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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP:Target officials investigating security breach of customer credit card info

MINNEAPOLIS - Officials at Minneapolis-based Target confirm they're investigating a possible customer data breach that may have affected up to 40 million credit and debit cards used at stores nationwide between November 27 and December 15. 

In a statement released today, Target says it's "working closely with law enforcement and financial institutions, and has identified and resolved the issue." There's no indication the data breach affected online Target shoppers.  Target has nearly 1,700 stores in the U.S.


Minnesota's unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percent in November to 4.6 percent.  State labor analyst Steve Hine says seasonally-adjusted nonfarm employment fell by 800 jobs -- but that small decline was offset by an upward revision of October's level by one-thousand jobs.  In addition to that, numbers for the private sector in October were also revised upward, bringing the net gain over two months to nearly five thousand jobs.  Hine says government lost 3,200 jobs in November while information led all sectors with 1,300 jobs gained.  The U.S. jobless rate was seven percent last month. 


As Minnesota officials prepare to unveil a new effort to end homelessness, advocates are remembering dozens of homeless people who died in Minnesota this year.  Simpson Housing Services executive director Steve Horsfield says the 29th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March and Service is this evening in Minneapolis.  This afternoon Minnesota's commissioners of education, housing finance and human services announced the state's new plan to end homelessness, which includes an initiative to provide rental assistance and other support for families with school-age children who frequently move.


A central Minnesota state trooper is back on the road after his patrol SUV was hit on Interstate 94 near Melrose on Tuesday.  Sergeant Jesse Grabow says he was helping a driver who had struck a median cable when another motorist slammed into his squad, traveling at least 70 miles-per-hour.  Grabow says he is a bit sore but otherwise okay.  He says the outcome may have been much worse had he still been outside his squad.


The University of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services break ground today on a new $160-million-dollar Ambulatory Care Center.  The 330,000 facility  on the U of M's East Bank campus will be home to outpatient clinics including the Mason Cancer Center Clinic.  It will also house an outpatient surgery center.  The Ambulatory Care Center is scheduled to open in January 2016.