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January 22, 2014 

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, a passer-by walks near an entrance to a Target retail store in Watertown, Mass. Target says that personal information — including phone numbers and email and mailing addresses — was stolen from as many as 70 million customers in its pre-Christmas data breach. That was substantially more customers than Target had previously said were affected.


Flights back on at Columbia Metro

Flight delays and cancellations out of Columbia Metropolitan Airport eased Wednesday afternoon, following a fierce winter storm that struck the East Coast, dumping more than a foot of snow on some areas of the Northeast. As states from Kentucky to Maine dug out of the snow, flight traffic started to return to normal. Many flights into and out of Columbia were canceled Wednesday morning, and others were delayed as much as four and a half hours at one point. However, as the day wore on, the cancellations subsided and most delays were reduced to less than an hour. Travelers still concerned about delayed flights can check the flight board at and contact their airline for flight statuses.

Spartanburg publisher to lead Ledger Media

Kevin Drake, publisher of The (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal, has been named head of the Ledger Media Group in Lakeland, Fla. Both newspapers are part of the Halifax Media Group. The move was announced Tuesday by Halifax Media Group CEO Michael Redding and South Region publisher Jim Doughton in Lakeland and was reported by the Herald-Journal. Drake became publisher of the Herald-Journal in 2012. Earlier, the Spartanburg native had been a regional sales director for Halifax Media Group.

Target hackers will be difficult to track down

The hackers behind the recent Target data breach are likely a world away and nearly impossible to find. That’s the consensus among outside cybercrime experts as Target, the Secret Service and the FBI continue their investigation of the pre-Christmas data heist in which hackers stole about 40 million debit and credit card numbers and also took personal information – including email addresses, phone numbers, names and home addresses – for another 70 million people. In the aftermath of the breach, millions of Americans have been left to wonder what has become of their precious personal information. The information can be used in a variety of nefarious ways. Criminals can attempt to use the credit card numbers and place charges on the original owners’ accounts or they can use other pieces of personal information to steal people’s identities and apply for new lines of credit. In cases where such a massive amount of information is stolen, criminals generally divide the data into chunks and sell the parcels through online black markets.

Kristy Eppley Rupon and The Associated Press contributed.

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