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As many as 40 million Target customers had their credit and debit card information ripped off by thieves over 19 days this holiday shopping season, including the Black Friday weekend. While thieves will only use a small percentage of the data on those cards, it's still a smart idea for shoppers take precautions immediately if they think their information could be in danger, experts say.
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I love stories like this.
I love stories like this.Christmas came early for layaway customers at a Walmart in the Dallas suburb of Granbury, Texas. That’s because an anonymous donor walked into the store Sunday and paid off every outstanding layaway account. "It's awesome," store manager Craig Rowland told ABC. "It's very touching to our associates and to the people in the community." The generous Santa shelled out $2,000 to pay off 21 separate accounts. And the good deed brought joy to more than just those whose bills were paid. "As soon as she paid the layaways off, our associates back in layaway were able to call the customers and let them know, 'Hey, your layaway has been paid for by a Good Samaritan, a secret Santa,’” said Rowland. “That was pretty rewarding for them to be able to do that.” It’s also sparked other acts of generosity. One woman whose bill was covered plans to use her good fortune to help others. "She's going to take what she thought was her balance and pay it forward to another layaway," Rowland added. "Though, obviously we don't have any more layaways right now."
If Mother Nature decides to dump a whole lot of snow on this year's first-ever outdoor, winter-weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, officials say they're ready. Game organizers held a press conference yesterday (December 18th) to assure the public that snow won't stop the February 2nd game, saying the stadium has several snow melters than can clear the field quickly, and removable snow chutes that can funnel snow out of the seating and concourse areas. The New Jersey Department of Transportation also assured that they had enough trucks and salt to clear the roads that people would need to travel to get to the game in the event of a snowstorm. The officials said they would only consider rescheduling the game in extreme circumstances, but noted that's the case with every Super Bowl.
AccuWeather launched a website yesterday that forecasts whether or not it will snow for the Super Bowl, and which will be updated daily. As of early this morning, the prediction was for a 31 percent chance of snow on February 2nd. http://www.willitsnow.com/
TOYS"R"US AND KOHL'S STAYING OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS!
Since Thanksgiving fell on November 28th, the holiday shopping season was six days shorter than usual, and now Toys"R"Us and Kohl's say they'll be open many extra hours to compensate. Toys"R"Us says it will be open 24-hours a day from 6 AM on Saturday December 21st until 9 PM on Christmas Eve. Kohl's announced similar hours, the department store says it will be open 24-hours a day from tomorrow, December 20th, until Christmas Eve. Other stores including Macy's, Nordstrom, Target, Bloomingdale's and Kmart have also announced extended store hours ahead of the holiday. A Macy's spokesperson says, "Not everybody works the traditional 9-to-5 hours, but they still need to buy something. The Christmas shopping seasons is much shorter this year. Extending those hours is aboslutely a customer service initiative."
Jay Leno's Tonight Show comes to an end on February 6th and yes, Jay has had several offers. He maintains he won't make a decision or comment on them until his contract with NBC is up.
But now comes word of a most unusual opportunity, one that no one--perhaps even Jay--had thought about.
The former head of NBC, the man who actually came up with the idea of replacing Jay with Conan O'Brien, Jeff Zucker has visited with Jay on the set. Why is this so unusual? Because Zucker is now in charge of CNN and he would like Jay to bring a late night show there.
To a news channel???
Sources says that Zucker is among many suitors wooing Leno for a potential late-night or primetime show after his run on The Tonight Show ends February 6. Would people tune to a news channel for a one hour late night comedy show? Could CNN afford to pay Jay a salary that would make him accept? We don't know yet and we won't know for another few months.
What do YOU think?