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DRAPER, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 18, 2013--GE Capital Retail Bank (GECRB), a leading provider of financial solutions to retailers and consumers, today announced it has achieved certification as a 2014 Customer Service Center of Excellence from BenchmarkPortal, LLC, a global leader in the contact center industry. Awarded to customer service call centers that rank in the top ten percent of all call centers audited, the designation applies to all GE Capital Retail Bank call center locations worldwide and specifically cites the business for “record levels of associate satisfaction” and high customer satisfaction, among other effectiveness and efficiency measures that surpass industry averages.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — New corruption allegations are swirling around Argentina's president, who ordered her personal secretary to read a blistering statement Tuesday accusing the nation's leading newspapers of lying and defaming her "in the best style of fascism."
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been sued by the family of a Boston man he's accused of killing.
OAK BROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 16, 2013--Inland Private Capital Corporation (“Inland”) today announced the sale of two Gander Mountain retail stores in Texas, resulting in aggregate net proceeds of $22.2 million. Inland, through its subsidiary which serves as asset manager, facilitated the sale of the stores on behalf of investors in two separate Delaware statutory trusts, which owned the properties. The stores, located in College Station and Lubbock, were each sold at a profit.
DALLAS & THE WOODLANDS, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 16, 2013--The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Woodlands Development Company (TWDC), today announced that Exxon Mobil Corporation ( ExxonMobil ) has signed leases for approximately 478,000 square feet, consisting of an entire office building and a portion of a second office building at Hughes Landing, a 66-acre mixed-use development situated on 200-acre Lake Woodlands. The Woodlands team is developing the two Class A office buildings, each approximately 300,000 square feet, along with an adjacent 13-story, 800,000-square-foot parking garage.
SMITHFIELD, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 16, 2013--Despite risk management being their top concern and many with closed or frozen pensions, more than half (55%) of U.S. mid-market corporations stated they intend to maintain or increase their current risk profile, according to new research by Pyramis Global Advisors , a Fidelity Investments ® company and leading institutional multi-asset class investment manager with nearly $200 billion in assets under management and more than 600 institutional clients.
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Michael Jordan's 56,000-square foot home in suburban Chicago is up for auction.
SARASOTA, FL -- Lawmakers will go on holiday break without a vote to delay flood insurance rate increases for millions of homeowners; news that many across the Suncoast find troubling.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 13, 2013--Books-A-Million, Inc. (Nasdaq/NM: BAMM) today announced that a total of 42,195 bags of Joe Muggs coffee have been donated by BAM! customers throughout the country to benefit the Coffee for the Troops campaign. The coffee will be distributed to troops serving overseas in hopes to give troops a little taste of home this Holiday season. The coffee is currently being packaged and will be immediately shipped to troops serving overseas through a partnership with Soldiers’ Angels and CauseKeepers.
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 13, 2013--BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional service organizations, today announced an expansion into Pittsburgh through the addition of 250 partners and staff formerly with Alpern Rosenthal. A top 100 accounting firm, founded in 1961, Alpern Rosenthal is one of the largest firms in Pittsburgh and brings additional staff in Philadelphia and South Florida to BDO. The firm provides a full range of accounting and consulting services to a diversified client base of privately-held and public companies in the construction, manufacturing, medical, high-technology, nonprofit, professional services, real estate, retail and wholesale industries. The combination of BDO and Alpern Rosenthal is effective December 16.
VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 12, 2013--American Water Works Company Inc. (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, has announced that Jeff Sterba will retire from his role as president and chief executive officer of American Water at the Company’s annual meeting, scheduled for May 9, 2014. At that time, American Water’s current senior vice president and chief financial officer Susan N. Story will succeed Sterba as president and CEO. Sterba will stay on as an advisor to Story to ensure a smooth transition until January 1, 2015.
(NAPSI)—If, like most people, you could use some extra money these days, consider this: Three out of four Americans get an income tax refund from the IRS, and the average direct-deposited refund has totaled more than $2,800 for the last several years. Moving the needle above that average may be done with a little tax planning.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 11, 2013--International real estate investment and services company Kennedy Wilson and its partners today announced the sale of a $5 million duplex penthouse at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Lake Tahoe. Boasting spectacular views and ski-in/ski-out access, the 3,407 square-foot residence features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a home office and theater. This milestone follows the recent sales of the other duplex penthouse at the resort and an additional 2,339 square-foot four-bedroom home. Perched mid-mountain at Northstar, The Residences are comprised of 23 luxury penthouses that became available for purchase in mid-February 2013. The Residences are poised for immediate occupancy and only fourteen homes remain.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 11, 2013--Upon completion of the expansion of the Panama Canal, the cost to transport grain from the U.S. corn belt to Asia will drop by an estimated 12%, thus increasing the cost competitiveness of the U.S. as a grain exporter to Asia, Rabobank forecasts.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who had made no secret of his plans to run again, is making his re-election bid official. The Republican incumbent on Tuesday opened his official campaign account and turned in paperwork to seek a second term in office.
Dorsey Adds Experienced Real Estate Lawyer Mark Durrant in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 10, 2013--International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that Mark B. Durrant has joined its Real Estate Group as a partner in the Firm’s Salt Lake City office.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida state senator has been chosen as the Republican designate for Senate President. Senate Republicans officially voted today to select Sen. Andy Gardiner to succeed current Senate President Don Gaetz. Gardiner is a Republican from Orlando.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An attorney for the family of a New Mexico woman who died in 2002 when a tractor-trailer struck her car and buried it in sand says he hopes an $80 million judgment awarded to his clients will result in real consequences for trucking companies.
MIAMI (AP) — A $100 million lawsuit has been filed against a Florida billionaire over a 2012 helicopter crash in the Bahamas that killed a prominent tax attorney.
MIAMI (AP) — A $100 million lawsuit has been filed against a South Florida billionaire over a 2012 helicopter crash in the Bahamas that killed a prominent tax attorney.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court has refused to hear arguments by Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf that his family's net worth should be kept private.