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Weak card security made Target a juicy target

Posted 12/24/2013 in Business

The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target's stores will get worse before they get better.

 

Last-minute insurance shoppers get 1-day extension

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan.

 

Obama enrolls for health coverage, won't use it

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

He won't use it, and he didn't actually sign up for it himself, but President Barack Obama has enrolled for health coverage through the new insurance exchanges.

 

Churches offer 'Blue Christmas' for those in need

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

The crowd was small for a Christmastime church service, the atmosphere quiet and solemn. There were no joyous carols, no children dressed as nativity characters, no festive decorations.

Judge tells hospital to keep treating teen

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

With a family fighting a hospital to keep their daughter who has been declared brain dead on life support, a California judge on Monday ordered the hospital to keep treating 13-year-old Jahi McMath for another week as a second medical evaluation is conducted.

 

Holiday sales down for 3rd week

Posted 12/24/2013 in Business

Stores are hoping Americans who've been tight-fisted with their money will get the last-minute itch to buy in the final week of the holiday shopping season.

 

Church signs roll the dice getting hip with quips

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church's marquee read, "Christmas -- Easier to spell than Hanukkah."

UK finally pardons computer pioneer Turing

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

His code breaking prowess helped the Allies outfox the Nazis, his theories laid the foundation for the computer age, and his work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think.

 

Hyundai, Kia to pay millions in fuel settlement

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Hyundai and its sister company Kia said Monday that they will pay up to $395 million to consumers as part of a proposed settlement over overstated gas mileage.

 

The season's wackiest tech gifts

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

It's tough to shop for techies. They already own everything with a plug or rechargeable battery. But fear not, a slew of unique technology gifts have hit the market just in time for Christmas.

Venezuela car owners unfazed by planned fuel hike

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Owners of the 1970s-era gas guzzling trucks and sedans that have long reigned over Caracas' smog-filled roadways will soon have to pay a bit more to keep flaunting their energy-inefficient monsters.

Mormon-centric Utah epicenter for food storage

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there's a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read, "Deluxe survivor 700." Radio ads hawk long-term supplies of food with 25-year shelf lives.

 

Apple lands elusive iPhone deal with China Mobile

Posted 12/24/2013 in Business

A long-sought deal to sell the iPhone through China Mobile should enable Apple to boost its profits and build customer loyalty in an important, growing market.

 

Family celebrates 3 heart transplants

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Deanna Kremis remembers the exhilarating day her young sons first had the energy to race each other up a flight of stairs.

 

Vets return to streets to reach the homeless

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Not far from where the Boston Massacre helped sow the seeds for the Revolutionary War, David Dyer points toward the underpass where he'd score crack cocaine by day and the train depot where he'd sleep some nights.

 

Bolivian city hires 'cholita' traffic policewomen

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

This city in Bolivia's highlands has hired Aymara women dressed in traditional multilayered Andean skirts and brightly embroidered vests to work as traffic cops and bring order to its road chaos.

Newborn found dead in closet of Columbus home

Posted 12/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A newborn baby was found dead in a closet early this morning. The baby was approximately six to seven months into gestation, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant. A cause of death has not yet been determined, Merchant said.

Salvation Army confident lagging kettle donations will improve

Posted 12/23/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The local chapter of the Salvation Army received an abundance of gifts for children for the holidays but is still in dire need of financial donations. Major Eric Roberts, executive director of the local chapter, said the organization received more toy donations this year than they did last year, but they are behind in red kettle donations.

 

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