Owner jailed after puppies saved from Vegas arson PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by KEN RITTER, Associated Press   
Friday, 07 February 2014 16:52

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas pet shop owner who prosecutors say was seen on security cameras torching her store with 27 puppies inside was handcuffed and taken to jail on Friday after a judge raised her bail by more than $250,000.

Animal rights advocates who held signs outside the courthouse hailed the determination by Justice of the Peace Janiece Marshall that defendant Gloria Eun Hye Lee is a danger to the community and a flight risk.

"We're elated she was remanded today," said Gina Grieson, the head of the advocacy group Nevada Voters for Animals. "We'll be following this case all the way through."

The judge raised Lee's bail amount from $40,000 to $310,000 two days after prosecutor Shanon Clowers filed additional charges and said Lee's criminal record included felony and misdemeanors convictions that included a 2001 escape in California.

Las Vegas firefighters rescued the puppies alive and credited fire sprinklers with dousing flames early Jan. 27 inside the Prince and Princess pet store southwest of the Las Vegas Strip.

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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Stocks rise as investors cheer hiring trends PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer   
Friday, 07 February 2014 16:50

U.S. stocks rose sharply in afternoon trading Friday as investors found bright spots in the government's monthly employment report, including solid growth in construction and manufacturing jobs. Expedia and several other companies rose after reporting higher earnings than analysts were expecting.

The gains added to a strong finish for stocks a day earlier and had the market on track to notch a slight gain for the week.

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 153 points, or 1 percent, to 15,782 as of 3:13 p.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index added 20 points, or 1.2 percent, to 1,794. The Nasdaq composite gained 61 points, or 1.5 percent, to 4,118.

WEAKER JOB GROWTH: The Labor Department said early Friday that U.S. employers added 113,000 jobs last month, less than the average monthly gain of 194,000 in 2013. This follows December's tepid increase of just 75,000. Job gains have averaged only 154,000 the past three months, down from 201,000 in the preceding three months. Still, the latest data also showed that manufacturers, construction firms and mining and drilling companies added strong 76,000 jobs combined, a strong showing.

Snoopy license plates to benefit California museums PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
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 . 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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