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He Works at Home Depot—When Not Messing With Venezuela

Gustavo Diaz once tried to overthrow Chavez; now he lives in Alabama

(Newser) - When he's not selling padlocks at Home Depot in Hoover, Ala., 60-year-old Gustavo Diaz is heading what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls an "economic war" against his country, laid out in full by the Wall Street Journal . Diaz's instrument: his DolarToday.com website, which Venezuela insists posts... More »

Home Depot Worker's Anti-Trump Hat Spurs Racist Tirade

Krystal Lake's 'America Was Never Great' cap didn't go over well in Staten Island

(Newser) - A Staten Island college student says she's had racist statements and even death threats hurled at her online since she wore an anti-Trump hat to her job at Home Depot over the weekend, the Staten Island Advance reports. Krystal Lake, 22, donned the cap, which read "America Was... More »

Woman Who Shot at Thieves Loses Concealed Weapon

'I will never help anybody again'

(Newser) - A woman who shot at two shoplifters outside a Detroit Home Depot back in October was sentenced to 18 months of probation and had her concealed gun permit taken away on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. "I don't believe any malice was involved in what you were doing,... More »

Woman Charged for Firing at Suspected Shoplifters

Her lawyer insists she was being a 'good Samaritan'

(Newser) - A suburban Detroit woman licensed to carry a concealed weapon was charged after authorities say she shot and flattened an SUV's tire to stop two suspected shoplifters fleeing a Home Depot parking lot. Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez, 46, of Clarkston, was arraigned Tuesday for reckless discharge of a weapon in the... More »

2 Employees Dead in NYC Home Depot Murder-Suicide

Worker shot supervisor in packed Manhattan store

(Newser) - Panicked shoppers and workers fled a Manhattan Home Depot yesterday after an employee shot a supervisor dead before turning the gun on himself, police say. Scores of customers and employees were inside the store when gunfire erupted in the lighting department yesterday afternoon, reports the New York Times . The shooter... More »

Home Depot Hackers Nabbed 53M Email Addresses

They stole a 3rd-party vendor's login credentials to install malware

(Newser) - The massive security breach Home Depot went public with in September didn't stop at 56 million credit cards. The country's biggest home-improvement retailer announced yesterday that hackers also stole 53 million email addresses—though not passwords or other personal info. Still, the company said customers should be on... More »

Home Depot Hack May Have Hit Mostly Self-Checkout Lanes

About 56M credit cards affected, more than at Target

(Newser) - Home Depot released specifics on its security breach today, and it was indeed bigger than the breach at Target: The hardware chain says 56 million credit cards were compromised between April and September at stores in the US and Canada, compared with 40 million in the Target hack , reports USA ... More »

Confirmed: Hackers Breached Home Depot

Home-improvement company doesn't divulge many details

(Newser) - Home Depot admitted today that hackers really did breach the company's payment systems in US and Canadian stores and may have been breaking in since April, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Atlanta-based home-improvement chain said it investigated the hack with banks, law enforcement, and tech security companies like... More »

Home Depot Breach May Be Bigger Than Target's

Chain looks into 'unusual activity' of credit card data

(Newser) - If you shrugged off the recent celebrity hack of private photos, along with the massive Target breach last year, here's one more punch: Home Depot is investigating a potential breach of customer data from credit and debit cards, reports Reuters . The scoop originally came from Brian Krebs of Krebs... More »

At Home Depot: You Can Do It ... in Our Sheds

Until the police arrive, of course

(Newser) - A South Carolina couple looking for a little action decided they'd found just the spot—in the parking lot of their local Home Depot. North Charleston police say they caught Emily Craig, 20, and Shaun Bowden, 31, inside a display shed in a state of undress, reports the Smoking... More »

Home Depot Shopper Grabs Saws, Gashes Own Arms

He's in surgery after gruesome, bizarre incident

(Newser) - A man deliberately cut himself with saws in the aisles of a Home Depot store in suburban Los Angeles yesterday, creating a gruesome scene in front of several customers that left him severely injured, police said. The man was in the store's tool section and went unnoticed until he... More »

For One Military Family, a $20K Holiday Miracle

Dilley family wins massive gift certificate from Home Depot

(Newser) - 'Tis the season ... to report on really great stories like this one. Santa came early for one military family, who found themselves the recipient's of Home Depot's first "Give the Gift of Good" campaign—and walked away with a $20,000 gift certificate for much-needed repairs... More »

US Companies Hiring the Most Employees in 2011

Home Depot and McDonald's lead the way

(Newser) - Most recessions end as small companies regain the capital needed to hire small numbers of workers at a time. That will most likely not happen this time around, however, because smaller companies have little capital and banks are hesitant to give out loans, reports 24/7 Wall Street . So which large ... More »

Obama: Insulation Is 'Sexy'

President goes to Home Depot to pitch 'cash for caulkers'

(Newser) - President Obama set up his official podium at Home Depot today to pitch what some are calling his “cash for caulkers” program. Obama wants Congress to give consumers cash incentives to make their homes more energy-efficient. “I know the idea may not be very glamorous, although I get... More »

DIY Projects Go Frugal

(Newser) - With the five-figure granite-countertopped kitchen overhaul now an emblem of prerecession excess, home-improvement chains are seeking a new niche for themselves in more frugal times, the New York Times reports. DIY projects these days have shifted from upgrades to maintenance—consumers won't redo the bathroom but will fix the leaky... More »

Lousy Retail Sales Will Delay Recovery

Recession isn't over as far as consumers are concerned

(Newser) - If the recession is indeed waning, nobody told consumers. Retailers of every kind reported lousy sales for the quarter ended Aug. 1, the Wall Street Journal reports. Target’s same-store sales fell 6.2%, Home Depot’s dropped 9.1% and Saks’ plummeted a whopping 15.5%. And with unemployment,... More »

Retail Gains Drive Dow Up 83

Signs of life from the consumer help stocks rebound

(Newser) - Positive retail reports helped get stocks back on track today after recent declines, the Wall Street Journal reports. Home Depot, Target, and Saks saw smaller-than-expected declines in quarterly profit, while discount chain TJX reported a 31% gain. The Dow rose 82.60 to close at 9,217.94. The Nasdaq... More »

Housing Data Put Dow Off 29

(Newser) - Yesterday’s housing-fueled rally didn’t carry over into today’s session, the Wall Street Journal reports, in part because of poor indicators from that same industry. April saw a 12.8% reduction in buildings starting construction; Home Depot dropped 5%. Still, a metric of investor anxiety today fell to... More »

Dow Up 235 on Housing Hopes

(Newser) - Markets rose significantly today on indications of a turnaround in the housing sector, the Wall Street Journal reports, with an industry confidence metric at its highest since September 2008. Financials—Bank of America was up 9.8%—led the S&P to a symbolic close above 900. The Dow was... More »

Dow Ticks Up 38 Amid Layoffs

Home sales report boosts stocks

(Newser) - Stocks closed with mild gains today even as US firms announced roughly 50,000 job cuts, the Wall Street Journal reports. The market was buoyed by a report that home sales are picking up as buyers take advantage of low prices. The Dow closed up 38.47 at 8,116.... More »

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