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Dairy Queen Says ‘Malware Intrusion’ Put Customer Data at Nearly 400 Locations at Risk

Dairy Queen Says ‘Malware Intrusion’ Put Customer Data at Nearly 400 Locations at Risk

Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Dairy Queen announced on Thursday that an investigation has confirmed a data breach at nearly 400 U.S. locations that may have put customer data at risk.Upon learning of the "malware intrusion," the company launched an investigation that determined that about 395 locations -- including one Orange Julius location -- were victimized by the breach that impacted payment card data. The timeframe during which data was compromised varied depending on the location. Dairy Queen says that customers' names, card numbers and expiration dates were held on the systems that were breached. "The company has no evidence that other customer personal information, such as Social Security numbers, PINs or email addresses [were] compromised as a result of this malware infection," a press release says.John Gainor, the company's president and CEO said that they are, "committed to working with and supporting our affected DQ and Orange Julius franchise owners to address this incident."A list of the impacted locations can be found on the Dairy Queen website.

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Wells Fargo to Pay $5 Million Settlement in Discrimination Case

Wells Fargo to Pay $5 Million Settlement in Discrimination Case

jcamilobernal/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Thursday that it reached a $5 million settlement with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage after the company was accused of discriminating against women who were pregnant or who had recently given birth and were on maternity leave.According to HUD, six families filed complaints alleging that Wells Fargo made loans unavailable based on sex and familial status or by forcing women to sacrifice their maternity leave and return to work before closing on a loan. The company also allegedly made discriminatory comments to and against women who were pregnant or who had just given birth.The settlement will grant $165,000 to be distributed among the six families who filed claims, create a fund with at least $3.5 million to pay Wells Fargo applicants who experienced discrimination due to pregnancy or were on maternity leave and pay a number of additional claimants up to $20,000.Wells Fargo also agreed to implement new guidelines for the underwriting of loans for borrowers on temporary leave.

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Ebola, Enterovirus, Flu Fuel Demand for Protective Gear

Ebola, Enterovirus, Flu Fuel Demand for Protective Gear

DuPont(NEW YORK) -- As outbreaks of Ebola and enterovirus D68 converge with flu season, makers of protective gear say they are revving up to meet demand.DuPont, one of the companies that makes protective suits being used to battle the Ebola outbreak in Africa, has more than tripled its production, the company said.Kimberly-Clark -- which makes other protective gear such face masks, eye protection, shoe covers and exam gloves -- also cited increasing demand.Worldwide, three million protective suits will be needed to control the Ebola outbreak, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO recently revised its equipment forecasts upward because there has been a "massive increase" in cases, said Daniel Epstein, a WHO spokesman.

About 300,000 suits are needed per month, with the assumption that a health worker uses seven suits per bed per day, Epstein said.Naturally, the Ebola crisis has led to high demand for health workers and medical equipment in the three hardest-hit countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where 3,865 have died of Ebola as of Oct. 5.But now, increasing concern in the U.S., including the first domestic Ebola diagnosis and death in Texas, has contributed to the demand for protective gear, said Judson Boothe, Kimberly-Clark Health Care's senior global manufacturing director, surgical and infection prevention."We have been tracking demand," Boothe said. "It has not been massive yet. It has been spotty and we have responded by increasing production and are prepared to increase further should the demand progress."Ebola-resistant suits already have appeared for sale on Amazon, including one of DuPont's suits.But even as the demand estimates rise, Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the WHO, said there are not yet actual shortages of personal protective equipment.Kimberly-Clark doesn't produce the hazardous materials, or "hazmat," suits that are worn by health workers battling Ebola. But if an organization like the WHO asked it to produce suits or another product, it could, Boothe said."Kimberly-Clark is not at maximum capacity yet," he said. "We still have capacity to produce more."The last time Kimberly-Clark reached capacity was in response to the H1N1 outbreak, avian flu and SARS, which peaked in 2009, 2004 and 2003, respectively."It tends to follow these global outbreaks of some virus," Boothe said. "Everybody hits capacity when a crisis like that happens."

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Markets Give Back Wednesday’s Gains After Remarks from President of European Central Bank

Markets Give Back Wednesday’s Gains After Remarks from President of European Central Bank

tarabird/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The major indices spent Thursday giving back the big gains they posted on Wednesday, and a bit more, with part of the blame laying at the feet of the President of the European Central Bank.The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 334.97, closing at 16,659.25.The Nasdaq dropped 90.25 to a finish of 4,378.34, while the S&P 500 sank to 1,928.21, a drop off of 40.68 from Thursday's open.Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, delivered comments at the Brookings Institution -- an American thinktank -- in Washington on Thursday, saying that for Europe's economy "without reform, there can be no recovery." Calling himself "uncertain there will be very good times ahead if we do not reform now," Draghi's statement led to concern about the short-term future of some of Europe's larger economies, including Germany.

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Oil-Covered Legos Doom Toy Deal with Shell

Oil-Covered Legos Doom Toy Deal with Shell

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Lego is ending its toy marketing partnership with Shell after facing a widely circulated campaign from the environmental group Greenpeace.In a statement Wednesday, the Danish toy maker announced it will not renew the long-term co-promotion contract it entered with Shell in 2011, which allows the distribution of Lego sets at Shell gas stations in over two dozen countries.The move followed a Greenpeace video protesting arctic drilling that was posted on YouTube. The video, which has garnered nearly six million views, shows an arctic landscape with Lego pieces covered in oil. While noting that the company is "determined to leave a positive impact on society and the planet that children will inherit," Lego CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp said "we do not want to be part of Greenpeace’s campaign.""The Greenpeace campaign uses the LEGO brand to target Shell. As we have stated before, we firmly believe Greenpeace ought to have a direct conversation with Shell. The LEGO brand, and everyone who enjoys creative play, should never have become part of Greenpeace’s dispute with Shell," Vig Knudstorp said in a statement Wednesday.Greenpeace called Lego's announcement "fantastic news for LEGO fans and Arctic defenders everywhere," adding that it's "huge blow to Shell’s strategy of partnering with beloved brands to clean up its dirty image as an Arctic oil driller."

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Connecticut Ghost Village for Sale Just in Time for Halloween

Connecticut Ghost Village for Sale Just in Time for Halloween

RM Bradley(EAST HADDAM, Conn.) -- You could be the owner of a ghost town in Connecticut that will hit the auction block just in time for Halloween. But it will cost you an arm and a leg.Online bidding for the historic mill village at Johnsonville in East Haddam, Connecticut, starts at $800,000 on Oct. 30. On about 62 acres, the property is described in its listing as a "19th century village with 21st century living."Jim Kelly, senior vice president of RM Bradley, a private brokerage firm, said he wanted the listing to fall into the Halloween season to pique interest, and it has worked. Since the auction website was launched a few weeks ago, it has received more than 650 hits."It’s considered a special purpose property, given the uniqueness and nature of it, and it’s driven a lot of traffic,” he said. “There's quite a large field of considerable interest.”The interest has ranged from an educational institution for a potential campus site, private equity partners for development purposes and outdoor camp and entertainment groups, Kelly said.The picturesque property includes a chapel, general store, meeting house, waterfall, 15-acre pond and more.The owner, a real estate entity, has held the property since 2001. They had plans to turn it into a residential development with a potential bed-and-breakfast and hotel."They bought it prior to Sept. 11 in 2001 and incurred two recessions,” Kelly said of the owners. “Financing was tight. It was a huge project and they wanted to ride the storm out and decided to let someone acquire it and develop it.”“The reason they bought it was they literally fell in love with the parcel of land. It's a real new England relic," he added.

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Home Prices Growing at Slow Pace, Report Finds

Home Prices Growing at Slow Pace, Report Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Condo prices and apartment rents are rising faster than the rest of the housing market. The real estate firm Trulia says September condo prices rose 7.3 percent compared with the year before, versus 6 percent for single-family homes. Condo rents also went up, increasing 6.9 percent -- well above the general inflation rate. Home price increases, meanwhile, are the smallest they've been in several years. And as Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko points out, "We are not close to being back to a bubble."“Even though there’ve been big price increases over the past couple of years, today looks nothing like 2006, the height of the last housing bubble,” Kolko says.

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Jobless Claims Dive Lower to 287K

Jobless Claims Dive Lower to 287K

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- One week after the U.S. Department of Labor announced the unemployment rate had dropped below 6 percent -- its lowest level in six years -- the agency announced the number of new jobless claims last week fell even lower. For the week ending Oct. 4, the number of people filing for benefits fell to 287,000, a decrease of 1,000. The previous week claims stood at 288,000.The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.The four-week moving average decreased as well, falling by 7,250 to 287,750.

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If You Bought a Red Bull Since 2002, You Could Get $10

If You Bought a Red Bull Since 2002, You Could Get $10

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Red Bull GmbH -- the makers of the popular energy drinks -- settled two class action lawsuits, agreeing to pay $13 million to United States customers.In the lawsuits, consumers argued that they were misled by the company’s claims about the benefits of drinking Red Bull, with a focus on statements such as "Red Bull gives you wings."The court has not decided in favor of the consumers or Red Bull. The settlement was reached because of a number of factors, including the distractions and costs of litigation, according to legal filings."Red Bull denies any wrongdoing or liability and while Red Bull believes that its marketing and labeling have always been entirely truthful and accurate, it confirms that all future claims about the functional benefits of its products will be medically and/or scientifically supported," according to a legal notice announcing the settlement.Under the terms of the settlement, people who purchased Red Bull products between Jan. 1, 2002 and Oct. 3, 2014 are eligible to receive either a cash payment ($10) or $15 worth of Red Bull products.Anyone wishing to receive a settlement payment can submit a claim form before March 2, 2015 -- but as word spread about the settlement Wednesday, the website was unavailable.The settlement could be approved in a May court hearing, with payments coming within 150 days of the settlement’s final approval.

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Apple Sends Invite for Oct. 16 Event

Apple Sends Invite for Oct. 16 Event

Apple(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple sent an invitation to reporters Wednesday, inviting them to a "special event" on Oct. 16 at its headquarters in Cupertino, California.The invite doesn't provide any further details -- it simply says, "It's been way too long."Despite the discretion, its expected that Apple will unveil its next generation of iPads and provide an update to its operating system for Macs.

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AT&T to Pay $105 Million in ‘Cramming’ Settlement

AT&T to Pay $105 Million in ‘Cramming’ Settlement

ljhimages/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Trade Commission announced on Wednesday that AT&T agreed to pay $80 million as part of a settlement for "mobile cramming," in which they billed customers for unauthorized third-party charges.The FTC complaint accuses the mobile company of billing customers for "hundreds of millions of dollars in charges originated by other companies, usually in amounts of $9.99 per month" for services including ringtones and text messages containing love tips, horoscopes and "fun facts." AT&T, the FTC says, kept at least 35 percent of that money.In addition to the $80 million that will be used to give refunds to illegally billed customers, AT&T will also pay $20 million in penalties and fees to 50 states and the District of Columbia and a $5 million penalty to the Federal Communications Commission.FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said she was "very pleased" by the settlement, which "will put tens of millions of dollars back in the pockets of consumers harmed by AT&T's cramming of its mobile customers.In 2011, AT&T allegedly received more than 1.3 million calls to its customer service department about third-party charges. AT&T, the FTC said, changed its refund policy in 2011 so that customer service representatives could only refund two months' worth of charges, regardless of how long the unauthorized charges had been posted to a customer's bills. The company, however, did not act to determine whether third parties had received authorization to charge customers for their "services."AT&T will be mandated to notify all current customers who were billed for unauthorized third-party charges of the settlement and the available refunds. Additionally, the company will have to receive "express, informed consent" before they can bill customers for any third-party services on their mobile bill. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called the settlement the largest ever for "cramming," and the $105 million total "historic." He also noted that "for too long, consumers have been charged on their phone bills for things they did not buy...it stops today for AT&T."

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Attractive Women Should Mention Their Looks on Job Interviews

Attractive Women Should Mention Their Looks on Job Interviews

iStock/Thinkstock(BOULDER, Colo.) -- Not many people would agree that very attractive women have it tough in life but when it comes to applying for a job, especially in a field dominated by men, good looks can possibly work against a female applicant.So Stefanie Johnson at University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business set out to find ways how an attractive woman can get around this so-called disadvantage.Johnson’s solution? When comely women acknowledge their looks in a relatively indirect way, such as by saying “I probably don’t look like the usual candidate for the job,” it seems to overcome prejudices an interviewer might have.The researcher found this out by setting up a fictitious situation where three sets of participants looked at various materials from women and men applying for work at a construction firm.Invariably, the higher marks were given to women who mentioned their looks or gender during an interview as opposed to women who did not. What also enhanced their hireability was pointing out skills and experience from a resume.

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Gap CEO to Retire After Fiscal Year Ends

Gap CEO to Retire After Fiscal Year Ends

melmedia/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Gap Inc. announced on Wednesday that its CEO, Glenn Murphy, will retire from the company at the end of the fiscal year and will be replaced by Art Peck, current president of the company's Growth, Innovation and Digital division.Murphy has held the CEO position for seven years, during which the company says it has "delivered exceptional financial results" and "acquired new brands and globalized its business by expanding store locations from about 10 to 50 countries, including China." Murphy will hand the reins of the company over to Peck on Feb. 1, 2015.Murphy called the timing of the decision "an appropriate inflection point for me to pass the baton to a leader who will take our portfolio of brands to even greater heights." He also praised the work Peck has done for the company in a variety of roles since coming on board in 2005.Peck, in a company press release, said he is "honored to be given the opportunity to lead this company."

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Norway’s New Artsy Currency Will Leave You Pixelated

Norway’s New Artsy Currency Will Leave You Pixelated

Laurent davoust/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(OSLO, Norway) -- When you're a European country that's not in the European Union, you might as well create an amazing currency wrought from a competition of Nordic designers.Norway's central bank, Norges Bank, held a competition this past spring for its new banknote series that will be issued in 2017. The theme was "The Sea," which is appropriate for a country with Viking roots.Eight participants were chosen for the final round, judged by a member of the bank and five external professionals.Two proposals stood out: Ripple Effects by Enzo Finger, and Norwegian Living Space by The Metric System and Terje Tønnessen, the bank said in a statement. The bank declared Enzo Finger's proposal the winner of the competition and the bank said yesterday it "is of the opinion that this proposal communicates the theme in a surprising way with considerable artistic flair."On the actual currency, however, a combination of two other proposals will be used. One side of the note will be based on the proposal from The Metric System, Norwegian Living Space; and the reverse sides will be the pixel motifs submitted by Snøhetta Design, Beauty of Boundaries, which "give the notes both a traditional and a modern expression," the bank said. The design isn't finalized but it will include security features.The rejected proposals, which include beautiful artistic creations of the ocean, fish and landscapes, are seen in a bank brochure and are on exhibit in Oslo until Oct. 26.

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Wall Street Soars After Release of Fed Minutes

Wall Street Soars After Release of Fed Minutes

RobertCrum/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street rebounded from a tough start to the week by posting major gains on Wednesday, buoyed in part by a decision by the Federal Reserve to stick with existing plans to keep short-term interest rates low for the near-future.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 274.83 to finish the day at 16,994.22.The Nasdaq jumped 83.39 to 4,468.59, while the S&P 500 closed a 1,968.89, a gain of 33.79 from its opening value.The Federal Reserve on Wednesday released the minutes from its last meeting, in which the decision was made to keep short-term interest rates low. While the minutes showed some debate, they also indicated that no fundamental shift in policy is imminent.

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Costco Reports Strong Fourth Quarter Earnings

Costco Reports Strong Fourth Quarter Earnings

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With some of the most loyal customers in the country, Costco Wholesale Corp. reported on Wednesday higher revenue from membership fees, beating Wall Street's expectations.The warehouse's strong fourth quarter earnings, from June through August, wasn't much of a surprise to Ken Perkins, Morningstar equity analyst."Some of the things they have done well are customer loyalty and retention, membership renewal rates and growth of membership," Perkins said. "People are excited to shop there and it doesn't seem like it’s slowing down."While e-commerce competition and convenience shopping are challenges to big box retailers, Costco seems to be bucking that trend at least for now, Perkins said.The thing people like most about Costco, Perkins believes, is they feel like they're getting a good deal."People really feel confident even if they spend quite a lot of money on bulk," he said.

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Target Replies to Mom’s Complaints About Girls’ Clothing Sizes

Target Replies to Mom’s Complaints About Girls’ Clothing Sizes

Target(MINNEAPOLIS) -- A Pennsylvania mom who noticed while shopping in Target that clothing sizes were shrinking for her growing daughters will now be helping the retail chain with feedback on its clothing lines.Stephanie Giese, a blogger and mother of three, wrote a blog post last month titled, “A Target Intervention on Behalf of My Daughters.”The post took Target to task for offering girls’ clothes that were getting smaller and smaller as the sizes were supposed to increase.“You are making our daughters’ clothes wrong,” wrote Giese, who has one son and two daughters.“I’m sure you already know this, but your size 5T shorts are actually smaller than many size 2T shorts made by other brands,” she continued. “Why are you offering my kindergartener clothes that are sized for children less than half her age?”The post went viral and drew thousands of comments from other parents as concerned as Giese.“Just going into the stores and noticing that things are starting to be cut a lot shorter,” Giese told ABC News of how she was motivated to write the post. “I think it is a little bit ridiculous.”A sampling by ABC News at a Target store found that girls’ clothes were more form-fitting than boys’ clothes. In the same sizes and brands of shorts, T-shirts and jeans for boys and girls purchased by ABC News, the girls’ shorts were nearly 3-inches shorter than the boys.The girls’ jeans were also tighter and the girls’ T-shirts were more body-hugging.When officials from Target saw Giese’s post, they reached out to her directly.“They offered to set up a phone call with me and one of their designers,” Giese told ABC News. “They also offered to send me samples of clothes for children and I can give them feedback on that.”In a statement to ABC News, the Minnesota-based company says they hope the outreach to Giese will help.“We’ll take her feedback into consideration and hope our response helped address some of her concerns,” the statement read.

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Fast Food Drive-Thru Times Are Awfully Slow

Fast Food Drive-Thru Times Are Awfully Slow

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Why people insist on using the drive-thru when ordering inside a fast food restaurant might be just as quick is anyone’s guess. Likely, diners just don’t want to bother climbing out of the cars -- it's not because the drive-thru window is neccesarily faster.

The latest Drive-Thru Performance Study for 2014 reveals the average drive-thru experience is close to 3 minutes and 40 seconds.That’s 40 seconds more than the 2013 average even as the average number of cars waiting on line fell from 2.8 to 1.7.QSR magazine, which conducted the survey, explains that preparing more fresh food and getting orders right probably accounts for the longer waits.Believe it or not, lunchtime isn’t when the waits are longest. The period between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. accounts for the longest waits, followed by breakfast.

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The Top Colleges Where Facebook Gets Their Workers

The Top Colleges Where Facebook Gets Their Workers

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just up and moving to Silicon Valley won’t necessarily guarantee you’ll get a job at a company like Facebook.It also might be a good idea to have a diploma from an esteemed university as well as majoring in something that will make you an attractive candidate, such as software engineering.Entry level jobs in this field, at least at Facebook, pay around $106,000 annually.However, even though Facebook is a sizable company with 7,185 employees, you’re likely competing with 100 times that number for a single position so be ready to put your best foot forward.As for the top 20 schools attended by Facebook’s staff, here’s the list as found on LinkedIn:

Stanford University (289 alumni) University of California, Berkeley (262 alumni) The University of Texas at Austin (125 alumni) The University of Waterloo (122 alumni) Carnegie Mellon University (119 alumni) University of Washington (98 alumni) Tsinghua University (97 alumni) University of California, Los Angeles  (97 alumni) San Jose State University (94 alumni) University of Michigan (83 alumni) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (81 alumni) Harvard University (79 alumni) Cornell University (77 alumni) University of California, Davis (69 alumni) University of California, San Diego (63 alumni) University of Southern California (63 alumni) Santa Clara University (58 alumni) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (56 alumni) University of Wisconsin, Madison (49 alumni) University of California, Santa Barbara (213 alumni)

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Walmart Pulling Health Coverage for 30,000

Walmart Pulling Health Coverage for 30,000

Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- About 30,000 people who work part-time at Walmart are going to lose their health insurance coverage.Citing rising costs, Walmart said Tuesday that it had no choice but to end medical benefits for employee who work less than 30 hours weekly.This move affects about five percent of Walmart's U.S. workforce, estimated at 1.3 million.Walmart, the nation's largest employer, said in a blog posting, "Like every company, Walmart continues to face rising health care costs. This year, the expenses were significant and led us to make some tough decisions as we begin our annual enrollment."Meanwhile, Walmart is also lowering the boom on workers with existing coverage by raising their premiums.The discount retailer says it health care costs are rising by $500 million.Meanwhile, Forbes reported last week that the four children of late Walmart founder Sam Walton are each worth an average of about $35-$38 billion.

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