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Judge wont block Miss America Org from state changes

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey judge refused to block the Miss America Organization from carrying out changes to some of its state pageant leadership groups, even as he called on both sides to try to work out their differences.Superior Court Michael Blee on Friday urged four state pageant groups that had their licenses terminated to try to reach an agreement with the parent group.But he also determined that the state groups did not demonstrate that they have a significant chance of prevailing at a trial. That was a central reason he did not issue an order the state groups had sought preventing the parent group from replacing some of them.The Miss America Organization called the ruling “complete and total victory,” adding it has the “green light” to move forward with its management of the group.“We are pleased that the new licensees in these states can continue their work unencumbered by these meritless legal challenges,” the statement said.Numerous state groups have been battling national Miss America leadership over the way the organization is being run.Last year, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Georgia filed a lawsuit seeking restoration of the situation that existed before Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper assumed leadership of the group.On Friday, Blee urged both sides to try mediation before deciding whether a trial might be scheduled.“Try to reach a possible amicable solution,” the judge said after a nearly three hour hearing in Atlantic City, not far from where the pageant is held every September. “I strongly suggest you think about that.”Blee made his suggestion after denying a request from the four state organizations for an order that would have barred the Miss America Organization from terminating their licenses or soliciting new state leaders until the court case has been completed. The judge noted that his ruling was a preliminary one, and that the case would continue.New Jersey and Florida had their licenses restored after appeals to the national group.The lawsuit, filed last December, asserted “an illegal and bad-faith takeover” of the pageant by current national leaders.“We’re not fighting over money,” said Paul Perkins, an attorney for the state groups and for Jennifer Vaden Barth, a former board member. “We’re fighting for the survival of an institution.”Tim Davis, an attorney for the Miss America Organization, said the group is within its rights to license — or not license — state groups. He said many opponents cannot accept that the pageant, under Carlson and Hopper, eliminated the swimsuit competition last year.“There’s a vocal minority that is unwilling to accept change,” he said. “The change that the new leadership is trying to bring about is moving it away from a competition in which a young woman is judged on her looks and physical appearance. People don’t like change; that’s what this is all about.”Perkins disputed characterization of the opponents as a minority, saying that 46 out of 50 state organizations eventually called for new national leadership of the Miss America Organization.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryACWayne Parry, The Associated Press read more

What to do if you think your datas been hacked as another

TORONTO — Credit card company Capital One Financial Corp. has announced a major data breach that has compromised information from about six million Canadians, including social insurance numbers for about a million customers.Here’s what you should do if you think your data may have been compromised:First is to try and determine if your data has been stolen or used by hackers.Capital One says it will notify affected customers through a variety of ways, but doesn’t specify how. It does, however, note that it won’t call individuals about it so be wary of any calls about the breach. Also be on guard for emails about it that ask for information or contain links to websites.While waiting for word from Capital One, you should check your financial accounts for any unusual activity, and consider signing up for alerts to track activity in your financial accounts.If you notice any suspicious activity, the Canadian government recommends you immediately report it to the police, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, and inform Service Canada. You should also report the activity to your bank and creditors by phone and in writing.You should also sign up for monitoring services from Equifax and TransUnion, which Capital One says it will provide for free to everyone affected.Capital One says no credit card numbers were compromised in the breach, but you could consider asking for a new card and number, or even close your account.The federal government, however, does not issue new social insurance numbers if they’re lost or stolen. It may issue a new SIN if there is proof that it was used fraudulently.Customers in the United States also have the option of putting a freeze on their credit reports, but that’s not an option in Canada.Even if your data isn’t compromised, the incident is a good reminder to review your personal data practices, including a review of your online accounts and a possible updating of passwords.Remember that you don’t need to give out your social insurance number when applying for a credit card. In the private sector, you only need to give out your SIN to your employer for income tax and benefits and to financial institutions for accounts that pay interest.The Canadian Press read more