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Gwinnett solar firm wins U.S. support for charges of unfair trade

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday sided with a bankrupt Gwinnett company’s complaint that America is being flooded with cheap imported solar cells, setting up a potential trade battle with China or other countries that export solar panels. Norcross-based Suniva said it was “gratified” by the trade commission’s finding, which opens the way for the agency to recommend...


Feds investigating Plant Vogtle nuke project’s twin in South Carolina

Feds investigating Plant Vogtle nuke project’s twin in South Carolina

SCANA Corp. said Thursday that federal investigators are seeking information on a South Carolina nuclear plant project that was shut down in late July. The South Carolina utility said it received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office seeking “a broad range of documents related to the project.” The company said it would “cooperate with the government’s investigation...
UPS mechanics renew push for leverage in contract talks

UPS mechanics renew push for leverage in contract talks

A union representing aircraft mechanics at shipping giant UPS is again asking a federal board to release it from mediation, saying negotiations on a new contract are at an impasse. Contract talks have been going on for nearly four years between Sandy Springs-based UPS and Teamsters Local 2727 representing the roughly 1,300 airline maintenance workers. The mechanics are are covered by health insurance...
Airline fees: Nickel-and-diming or, as Delta says, adding ‘choices’?

Airline fees: Nickel-and-diming or, as Delta says, adding ‘choices’?

As two senators push for legislation to limit airline baggage fees, Delta Air Lines says its the fees for extra services offer “choice in pricing.” After a U.S. Government Accountability Office report this week scrutinizing airline fees, U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal, who requested the study, said the report “confirms… that airlines are nickel and diming...
Summerhill, Midtown projects win tax breaks from Invest Atlanta

Summerhill, Midtown projects win tax breaks from Invest Atlanta

The board of Atlanta’s economic development agency approved more than $17 million in tax incentives for several developers on Thursday, but tax breaks for a pair of projects at the former Turner Field caused a clash among board members, with one saying the agency needs to re-think its public investment strategy. The board of Invest Atlanta narrowly approved a nearly $2.6 million tax break for...
Equifax’s rapid growth probably added to its hacking risk, experts say

Equifax’s rapid growth probably added to its hacking risk, experts say

Until a dozen years ago, Equifax Corp. quietly made most of its money helping banks and other lenders figure out which U.S. customers were a safe bet for a mortgage, auto loan or credit card. Then Richard Smith, was hired on as the Atlanta company’s new chief executive in 2005. The former General Electric executive quickly embarked on a plan to rev up Equifax’s growth. These days, thanks...
Study: TSA lines shorten, but airport construction causes frustration

Study: TSA lines shorten, but airport construction causes frustration

Last year it was long TSA lines frustrating travelers. This year, it’s airport construction. That’s not just in Atlanta at the world’s busiest airport, but at airports across the country, according to a new J.D. Power survey. Hartsfield-Jackson is in the middle of a $6 billion expansion and modernization plan, that has created construction zones disrupting passenger flows in parking...
Georgia recruiters crowdsourcing for sites to pitch Amazon for HQ2

Georgia recruiters crowdsourcing for sites to pitch Amazon for HQ2

Got 100 acres or more to sell? Is it near a bus or MARTA rail line, and within 45 minutes of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport? If the answers are yes to those questions, the Georgia Department of Economic Development wants to hear from you. The state’s top recruiting agency has set up a web page to essentially crowdsource locations to pitch to e-commerce giant Amazon as part of the state&rsquo...
Accenture project a ‘milestone’ for Atlanta’s tech scene

Accenture project a ‘milestone’ for Atlanta’s tech scene

Global consulting giant Accenture will locate a new innovation hub in Technology Square in Midtown Atlanta, a lab where the company will help their clients bring new technologies to market and “a milestone” for the region’s technology scene, state and city leaders said Wednesday. In confirming the project, Accenture said it plans to create 800 new high-paying jobs in the city...
Delta flights disrupted by Hurricane Maria, Mexico earthquake

Delta flights disrupted by Hurricane Maria, Mexico earthquake

As Hurricane Maria tears through the Caribbean, airlines have canceled flights and are urging customers to check their flight status and consider changing their travel plans for the next week. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines’ operations in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas have been disrupted. The carrier said it plans to restart operations at those airports Thursday, but that’s dependent on the...
8 side hustles you can start with almost no money

8 side hustles you can start with almost no money

Dreaming about starting your own business?  Don't let your hopes sink just because you're low on financial resources.There are many businesses you can start inexpensively, according to the Balance, a personal finance website. "Some can be started for nothing if you already have the equipment."Such businesses can offer a good living and the satisfaction of being your own boss. These...
Accenture Midtown Atlanta innovation hub to bring 800 new jobs

Accenture Midtown Atlanta innovation hub to bring 800 new jobs

Global consulting giant Accenture on Wednesday confirmed its plans to create an innovation hub at Technology Square in Midtown, where the company plans to create 800 new jobs by 2020. The innovation hub, part of a planned network of 10 such facilities around the nation, will be designed to that Accenture technologists can aide their Fortune 500 clients and other major companies in designing and testing...
UPS hiring 95,000 seasonal workers

UPS hiring 95,000 seasonal workers

Sandy Springs-based UPS plans to hire about 95,000 seasonal employees for the busy holiday shipping period that runs from November through January. The jobs include drivers, driver-helpers and package handlers. Those interested must apply at UPSjobs.com. The company will also recruit at college campuses during NCAA college football games this fall. The number of hires planned is on par with the...
Kempner: Equifax data breach fiasco? It’s actually a stunning repeat

Kempner: Equifax data breach fiasco? It’s actually a stunning repeat

Tell me if you think you already know this: An Atlanta area company with a horde of sensitive personal information lands on the hot seat for letting bad guys get consumers’ secrets. Consumers complain the company waited too long to warn them, didn’t have its act together when it finally did and then offered inadequate protections. Federal investigators dig into questions of insider trading...
Accenture to announce 100s of new Atlanta jobs; more jobs might follow

Accenture to announce 100s of new Atlanta jobs; more jobs might follow

Business consulting giant Accenture will announce on Wednesday it is adding more than 500 largely-tech related jobs in Atlanta over the next few years, a decision that comes as the state gears up for what might be its largest ever economic development push to win the second headquarters for Amazon. The planned expansion of Accenture’s operations at Technology Square in Midtown will be announced...
Pirates might be to blame for why the U.S. doesn't use the metric system

Pirates might be to blame for why the U.S. doesn't use the metric system

The proposal, conceived by a bunch of pointy-headed Parisian philosophes, sounded brilliant: A universal system of measurement, derived from decimal-based units and identified by a shared set of prefixes. It would end the era of merchants buying goods according to one unit, selling in another, and pocketing the ill-gotten profit. It would simplify scientific calculations and enable the free exchange...
Equifax breach could shake consumer confidence, cut spending

Equifax breach could shake consumer confidence, cut spending

It’s too early to know if Equifax’s massive data breach will have a significant impact on the U.S. economy, but it’s not too soon to worry, economists say. The Atlanta-based company recently acknowledged that information on 143 million people was commandeered by hackers. That’s not the largest such breach – information from more than 1 billion accounts was exposed last...
Atlanta’s home sales slip in August, Re/Max says

Atlanta’s home sales slip in August, Re/Max says

The end of the summer meant declining sales, dipping prices and continued drop in listings of homes for sale in metro Atlanta real estate, according to a report issued by Re/Max on Tuesday. The expected cooling of the market followed the usual patter, said John Rainey, a vice president with the company. “Atlanta’s housing market is following the seasonal and national trends for the year...
Deal touts big year for Georgia business recruiting

Deal touts big year for Georgia business recruiting

Gov. Nathan Deal visited the new offices Tuesday of one of the state’s highest profile corporate recruits to celebrate what the state called a record-breaking year for its economic development team. The Georgia Department of Economic Development played a role in expansion and business relocation decisions in the year ended June 30 that will lead to 30,309 new jobs in the state. The work by the...
White people are really confident that things are getting better for black people

White people are really confident that things are getting better for black people

Americans, especially wealthy whites, vastly overestimate progress toward racial economic equality despite evidence of persistent gaps between black and white workers when it comes to hourly wages, annual income and household wealth, according to a new paper by Yale University researchers published Monday. The study's results are especially stunning in the wake of census data released last week that...
Media report: Feds investigating top Equifax executives’ stock trading

Media report: Feds investigating top Equifax executives’ stock trading

Two federal agencies are investigating three top Equifax executives’ stock trades to see whether they violated insider trading laws, according to a media report. Bloomberg reported Monday that a criminal probe by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta is focused on Equifax’s chief financial officer and presidents of two business units, who sold a combined $1.8 million in stock...
SEC: SunTrust pays $1.1 million for steering clients to costly funds

SEC: SunTrust pays $1.1 million for steering clients to costly funds

SunTrust Banks agreed to pay a $1.1 million penalty after a federal agency accused the Atlanta-based bank of steering investors to more costly mutual funds and pocketing part of the money. The federal Securities and Exchange Commission said SunTrust betrayed its clients by selling them mutual fund shares that charge extra fees, called 12b-1 fees, when cheaper share classes were available for the same...
Why little has been done to protect people from breaches like Equifax

Why little has been done to protect people from breaches like Equifax

The hacking of Atlanta-based credit reporting giant Equifax has revealed the patchwork nature of the nation’s system of cybersecurity when it comes to protecting sensitive consumer data. The breach, which exposed the Social Security numbers and other data of 143 million Americans, has also revealed how little protection and how few remedies consumers have in the wake of such a devastating...
Atlanta housing takes a hit in August — but prices up over the year

Atlanta housing takes a hit in August — but prices up over the year

The housing market in metro Atlanta took a hit in August, although prices were up compared to a year ago, according to the Atlanta Realtors Association. The median sales price of a home sold last month was $250,000 – up 5 percent from a year earlier, according to the group’s report issued late Friday. However, the number of sales during the month was 6.1 percent lower than in August of...
9 ways to be more confident at work – or just look like you are

9 ways to be more confident at work – or just look like you are

Those co-workers that always win their point and never seem to have one second of self-doubt – what have they got that you don't?"Confidence equals security equals positive emotion equals better performance," says The Energy Project CEO Tony Schwartz in Harvard Business Review. Life Hacker also noted that confidence means more promotions at work.But if you have bouts of self-doubt...
Two top Equifax executives step down Friday after massive data breach

Two top Equifax executives step down Friday after massive data breach

Equifax Corp. said late Friday that two of its top executives are retiring in the wake of the embattled Atlanta company’s recent disclosure that hackers got away with sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, on 143 million people. The company, which is one of the nation’s three key credit-tracking agencies, said its chief information officer and chief security officer...
Two Equifax executives retire after cyber breach

Two Equifax executives retire after cyber breach

Two senior Equifax executives are retiring from the company effective immediately, the company said Friday, as an explosive cyber security breach rocks the Atlanta-based credit bureau. Chief Information Officer David Webb and Chief Security Officer Susan Mauldin are out, though the company did not name the executives in announcing the retirements. Webb led global information technology, according...
Atlanta and Georgia leaders to make big Amazon push for HQ2

Atlanta and Georgia leaders to make big Amazon push for HQ2

In a once-in-a-generation sweepstakes to win Amazon’s $5 billion second headquarters — and 50,000 jobs — the state and Atlanta are all in. Legislative leaders are open to new incentives to lure the tech firm. Recruiters are scouting potential mega-sites close to transit and highways. And Gov. Nathan Deal said he’s ordered his economic team to make a “big push” to...
Prospects for Atlanta hiring still good, says jobs company

Prospects for Atlanta hiring still good, says jobs company

Among big cities, Atlanta ranks as the 18th best place to look for a new job, according to an online database. As of last month, there were nearly 200,000 job openings in the region, giving job-seekers better odds than in many places, according to California-based Glassdoor. But those seeker should proceed cautiously: Where the metro area comes up short is in the satisfaction that awaits in those...
Georgia utilities say power restored to almost 95 percent of customers

Georgia utilities say power restored to almost 95 percent of customers

The number of Georgia homes and businesses without power dropped below 100,000 on Friday for the first time since Tropical Storm Irma roared into the state. The storm had knocked out power to about 1.5 million customers in the state on Monday, more than a third of them in metro Atlanta. By Friday afternoon, the state’s utilities reported that 80,500 customers remained without power, including...
Mar-a-Lago bills taxpayers $1,092 for an official's two-night stay at Trump's club

Mar-a-Lago bills taxpayers $1,092 for an official's two-night stay at Trump's club

The bedroom suites at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, available only to members and their guests, feature hand-painted Moorish ceilings, antique Spanish-tiled mosaics and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.  On a weekend in early March, during one of seven trips by Trump and his White House entourage to the posh Palm Beach property since the inauguration, the government paid the Trump-owned...
Georgia AG Chris Carr joins Equifax breach investigation

Georgia AG Chris Carr joins Equifax breach investigation

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is joining a coalition of state attorneys general in a probe of the massive data breach at Atlanta-based Equifax, which exposed sensitive personal information of 143 million Americans. In a statement Friday, Carr’s office said the nature of the probe so far is civil, not criminal, and will examine “all facts and circumstances surrounding the breach,...
Equifax raiders have your data. Now what?

Equifax raiders have your data. Now what?

It’s a modern-day nightmare. Everyone fears a massive hack in which millions of Americans’ Social Security numbers, driver’s license information and credit card numbers are compromised, leaving them vulnerable to identity thieves who seek to wreak financial havoc. That’s the reality that Atlanta-based Equifax Corp., one of the nation’s key credit reporting bureaus, ...
Amid Irma price gouging complaints, air fare hikes gain visibility

Amid Irma price gouging complaints, air fare hikes gain visibility

When evacuees from Florida expressed shock at sky-high air fares for last-minute trips and accused airlines of price gouging, some frequent business travelers reacted with knowing bemusement. “Overall, last-minute prices were in the same ballpark as a business traveler would pay,” said Patrick Surry, chief data scientist at Hopper, an air travel app. Last-minute air fares can be several...
Georgia lawmakers want Equifax probe before sanctions

Georgia lawmakers want Equifax probe before sanctions

The Senate’s top Democrat compared Atlanta-based credit bureau Equifax to the beleaguered company Enron on Thursday and called on Equifax’s board and CEO to step aside if they can’t commit to protecting the 143 million Americans whose personal information was compromised in a whopping data breach. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, called for hearings to look into the matter...
Delta again sponsors Atlanta Falcons

Delta again sponsors Atlanta Falcons

Delta Air Lines has announced its official return as a sponsor of the Atlanta Falcons, eight years after dropping a past sponsorship of the football team. The Atlanta-based airline said it will be the official carrier of the Falcons, Atlanta United and Mercedes-Benz Stadium through the 2021 season. Part of the deal is the already-unveiled Sky360 Club at the football stadium, a 25,000 square-foot...
Gas flowing, price still high — but should soon drop

Gas flowing, price still high — but should soon drop

The price of gas is still 60 cents a gallon higher than a year ago, but at least the number of stations in metro Atlanta without fuel is dropping. With thousands of Florida evacuees now back home and many area schools still closed, the demand crunch that drained the supplies of hundreds of area retailers has eased. Moreover, the distribution network has rebounded. Operations are back to normal after...
Can Metro Atlanta brand itself a hub for the Internet of Things?

Can Metro Atlanta brand itself a hub for the Internet of Things?

About two dozen of the Atlanta area’s top corporate brands have joined in an initiative to sell the region as a tech capital for the Internet of Things. On Thursday, the the Metro Atlanta Chamber announced IoT.ATL or Internet of Things Atlanta, a task force whose mission will be to recruit startups and established companies in the field to invest in Atlanta, grow talent here and raise the region&rsquo...
Why ‘no’ could be your magic word at work

Why ‘no’ could be your magic word at work

As a child, you're told that please and thank you are the magic words. But at work, the magic word might be a simple no. Never saying “no” at work can mean late hours, extra assignments, tighter deadlines, fewer resources or even moving three states away. Always saying yes can leave you overwhelmed and will inevitably undermine both your own success and that of your organization...
Poll: Majority of black Americans favor paying college athletes; 6 in 10 whites disagree

Poll: Majority of black Americans favor paying college athletes; 6 in 10 whites disagree

Earlier this week, behind the closed doors of a hotel conference room outside Cincinnati, Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis explained to NCAA officials what he alleges a booster offered a few years ago to try to get him to attend the University of Mississippi: $10,000 cash. Last week in Clemson, South Carolina, recruits toured the football team's new $55 million complex, which features an 18-hole...
Equifax, software maker blame each other for opening door to hackers

Equifax, software maker blame each other for opening door to hackers

Equifax and a software company are blaming each other for a glitch that allowed hackers to obtain Social Security numbers and other sensitive info for 143 million people. The Atlanta-based company, one of the nation’s three key credit bureaus that track individuals’ credit histories, said late Wednesday that hackers breached a vulnerable spot in a U.S. website application called Apache...
Update: Power restorations in Georgia about 80 percent done

Update: Power restorations in Georgia about 80 percent done

About 269,000 Georgia homes and businesses remained without power Thursday morning as the state’s utilities came closer to reversing the ravages of Tropical Storm Irma. That total is down roughly 80 percent from about 1.5 million customers that were in the dark late Monday after the storm passed through the state. Georgia Power announced Wednesday that it expects to restore power to 95 percent...
Chamber task force to pitch Atlanta area as hub of Internet of Things

Chamber task force to pitch Atlanta area as hub of Internet of Things

The Metro Atlanta Chamber and some of its biggest corporate names plan to announce a task force Thursday to sell the region as a tech capital for the Internet of Things. IoT.ATL, or Internet of Things Atlanta, is a task force corporate executives whose mission will be to recruit startups and established companies in the field to invest in Atlanta, grow talent here and raise the region’s profile...
Kempner: Amazon, here’s $1 billion. Now, bring Atlanta 50,000 jobs

Kempner: Amazon, here’s $1 billion. Now, bring Atlanta 50,000 jobs

Amazon could make the most gargantuan of deliveries to metro Atlanta. We just have to give the online giant encouragement. Like maybe way more than $1 billion. The company that regularly awes consumers and debones competitors recently announced it is searching for a place in North America to put a second headquarters. The site might eventually include 50,000 algorithmically optimized employees...
Atlanta mayoral candidates pitch affordable housing plans at forum

Atlanta mayoral candidates pitch affordable housing plans at forum

Six of the major contenders in the race for Atlanta mayor vowed at a forum Wednesday to work with the development community to tackle key issues such as affordable housing and to find fixes to other challenges that will arise as the city’s population swells in the years ahead. The forum, held by the Council for Quality Growth, an influential trade group for developers and related fields, focused...
After the hurricanes, watch out for the flood of damaged cars on the market

After the hurricanes, watch out for the flood of damaged cars on the market

First there were reports of price gouging during hurricanes Harvey and Irma - store owners charging up to $99 for a $10 case of water, for instance. Then the FBI began warning about fake charities soliciting money for hurricane victims and absconding with the funds. Now, get ready for what could be the most consequential scam of all: an unprecedented flood of water-damaged vehicles coming soon to...
Georgia customers without power Wednesday drops below half-million

Georgia customers without power Wednesday drops below half-million

About 480,000 Georgia homes and businesses remained without power Wednesday, two days after Tropical Storm Irma hit the state. That total is down from about 1.5 million immediately after the storm. Georgia Power announced Wednesday that it expects to restore power to 95 percent of customers by Sunday night. The utility said it has completed a “full-scale damage assessment” that allowed...
Irma recovery: Airbus shares some aerial images with insurers

Irma recovery: Airbus shares some aerial images with insurers

Airbus Aerial, an Atlanta-based subsidiary of Airbus, is offering insurance companies free access to some aerial maps and data for Hurricane Irma recovery. Insurance companies can see maps of what an area looked like before a storm, and would have to pay extra to commission high-resolution satellite imagery of specific areas and drone or aerial images for a closer look. Such images allow...
Update: 480,000 Georgia customers still without power Wednesday

Update: 480,000 Georgia customers still without power Wednesday

About 480,000 Georgia homes and businesses remained without power Wednesday, two days after Tropical Storm Irma hit the state. That total is down from about 1.5 million immediately after the storm. Georgia Power announced Wednesday that it expects to restore power to 95 percent of customers by Sunday night who lost power due to the storm. The utility said it has completed a “full-scale...
Reuters: Senator says ‘somebody needs to go to jail’ in Equifax case

Reuters: Senator says ‘somebody needs to go to jail’ in Equifax case

A Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee called for a criminal probe into Equifax executives for stock sales that followed a major data breach that was announced last week, according to a report Tuesday by Reuters. The revelation of the breach has roiled Washington, Wall Street and Atlanta, where Equifax is based. The company said hackers gained access to their systems, compromising the personal...
Pressure builds as Congress seeks answers on Equifax breach

Pressure builds as Congress seeks answers on Equifax breach

Members of Congress continue to put pressure on Atlanta-based Equifax, joining a chorus of consumer groups that have criticized the credit bureau in the wake of a massive security breach. On Tuesday, 24 Democratic members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee demanded answers about the breach, which compromised the personal information of more than 140 million U.S. consumers. A day earlier...
Hundreds of thousands still without power in Georgia

Hundreds of thousands still without power in Georgia

About 942,000 Georgia homes and businesses remained without power Tuesday afternoon as utilities whittled away at outages that left more than 1.5 million customers in the dark Monday after Tropical Storm Irma passed through. The state’s utilities said they called in thousands of extra workers to begin catching up on the damage. “This is one of the biggest storms the company has experienced...
Savannah, Charleston and other Southern ports work to shrug off Irma

Savannah, Charleston and other Southern ports work to shrug off Irma

Ports across the Southeast were shaking off the effects of the winds and rains of Irma, working to get operations back on-line to help merchants re-stock their shelves and ensure supplies of fuel to storm-battered communities. The port in Charleston was open for business Tuesday with normal operations, while the Savannah port expected to be fully operational Tuesday evening, and ready to load ships...
Equifax worries seep into Apple’s new iPhone rollout

Equifax worries seep into Apple’s new iPhone rollout

Atlanta-based Equifax continued to draw heat Tuesday for its recently disclosed data breach affecting 143 million people, even seeping into news on Apple’s latest iPhone rollout. Apple announced Tuesday that its latest iPhone upgrade will allow customers to use a facial recognition security feature as part of an expansion of its Apple Pay function to allow customers to make cashless payments...
Prices steady, but you may have to search for gas

Prices steady, but you may have to search for gas

Prices have leveled out, but finding the gas you need can be a challenge still – especially if you are on your way back to Florida. More than 560 service stations in metro Atlanta – nearly 14 percent – were out of fuel mid-Tuesday, and other stations along the route south were also struggling, according to a survey by Gas Buddy, said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst. &ldquo...
7 steps to transition from a 9-to-5 to a full-fledged entrepreneur

7 steps to transition from a 9-to-5 to a full-fledged entrepreneur

Becoming an entrepreneur is the stuff dreams are made of: making your first million, delivering the world's next big idea, starting that sweet little shop, being your own boss. But if your stone cold reality is a 9-to-5 job, you can still make the entrepreneur dream come true. The strategy: transitioning into being an entrepreneur while you still have full-time work."Very few companies that...
The day after Irma: 942,000 Georgia customers still without power

The day after Irma: 942,000 Georgia customers still without power

About 942,000 Georgia homes and businesses remained without power Tuesday afternoon as utilities whittled away at outages that left more than 1.5 million customers in the dark Monday after Tropical Storm Irma passed through. The state’s utilities said they called in thousands of extra workers to begin catching up on the damage. “This is one of the biggest storms the company has experienced...
Some passengers stuck in Atlanta due to Irma flight cancellations

Some passengers stuck in Atlanta due to Irma flight cancellations

Some passengers have been stuck at the world’s busiest airport after hundreds of flight cancellations due to Irma. Traveler India Canyon said she was trying to get to Cincinnati and was scheduled to depart Monday, but her Frontier Airlines flight was canceled and her next flight isn’t until Wednesday. She spent the night at the airport and expected to stay another night before flying out...
Senators demand answers from Equifax CEO about breach

Senators demand answers from Equifax CEO about breach

The two leaders of the Senate Finance Committee sent a letter Monday to Equifax Chairman and CEO Rick Smith demanding information about the mammoth breach that compromised the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. The letter from U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., seeks information about Equifax’s digital security infrastructure and further details about the...
Irma reaction mixed in Atlanta, from closing down to toughing it out

Irma reaction mixed in Atlanta, from closing down to toughing it out

From closing down to closing early to hanging tough all day, Atlanta businesses had a range of responses to the arrival of Tropical Storm Irma. Among those open for business was Atlanta-based Home Depot. Both corporate and retail operations of the home improvement giant, which records $95 billion a year in sales, were up and running. Also open were grocery chains Kroger and Publix and other retail...
Cousins reports Florida properties spared by Irma

Cousins reports Florida properties spared by Irma

Cousins Properties, the long-time Atlanta developer and landlord, said its office buildings in south Florida did not sustain significant damage from the onslaught of Hurricane Irma. The publicly traded real estate investment trust has a number of Florida holdings, including six office buildings in Tampa, three in Orlando and a partial stake in an office development in Miami “We are focused on...
Savannah port to open late Tuesday or Wednesday after Irma clears

Savannah port to open late Tuesday or Wednesday after Irma clears

The Georgia Ports Authority is working to have its Savannah operations open by the end of the day Tuesday or early Wednesday following a pelting by Tropical Storm Irma. Griff Lynch, executive director of the authority, said the Savannah ports fared relatively well, though he said his agency is “still awaiting the final assessment on [the port in] Brunswick.” Water from the Savannah River...
Power outages hit more than 1.2 million Georgia customers

Power outages hit more than 1.2 million Georgia customers

More than 1.2 million households and businesses were without power Monday evening after tree-snapping winds from Tropical Storm Irma rolled into the state. In metro Atlanta, roughly 336,000 customers were dealing with power outages. Georgia Power cautioned customers to be prepared for a long slog before their electricity is restored, given the widespread damage from downed trees, broken limbs and...
Flights to Caribbean, Bahamas gradually restart post-Hurricane Irma

Flights to Caribbean, Bahamas gradually restart post-Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma has weakened to a tropical storm and is moving toward Georgia, airlines are working on resuming flights to areas that Irma left in its path. Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines, the two largest carriers in Atlanta, are gradually resuming flights to the Caribbean and the Bahamas in the wake of Irma’s destructive course through the islands. Atlanta-based Delta resumed...
Irma causes hundreds of Atlanta flight cancellations, disrupts travel

Irma causes hundreds of Atlanta flight cancellations, disrupts travel

Delta Air Lines has canceled 900 flights as Irma, now a tropical storm, nears Atlanta. Southwest Airlines, the second-largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson, canceled all of its Atlanta flights after 1 p.m., amounting to 60 to 70 percent of its Atlanta flights scheduled for Monday. Atlanta-based Delta said the expected north-south winds of 40 mph or greater will run perpendicular to the five parallel...
Wells Fargo, SunTrust shut down Georgia branches as Irma arrives

Wells Fargo, SunTrust shut down Georgia branches as Irma arrives

A number of banks have closed branches on Monday ahead of Tropical Storm Irma’s arrival in Georgia.  SunTrust and Wells Fargo, the two largest banks in metro Atlanta by deposits, closed all of their branches in Georgia because of Tropical Storm Irma. Bank of America on its website said some branches affected by Irma also will be closed.  Irma’s impending arrival has closed schools...
Cousins Properties says Florida office buildings spared Irma’s wrath

Cousins Properties says Florida office buildings spared Irma’s wrath

Cousins Properties, the long-time Atlanta developer and landlord, said its office buildings in south Florida did not sustain significant damage from the onslaught of Hurricane Irma. The publicly traded real estate investment trust has a number of Florida holdings, including six office buildings in Tampa, three in Orlando and a partial stake in an office development in Miami “We are focused on...
UPDATED: As Irma moves toward Atlanta, Delta looks at resuming flights to Florida

UPDATED: As Irma moves toward Atlanta, Delta looks at resuming flights to Florida

Delta Air Lines says it is looking at resuming service to Florida airports now that Hurricane Irma is crossing over into Georgia, now as a tropical storm. The Atlanta-based airline said some airport facilities in Florida sustained damage and it expects reports from airport authorities in Florida on Monday on the condition of runways, taxiways and terminals. Flight tracking site Flightradar24...
Irma update: Power outages hit almost 1.2 million Georgia customers

Irma update: Power outages hit almost 1.2 million Georgia customers

Over 300,000 customers in metro Atlanta suffered power outages as heavy winds from Tropical Storm Irma rolled into the area Monday afternoon. Other areas of the state also were hit with widespread outages. Almost 1.2 million Georgia customers were without power by 4 p.m. Monday, with more tree-snapping winds forecast to come later in the evening. While power line crews and just about everyone else...
UPDATED: Delta cancels 1,100 flights as Irma strikes Atlanta

UPDATED: Delta cancels 1,100 flights as Irma strikes Atlanta

Delta Air Lines canceled 1,100 flights on Monday due to Irma, now a tropical storm blowing through Atlanta. Atlanta-based Delta also diverted more than 65 flights. Southwest Airlines, the second-largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson, canceled all of its Atlanta flights after 1 p.m., amounting to 60 to 70 percent of its Atlanta flights scheduled for Monday. Delta said the expected north-south...
Kempner: Hey, Irma, catastrophe guy rolls after 20 hurricanes

Kempner: Hey, Irma, catastrophe guy rolls after 20 hurricanes

He’s been dispatched to the aftermaths of so many hurricanes that he hasn’t bothered to count them all. Hugo, Erin, Opal, Floyd …. “Probably at least 20,” James Warren told me by phone as he headed to yet another property smacked by Hurricane Harvey. He specializes in catastrophes as an insurance claims adjuster for Atlanta-based Crawford & Company. But he has actually...
Delta cancels 130 Atlanta flights for Monday due to Hurricane Irma

Delta cancels 130 Atlanta flights for Monday due to Hurricane Irma

Delta Air Lines has canceled 130 Delta Connection flights at its Atlanta hub Monday due to Hurricane Irma, and warned that additional flight cancellations are possible. The cancellations so far affect flights after 1 p.m. Monday Crosswinds can make it dangerous for the smaller regional aircraft operated by Delta Connection to fly, and whether there are more cancellations will depend on factors such...
Former Gov. Roy Barnes, others file Equifax data breach class action

Former Gov. Roy Barnes, others file Equifax data breach class action

A team of lawyers, including former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, has filed a class-action lawsuit against Equifax over the massive data breach that has compromised the personal information of more than 140 million U.S. consumers. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta faults Equifax for “gargantuan failures to secure and safeguard consumers’ personally identifiable information...
Hurricane Irma: Savannah and Brunswick ports batten down the hatches

Hurricane Irma: Savannah and Brunswick ports batten down the hatches

The empty containers are tied down. The towering cranes that load the huge metal boxes onto ships are in the process of being secured. And soon Georgia’s bustling port in Savannah will be closed to ride out the fury of Hurricane Irma. Griff Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, which operates shipping complexes in Savannah and Brunswick, said Friday crews were preparing...
Equifax grapples with fallout from massive data breach

Equifax grapples with fallout from massive data breach

Equifax, the credit reporting and data security firm now subject of one of most significant data breaches in American history, was grappling Friday with the fallout. The cyber-attack Equifax disclosed Thursday struck at the heart of the company, CEO Rick Smith said, a business that’s a key cog in the American financial system. The company is so central to the financial universe, its future isn&rsquo...
Consumer groups slam Equifax over security breach arbitration clause

Consumer groups slam Equifax over security breach arbitration clause

Consumer watchdogs criticized Atlanta-based Equifax on Friday for its offer of a package of credit and identity theft protection services in the wake of a giant data breach, because of fine print they say could limit consumers’ recourse in the event of dispute. Consumer groups say a clause in the terms of use bind them to arbitration, giving away consumers’ right to a trial. On Thursday...
UPS suspends operations in Hurricane Irma evacuation areas

UPS suspends operations in Hurricane Irma evacuation areas

UPS has suspended deliveries and other operations in areas under mandatory evacuation orders due to Hurricane Irma. So far, the suspension of service affects 20 coastal Georgia zip codes and more than 400 zip codes in Florida, including Miami and Fort Lauderdale. “We’ll continue to update that as the storm progresses,” said spokesman Matt O’Connor. Those who want to send something...
Report: Atlanta one of the best cities for retirement

Report: Atlanta one of the best cities for retirement

When it comes to good places to retire comfortably, only three cities in Florida and one in Arizona rank higher than Atlanta. Based on a series of metrics – including measures of affordability, quality of life, health care and availability of recreational activities – Atlanta is the fifth-best place to settle down, according to WalletHub. The calculation was sparked by a survey that...
Wes Moss: Why stock market valuations matter

Wes Moss: Why stock market valuations matter

As the stock market has risen to near record highs in recent months, some investors have been asking whether it’s still a good time to get into stocks. The answer lies in the concept of investor participation vs. investor perfection. History shows that even investors who had bad timing when buying into stocks, but who stayed in the market for five or more years, ended up making...
UPDATED: Delta says Atlanta flight disruptions possible due to Hurricane Irma

UPDATED: Delta says Atlanta flight disruptions possible due to Hurricane Irma

Delta Air Lines says it flights may be disrupted at its Atlanta hub Monday due to Hurricane Irma. “Given the revised storm track, Delta is evaluating potential flight disruptions at its Atlanta hub Monday,” the company said Friday. Atlanta is the world’s largest airline hub, where Delta has roughly 1,000 daily departures. Flight cancellations at the hub can...
Hurricane Irma: Comcast offers free Wi-Fi in Georgia

Hurricane Irma: Comcast offers free Wi-Fi in Georgia

As Hurricane Irma heads for a landfall in Georgia, Comcast announced it is opening 10,000 free Xfinity Wi-Fi “hotspots” in the affected areas, including for non-customers. Some are already up and running, like those in Savannah, Augusta and Brunswick, the company said. However, a map of all the Wi-Fi hotspots is available online at www.Xfinity.com/wifi. To access customer help for...
Equifax shares slump on breach disclosure

Equifax shares slump on breach disclosure

One of the largest-ever data breaches in U.S. history sent shares of Equifax sharply lower Friday following Thursday’s disclosure. Shares were down about 14 percent at 10:30 a.m. Friday the morning after the Atlanta-based credit reporting giant said a breach exposed the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. The personal information said to have been accessed — also including...
Delta cancels 260 flights in south Florida as Hurricane Irma nears, more cancellations expected

Delta cancels 260 flights in south Florida as Hurricane Irma nears, more cancellations expected

Delta Air Lines is canceling about 260 flights in south Florida from Friday evening through Sunday, and says it expects more flight cancellations for airports along the Gulf Coast. The Atlanta-based airline is canceling its flights in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach starting Friday night through Sunday. Delta is also suspending its Friday and Saturday flights in Key West. Overall,...
Kempner: Georgia elected officials face a nuclear ultimatum

Kempner: Georgia elected officials face a nuclear ultimatum

Georgia “We’ve-Got-All-The” Power has just offered elected state regulators an all-or-nothing deal. As in, Georgia Power gets it all or its customers get nothing. The state’s largest utility, which is a government-regulated monopoly, recently launched its latest campaign to continue its long-troubled, billions-of-dollars-over-budget nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle, this...
Atlanta-based Equifax hit with massive data breach

Atlanta-based Equifax hit with massive data breach

Atlanta-based credit reporting and technology company Equifax said Thursday a “cyber security incident” may have exposed to criminals the personal information, including Social Security numbers, of 143 million U.S. consumers. The personal information said to have been accessed — also including, names, birth dates and addresses — is some of the most sensitive possible, and could...
Home Depot working hard to keep up with storms

Home Depot working hard to keep up with storms

If coastal dwellers rush into a Home Depot and actually find the generator and plywood they absolutely must have, that’s probably due to the people in Room C4N. That is the primary location in the Atlanta-based company’s “command center,” the fourth-floor operation where upward of 200 people have been working to shape the company’s response to two giant storms. The goal...
UPS Foundation to test drones for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief in Texas

UPS Foundation to test drones for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief in Texas

The UPS Foundation said it is partnering with drone manufacturer CyPhy Works and the American Red Cross to test using a drone to identify areas with the most flood damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. “Accurately and quickly assessing the impact is a critical step to help save lives and lay the groundwork for eventual recovery and rebuilding,” said UPS Foundation president Eduardo...
Atlanta-based Mueller Water Products announces job cuts

Atlanta-based Mueller Water Products announces job cuts

Mueller Water Products said it is cutting 35 salaried and management jobs as part of a restructuring that will save about $7 million annually. The Atlanta maker of water meters, fire hydrants, couplings and other parts for handling water also said its chief financial officer, Evan Hart, is retiring at the end of the year. “By restructuring the organization around value streams, we intend to...
Atlanta-based Equifax reports data breach that could affect 143 million in U.S.

Atlanta-based Equifax reports data breach that could affect 143 million in U.S.

Atlanta-based credit reporting and technology company Equifax said Thursday a “cyber security incident” may have exposed the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. The data that might have been accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses. The company also said driver’s license numbers might also have been exposed. The unauthorized access...
7 ways women can avoid being ‘manterrupted’ at work

7 ways women can avoid being ‘manterrupted’ at work

While the ultimate example may be Kanye West's "I'm gonna let you finish" interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards, women get interrupted by men in much more ordinary circumstances. In fact, studies say they're interrupted constantly, especially in the workplace, where women get interrupted about 30 percent more than men. On social media...
Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ proposal likely to fetch bids from Atlanta, other cities

Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ proposal likely to fetch bids from Atlanta, other cities

E-commerce giant Amazon said Thursday it’s in the market to build a second North American headquarters, a massive complex the company says one day could hold 50,000 jobs. Amazon, in a request for proposals on its website, said it wants its “HQ2” to be the “equal” of its Seattle base of operations, which currently consists of 33 buildings covering more than 8...
Ga. firms scrambling to handle aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Ga. firms scrambling to handle aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Georgia businesses haven’t finished dispatching cash and crews to aid the recovery in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, and now some are preparing for Hurricane Irma as well. “We have received several thousand claims” from Harvey-related flooding in the Houston area, said Rohit Verma, Global Chief Operating Officer at Crawford & Company. “That number is going up by the hour,&rdquo...
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