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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force has launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from a California base, a month after the test flight was postponed because of tensions with North Korea.

Vandenberg Air Force Base says the Minuteman 3 lifted off at 6:27 a.m. PDT Wednesday. It later splashed down thousands of miles away in the Pacific.

It's the first Minuteman test-launch of the year. Several Minutemans are launched each year at from Vandenberg to determine the weapon system's accuracy and reliability.

Officials say the original mid-April flight plan was delayed to avoid it being misconstrued by North Korea during a time of heightened tensions. It was rescheduled for Tuesday morning but was pushed back a day due to a problem with range safety instruments.

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The cost of the massive payment card hack that hit the  Schnucks supermarket chain in recent months could cost the company $80 million in Illinois alone.  

Court records show Schnucks wants to move an Illinois lawsuit related to a security breach affecting credit and debit cards of its customers to a federal court.

Schnucks has said the breach of up to 2.4 million cards dated to December and came to light in March. The company said the lawsuit filed against them on behalf of a Belleville shopper is meritless.

Two of the suits have been filed in Missouri; one in Illinois.
 
The suits allege that Schnucks knew about the breach days, perhaps longer, before it revealed the hack, and should have told customers about it sooner. The suit filed in Illinois on April 25 says the breach cost customers time and money, requiring card holders to spend hours canceling and getting replacement cards, and re-setting automatic payments.
 
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports state law in both Missouri and Illinois says that any entity that stores or maintains personal data has to notify victims as soon as they become aware of a breach. But Schnucks has said that the data stolen from the cards included only credit card numbers and expiration dates — not names — and therefore, the company was not required to inform victims of the data theft.
 
The breach began in early December when malicious software, or malware, began lifting card data from the company’s system. The data was being accessed as the transactions were awaiting authorization within the company’s processing system.
 
The malware, the company said, was stripping data from the magnetic strip on the backs of cards. That strip contains different tracks that are read by card readers. The first track contains a person’s name; the second contains the card number and expiration date. The hackers, Schnucks said, accessed data on only the second stripe.
 
The company said it became aware on March 15 of questionable activity used on 12 cards used at its stores. On March 19 it hired Mandiant, a Virginia-based forensics firm, to conduct an investigation.
 
It confirmed the breach to the Post-Dispatch on March 22.
 
Schnucks located the source of the breach on March 28, and had executed a “containment plan” within 36 hours. The company issued its first news release on the matter March 30, saying the problem was “found and contained.”
 
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A Jennings woman shot and killed in a North County home has been identified. St. Louis County police say 22 year old Patricia Singleton was found dead from a single gunshot wound inside a home  off  Chambers Rd, near Halls Ferry. 

County police say just before midnight  evidence indicates and witnesses say several shots were fired into the home from outside near the driveway. No motive nor suspects have been identified.

 
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St. Louis plays host Thursday night to a soccer exhibition featuring a pair of rivals in the English Premier League. With the Cardinals on the road, Busch Stadium welcomes some of the top soccer talent in the world. But those with a ticket need to heed some warnings. KTRS' Vicki Pimentel has this report.

"Soccer fans heading to Thursday night's exhibition between Manchester City and Chelsea should expect extra security checks at the gates. St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson says it will be a lot like the playoffs or World Series, but planning ahead can save fans time.

Dotson says, 'Post-Boston, the stadium has put in new security measures where they do random wanding. They've always done bag checks now they're doing an additional layer of security to look for those types of things. So leave those items at home; pocket knives, pen knives, mace, guns, no place at a soccer match.'

Chief Dotson also urges the public not to leave a weapon in the car and not to leave anything you value, visible.  Reporting from St. Louis city, I'm Vicki Pimentel, KTRS news."

 
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