, Sapp phoned Elgersma's mother to tell her that her daughter had injured her head during a fall at the Orange City, Iowa, residence.

She said the three-year-old had fallen down some stairs.

Two days later, Elgersma died in Sioux Falls, S.D., children's hospital while receiving treatment her for a skull fracture and brain swelling, reports indicate.

Doctors said the injuries were inconsistent with a child falling down stairs, and police allege that Sapp, 33, later admitted throwing the girl to the ground.

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Famed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter has died at the age of 54, according to multiple reports. He was found unresponsive at his North Side home this morning.

Trotter was taken in critical condition to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The renowned chef was reportedly found by his son, Dylan.

The Trotter's family friend, Carrie Nahabedian, confirmed his death today.

"My baby's gone," Trotter's wife, Rochelle said, according to Nahabedian.

Charlie Trotter's, long considered one of the best restaurants in the world, saw several renowned chefs (Graham Elliott, Homaro Cantu and Grant Achatz) work under him.

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This is nothing short of an incredible video and story.

On Saturday, two airplanes were flying approximately 12,000 feet over Wisconsin, carrying a total of 11 skydivers between them before things went haywire.

With a handful of these individuals preparing to jump, one Cessna collided into another, causing a fiery mess of debris and prompting all 11 skydivers to leap into the air.

Thankfully, all survived and, perhaps more astonishingly, a pilot somehow managed to navigate one of the airplanes safely back onto the ground.

NBC has the exclusive footage, taken by the skydivers themselves, below.

See the raw video after the jump and prepare to be amazed ...

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