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January 21. 2014 9:12PM

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Secret Service probes link between arrests, Target data breach

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Secret Service said on Tuesday it was checking for links between the recent hacking of consumer data from Target Corp. and the weekend arrest of two Mexicans who tried to enter the United States at a Texas border crossing with a cache of fraudulent credit cards.

But other law enforcement sources said it was not clear whether there was a link between the Target data breach and the arrests, which occurred at the U.S. border crossing at McAllen, Texas.

Target has said a breach of its networks during the busy holiday shopping period resulted in the theft of about 40 million credit and debit card records and 70 million other records with customer information such as addresses and telephone numbers.

Reports from McAllen quoted Victor Rodriguez, the local police chief, as saying that Mary Carmen Garcia Vaquera, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, both from Monterrey, Mexico, had been detained and charged with fraud related to the Target hack.

Rodriguez was quoted by the Wall Street Journal saying that the pair had used credit card data stolen from Target to purchase tens of thousands of dollars worth of goods from Walmart, Best Buy and other stores in South Texas.
Reuters

Red Robin to replace mall's Ruby Tuesdays

MANCHESTER — The recently shuttered Ruby Tuesdays in the Mall of New Hampshire will become home in June for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, a Colorado-based restaurant chain, according to the mall's owner.

The new arrival, located at the mall entrance between Sears and Macy's, is one of several changes the Simon Property Group has announced for the South Willow Street shopping center.

• French Fry Heaven, which offers potato fries and sweet potato fries with numerous toppings and spices, is scheduled to open this spring in the food court.

• Women's fashion retailer, maurices, will be debuting this spring.

• Sleep Number by Select Comfort will move to a larger, remodeled space and will be open in a temporary spot near the food court during renovations.

For more information, visit www.simon.com, find the mall on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MallofNewHampshire or follow the mall on Twitter @ShopMallofNH.



HomeHelpNH helps 800+ homeowners in the first year
CONCORD — HomeHelpNH, the state's foreclosure counseling initiative, worked with more than 800 at-risk homeowners in the first year of the program, Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Tuesday.

During the course of the first year of the three-year statewide initiative funded through the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement, HomeHelpNH counselors assisted more than 800 households and provided approximately 5,600 hours of free foreclosure guidance to at-risk households.

HomeHelpNH, administered by New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, has helped at-risk homeowners bring their mortgages current, modify their mortgages or sell their properties.

For assistance, homeowners may dial 2-1-1 toll-free to receive referrals to a counselor in their area or, for those who qualify, to free or low-cost legal services. Homeowners can also go to www.HomeHelpNH.org.

Fiat completes buyout

Fiat has completed its buyout of Chrysler, making the U.S. business a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Italian carmaker as it gears up to use their combined resources to turn around its loss-making operations in Europe.

The company announced on Jan. 1 that it had struck a $4.35 billion deal — cheaper than analysts had expected — to gain full control of Chrysler, ending more than a year of tense talks that had obstructed Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne's efforts to create the world's seventh-largest auto maker.

Reuters



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