Consumer database of several major North American stores hacked

Friday, January 19, 2007

TJX Companies, a U.S. chain, that owns big box stores Winners, a fashion outlet, and HomeSense, a home accessories store, has revealed they had their computers hacked back in mid-December.

It also affected the U.S. and Puerto Rico stores Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods and A.J. Wright, which are also owned by TJX Companies. The intrusion could also affect stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

They discovered the hacking in mid-December and revealed the information to the public on Wednesday.

“The company is committed to providing its customers with more information when it becomes available,” TJX Companies said in a statement.

The computers contain credit card, debit card, check, and merchandise return transactions information. The hacker could have accessed transactions during 2003 and from May through December 2006.

Jefferies analyst Timothy Allen said the chain should use this as an opportunity for excellent customer service. He added that they should offer coupons to customers to get them back to shopping in stores owned by TJX.

Customers with questions can call one of the help lines at 866-484-6978 in the United States, 866-903-1408 in Canada, and 0800-77-90-15 for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Residents in Seattle, Washington will soon ride the ‘S.L.U.T.’

Residents in Seattle, Washington will soon ride the ‘S.L.U.T.’
April 22nd, 2019 | Uncategorized |

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Construction workers in Seattle, Washington located in the United States are nearing completion of a new light-rail trolley, but it is not the trolleys that are making the residents of the city laugh, it is the abbreviation that city officials designated for the new transit system.

The new transit system, South Lake Union Streetcar (SLUS) has had an unofficial change in its abbreviation to “S.L.U.T.” by local residents. Some have even designed and sold more than 100 t-shirts saying “Ride the S.L.U.T.”.

City officials admit that they were aware of the notion before they named the system, but did not care enough to rename it and didn’t give the acronym ‘streetcar’ to avoid the outcome. Officials say that streetcar sounded more modern than trolley.

The project, built by Vulcan Development, is costing US$50.5 million to build.

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Casement Window Installers In St Paul Can Beautify Your Home

April 22nd, 2019 | Windows And Doors Manufacturer |


Are your current home’s windows foggy? Does the home need better curb appeal? Are your energy costs continually rising because of old windows? Choosing the best window for your home begins with a call to Casement Window Installers in St Paul. They can provide you with the most energy-efficient and maintenance-free window options on the market today. They offer a free consultation, no down payment, and no payments for twelve months. This gives you the time to use those savings on energy costs towards the purchased windows. Energy-efficient windows will help to keep your home more comfortable during the blistering summer that is right around the corner.

Many times, a homeowner cannot envision what their home will look like with a major makeover. Through the help of a digital makeover program, an owner can pick and choose the features they’d like to change on their home before the work is started. An owner can upload their own photo into the computer to change the siding, roof, doors, or windows until they find something they like. Reputable Casement Window Installers in St Paul will be full-time employees and not subcontractors. They will be licensed, bonded, and insured. The installation company should also offer a warranty on the window installation in the event something should go wrong.

In addition to the installation of windows, a company can explain the other styles of high-quality replacement windows, siding, doors, or roofing products that will improve a home. Windows can be:

The glass in a window can be a single, double, or triple pane. Triple pane windows offer added insulation value to a window. An addition to a window every homeowner should consider is the use of argon gas. This type of gas can be installed between the panes of glass and adds an extra layer of insulation against the cold or heat. If you’re interested in improving the look of your home and its energy efficiency, please Visit our website and find out about the great specials offered in the Twin Cities metro area.

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Wikinews Shorts: March 1, 2007

Wikinews Shorts: March 1, 2007
April 20th, 2019 | Uncategorized |

A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, March 1, 2007.

Two paintings by renowned Spanish artist Pablo Picasso were stolen from the home of his granddaughter, according to the French authorities. The two oil paintings stolen were Maya With Doll and Portrait of Jacqueline; they were taken sometime between Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27. The combined worth of the paintings is estimated at $66 million.


Iran will probably participate in a security conference dealing with the situation in Iraq,according to Iranian official Ali Larijani. The conference, according to Iraqi prime minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki will be held March 10 in Baghdad. It will include the first high-level diplomatic contact between Iranian and U.S. officials in over two years; however, U.S. officials will not directly speak with Iranian or Syrian officials, according to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow. The topics to be focused on will include the recent spate of lethal attacks by insurgents throughout Iraq, especially in Baghdad itself. Nations attending the conference include Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Other countries invited include France, Russia, China, and Turkey.


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Surfer dies at beach in Pichilemu, Chile">
Surfer dies at beach in Pichilemu, Chile

April 18th, 2019 | Uncategorized |

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Los Navegantes, Pichilemu, Chile – Paulina Constanza Tapia Figueroa, 25, a surfer native to Pichilemu, known worldwide as the “Surf Capital”, died on Monday, at Punta de Lobos beach, about seven kilometers south of the city.

Her body was discovered by fishermen in the area, who called Pichilemu Police officers, who along with Homicide Brigade of the Investigations Police of Chile (PDI) officers, arrived at the place and took the body to the Forensic Medical Service offices in San Fernando.

Tapia had been practicing surfing for years, and earlier that day, had been accompanied with her friends. “A shellfish diver of the area noticed a surfboard floating, he approached it and saw that the girl [Tapia] was semisubmerged in the water. After taking her out, he realized she was dead,” Juan Reyes, officer of the Homicide Brigade of PDI told Televisión Nacional de Chile.

According to reports, Tapia either died because of a heart attack or after being hit. Third-party participation in her death was ruled out by officers.

“She had a free spirit, she loved nature, and I don’t really know what happened to her, a cramp [maybe],” Filippo Tapia, her father, told La Tercera. Josefa Tapia, her 14-year-old sister who is studying at Colegio Preciosa Sangre, seemed very affected by her death after being informed of the situation by school inspectors.

“Your sister will always be watching out and protecting you from heaven, remember the moments you and your family lived with her ??and that made ??you happy,” a friend of Josefa wrote on her Facebook wall.

Photos, videos, and messages such as “Paulita, rest in peace with love, I’ll miss you a lot, great waves and farewell forever,” and “My friend, I know you are in a better place having a really good time, you’re the best! I love you infinitely!” flooded Paulina Tapia’s Facebook wall.

Tapia’s body remained in the Forensic Medical Service of San Fernando on Tuesday morning, according to reports. According to Domingo Osorio Figueroa, Paulina Tapia’s remains have been veiled since Tuesday’s afternoon in the dependencies of Funerales Rodríguez, in Rancagua, capital of O’Higgins Region. A mass will be performed in the Rancagua Sur Catholic Parish, at 11:30 local time (14:30 UTC) on Wednesday, and then she will be buried in Parque Jardín Las Flores, in Machalí.

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US Senate blocks Alaska refuge drilling">
US Senate blocks Alaska refuge drilling

April 18th, 2019 | Uncategorized |

Thursday, December 22, 2005

By a narrow vote late in the evening on December 21st, 2005 the US Senate blocked opening the nation’s oil reserve in National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska . This vote delivers a victory to environmentalists and denies the Bush administration their top energy priority. Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) attached the drilling plan to a measure to fund ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the Senate late last night agreed to pass the defense bill, without the drilling provision.

Two key Republicans, Lincoln D Chafee (R-R.I.) and Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), joined Democrats in opposing the drilling. Senator Lieberman (D-Conn) said yesterday that Stevens was to blame for holding up money for the military. By including the drilling measure in the defense spending bill, it was hoped to twist the senators’ arms into voting for both provisions together in the scramble to finish the important business before the Senate’s Christmas break.

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Snow causes disruption in UK">
Snow causes disruption in UK

April 17th, 2019 | Uncategorized |

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Heavy snow has caused disruption in the United Kingdom with airports and schools closed and delays on the road network.

Snowfall was highest near Worcester with 9cms of snow falling. The snow has caused hundreds of school closures and major disruption to airports with Birmingham, London Gatwick and City, Bristol and Cardiff runways closing although these have now re-opened. However the runways at Luton and Stanstead remain closed due to the bad weather.

The road network has also been affected with some snow settling and accidents occurring causing major congestion in some areas, althought gritting by the Highways Agency and local authorities has limited the effect on trunk roads and motorways.

Schools were closed in Birmingham, Solihull and Dudley, while some remained open in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, East Anglia and Wales, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Drivers are being warned that driving conditions will continue to be adverse and are being advised only to travel if absolutely necessary.

Train services by Midland Mainline and Virgin as well as the London Underground are affected, with delays, reduced services and cancellations.

The overall economic effect of the snow is predicted to cost the British economy approximately £400 million due to loss of work hours.

There has also been loss of power in some areas of Wales including Abergaveny, Llandeilo and Blaenporth.

The snow fall is expected to continue into the evening but may turn to sleet in some areas. Also cold temperature tonight will mean that there is a high chance of ice forming on the road network. Up to 15 cm of snow is expected through the day in some hilly areas but wetter and milder weather is expected over the weekend.

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Wikinews’ overview of the year 2008">
Wikinews’ overview of the year 2008

April 16th, 2019 | Uncategorized |

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Also try the 2008 World News Quiz of the year.

What would you tell your grandchildren about 2008 if they asked you about it in, let’s say, 20 years’ time? If the answer to a quiz question was 2008, what would the question be? The year that markets collapsed, or perhaps the year that Obama became US president? Or the year Heath Ledger died?

Let’s take a look at some of the important stories of 2008. Links to the original Wikinews articles are in all the titles.

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Top Reasons To Install Window Tint In Connecticut

April 16th, 2019 | Used Cars |


Auto window tinting is one of the most common additions owners of new and used vehicles make to their cars or trucks. One of the biggest motivations for tinting vehicles is the way that the tint enhances the way a car or truck looks. Adding tint to the windows can make a common or basic vehicle look sporty, sophisticated and unique as soon as the application is complete. However, the following points are a few of the many other top reasons to install window tint in Connecticut.

Protection for the interior of your vehicle

One of the best reasons to tint the windows of your car is for the protection it provides to the interior of your vehicle. Harsh UV rays from the sun have a negative long-term effect on materials on the inside of your vehicle such as seat covers, dashboards, air vents and even the windshield. Heat trapped inside the vehicle, as well as the fading effect that the sun has on fabrics, can speed up the wear and tear on your vehicle and make it look older than it really is.

Keep the car cooler in hot weather

During the summer and in moments of warmer weather, having tinting in your car or truck actually assists with keeping the inside of your vehicle cooler. The tint either absorbs or reflects the rays of the sun and keeps it from overheating the car. This makes spending time in your vehicle a more comfortable experience and helps to make the cooling factor of the air conditioner more effective.

Protection from harsh UV rays

Driving your car during daylight hours or sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic without tinted windows leaves you susceptible to the harsh effects of UV rays. One of the best ways to protect you and your passenger’s skin from the damaging effects of the sun is by installing tinting over your auto glass.

These are a few of the top reasons to install window tin in Connecticut. If you are ready to gain all of the benefits that having your auto windows tinted offers, visit Tint Master today to explore your options and schedule an appointment for professional installation.

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Baby attacked by dog in New York">
Baby attacked by dog in New York

April 16th, 2019 | Uncategorized |

Saturday, January 5, 2008

An eight-month old boy, Andrew, was attacked and killed by a Doberman pinscher in Brooklyn, New York. The dog was a three-year old named Mackabee, who is also neutered.

The grandmother was babysitting the boy. While she was in the kitchen she heard the boy scream and ran next door to a neighbor for help. The neighbor took the dog off the boy, rescued him and brought him to his house to try and perform CPR on the boy, while he called 911 for help.

Police said the baby’s head was in bad shape and the dog broke the boy’s skull. Andrew was sent to Kings County Medical.

The doctors tried to save his life by working on him for nearly an hour, but the boy died at 3:06 pm local time. The parents of the child were not home at the time of the incident. The dog was shot with a tranquilizer and was sent to a care center. The city Department of Health is investigating. The dog may have to be put down because of the incident.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, the Doberman Pinscher is not frequently involved in fatal attacks on humans in comparison to several other dog breeds such as German Shepherd Dogs, Rottweilers and others.

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