Michaels says 3 million cards impacted by security breach

NBC News: Arts and crafts retailer Michaels confirmed Thursday that about 3 million credit and debit cards were affected by a security breach at its stores. 

The retailer said the breach affected approximately 2.6 million cards at its namesake stores between May 8 and Jan. 27 and another 400,000 at its subsidiary Aaron Brothers between June 26 and Feb. 27. The company says it has received “limited” reports of fraud.

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Photo: Michaels Stores has confirmed it was the target of a data breach. (Sam Hodgson / Reuters)

AP: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87, source says

The Associated Press reports that a source close to the family confirms Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at age 87.

Garcia Marquez was hospitalized in the last month for infections in his lungs and urinary tract.

The Colombian author’s 1967 novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.

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Photo: Gabriel Garcia Marquez outside his house on his 87th birthday in Mexico City on March 6, 2014. (Edgard Garrido / Reuters)

Deal reached to ease Ukraine tensions

APUS Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced a deal on Thursday to calm tensions over Ukraine between Russia and the Western world.

The deal, reached after seven hours of negotiations in Geneva, calls for the disarmament of illegally armed groups and for separatist groups occupying buildings in eastern Ukraine to give up their claims. Protesters who comply with the demands will also be given amnesty, according to the deal.

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Portland reservoir to be drained after teen urinates in water

NBC News: Portland, Ore., officials plan to drain millions of gallons of treated drinking water from a city reservoir after a teenager was caught on surveillance cameras urinating into it.

The unnamed 19-year-old was captured urinating through the iron fence at the Mount Tabor Reservoir just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, water bureau officials said. Two others with him, ages 18 and 19, were also caught trying to scale a fence.

Video via pdxwater on YouTube

Severe weather affecting ferry search operation

BBC News:Search and rescue efforts at the site of the South Korean ferry disaster have been hampered by severe weather, murky water and strong currents as divers from South Korea’s Navy and Coast Guard attempt to reach cabins in the vessel.

Photo: Aerial view of the site of the ferry sinking (Reuters)

South Korean officials: 9 confirmed dead, 287 missing in ferry sinking
AP: The coast guard said it found two more bodies off the southern coast of South Korea, bringing the confirmed death toll to nine after a ferry flipped on its side on Wednesday.
Many expect the number to rise as rescuers search for 287 passengers still missing. Strong currents and bad visibility have hampered rescuers Thursday. 
The ferry had more than 450 people on board, mostly high school students, when it sank. 
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Photo: South Korean Coast Guard officers try to rescue missing passengers from a sunken ferry in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

South Korean officials: 9 confirmed dead, 287 missing in ferry sinking

APThe coast guard said it found two more bodies off the southern coast of South Korea, bringing the confirmed death toll to nine after a ferry flipped on its side on Wednesday.

Many expect the number to rise as rescuers search for 287 passengers still missing. Strong currents and bad visibility have hampered rescuers Thursday. 

The ferry had more than 450 people on board, mostly high school students, when it sank. 

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Photo: South Korean Coast Guard officers try to rescue missing passengers from a sunken ferry in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

Canadian police arrest teen in connection to Heartbleed bug attack

CBC News: Canadian police arrested a 19-year-old man in London, Ontario, on Wednesday in connection to the theft of tax-payer information through the Heartbleed bug.

Police allege the man stole 900 social insurance numbers from the Canada Revenue Agency by exploiting the Heartbleed vulnerability in the OpenSSL encryption software. He faces counts of unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to data.

This is the first charge related to an attack exploiting the Heartbleed bug. 

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Photo: Heartbleed.com VIA Tom’s Guide

 

Hundreds missing in South Korea ferry disaster

NBC News: Hundreds of people remain missing after a large passenger ferry capsized and is sinking off the coast of South Korea, officials say.

With 459 people on board only 164 of those have been confirmed as rescued and 2 people have died, leaving leaving 293 unaccounted for.

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Photo: Rescue operations underway on capsized South Korean ferry off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo (Yonhap / AFP - Getty Images)

Police detonate bags left at Boston Marathon finish line

NBC News: Police evacuated the block surrounding the Boston Marathon finish line Tuesday after a man dropped two bags in the area. 

As a precaution, a bomb squad detonated the bags after using a remote-controlled robot to examine one. It is currently unclear what was inside the backpacks. Police took the man into custody.

The threat comes on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people.

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Photo: A backpack that was left unattended Tuesday on Boylston Street at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (WBZ-TV via Reuters)

 

 

NYPD abandons program that spied on Muslim neighborhoods

The New York TimesThe New York Police Department said it has abandoned a program that sent plainclothes detectives to eavesdrop on conversations in Muslim neighborhoods. 

The decision by the nation’s largest police force to shutter the surveillance program represents the first sign that William J. Bratton, the department’s new commissioner, is backing away from some of the post-9/11 intelligence-gathering practices of his predecessor. 

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Photo credit: Richard Perry / The New York Times 

Boston honors marathon bombing victims

NBC News: A year after two explosions and the events after killed 4 and injured more than 260 in Boston, mourners gathered at the bombing sites to remember the victims and give thanks to the first responders and average citizens who aided rescue efforts.

A memorial service is being held nearby, with Vice President Joe Biden in attendance.

After the service, attendees and others will gather at the Boston Marathon finish line for a moment of silence at 2:49 pm ET, the exact moment the explosions occurred.

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Photo: A Boston firehouse that lost two of its own in a fire last month pay tribute to the marathon victims on April 15. (Jim Seida/NBC News)

Sky gazers see the red side of the moon

CNN:Sky gazers were treated to a view of the red side of the moon overnight as refracted sunlight during a total lunar eclipse produced a reddish hue known as a ‘blood moon’

Photo: The moon takes on a deep red color in a view captured from the Mount Lemmon Sky Center (UA Mt. Lemmon Sky Center)

Malaysia jet search area too deep for submarine

Associated Press: The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for a robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first hunt for wreckage and the black boxes, authorities said on Tuesday.

Search crews sent the Bluefin 21 deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 after failing for six days to detect any signals believed to be from its black boxes.
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Photo: Bluefin 21 submarine/Australian Defense Force, via Reuters

Guardian, Washington Post win Pulitzer for NSA coverage

USA TODAY: The Guardian and The Washington Post both won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday in the public service category for their coverage of the NSA.

The Boston Globe also won the breaking news prize for its Boston Marathon bombing coverage.

The fiction prize went to Donna Tartt for ‘The Goldfinch.’

Olympic great Michael Phelps to end retirement

Baltimore Sun: 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps is ending his retirement and will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics at an Arizona meet on April 24-26.

Phelps’s longtime coach Bob Bowman revealed the news Monday and said Phelps would swim three events — the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly. 

"I wouldn’t say it’s a full-fledged comeback," Bowman said.

Photo: Phelps celebrates after winning the gold in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2012 London Olympics. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images via Baltimore Sun)