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The Top 20 Buzzwords to Avoid at Work

The Top 20 Buzzwords to Avoid at Work

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It doesn’t matter where you might have picked up certain buzzwords that you use at work, just make sure to dump them in the trash.

That’s the advice of 600 Human Resource managers interviewed by Accountemps, who wanted to learn what office catchphrases and clichés drive supervisors up the wall.

For instance, if you’ve ever used “pick your brain,” your boss may be ready to pick you up and drop you out of a window.

The recommendation of HR people is to use simple language during conversations, not the hackneyed office jargon that does little to impress anyone.

Here are the 20 most annoying and over used phrases and buzzwords in alphabetical order:

  1. “At the end of the day”
  2. “Circle back”
  3. “Crunch time”
  4. “Deep dive”
  5. “Dynamic”
  6. “Employee engagement”
  7. “Forward-thinking”
  8. “I am overwhelmed.”
  9. “It’s above my pay grade.”
  10. “It’s not my job.”
  11. “Let me get back to you.”
  12. “Leverage”
  13. “LOL”
  14. “Out of pocket”
  15. “Pick your brain”
  16. “Synergy”
  17. “Think outside the box.”
  18. “Value-added”
  19. “When am I going to get a raise?”
  20. “Win-win”

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When Unsolicited Advice Really Isn’t Welcomed

When Unsolicited Advice Really Isn’t Welcomed

iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Anyone who’s worked in an office for any length of time has probably received a call from a head hunter looking to help that person find another job.

Often, these job leads come unsolicited and Vanderbilt University researchers now say that they are frequently met with more annoyance and skepticism than one might expect.

According to a new study, unsolicited leads are generally welcomed by people who are long-time unemployed or feel unhappy with their current financial solution.

However, the same isn’t true when the leads are given to workers long-established at their current job.

Instead, the researchers say these people regard the solicitors as meddling in their personal affairs.  Furthermore, a worker receiving an unsolicited lead may also feel either indebted or inadequate while receiving the tip.

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Twitter Testing ‘Buy’ Button Within Tweets

Twitter Testing ‘Buy’ Button Within Tweets

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — On Monday, Twitter began testing on a new functionality for the social media site that would allow users to make purchases directly from their newsfeed.

According to a post to the company’s blog, “a small percentage of U.S. users” will begin seeing tweets from business partners featuring a “buy” button. Among the test partners are companies including The Home Depot, organizations including Global Citizen, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and musical acts including Paramore, Pharrell, Brad Paisley, and Demi Lovato, among others.

Twitter says that a user who clicks the “buy” button within a tweet will be given additional product details, and then will be prompted to enter shipping and payment information. From there, the pertinent information is sent to the merchant, and the product is soon sent on its way.

Twitter noted that all shipping and payment information is encrypted and safely stored, but can be removed at any time, in an attempt to reassure consumers following a year of data breaches at numerous retailers.

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Amazon Makes Fire Phone Available for Just 99 Cents

Amazon Makes Fire Phone Available for Just 99 Cents

Amazon.com, Inc.(NEW YORK) — Amazon announced on Monday that its Fire phone would now be sold for 99 cents with a two-year contract, a sharp price drop from its previous $199 retail price.

Customers who take advantage of the offer will also receive a free year of Amazon Prime membership, free unlimited cloud storage for photos and 32 GB of storage. Ian Freed, Vice President of Amazon Devices, called the deal, “another example of the value Amazon delivers to its customers.”

The Fire Phone has struggled to compete with Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy in the smartphone market. The phone is available exclusively on AT&T’s wireless network.

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What to Expect from Apple’s Announcement

What to Expect from Apple’s Announcement

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Apple’s big event Tuesday comes at a crucial time for the world’s most successful and highly valued computer company.

A new iPhone 6 is expected to be announced along with a larger phone to compete with the popular big-screen Samsung Galaxy. Both devices are likely to be offered with durable sapphire glass screens.

The product with the most far-reaching impact could be a new iWatch that comes embedded with a range of health and fitness monitors. The Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente are among the health care institutions that plan to offer apps for the new device. Data collected by the watch would be fed back to the user’s smartphone or stored on the cloud. The information could be accessed by doctors or hospitals, if needed.

Expectations for the announcement are high. Apple has sold nearly 500 million iPhones so far and its stock price has doubled in the past year.

Apple still faces questions about the security of the iCloud, especially after the furor over the hacking of celebrity photos.

CEO Tim Cook may have more to say about security upgrades as consumer concerns grow about privacy, the safety of personal financial information and the potential for identity theft.

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Home Depot Confirms Data Breach

Home Depot Confirms Data Breach

Scott Olson/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, confirmed Monday that hackers penetrated its payment systems.

Home Depot said its payment data systems were breached in April but the cyber-attack was only discovered this month.

The retailer said it is still trying to determine the scope, scale and impact of the breach, but at this point there is no evidence that debit card PIN numbers were stolen. However, anyone who shopped at Home Depot and paid with plastic in the last five months may have had their information compromised.

In a statement, the company apologized for any frustration and anxiety, and asked customers for patience.

“We owe it to our customers to alert them that we now have enough evidence to confirm that a breach has indeed occurred,” said Home Depot CEO Frank Blake. “It’s important to emphasize that no customers will be responsible for fraudulent charges to their accounts.”

Home Depot said it is offering free credit monitoring and identity protection services to any customer who used a payment card at one of its stores. More information: https://homedepot.allclearid.com/

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Markets Close Slightly Lower

Markets Close Slightly Lower

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A slump in energy stocks pulled the stock market lower Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 26 points to 17,111. The S&P 500 lost 6 points and closed at 2,001. The Nasdaq finished 9 points higher at 4,592.

Americans were out shopping in July.  Consumers stepped up their borrowing — led by auto loans and higher credit card balances.  Borrowing was up $26 billion to $3.24 trillion, an increase of 9.7 percent.

Twitter wants you to shop between tweets.  They’re testing a ‘buy’ button that will let users make purchases or donate money to charities without leaving the site.

Apple is expected to announce its next big thing Tuesday — some speculate it’s a smartwatch or bracelet that can monitor health.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says a decision will be made in the very near future on what actions to take to make it less profitable for companies to move their legal addresses to other countries.

It seems baby boomers don’t want to retire in New York.  AARP says 60 percent of working New Yorkers over 50 years old plan to go elsewhere in retirement.

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Electrolux to Buy GE’s Appliances Business for $3.3B

Electrolux to Buy GE’s Appliances Business for $3.3B

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Electrolux announced on Monday it has entered into an agreement to buy General Electric’s appliances business for $3.3 billion.

The acquisition will boost the Swedish company’s presence in North America.

“This is an historic moment and important strategic move for the Electrolux Group, which takes our company to a new level in terms of global reach and market coverage. GE’s premium, high-quality appliances complement our own iconic brands and will enhance our presence in North America,” Electrolux President and CEO Keith McLoughlin said in a statement.

The buyout is still subject to regulatory approvals but is expected to be completed sometime in 2015.

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Olive Garden Introduces $100 ‘Never Ending Pasta Pass’

Olive Garden Introduces $100 ‘Never Ending Pasta Pass’

Olive Garden(NEW YORK) — Olive Garden has introduced the “never ending pasta pass.”

For $100, 1,000 lucky fans can buy unlimited pasta and Coca-Cola soft drinks at their local Olive Garden from Sept. 22 through Nov. 9.

In order to make this lucrative offer worthwhile, pass holders should plan to eat at the restaurant at least 11 times in the seven weeks.

The restaurant offers a similar one-time-only $9.99 never ending pasta bowl, so going 10 times would be the same price as just choosing that option.

If you want to get in on this deal, plan to be on Olive Garden’s website Monday at 3 p.m. ET sharp, when the passes go on sale. They will likely sell out quickly.

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Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy Dead at 93

Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy Dead at 93

Chick-fil-A(ATLANTA) — S. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, died Monday at the age of 93, the restaurant announced.

Cathy died at 1:35 a.m., surrounded by his family, the company said. He had been in failing health in recent weeks.

The fast food magnate was born in 1921 in Eatonton, Ga. and spent his childhood in Atlanta.

“Cathy relied on a keen business sense, a strong work ethic, and a deep Christian faith to build a tiny diner in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville, Georgia,” the company wrote in a statement to employees.

Eventually, Chick-fil-A — best known for its boneless chicken sandwiches — was born. The restaurant chain now features more than 1,800 restaurants across 40 states and Washington, D.C.

Cathy stepped down as the company’s chairman and chief executive officer last year, with his son Dan Cathy taking his place. Cathy remained with the company as chairman emeritus.

Cathy was a devout Southern Baptist, and his religious principles helped guide his development of the restaurant chain. Chick-fil-A plans to stay closed on Sundays and remain privately held, the company announced in its statement about Cathy’s death.

Cathy is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jeannette McNeil Cathy, two sons and a daughter, as well as 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

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Can You Really Profit from Attending a For-Profit College?

Can You Really Profit from Attending a For-Profit College?

iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBIA, Mo.) — For-profit colleges, which are operated by private, profit-seeking businesses, continue to attract incoming freshman despite the high tuition and often less than impressive graduation rates.

Although earning a college degree has proven that it can enhance a person’s salary over a lifetime of work, University of Missouri economist Rajeev Darolia says that attending a for-profit college might not be the answer.

Darolia and his team sent out more than 8,900 fictitious resumes to employers listing educational experience that included for-profit college, community college or no college at all.

The results astounded the UM researchers. Apparently, employers gave equal attention to “applicants” with either for-profit or community college experience. Furthermore, there also seemed to be little difference in responses to “applicants” who claimed not to have gone to college.

Naturally, it’s up to the individual where they’ll continue their education. However, what Darolia and his team are saying is that there are better alternatives than for-profit colleges.

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IRS Drops the Ball on Processing Complaints Against Tax Preparers

IRS Drops the Ball on Processing Complaints Against Tax Preparers

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Internal Revenue Service is not processing complaints against tax preparers in a timely manner, according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

The audit found that the agency’s tax return complaint process is not effective, with 47 percent of cases yet to be addressed from paperwork received between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 11, 2013.

Of the 3,953 complaints, half had been in the IRS’ inventory for at least 60 business days with no work initiated.

“Tax return preparers play an increasingly important role in helping taxpayers to comply with the tax laws,” said J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.  “Unqualified or unethical tax return preparers can negatively impact taxpayers as well as tax revenue if the tax returns they prepare are incorrect and/or fraudulent.”

In the report, George made recommendations to the IRS, including that it create procedures and goals to make sure complaints are processed in a timely manner, and to develop a process for recording complaints in inventory.

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Family of Four Pays Top Dollar at 49ers’ New Home

Family of Four Pays Top Dollar at 49ers’ New Home

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — The NFL’s San Francisco 49ers will play their home opener next Sunday in the $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Naturally, the place will be packed. Spectators should also be prepared to pack a lot of cash as well because according to the Team Marketing Report’s “Fan Cost Index,” it will cost a family of four $641.50 for the pleasure of seeing the 49ers play.

That amount includes the price of tickets along with two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two programs and two adult-size hats.

San Francisco’s price tag dwarfs the NFL average, which is a mere $479.45.

The team also has the distinction of charging the second-most for a 20-ounce beer at $10.25 and non-premiums tickets at $117. The Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots top the 49ers in these categories, respectively.

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Atlanta Hawks Owner To Sell NBA Team After ‘Inappropriate and Offensive’ Email

Atlanta Hawks Owner To Sell NBA Team After ‘Inappropriate and Offensive’ Email

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson is selling controlling interest of the NBA team after admitting to writing an “inappropriate and offensive” email, officials announced Sunday.

In dealing with low attendance at Hawks games and the need for the team to attract more season ticket holders and corporate sponsors, Levenson said he wrote the note in 2012 to address the situation.

“Over that time, I’ve talked with team executives about the need for the Hawks to build a more diverse fan base that includes more suburban whites, and I shared my thoughts on why our efforts to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide seemed to be failing,” he said in a statement.
 
“In trying to address those issues, I wrote an e-mail two years ago that was inappropriate and offensive.  I trivialized our fans by making clichéd assumptions about their interests (i.e. hip hop vs. country, white vs. black cheerleaders, etc.) and by stereotyping their perceptions of one another (i.e. that white fans might be afraid of our black fans). By focusing on race, I also sent the unintentional and hurtful message that our white fans are more valuable than our black fans.”

Levenson notified the NBA of the email, prompting the league to conduct an independent investigation of the incident.

“I commend Mr. Levenson for self-reporting to the league office, for being fully cooperative with the league and its independent investigator, and for putting the best interests of the Hawks, the Atlanta community, and the NBA first,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.

Hawks CEO Steve Koonin will now oversee team operations. 

“If you’re angry about what I wrote, you should be. I’m angry at myself, too. It was inflammatory nonsense,” Levenson continued in his statement. “We all may have subtle biases and preconceptions when it comes to race, but my role as a leader is to challenge them, not to validate or accommodate those who might hold them.”

“I’m truly embarrassed by my words in that e-mail, and I apologize to the members of the Hawks family and all of our fans.”

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Small Colorado Town Braces for Bud Light Event

Small Colorado Town Braces for Bud Light Event

iStock/Thinkstock(CRESTED BUTTE, Colo.) — Bud Light is flying 1,000 visitors into Crested Butte, Colorado, just as Emily Rothman, a resident of 20 years, says she is skipping town, turned off by the giant blue beer bottle, King Kong, and cowboy boot now on display in the small community with a population of 1,500.

“A lot of people are leaving town, because they don’t want to hear the noise,” Rothman said.

Rothman, 49, and her family, who live a block away from the main street, say they oppose the town council’s approval to allow the Anheuser-Busch brand to create Whatever, U.S.A. The three-day event will include parades, music concerts and street performers that will inundate hotels and the main street.

Bud Light chartered its first ten flights Friday, according to Bud Light spokesman Nick Kelly. About ten of the 1,000 people selected to attend declined the beer company’s offer after being given about 48 hours’ notice to drop everything and hop on a flight. But the company found others to invite instead, spontaneously selecting people in bars across the country last night to Whatever. The age range of guests who will attend? It’s mostly 21 to 27 years old, according to Kelly.

“I don’t want my 12-year-old to see this and think it’s okay,” Rothman said.

“He knows all about it. He knows how we feel about it,” she added. “Some of his friends think it’s cool.”

Bud Light first approached town officials about the idea around the spring. After two town council meetings that publicly addressed Bud Light’s proposal lasted late into the night, the council voted unanimously Aug. 28 to approve Bud Light’s plans.

“The citizens were not given the opportunity to vote on this or voice their opinion about whether we wanted our town taken over in this way,” said Rothman, a graduate student and Pilates instructor.

Kevin McGruther, another resident, already left town with his son.

“This whole thing is a complete snafu from start to finish,” he told ABC News. “The community members are very stressed out and many are turning on the event and each other.”

As a token of goodwill, Bud Light is donating $500,000 to Crested Butte, doubling the company’s initial amount of $250,000. The town council has not yet announced how it will use the funds.

Former Colorado Sen. Tim Wirth, a resident of Crested Butte, called the originally proposed $250,000 donation a “paltry and insulting sum,” and advocated for a donation of $10 million.

“This is our home — a beautiful mountain paradise — and this is a disgrace,” Rothman said. “The $500,000 is not commensurate for inconveniencing and taking over our town, especially considering what the corporation is worth.”

“What the Bud Light brand suggests is not compatible with our town,” Rothman said. “We are about environment, nature and educational institutions — not weekend-long beer bashes.”

Kelly declined to say what the total bill for the extravaganza would be.

Kelly said the company offered all the businesses on Elk Avenue, the town’s main street, the opportunity to participate. Some declined, and some will feature main attractions. In one example, Bud Light rented out a large locally owned pizza restaurant and is transforming it into a karaoke lounge featuring LiL Jon. Bud Light is paying for all the food and drinks. (The Bud Light will be free, of course.)

Kelly said the town council and campaign’s secrecy was for the safety of the town.

Among the opponents’ other concerns are security. Kelly said Bud Light hired the same security company that managed its larger Super Bowl and World Cup events, plus 60 external security workers. He declined to share specifics, but said the ratio of security workers to attendees is “pretty high.” He said the safety detail will include local security who are familiar with the town and its people, plus plain-clothes guards to monitor the “vibe.”

The event is at capacity at 5,000 people, and even locals who weren’t in line early enough to get a wristband will be turned away. This concerns Rothman, who said people posting on social media about crashing the event, and ultimately turned away, may lead to traffic problems or even riots.

David Ochs, executive director of the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, has argued that the event will bring significant amounts of extra cash to local businesses and the town coffers, plus long-term tourism benefits.

Rothman said she “seriously” doubts that the 1,000 guests will be return visitors.

“I think it’s a three-day injection of cash and that’s why people support it, but I don’t think they’re thinking of the precedent set by our town council,” Rothman said. “It’s a short-sighted view. The long-term question is: do we really want to be associated with this kind of marketing and event?”

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How Hackers Can Copy Everything on Your Phone

How Hackers Can Copy Everything on Your Phone

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The hacks into the clouds of dozens of Hollywood A-listers, including Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence, have shed new light on the methods hackers might use and the tools they have at their disposal.

On the Web forum Anon-IB, a popular image sharing board, users posted what they claimed were stolen, naked photos, and talked about how they got them. They discussed using the ElcomSoft Phone Password Breaker, according to Wired.

The product is just one of many available for sale online.

The company said the product is intended for computer forensics experts and people who need help cracking their own accounts, allowing users to download everything from a cloud account. The end result can be a virtual copy of someone’s entire phone. The software starts at $79 and can be purchased from the Moscow-based company’s website.

Robert Siciliano, a McAfee identity theft expert, told ABC News that while the tools are marketed to law enforcement professionals, they were originally geared toward security professionals who are called “ethical hackers.”

“These are your white hat hackers, good guys who spend their days looking for vulnerabilities in various networks or devices so they can patch them and update that organization’s security posture,” Siciliano said.
 For ordinary civilians, though, it’s not just their phones that could be vulnerable.

ElcomSoft also offers software that claims to be able to access someone’s Facebook log-in and password information.

“The free Facebook Password Extractor reveals Facebook passwords cached in all popular Web browsers in just a click. Multiple Facebook accounts and latest versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Google Chrome are supported,” the product description said.

ElcomSoft also offers email and instant messenger password recovery products.

In addition, a Forensic Toolkit product is listed for sale on ElcomSoft’s website starting at $1,495. The bundle claims to allow users to acquire bit-precise images of targeted Apple iOS devices in real time.

Olga Koksharova, a spokeswoman for ElcomSoft, told ABC News that limiting access to the software won’t prevent hackers from finding a free version somewhere else.

“There are numerous legitimated uses of this software,” Koksharova told ABC News via email. “One of them is getting access to your own iCloud information in case you break, lose or somehow damage iOS device and are not going to or cannot buy a new device to restore the data to a new device.”

The company said on its website that it “caters to the needs of law enforcement, military and intelligence agencies, supplying a range of forensic products and tools used in criminal investigations.”

While Siciliano said this type of software is generally sold with good intentions for commercial use, it could just as easily be used to inflict damage.

“These software programs are no different than a gun,” he said. “They can be used for defense or offense. They can be used to kill or to save a life.”

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Stocks End Week with Gains Amid Jobs Numbers

Stocks End Week with Gains Amid Jobs Numbers

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wall Street stocks ended the week on a high note Friday, despite a less than stellar jobs report from the federal government.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 68 points to end the day at 17137.36, the Nasdaq Composite added 20 to finish at 4582.90, and the S&P 500 gained 9 points at 2006.81.

The latest report from the Labor Department found that 142,000 jobs were created in August, highlighting the smallest gain in eight months and falling short of economists’ predictions.

Still, the national unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent, with experts attributing the dip to jobless individuals who stopped searching for employment.

Online retailer Alibaba plans to sell 123 million shares at $60 to $66 dollars a piece, with public trading beginning as soon as Sept. 18. Company executives are also expected to sell another 179 million.

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Treasury Auditors: IRS Needs to Improve Complaint Process

Treasury Auditors: IRS Needs to Improve Complaint Process

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Internal Revenue Service is not processing complaints against tax preparers in a timely manner, according to a Thursday report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

The audit found that the agency’s tax return complaint process is not effective, with 47 percent of cases yet to be addressed from paperwork received between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 11, 2013. Of the 3,953 complaints, 49 percent had been in the IRS’ inventory for at least 60 business days with no work initiated.

“Tax return preparers play an increasingly important role in helping taxpayers to comply with the tax laws,” said J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.  “Unqualified or unethical tax return preparers can negatively impact taxpayers as well as tax revenue if the tax returns they prepare are incorrect and/or fraudulent.”

In the report, TIGTA made recommendations to the IRS, including that it create procedures and goals to make sure complaints are processed in a timely manner, and to develop a process for recording complaints in inventory.

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Federal Judge Cites BP’s Reckless Conduct in 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Federal Judge Cites BP’s Reckless Conduct in 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

BP p.l.c.(NEW ORLEANS) — A federal judge Thursday cited negligence in BP’s role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.

Due to gross negligence and willful misconduct, the company faces penalties from the Clean Water Act totalling up to $4,000 a barrel. The government estimates that about 5 million barrels were involved in the incident, which would cost BP billions.

Prior to Thursday’s ruling, BP set aside $42.7 billion to deal with the impact of the spill. Now, they could face billions more in fines.

Judge Carl Barbier assigned 67 percent of the blame to BP, and lesser amounts to two other companies.

The 2010 oil rig explosion claimed the lives of 11 men and spilled oil for 87 days.

In a statement, the company said they strongly disagree with the decision and will immediately appeal.

“BP believes that the finding that it was grossly negligent with respect to the accident and that its activities at the Macondo well amounted to willful misconduct is not supported by the evidence at trial,” the statement reads.

Fisherman in Louisiana felt differently. 

“There’s no question with this ruling, and I think we all knew, that there were a lot of short-cuts taken to save money. That is not, that is unconscionable,” said David Robin, a recreational fisherman.  “That, and they should pay for that. They should pay dearly for that.”

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Hotel Offers ‘Divorce Package’ for Quick Proceedings

Hotel Offers ‘Divorce Package’ for Quick Proceedings

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York hotel promises lovely weekends away this fall — complete with quickie divorce packages for those looking for a life change along with the season.

The Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs will, in conjunction with a Netherlands-based company, debut as a “Divorce Hotel” this month. In addition to the “picnic in the park at sunset” and “walks before breakfast” the hotel touts during its hold music over the phone, it will also serve as the venue for the fast divorce proceedings promised by the Divorce Hotel company that launched in 2011.

Until now, the Gideon Putnam Resort had primarily been known for hosting weddings. In fact, the hotel lists “breathtaking weddings” on its web site homepage as one of the top 10 reasons to book a stay.

The hotel will also be the backdrop of a TV series that will document the divorce proceedings of the couples who check in.

Divorce Hotel founder Jim Halfens told ABC News two episodes have been shot so far, but there’s no network commitment as of yet. The show did air in the Netherlands last spring and was a “huge success,” according to Halfens.

In fact, the Gideon Putnam Resort will act as a “the divorce hotel,” which is actually a company that has temporarily located itself in various hotels across Europe. The first was in Amsterdam in 2012.

On its web site, the Divorce Hotel company promises to “help you in a professional, fast and affordable way to support you in the process of getting a divorce over a weekend in a hotel, in all quiet and peace, equipped with all comforts you may need.” And while it can’t guarantee a successful divorce, it does promise “our mediators can guarantee you is that they will be a 100 percent committed to ensuring your separation is professional, fast, affordable and hopefully positive.”

Michele Martin has been named the divorce mediator at Gideon Putnam Resort and said the program will launch in late September. Martin was instrumental in convincing the company to choose Saratoga Springs as its latest location, citing its famous racetrack and proximity to New York City, just three hours away.

She said a divorce can “absolutely” be done in three days, telling ABC News that she has on many occasions facilitated successful divorces in her office over three sessions.

“This way,” she said, “the guests can go to the spa or take a walk around the beautiful grounds in between sessions.”

Martin said the cost of the package will be “around $5,000” depending on season and particulars of the divorce. For example, a couple with a contentious dispute over custody may require another expert that adds to the cost.

The couple selected to kick off the program hasn’t been finalized, Martin said. And whether or not a TV show documenting the proceedings will follow remains to be seen. But there are big plans to expand beyond one weekend couple at a time, including offering mid-week packages or even mediating for multiple couples at the hotel simultaneously.

Martin said she can even envision a scenario where the couples “bond and have group dinners, more of an experience.”

And perhaps the chance to find love again. If that happens, they already have the perfect hotel for the wedding.

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