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Credit report company Equifax is now saying an additional 2.5 million Americans may have been affected by a massive security breach this summer....

     NEW YORK (AP) - Credit report company Equifax is now saying an additional 2.5 million Americans may have been affected by a massive security breach this summer, bringing the total to 145.5 million people. Equifax said the company it hired to do an examination of the breach, Mandiant, has concluded its investigation and plans to release the results "promptly."
     The update comes as Equifax's former CEO, Richard Smith, will testify in front of Congress starting today. He's expected to face bipartisan anger from politicians who have expressed outrage that a company tasked with securing vast amounts of personal data was unable to keep their security software up to date. The information stolen included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses. Equifax also faces several state and federal inquiries and class-action lawsuits.
    Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said earlier that around a quarter-million people in North Dakota were affected by the breach.


    BISMARCK, ND - The Consumer Protection division obtained civil judgments against two unlicensed North Dakota contractors last week, banning them from doing business in North Dakota for the foreseeable future. Jeremy Meyer of Fargo, doing business as JM Construction & Design, and Cody Fleckenstein of New Salem, dba Prefab Plus, LLC, were found to have violated consumer fraud and contracting laws. Neither has ever had a contractor's license.

    Meyer took advance payments from several homeowners in Mercer and Burleigh counties for plumbing installation, remodeling, and roofing and siding, but did not complete the work or provide any refunds.

    Fleckenstein took advance payments for building prefabrication work from several individuals in Burleigh and Morton counties, and in most cases did not deliver the materials or do the work.

    Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem reminds homeowners that the easiest way to avoid expensive problems later is to make sure the contractor is properly licensed before you hand over any money.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Minot man is recovering from surgery after getting shot in the abdomen during the attack by a gunman in Las Vegas that left 59 others dead and hundreds of others wounded.
     Co-workers say Andrew Gundmonson is in stable condition at a hospital near the Las Vegas strip. KVRR-TV says he could face additional surgery. Dorothy Martwick works with Gundmonson at Century 21 Action Realtors in Minot. She says the man simply known as "Goody" is a positive, overall good guy.
     Gundmonson is a former University of North Dakota athlete, playing football and baseball. Fighting Hawks coach Bubba Schweigert says Gundmonson and his family are in their thoughts and prayers.
     The attack by sniper at a high-rise hotel has become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal appeals court won't reconsider a plan that distributes $300 million in leftover federal lawsuit settlement money to groups that help American Indians. The money is left over from a $680 million fund approved by the Obama administration in 2011 to settle claims by Indian farmers who said they were denied federal loans due to discrimination. Only about half of the expected claims materialized.

    The dispute over the leftover money is about whether it should go to individual farmers or to the groups. Two men who object to the court-approved plan say the court should consider new a policy under the Trump administration.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has banned government settlements that provide payments to third parties with no direct claims, but Justice Department attorneys say it's a mandate "going forward."


     PARSHALL, N.D. (AP) - Liquor retail owners on a U.S. Native American reservation in North Dakota are opposing a new 7 percent tribal sales tax on alcohol. Parshall business owner Lisa Christianson tells Minot Daily News that she and others have joined in hiring an attorney to seek a federal injunction on the tax on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The Three Affiliated Tribes' tax is in addition to the state's 7 percent tax on alcohol. Business owners had to comply with the new sales tax on alcohol by Monday.

     BOWBELLS, N.D. (AP) - Burke County sheriff's deputies say the death of a woman whose body was discovered a recreational area near Flaxton was accidental. The sheriff's office said Monday 50-year-old Melissa Osterberg accidentally drove into the water near a boat ramp at the Northgate Dam Recreation Area sometime between the evening of Sept. 25 and the morning of the following day.

     JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - The University of Jamestown has named a new president. School Executive Vice President Polly Peterson will succeed current President Robert Badal when he retires next February. Peterson will become the university's 14th president. She will be the school's first female president in it's 134-year history.



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