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FBI: 1 hurt when pipe bomb explodes at Indiana post office

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — A postal worker was injured when a pipe bomb exploded at a post office in northwestern Indiana, and the FBI said Thursday it is investigating whether it was an act of terrorism.

The investigation into the explosion shortly after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the facility in East Chicago “remains open and active,” the agency said in a statement, urging the public to come forward with tips.

“Investigators are working to determine a motive” and who was responsible, the FBI said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “At this time, there is no ongoing public safety concern.”

The FBI said in an earlier statement it was “still trying to ascertain if there are any terrorism links” to the blast. FBI spokeswoman Christine Bavender said Thursday afternoon that terrorism has not been ruled out.

A postal employee was treated for minor injuries, the FBI said.

Equifax says data from 143 million Americans exposed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the social security numbers and other data of about 143 million Americans. Now those people have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen.

The Atlanta-based company said Thursday that “criminals” exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.

The theft obtained consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Such sensitive information can be enough for crooks to hijack the identities of people whose credentials were stolen through no fault of their own, potentially wreaking havoc on the victims’ lives.

Equifax discovered the hack July 29, but waited until Thursday to warn consumers. The Atlanta-based company has set up a special website, https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/ , where people can check to see if their personal information may have been stolen. Consumers can also call 866-447-7559 for more information.