Noranda Aluminum (NOR) Reports Missouri Public Service Has Denied Request for a Lower Electricity Rate Aug 20, 2014 05:48PM

Noranda Aluminum Holding (NYSE: NOR) reported today that the Missouri Public Service Commission has denied Noranda`s request for a lower electricity rate at the Company`s aluminum smelter in New Madrid, Missouri ("New Madrid"). The denial by the PSC does not increase New Madrid`s electricity rate, it only denies Noranda`s petition for a lower rate at this point.

"While we are disappointed with the PSC`s decision to deny Noranda rate relief at this point, we remain committed to transforming our cost structure and to reducing the cost of New Madrid`s electricity," said Layle K. "Kip" Smith, Noranda`s President and CEO. "We will thoughtfully evaluate our alternatives for accomplishing our objectives and provide additional information at an appropriate time."

Hercules Offshore (HERO) Provides August Fleet Status Report Update Aug 20, 2014 05:20PM

Hercules Offshore, Inc. (Nasdaq: HERO) announced today that it has published the August Fleet Status Report ("the Report").

CST Brands (CST) to Acquire Nice N Easy Grocery, No Terms Aug 20, 2014 04:12PM

CST Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CST) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire the convenience store assets, franchisor rights and associated trademarks of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes.

Based in Canastota, NY, Nice N Easy operates 77 corporate and franchise stores in Central New York. The company operations include thirty-three company operated stores along with forty-four franchise locations. Nice N Easy has been at the forefront of the foodservice growth in convenience stores with the presence of its own Easy Street Eatery concept in many of its corporate stores, adding to an already extended grocery products offer.

The acquisition will provide entry into a new geographical territory for CST Brands, providing an additional area of growth for its new-to-industry stores, adjacent to its Canadian network of sites.

The transaction is subject to customary conditions to closing, including satisfactory completion of due diligence, and is expected to close early in the fourth quarter of 2014. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Our stores across the United States and Canada share a lot in common with Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, making this a great match culturally and a prime opportunity for CST Brands to enter into new markets,” said Kim Bowers, Chairman and CEO of CST Brands. “Both Nice N Easy and CST Brands are committed to great people, loyal customers and strong community ties, and we look forward to delighting more customers every day together.”

Fran Duskiewicz, President and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, stated, “Nice N Easy’s founder, the late John MacDougall, started this process a year ago with very specific provisions about the sale that would protect the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes name, image, people and his legacy. It is bittersweet that we have reached this point without him with us to enjoy the potential growth of our program that we believe CST Brands will provide. Company culture is everything to us and we’ve made a decision that will allow that culture to continue and grow with a group with whom we share many business philosophies.”

UPS (UPS) Store Reports Data Breach Aug 20, 2014 04:04PM

The UPS Store, Inc. -- of UPS (NYSE: UPS) --, among many other U.S. retailers, recently received a government bulletin regarding a broad-based malware intrusion not identified by current anti-virus software. Upon receiving the bulletin, The UPS Store retained an IT security firm and conducted a review of its systems and the systems of its franchised center locations. The UPS Store discovered malware identified in the bulletin on systems at 51 locations in 24 states (about 1%) of 4,470 franchised center locations throughout the United States.

Based on the current assessment by The UPS Store and the IT security firm, certain customers' information, who used a credit or debit card at the 51 impacted franchised center locations between January 20, 2014 and August 11, 2014, may have been exposed. For most locations, the period of exposure to this malware began after March 26, 2014. The malware was eliminated as of August 11, 2014 and customers can shop securely at all The UPS Store locations.

"I understand this type of incident can be disruptive and cause frustration. I apologize for any anxiety this may have caused our customers. At The UPS Store the trust of our customers is of utmost importance," said Tim Davis, President The UPS Store, Inc. "As soon as we became aware of the potential malware intrusion, we deployed extensive resources to quickly address and eliminate this issue. Our customers can be assured that we have identified and fully contained the incident," Davis said.

Each franchised center location is individually-owned and runs independent private networks that are not connected to other franchised center locations. The limited malware intrusion was discovered at only 51 The UPS Store franchised center locations and was not present on the computing systems of any other UPS business entities. A list of locations is attached and is displayed at

The customer information that may have been exposed includes names, postal addresses, email addresses and payment card information. Not all of this information may have been exposed for each customer. Based on the current assessment, The UPS Store has no evidence of fraud arising from this incident. The UPS Store is providing an information website, identity protection and credit monitoring services to customers whose information may have been compromised.

For further information and to learn about complimentary identity protection and credit monitoring services, visit To talk with a representative of The UPS Store concerning this issue, call 1-855-731-6016.

GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) Receives FDA Approval of Arnuity Ellipta as Asthma Maintenance Treatment Aug 20, 2014 03:35PM

GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE: GSK) announced that the FDA has approved Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone furoate inhalation powder), a once-daily inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) medicine for maintenance treatment of asthma as prophylactic therapy in patients aged 12 years and older. Arnuity is not indicated for relief of acute bronchospasm.

The approved doses are Arnuity Ellipta 100mcg and 200mcg. Arnuity Ellipta is administered once daily via the dry powder inhaler called Ellipta, which is also used across a range of other approved respiratory medicines in the GSK portfolio.

Darrell Baker, SVP & Head, GSK Global Respiratory Franchise, said, "The approval of Arnuity Ellipta is an important development for GSK and our expanding respiratory portfolio. It is the first asthma treatment from our new portfolio to have gained approval in the US and enables us to begin expanding the range of medicines that we offer to physicians and appropriate patients."

The efficacy and safety of Arnuity Ellipta have been evaluated in more than 3,600 patients with asthma.

Full US Prescribing Information, including Patient Information Leaflet, will be available soon at: Prior to the label being posted online, a copy of the label may be requested from one of the GSK Media or Investor Relations contacts listed in the "GSK Inquiries" section at the end of this document.

Arnuity and Ellipta are trademarks of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.

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