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People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 341 PM EDT Wed may 25 2016 ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening... ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx...Westchester...Rockland ...Nassau...and Suffolk. In effect until 11 PM EDT this evening and also in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 438 am EDT Wed may 25 2016 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx...Westchester... Rockland...Nassau and Suffolk. In effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 438 am EDT Wed may 25 2016 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx...Westchester... Rockland...Nassau and Suffolk. In effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. -- Wednesday May.25 16,08:24 PM

3 Million Credit Cards Compromised in Michaels Stores Data Breach

Many of the more than 1,000 Michaels locations were compromised, including multiple Long Island stores.

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The potential Michaels data breach originally reported in January has been confirmed, and as many as three million credit cards may have been impacted. After Michaels, the country’s largest crafts store chain, and its subsidiary, Aaron Brothers, learned of fraudulent activity on payment cards that had been used in their stores, an investigation was launched with the aid of two separate security firms as well as law enforcement authorities.

According to Michaels Stores, Inc. the investigation turned up evidence of a highly sophisticated malware which neither security firm had ever seen before. The threat has been fully identified and contained and no longer poses a threat to Aaron Brothers or Michaels customers, but before detection hackers could have gained access to a great number of credit cards.

Between May 8, 2013 and January 27, 2014 a portion of point-of-sale systems at multiple locations were compromised by the malware. Roughly 7% of all credit card transactions could have been impacted, amounting to a total of 2.6 million cards used in Michaels stores during that period. 400,000 payment cards used in Aaron Brothers stores were similarly affected.

At this time there is no evidence that personal information such as customer names, addresses, or PINs were taken in the attack, but credit card numbers and expiration dates were obtained by the hackers. Payment card companies and banks have already reported a limited number of fraudulent charges that could be connected to the breach.

“Our customers are always our number one priority and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience or concern Michaels may have caused,” said CEO Chuck Rubin. “We are committed to assisting affected customers by providing fraud assistance, identity protection and credit monitoring services. Importantly, with this incident now fully contained, we can assure customers this malware no longer presents a threat to shoppers at Michaels or Aaron Brothers.”

In order to help customers determine whether they could have been impacted by the data breach, Michaels Stores, Inc. has released a comprehensive list of both Michaels and Aaron Brothers stores that were targeted by the malware, including the date ranges during which each Michaels location was under attack.

On Long Island, the Bay Shore, Commack, Huntington Station, Levittown, Manhasset, Massapequa, Oceanside, Patchogue, Riverhead, Rocky Point, and Westbury Michaels stores have been confirmed as compromised during the breach period.

[Source: Michaels]
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