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Active shooter at Empire State Building kills ex-boss and wounds nine others. A disgruntled designer of women's accessories opened fire outside of the Empire State Building this morning, killing his ex-boss. The shooter was then killed by police. 53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson lost his job at Hazan Imports when the company downsized last year. Along with the two fatalities, nine bystanders were shot, none with life-threatening injuries. (Source

Luxury retailers focused on growth look to Outlet Stores. Nordstrom by the end of this year will see the number of its Nordstrom Rack outlets outdistance its full-line stores, 119 to 117, and the retailer expects to have more than 230 outlets by 2016. Saks has been operating more outlets than full-line stores for the past couple of years and by the end of 2012 will have a ratio of 66 Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th outlets to 45 full-line stores. (Source

Samsung opens Apple look-a- like store in Australia. While Samsung and Apple continue to battle in court over technology issues, Samsung has opened and staffed a very similar store format to the Apple Store. (Source

Shipments of International goods a key indicator in the failing world market. Due to the economic slowdown, in January of this year, this key indicator reached a 25-year low. One of the last remnants of Britain’s industrial revolution, Stephenson Clarke Shipping, just went bankrupt after almost 300 years in business. The company stated that while it was able to weather previous economic slowdowns, it found this current economic slowdown to be one of the worst in its history and, as no rebound was foreseen for at least a year, there was no way it could continue operating. (Source

Chinese manufactures are sitting on a back stock of finished goods. As global retail sales began to slow, China was still manufacturing goods at a staggering rate; hoping things in the economy would change. Now China is sitting on over-stock of unsold goods. Everything from cars to electronics, building supplies and even the kitchen sinks are stacked in warehouses and dealerships all over the country. Inventories of unsold cars are soaring at dealerships across the nation. Manufacturers have largely refused to cut production, and are putting heavy pressure on dealers to accept delivery of cars under their franchise agreements even though many dealers are struggling to find places to park them or ways to finance their swelling inventories. (Source

FBI shuts down 3 'app' domains. The FBI along with Dutch and French law enforcement officials have seized three popular domain sites for Android applications due to copyright laws. This is the first investigation by the FBI into the app world; the three sites closed by the Bureau were, and (Source

Walmart working with Mollen Immunization Clinics to offer 10 types of immunization vaccines. Register nurses will be on hand at over 3800 stores through November 15. The effort is to provide customers the affordable opportunity to update themselves with the recommended life-saving immunizations. Vaccinations offered include: Flu, Pneumonia, Hepatitis A and B, Chickenpox, HPV, MMR, Menigitis, Shingles and Tetanus. Mollen Immunization Clinics, last year employed 30,000 nurses who administered 165,000 immunizations. (Source

Kodak to sell film business. Eastman Kodak said on Thursday that it's selling the business unit, which includes its "traditional photographic paper and still camera film products." Film has been overtaken by digital imaging in recent years. The unit also includes its retail division, which encompasses tens of thousands of photo-printing labs and kiosks, as well as its "event imaging" division, which provides souvenir photos at theme parks and other venues. In addition, the company is selling its document scanning business. (Source

357 foreign nationals nabbed in Philippines for cybercrime. Philippine authorities arrested on Thursday 357 foreign nationals who were allegedly involved in cybercrime victimizing Chinese. Using the internet, the group will call an unsuspecting victim in China to introduce themselves as members of Chinese police. The suspects would then tell the victims that their bank accounts were being used for money laundering and other terrorist funding activities. The syndicate will then tell the victim to transfer their money to a 'safe account' that the suspects will provide, to which most of the victims have agreed out of fear from any action. (Source

DSW Shoe Warehouse wins $6.8 million in dispute over data theft coverage. In an incident from 2005, DSW reported that transaction information data involving 1.4 million credit cards was stolen. On Thursday, a federal appellate court ruled that the shoe retailer was entitled to insurance coverage of more than $6.8 million in stipulated losses and prejudgment interest from a Chartis Inc. unit.  (Source

Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald's pay down 6.1% after tough year, only made $15.2 million. Chief Executive Robert McDonald received total compensation valued at $15.2 million in fiscal 2012, down 6.1% from a year ago, on a smaller bonus due to weak results and lower value of stock options. Mr. McDonald's fiscal 2012 pay package includes a $1.6 million salary, the same as last year, and an annual performance-based bonus of $2.4 million, down from $2.6 million. His stock and option awards totaled $10.9 million, down from $11.8 million. (Source

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was sued by a Michigan mother who claims her two children contracted salmonella bacterial infections after eating cantaloupes bought at the company’s Battle Creek store. Angela Compton, of Battle Creek is seeking at least $25,000 in damages from Wal-Mart, according to a state court. Compton, a child-care provider, said in a telephone interview that her daughters became ill after eating cantaloupe last month. Medical tests confirmed they had been sickened by salmonella. One child was hospitalized for four days, both have recovered. (Source

Jacksonville K-Mart employee arrested for stealing over $100K in jewelry. A detail audit by Loss Prevention indicated the theft may be closer to $200,000. Bias was in charge of returning the gold showcase back to the store’s office, prior to entering the office, Bias was removing jewelry and placing into her pockets or handbag. The thefts had occurred over a one year period. Bias was charged with employee theft over $100,000; dealing in stolen property; and giving false verification of ownership of pawned items. (Source

Food Lion Associate arrested in Cumberland on embezzlement of $80,000. Pamela Hatcher was in charge of stocking and inventorying the lottery machine in the store. For the last two years, Hatcher was skimming funds from the machine and falsifying the number of tickets sold from the machine. (Source

Virginia Cigarette thief draws a 61 year prison sentence. Keith Hill was convicted of a burglary of a Food Lion store back in 2010, stealing $8000 worth of cigarettes. County Attorney said, "There is no rehabilitating this defendant," and asked the judge to enforce the maximum sentence. Hill has had a series of criminal charges over the last 25 years, this was the first time he had a jury trail, and the jury spoke loud and clear. Hill is sentenced to 20 years on the statutory burglary charge, 20 years for grand larceny, 10 years for conspiracy, ten for possession of burglary tools and a year on a misdemeanor destruction of property charge. (Source

Radio Shack Employees duct taped during armed robbery in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Police arrest four suspects with guns, body armor and Taser. Broken Arrow Police were called to the Radio Shack for an armed robbery around 9 pm Wednesday night. An off-duty employee went back to the store to visit his friends when he observed four suspects inside the store wearing masks and loading merchandise into bags. When Police arrived, they encountered a masked suspect exit the back of the store and leave at a high rate of speed. (Source

Armed, masked robbers take over San Pablo, California jewelry store. Masked robbers armed with pistols took over a jewelry store Thursday morning, smashing display cases and grabbing an unknown amount of merchandise before escaping. No one was injured, but police were still trying to determine if any shots had been fired, according to San Pablo police Lt. Jeff Palmieri. The robbery was reported at JHB Jewelry, in the San Pablo Towne Center, about 11:18 a.m. The four suspects, all wearing ski masks, entered the store, held employees at gunpoint, smashed the cases and left within about a minute. They were last seen in a tan four-door vehicle, possibly a Mercedes, headed westbound on Interstate 80. (Source

Deputies arrest man allegedly beaten by Family Dollar clerk during robbery; Suspect now wanted in 7 other robberies. The man deputies say was given a beating by a female Family Dollar clerk when he robbed the business in late July has been arrested. Richland County Sheriff said Crimestoppers tips led deputies to 55-year-old Warren McDaniels. Investigators say McDaniels walked into the Family Dollar around 9 a.m. on July 28. Surveillance video shows a man fitting McDaniels' description reaching over the counter as a clerk was placing his money into the register. The clerk instinctively shuts the register on the suspect's fingers as he tries to grab some money. He pushes the drawer back at the clerk and she starts hitting him in the head. Investigators said a man fitting the Family Dollar robber's description also hit Burger King, Taco Bell, Zaxby's, Arby's, Quick Cash Payloan and a Waffle House on Two Notch Road. (Source

UK thief, whose crime spree lasted 5 months, drove a stolen $150,000 Audi going 180 mph gets 9 years in prison. A notorious criminal involved in more than a dozen smash-and-grab raids that netted $80,000 in cash, jewelry and cigarettes has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Getaway driver Ben Westwood, 33, reached speeds of up to 180mph (289kph) using an adapted Audi saloon to outrun West Midlands Police cars and even the force helicopter in a series of terrifying chases. (Source

Second southern Florida hhgregg store burglarized in a week. Police are looking for at least six people they say are involved in two local hhgregg burglaries. The latest burglary happened just before 5 a.m. Thursday at the store on Biscayne Boulevard, in Aventura. Police believe the same suspects broke into a hhgregg store in Hialeah last week. (Source

Employee and Customer Fatally Shot At Tire Store In San Bernardino, CA. Two gunmen walked into a tire store Thursday, said nothing and opened fire, killing two people at the JMC Tires store. Without a word, police said the men opened fire. Investigators said they arrested three people, but don’t know the motive for the crime. (Source

Suspect steals a 32 inch television and attempts to escape on his bike. It didn’t take long for Charlotte County Sheriff’s to notice the suspect peddling down the street carrying his 32” television, a short foot chase by police was quickly ended when the suspect ran his bike into the rear of a detective car. The suspect was treated for a minor injury, no word on the television. (Source

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Sparks, Nevada police arrest two suspected of buying stolen items; 15,000+ DVDs, CDs, video games recovered. Sparks police arrested a Sparks business owner and his manager on suspicion they were reselling stolen items in their store, on eBay and on Craigslist and recovered more than 15,000 DVDs, video games, and compact discs they said had been sold to the suspects. Sparks police conducted a seven-week investigation and went undercover to see both Potter and Curoi buy and resell property they believed was stolen, including televisions, DVDs, video games and Blu-Ray players, police said. They also said Curoi had booster crews and told them how to steal from stores. (Source

Trio targeting retail stores in Allentown,PA with counterfeit $100 bills. Three suspects have been apprehended in a counterfeit spree that included Macy's, GameStop, Toys R Us, Kmart and finally Target. A Target associate spotted the fake $100 bill and contacted police. The group had already spent $4,100. (Source

Vacaville, California Walmart nabs 2 suspects with 163 cans of baby formula. Loss prevention officers inside the business called police around 8:36 a.m., when they reportedly saw surveillance footage of Lewis and Sherman stashing cans of powdered formula inside a black duffle back they brought with them into the store and another storage container. The pair also reportedly admitted that all of the recovered merchandise, valued at just under $3,000, was taken from two additional Walmart stores in Fairfield and Martinez. (Source

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