Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that all of the Sony PS4 Pre Order deals are sold out at every single store offering them. Originally stores like Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target & GameStop let gamers buy a Playstation 4 in June 2013 but those Pre-Orders quickly went out of stock.
With all Pre-orders for PS4’s completely sold out the only option left is eBay, Craigslist or standing in line at a store for the November 15th, 2013 launch day. You need to understand a very important catch, not all stores will be selling the Ps4 at midnight on 11/15/13, they all have specific locations.
Best Buy is one of the locations selling store inventory of PS4’s at only specific locations. On BestBuy’s website they state they’ll have the, “New Playstation 4 Midnight opening Thursday night at select stores.” Don’t worry though, we will show you how to find out which stores in your area will be selling the PS4 and PS4 bundles if you wait in line and are ready to buy.
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On Best Buy’s website they show you which stores open at 12:01 a.m. to sell PS4 gaming systems on the release date November 15th, 2013. What is provided is a drop down menu listing each state and the cities that have a Best Buy selling the PS4 system.
We will list all cities below that will have Best Buy stores selling PS4 stock to those that are willing to wait in line to get the new generation system. Before we jump to the locations we’ll tell you what you can expect when you get to a Best Buy to actually buy a Playstation Next Generation console gaming system.
When you get to Best Buy there will be two lines to stand in: One line will be for PS4 Pre-Order Customers the other line will be for people that want to purchase a PS4 gaming system but don’t have a pre-order. For pre-order customers your orders will be processed up to 2 hours before midnight and consoles will then be handed out after 12:01 a.m.
How much will the Playstation 4 be selling for at Best Buy on Launch Day?
There are two different prices for the PS4 console at Best Buys in the United States. The first is the Playstation 4 System which is $399.99 which is limited to 1 per customer. The other option is to get the PlayStation 4 Bundle for $569.96 which comes with 500GB PS4, Sony DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller, Call of Duty: Ghosts and PlayStation Plus 12-Month Subscription Card. If you want to buy the PS Plus 12-month subscription separately it is $49.99. A single dual shock controller is $59.99.
What PS4 Launch Titles will be available at Best Buy on Nov. 15th?
Best Buy will have 16 different PlayStation 4 launch day titles available for purchase after 12:01 a.m. on November 15th, 2013 that you can buy with your pre-order console or the one you get by standing in line. The titles and prices will be Call of Duty: Ghosts $59.99, Killzone: Shadow Fall $59.99, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag $59.99, Battlefield 4 Limited Edition $59.99, Madden NFL 25 $59.99, Knack $59.99, FIFA 14 $59.99, NBA 2K14 $59.99, Need for Speed: Rivals $59.99, Call of Duty: Ghosts Hardened Edition $119.99, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Limited Edition $129.99, Skylanders: SWAP Force Starter Pack $74.99, Just Dance 2014 $49.99, NBA Live 14 $59.99, Call of Duty: Ghosts Prestige Edition $199.99, Watch Dogs Limited Edition $129.99.
How early should you show up to Best Buy to buy a PS4?
Let’s be honest, if you show up late to get in line to get a PS4 you’ll have missed the boat and wasted your time. It has been since 2006 since a new system came out and people are ready for a new gaming system. Lines will be long and people will show up early, expect to see people in tents & prepared to wait all day. Even Best Buy states they will start processing Pre-Orders by about 10:00pm. If you want to be really safe and ensure that you will get a PS4 by waiting in line, show up sometime after lunch on November 14th, 2013. On Best Buy’s website they state, “Our stores will have limited quantities available beyond the quantity that was pre-ordered. Tickets will be distributed up to 2 hours before midnight on a first-come, first-serve basis for any available quantities. Stores will know the number of available consoles and will be able to provide updates to customers as any lines may form. Limit one console per person.”
List of states & cities that have Best Buy’s selling extra PS4 units:
Alabama Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Alabaster, Auburn, Birmingham, Dothan, Florence, Hoover, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Oxford, Trussville, Tuscaloosa
Alaska Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Anchorage, North Anchorage
Arizona Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Ahwatukee, Arrowhead, Avondale, Camelback, Chandler, East Tucson, East Mesa, Fiesta Mall, Flagstaff, Gilbert, Goodyear, Happy Valley, North Scottsdale, Oro Valley, Paradise Valley, Prescott, Sierra Vista, Southwest Tucson, Superstition Springs, Surprise, Tempe, Thunderbird Road, Tucson, Yuma
Arkansas Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Bryant-Benton, Conway, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Rogers
California Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Anaheim, Apple Valley, Arden Fair, Auburn, Bakersfield, Beaumont, Blossom Hill, Brentwood, Burbank, Canyon Springs, Cerritos, Chico, Chino, Chula Vista, Citrus Heights, City of Industry, Clovis, Colma, Compton, Corona, Costa Mesa, Culver City, Culver City Westfield Mall, Downey, Duarte, Dublin, East Orange, El Cajon, El Centro, Elk Grove, Emeryville, Encinitas Ranch, Fairfield, Folsom, Fresno, Fullerton, Geary Boulevard, Glendale, Glendora, Goleta, Hawthorne, Irvine, La Jolla, La Mesa, La Quinta, Lakewood, Long Beach, Marina, Menifee, Merced, Milpitas, Mira Loma, Mira Mesa, Mission Viejo, Mission Valley, Modesto, Montclair, Montebello, Murrieta, Natomis, Northridge, Oceanside, Orange, Otay Ranch, Oxnard, Pacoima, Palmdale, Pasadena, Pinole, Please Hill, Porter Ranch, Rancho Cucamonga, Redding, Riverbank, Riverside, Roseville, Salinas, San Bernardino, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, San Marcos, Santa Clarita, Santa Maria, Santa Rosa, Santana Row, Santee, Sherman Oaks, Signal Hill, Simi Valley, Soquel, Spulvda Rosecrans, Stockton, Sunnyvale, Temecula, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Tracy, Tustin, Union City, Vacaville, Vallejo, Victorville, Visalia, West Covina, West Hollywood, West LA, Westminister Mall, Woodland, Woodland Hills, Yobra Linda
Colorado Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Aurora, Aurora (I70 and Tower Rd), Belmar, Boulder, Broomfield, Colorado Springs, Denver, First and Main, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Greeley, Longmount, Loveland, Northglenn, Parker, Pueblo, SE Denver, Southeast Aurora, Southglenn, Southwest, Westminister
Connecticut Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Danbury, Enfield, Manchester, Meriden, Newington, Norwalk, Orange, Trumbull, Waterford, West Hartford, West Simsbury
Delaware Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Christiana, Concord Pike, Dover, Wilmington
Florida Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Aventura, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Bradentown, Brandon, Citrus Park, Clearwater, Coral Springs, Cutler Ridge, Dadeland, Davenport, Davie, Daytona Beach, Destin, Doral, Florida City, Florida Mall, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meyers, Gainsville, Gulf Coast, Hialeah, Jacksonville, Jacksonville North, Kissimee, Lady Lake, Melbourne, Miami Beach, Millenia Mall, Naples, New Tampa, North Palm Beach, Ocala, Ocoee, Orange Park, Panama City, Pembroke Pines, Pensacola, Pinecrest, Port Charlotte, Port Richey, Saint Johns, Sanford, Sarasota, Sawgrass, South Tampa, Spring Hill, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tropicaire, University Town Center, Vero Beach, Waterford Lakes, Wellington, Wesley Chapel, West Kendall, West Palm Beach, Winter Garden
Georgia Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Acworth, Alpharetta, Athens, Atlanta Edgewood, Augusta, Buckhead, Canton, Columbus, Cumberland, Cummings, Douglasville, Duluth, Gainsville, Hiram, Kennesaw, Macon, Mall of Georgia, Newnan, Peachtree City, Perimeter, Savannah, Snellville, Turner Hills, Valdosta, Warner Robins
Hawaii Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Idaho Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Boise, Idaho Falls, Nampa, Twin Falls
Illinois Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Algonquinn, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Bloomingdale, Bloomington, Bolingbrook, Burbank, Butterfield Road, Carbondale, Champaign, Clark Street, Countryside, Crestwood, Crystal Lake, Downers Grove, Edwardsville, Evanston, Fairview Heights, Geneva, Golf Mill, Gurnee, Harlem & Irving, Homewood, Joliet, Kankakee, Lansing Calument City, McHenry, Melrose Park, Moline, North Aurora, North Avenue, North Riverside, Orland Park, Oswego, Peoria, Rockford, Schaumnburg, Skokie, South Loop, Springfield, Tinley Park, Vernon Hills
Indiana Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Apple Glen Cross, Avon, Bloomington, Brickyard, Castleton, Clarksville, Columbus, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Greenwood, Highland, Kokomo, Lafayette, Merrillville, Mishawaka, Munice, Noblesville, Richmond, Terre Haute, Valparaiso, Washington Square, West Carmel, Westfield
Iowa Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Ames, Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines I, Des Moines II, Dubuque, Iowa City, Jordan Creek, Sioux City, Waterloo
Kansas Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Lawrence, Manhattan, Northwest Wichita, Oak Parks, Olathe, Overland Park, Topeka, West Wichita, Wichita
Kentucky Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Florence, Hamburg Pavillion, Lexington, Outer Loop, Paducah, St. Matthews
Louisiana Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Covington, Hammond, Harahan, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Lakeside, Millerville, Monroe, Shreveport, Slidell, Veterancs Boulevard, West Bank
Maine Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Portland, Topsham
Maryland Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Arundel Mills, Bel Air, Bowie, Columbia, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Glen Burnie, Hagerstown, Laurel, Lexington Park, Ownings Mills, Security BLVD, Towson, Waldorf, Wheaton
Massachusetts Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Attleboro, Braintree, Brockton, Burlington, Cambridge, Cape Cod, Danvers, Everett, Fenway, Framingham, Hadley, Holyoke, Leominster, Mansfield, Malborough, Milford, Millbury, North Dartmouth, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Saugus, Seekonk, South Bay, Taunton, Watertown, Worcester
Michigan Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Allen Park, Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Bloomfield Hills, Brighton, Chesterfield, Dearborn, East Lansing, Farming Hills, Flint, Grand Rapids, Gratiot, Holland, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Madison Heights/Troy, Marquette, Muskegon, Novi, Port Huron, Rochester Hills, Saginaw, Southfield, Taylor Southland Center, Traverse City, Utica, Walker, West Oaks Mall, Westland
Minnesota Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Apple Valley, Baxter, Blaine, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Duluth, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Inver Grove Heights, Mankato, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Minnetonka, Northtown, Oakdale, Richfield, Rochester, Roseville, Shakopee, St. Cloud
Mississippi Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Diberville, Flowood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Madison, Meridian, Southaven, Tupelo
Missouri Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Branson, Brentwood, Bridgeton, Cape Girardeau, Chesterfield, Columbia, Fenton, Independence, Jefferson City, Joplin, Lees Summit, Liberty, Manchester, Mid Rivers Mall, South County, Springfield, St. Joseph, Tiffany Springs, Watson Road
Montana Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Nebraska Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Grand Island, Lincoln, Omaha, Papillion, West Omaha NE
Nevada Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Carson Valley, Centennial, East Sparks, Henderson, Maryland Parkway, Reno, Southwest Las Vegas, Sparks, Summerlin
New Hampshire Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Concord, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Salem, West Lebanon
New Jersey Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Brick, Bridgewater, Cherry Hill, Deptford, East Brunswick, East Hanover, Eatontown, Holmdel, Howell, Jersey City, Manahawkin, Manlapan, Mays Landing, Mount Laurel, Priceton, Riverdale, Rockaway, Secaucus, South Brunswick, Union, Vauxhall, Vineland, West Patterson, Woodbridge
New Mexico Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Albuquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, West Albuquerque
New York Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
86th and Lexington, Albany, Amherst, Bay Shore, Big Flats, Broadway North of Houston, Bronx Terminal, Brooklyn, Chelsea (23rd and 6th), Clarence, Commack, Cortland, Dewitt, Fordham Road, Greece, Hamburg, Hartsdale, Henrietta, Hunting Station, Ithaca, Kings Plaza, Kingston, Levittown, Liverpool, Long Island City, Middletown, Monroe, Mount Verson, New Hartford, Patchogue, Plattsburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rego Park, Riverhead, Saratoga Springs, Sout Setauket, Staten Island, Syracuse, Union Square, Valley Stream, Vestal, Victor, Walden Galleria, Watertown, West Nyack, Westbury, Yonkers
North Carolina Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Aberdeen, Asheville, Asheville South, Blakeney, Burlington, Carolina Mall, Cary, Charlotte North Lake, Charlotte Rivergate, Durham, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Greensboro, Greenville, Hickory, Jacksonville, Kannapolis, Matthews, Wilmington, Winston-Salem
North Dakota Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Fargo, Grand Forks, Minto
Ohio Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Avon, Beaver Creek, Canton, Chapel Hill, Colerain, Dayton Mall, Eastgate, Elyria, Fairfield Township, Fields Ertle, Findlay, Heath, Lancaster, Macedonia, Mansfield, Mayfield Road, Mentor, Montrose, Morse, Niles, North Olmsted, Parma, Perrysburg, Polaris, Reynoldsburg, Spring Meadows, Springfield, Strongsville, Toledo, Tri-County, Tuttle Crossing, Western Hills, Youngstown
Oklahoma Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Midwest City, Moore, Muskogee, Norman, Oklahoma City North, Oklahoma City South, Oklahoma City West, Owasso, Quail Springs, Southwest Tulsa, Stillwater, Tulsa, Tulsa Midtown
Oregon Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Beaverton, Bend, Cascade Station, Clackamas, Gresham, Jantzen Beach, Medford, Salem, Springfield, Tanasbourne, Tualatin, Washington Square
Pennsylvania Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Altoona, Bethelehem, Century, Collegeville, Cranberry, Downingtown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg East, Johnstown, King of Prussia, Mechanicsburg, Monroeville, Montgomeryville, Muncy, North Fayette, North Hills Village, Northeast Philadelphia, Oxford Valley, Pittsburg Hills, Plymouth Meeting, Pottstown, Quakertown, Scranton, Selinsgrove, South Hills, South Philadelphia, Springfield, State College, Stroudsburg, Waterfront, Whitehall, Wilkes Barre, Willow Grove, Wyomiss/Reading, York
Puerto Rico Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Rhode Island Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
South Carolina Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Anderson, Beaufort, Bluffton, Charleston, Columbia Mall, Florence, Greenville, Lexington, Myrtle Beach, Rock Hills, Spartanburg, Spring Valley, Two Notch
South Dakota Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Rapic City, Sioux Falls
Tennessee Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Brentwood, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Jackson, Johnson City, Memphis, Mount Juliet (Providence Marketplace), Nashville West, Poplar Avenue, Rivergate, Winchester Road
Texas Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Abilene, Alamo Ranch, Allen, Amarillo, Arlington, Atascocita, Bastrop, Baybrook, Baytown, Beaumont, Bee Cave, Brownsville, Cedar Hill, Cedar Park, City Base, College Station, Conroe, Copperfield, Corpus Christi, Cypress, Denton, East El Paso, East Houston, El Paso, Eldorado Parkway, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Forum, Frisco, Galleria, Georgetown, Grand Parkway, Grapevine, Greenspoint, Gulfgate, Heritage Trace Parkway, Hulen, Humble, Hurst, Irving, Katy Freeway, Kileen, Lake Jackson, Laredo, Laredo North, Legacy, Lewisville, Longview, Lubbok, Lufkin, Mansfield, McAllen, McKinney, Mesquite, Meyerland, Midland, Midway/LBJ,
Mueller Airport, New Braunfels, North Arlington, North Austin, North Garland, North Irving, North McAllen, North Rim, Northwest Crossing, Oak Cliff, Odessa, Park Lane, Pasadena, Pearland, Pflugerville, Plano, Port Arthur, Prestonwood, Price Plaza, Ridgmar, Rockwall, Rosenberg, Round Rock, San Angelo, San Antonio, San Marcos, Sharpstown, Sherman, South Austin, South Fort Worth, South Park Mall, Southpark Meadows, Spring, Sugar Land, Temple, Texarkana, The Colony, Tyler, Victor Lakes, Victoria, W San Antonio, Waco, Waxahachie, Weatherford, West El Paso, West McAllen, West Oaks, Wichita Falls, Willowbrook, Woodlands
Utah Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
American Fork, Jordan Landing, Logan, Murray, Orem, Park City, Riverdale, Sandy, South Salt Lake, Washington
Vermont Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Virginia Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Baileys Crossroads, Brandermill, Charlottesville, Chesapeake, Chesapeake Square, Chesterfield, Christianburg, Colonial Heights, Fair City, Fairlakes, Fredericksburg, Gainsville, Glen Allen, Harrisonburg, Leesburg, Lynchburg, Manassas, Newport News, Potamac Hills, Potomac Yard, Roanoke, Springfield Mall, Stafford, Sterling, Tysons Corner, Virginia Beach, West Broad, Williamsburg, Winchester
Washington Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Bellevue, Bellingham, Burlington, East Spookane, Everett, Federal Way, Kennewick, Lacey, Lynnwood, Marysville, Olympia, Puyallup, Seatle-Northgate, Silverdale, Spokane North, Tacoma, Tukwila, Yakima
West Virginia Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Granville, Huntington, Wheeling Way
Wisconsin Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
Appleton, Appleton East, Bluemound Plaza, Delafield, E. Madison, Eau Claire, Fond Du Lac, Green Bay, Janesville, Kenosha, Kohler, La Crosse, Lake Geneva, Mayfair, Menomonee, Oshkosk, Racine, Southridge, Stevens Point, Wausau, West Madison
Wyoming Best Buy’s Selling PS4’s at Midnight:
AMCA Breach: 20 Million Victims, 19 Class Actions
More than 20 million and not 200,000 have fallen victim to a massive data breach that has seen medical clients using the services of healthcare billing company, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), to pay for their laboratory tests in different blood testing labs across the U.S. were confirmed by the SEC filings of affected medical institutions amidst the earlier claims of AMCA that there were fewer victims.
The data breach was a result of a cyber attack that aims to phish for financial information from the website of the AMCA. The exposed data belongs to Americans who paid laboratory services at several clinical and blood testing labs and institutions and used the AMCA billing portal.
What happened in the AMCA breach?
Data that were stolen from the victims include their names, phone numbers, dates of birth, home addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other bank details. The said information was auctioned off by the hacker in several financial hacking forums.
According to DataBreaches.net, the organization who first reported about the incident, AMCA officials, following the notification of the breach confirmed that their system has been compromised and has remained undetected for more than eight months. AMCA corroborated that the breach took place between August 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019.
Notifications have been sent by several of AMCA’s corporate partners and clients to their customers following the disclosure of the security breach that has seen information from millions of Americans compromised.
The list of impacted testing laboratories includes Quest Diagnostics (11.9 million patients), LabCorp (7.7 million patients), BioReference Laboratories (Opko Health subsidiary, 422,600 patients), Carecentrix (500,000 patients), and Sunrise Laboratories (undisclosed number of patients).
However, neither the AMCA nor its five clients have yet to notify ALL impacted citizens by the breach making them vulnerable to a lot of cyber crimes and their financial data could be used by anyone who gets hold of the information against the persons of those who still don’t know that their financial information is floating around the internet.
The companies involved in the breach are facing several lawsuits
Appropriately, the lawsuit came into the direction of AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp regarding the incident. More than 11 class-suite actions have been filed against the three companies for their inability to protect consumer data. The 11 lawsuits were recorded at The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on June 3. Since then, eight more lawsuits were filed against the companies in federal courts from New Jersey, New York, and California.
According to litigation experts, “If many cases are filed in federal court, any of the lawyers on any of those cases can file a motion with the JPML [..] to centralize the various federal cases that have been filed by sending all of them to a single judge for coordinated pre-trial proceedings.”
“Healthcare companies are especially susceptible to data breaches not only because they aggregate a tremendous amount of important and sensitive data, but also because they tend to be less focused on cybersecurity protection than other industries,” said John Yanchunis of Morgan and Morgan, one of the firms who filed lawsuits against Quest Diagnostics.
“These companies, like Quest Diagnostics, know they are at an increased risk and yet have not taken the proper steps to protect their patients’ data. We will fight for justice on behalf of those impacted by this breach,” added Yanchunis.
Lawmakers are demanding an explanation
The U.S. government, led by attorneys general from Connecticut and Illinois has also opened an investigation on the matter. Furthermore, lawmakers and other politicians have sent letters to the responding companies to ask for an explanation of why an eight-month data breach remained undetected and to demand accountability from them.
In Washington, US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) also sent a letter to Quest Laboratories demanding the company explain its vetting process for selecting AMCA as a billing vendor, and what requirements a third-party vendor has to pass. Democratic New Jersey Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez also sent letters to AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp, seeking official answers on how a breach of this severity went undetected for eight months.
“The months-long leak leaves sensitive personal and financial information vulnerable in the hands of criminal enterprises. Moreover, such breaches force victims to contend with identity theft that may lead to irreparable harm to their credit reports and financial future,” said the letter sent by the NJ senators.
‘The Hunger Games’ Is Launching A Prequel And A Possible Movie
Almost fours years after the last The Hunger Games movie (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II) and almost nine years after the first book from the trilogy was released, Suzanne Collins is returning with the famed trilogy — but this time in a form of a prequel.
Scholastic, the publishing company that distributed Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, announced today that it is publishing a prequel novel to the series, currently untitled, which will hit shelves on May 19, 2020.
“Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world-building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger said in a statement. “We are absolutely thrilled — as both readers and publishers — to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.”
Collins’ original Hunger Games trilogy—The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay—altogether, sold more than 100 million copies and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Moreover, The Hunger Games books appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 260 consecutive weeks (more than five straight years).
After writing the last installment in 2010, Collins teased in 2013 that she was working on a new series, but did not say whether it was related to The Hunger Games.
This time, the novel will be set in the world of Panem, 64 years before the events of the original Hunger Games trilogy—the morning where Katniss Everdeen volunteered as a tribute on the 74th Hunger Games. Presumably, Katniss Everdeen played by Jeniffer Lawrence will not be involved in the upcoming novel.
Based on the previous novels in the series, 74 years before the main novels, the 13 Districts of Panem already tried to initiate a rebellion against the Capital. In the aftermath of the failed attempt, 12 Districts remained to leave District 13 to rubbles. The Hunger Games was a result and served as a reminder that all the other Districts should obediently comply with the Capital’s rule.
The novel will take place 10 years after the first rebellion and will tell the story of Panem during the “Dark Days following a failed rebellion in Panem “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins told the Associated Press in the announcement. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”
On other news, the Lionsgate film studio, who adapted The Hunger Games trilogy into movies, is already looking forward to the next addition to Collins’ franchise given that it received praise and public attention for producing them.
“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, in a recent statement to the Associated Press. “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”S
Lionsgate turned Collins’ Hunger Games novels into a series of four films, dividing the last novel, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, into a two-part finale. Over the course of the four movies, it earned almost $3 billion dollars an the worldwide box office with the last movie earning $653.4 million.
Collins helped with the movies as an executive producer and a co-screenwriter on the first 2012 movie but distanced herself after she finalized Mockingjay in 2010.
Lionsgate is also known to have produced Twilight, which is one of their platinum franchises along with Collins’ trilogy. The studio earlier licensed The Hunger Games to theme parks and live concert tours being built around the movie franchise.
Additionally, it starred Jenniffer Lawrence who played the main character as Katniss Everdeen in all of the four movies, which helped catapult her acting career in 2012.
Scholastic acquired world English rights to the prequel novel and it will publish in print, digital and audio formats in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand next year. The deal was negotiated by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio for Suzanne Collins and David Levithan, VP, Publisher, and Editorial Director, for Scholastic.
Global Ice Melting At Rates Faster Than Expected
The global ice, or the size and number of glaciers located across cold spots around the world, is a clear indicator of the effects of global warming. With human’s excessive and consistent use of o-zone depleting resources such as fossil fuels — the rate of global ice is melting will only keep accelerating.
The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported that based on data they have gathered since the1900s, glaciers around the globe are shrinking and melting at an alarming rate.
Arctic sea ice has been in constant general low over the years following the increasing trend of greenhouse gas. Additionally, as the frozen ground across the Arctic melts, it releases a massive amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Scientists say that this effect could make global ice melt accelerate even faster.
A separate study found that parts of the Canadian Arctic are experiencing a rate of permafrost thaw six times the long-term average.
Meanwhile, melted ice is especially notable both in and around Greenland — home to the second largest ice sheet on the planet.
“Communities in #Greenland rely on the sea ice for transport, hunting, and fishing. Extreme events, here flooding of the ice by abrupt onset of surface melt call for increased predictive capacity in the Arctic,” Steffen Olsen, a climate researcher at the Danish Meteorological Institute said in a tweet.
Olsen was referring to Greenland losing 2 billion metric tons of ice. “The high melt is unusual so early in the season but not unprecedented,” Greenland Ice said in a tweet.
Experts are calling the lost ice “not normal” considering that it equates to almost half of Greenland. Roughly 45 percent of the ice sheet surface has been melting. Usually, less than 10 percent of the ice sheet surface is melting at this time of year. According to data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Wednesday set a daily record for the widest melt area on that date, with 275,000 square miles.
“I’m losing the ability to communicate the magnitude [of change],” Jeremy Mathis, a longtime Arctic researcher and a current board director at the National Academies of Sciences told Mashable. “I’m running out of adjectives to describe the scope of change we’re seeing.”
On other parts of the globe, a city in western Alaska is experiencing drastic changes to its land formations as the state’s ice and permafrost are starting to thaw away.
“Springtime in Alaska isn’t what it used to be. This is the 3rd time past 21 years we can say” warmest spring of record.” 1998 was the warmest to date, exceeded in 2016 and now 2016 exceeded in 2019. Trend +4.0F (+2.2C) since the 1970s.” Rick Thoman said in a tweet.
The continued ice and permafrost melting in Iceland are causing significant damages in terms of requiring towns and villages like Newtok in western Alaska to relocate to avoid dangers.
“It’s a real challenge because in the US there isn’t the precedence to deal with this and there isn’t the political framework to deal with it either,” said Susan Natali, a scientist and Arctic expert at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts. “The numbers needing relocation will grow, the costs are going up and people’s lives and cultural practices will be impacted.
“Every year there’s a new temperature record, it’s getting worse and worse and you feel like a broken record saying it. This should be the number one urgent conversation happening right now because it’s not just going to be Alaska, it’s going to be other communities all over the US,” Natali added.
The problem does not only persist in Greenland, the Arctic or Alaska. Global ice is melting all across the globe. “The famed snows of Kilimanjaro have melted more than 80 percent since 1912. Glaciers in the Garhwal Himalaya in India are retreating so fast that researchers believe that most central and eastern Himalayan glaciers could virtually disappear by 2035 […] From the Arctic to Peru, from Switzerland to the equatorial glaciers of Man Jaya in Indonesia, massive ice fields, monstrous glaciers, and sea ice are disappearing, fast,” the National Geographic reported.
This week, the Pope has talked to oil executives in the Vatican to find solutions in the growing problem of global warming. He called for a “radical energy transition” from conventional fossil fuels and develop greener energy alternatives.
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