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Pennsylvania vendor confirms link to Target data probe PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press   
Friday, 07 February 2014 11:12

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Minneapolis-based Target isn't commenting on reports that a Pittsburgh-area heating and refrigeration company is being investigated as the possible portal through which computer hackers stole credit card numbers from 40 million of the store's customers.

Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder says the 1,800-store chain isn't commenting because the investigation is ongoing.

Fazio Mechanical Services Inc., of Sharpsburg, has issued a statement saying it was the victim of a "sophisticated cyberattack operation" that is linked to the U.S. Secret Service investigation of the Target data breach.

Internet security bloggers identified the company as the third-party vendor through which hackers accessed Target's customer information. Target had previously told reporters the store believed hackers accessed customer information through a vendor's computer system.


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Hawaii weighs lifting taxes on groceries, rent PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by SAM EIFLING, Associated Press   
Friday, 07 February 2014 07:54

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii would exempt groceries and medical services from its general excise tax if bills advancing through the Legislature become law.

Lawmakers heard a chorus of support Thursday from policy analysts, poverty advocates and the food industry for the proposal to stop taxing groceries.

It is not yet known what such a cut would cost the state. The initial estimate is $200 million for fiscal 2015 and $490 million in subsequent years, said Joshua Wisch, deputy director of the state Department of Taxation.

"The one thing we do know is, it's costing our residents, in particular our low-income residents, a great deal," said Sen. Sam Slom, the chamber's lone Republican member, who represents Hawaii Kai and introduced the proposal, Senate Bill 2169.

Kelii Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, told the Senate Committee on Human Services that a family of four in Hawaii spends an average of $1,000 a month on groceries. Cutting state taxes, he said, would save such a family $450 a year.

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Snoopy license plates to benefit California museums PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 07 February 2014 07:56

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A smiling Snoopy is making his way onto California license plates to raise money for museums and related attractions.

The plates initially cost $50 or $98 for personalized versions, with a lower price for renewing annually.

Proceeds will fund grants for California's 1,400 museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums and children's museums, to be administered by the California Cultural and Historical Endowment.

The plate design was revealed Thursday during a news conference hosted by the author of the license plate bill, Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins of San Diego.

Californians can apply for the plates at www.snoopyplate.com . The state will not begin making them until it has received 7,500 applications.

Jean Schulz, the widow of "Peanuts" comic strip creator Charles Schulz, is allowing the state to use Snoopy's image without paying royalties.


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Yogurt spat throws off routines of Sochi Olympians PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by KARL RITTER, Associated Press   
Friday, 07 February 2014 07:51

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — U.S. Olympians will have to make do without the team's official yogurt — depriving them of a source of protein and potentially disturbing their daily routines as they prepare for the biggest competition of their lives.

Some 5,000 cups of Greek yogurt from Team USA sponsor Chobani isn't getting to Sochi because of a customs dispute with Russia.

U.S. halfpipe skier Aaron Blunck said Friday that to traveling athletes, getting food from home is part of feeling fit and healthy. "And having the yogurt there, that helps you, gives you protein, gives you nutrition."

But teammate Lyman Currier said part of being an elite athlete is dealing with the unexpected, "so whether we have our yogurt or not, we'll be able to adapt."


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