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Brown & Brown, Inc. Announces the Asset Acquisition of Gilbert RV Insurance, Inc. and Recreation Insurance Management, Inc.
J. Scott Penny, Regional President and Chief Acquisitions Officer of Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO), together with Alan Gilbert and Teresa Gilbert, the principals of Gilbert RV Insurance, Inc. and Recreation Insurance Management, Inc. (collectively, "Gilbert RV Insurance"), today announced that Brown & Brown of Kentucky, Inc., a subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc MarketWire

Omnicare Announces Management Presentations at Upcoming Investor Conferences
CINCINNATI, December 31, 2012 - Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE:OCR) today announced its schedule of upcoming management presentations.  Members of Omnicare management will participate in a fireside chat at the Goldman Sachs Healthcare CEO's Unscripted Conference on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. ET in New York, New York.  Additionally, Omnicare will present at the 31st Annual J.P ACN Newswire

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Cambridge Catering Will Ring Out 2012 and Ring in Hope for 2013 for Staten Island Residents
Cambridge Catering will ring out 2012 and ring in Hope for 2013 with a barbeque tonight from 11pm to 1am for Staten Island Residents. MarketWire

ZAP Jonway Removes Chairman, Management in Board Action
On December 31, 2012, the Board of Directors of Zap (OTCBB: ZAAP), a California corporation ("Zap"), removed Priscilla M. Lu from the office of Chairman, from all positions she holds on any committees of the Board of Directors of Zap and from any offices or directorships she serves for any of Zap's subsidiaries or joint ventures, effective immediately according to an accompanying 8-K filing. MarketWire

SkinStore.com Announces the Addition of Matis Professional Skin Care
SkinStore.com, the nation's leading e-commerce specialty retailer providing scientifically sound solutions for healing and maintaining healthy skin, has added MATIS to its assortment of premium products. MarketWire

Vanoil Closes Private Placement
Vanoil Energy Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: VEL) ("Vanoil" or the "Company") has closed its non-brokered private placement (the "NB Offering"), announced on December 11 2012, issuing 7,450,549 units (the "NB Units") of the Company at a price of $0.60 per NB Unit for total gross proceeds of $4,470,329 MarketWire

Fortegra Financial Acquires ProtectCELL -- a Growing Provider of Wireless Device Protection Plans
Fortegra Financial Corporation (NYSE: FRF) announced today the Company purchased a majority stake in Digital Leash, LLC, d/b/a ProtectCELL. ProtectCELL provides membership plans that afford protection for mobile wireless devices and a cadre of other benefits including data management and identity theft protection MarketWire

Fortegra Financial Acquires 4Warranty Corporation -- A Leading Warranty and Extended Service Contract Administrator
Fortegra Financial Corporation (NYSE: FRF) today announced effective December 31, 2012, the Company closed on the acquisition of 4Warranty Corporation. 4Warranty is a leading warranty and extended service contract administrator with extensive expertise in furniture, electronics, appliance, lawn and garden, and fitness equipment MarketWire

World Moto, Inc.: Files Moto-Meter Patent Revolutionizing the $500 Billion Dollar Motorcycle Taxi Industry
World Moto, Inc. (OTCBB: FARE) (OTCQB: FARE) (BERLIN: WM7) (BERLIN: A1J8SY) ("World Moto" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has filed a patent for "an apparatus providing automated fare calculations and operating statistics to be installed on any means of conveyance MarketWire

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2012
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2012 list of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians." The list, in alphabetical order, includes: MarketWire

ALR Technologies Announces Election of New Board Member and Appointment of Chief Commercial Officer
ALR Technologies Inc. (OTCBB: ALRT) (the "Company"), a health information technology developer, is pleased to announce the election of William S. Smith to the Board of Directors and the appointment of Mr. Smith as Chief Commercial Officer, effective January 1, reporting to CEO Sidney Chan. Mr MarketWire

Core-Mark Announces Promotion of Key Members of Management
Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: CORE), one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced today that it has promoted Christopher K. Hobson to Senior Vice President of Marketing and William Stein to Senior Vice President of U.S. Distribution (East). Both are effective January 1, 2013. MarketWire

Dry Fried Wing Company Issues Year-End Corporate Update
Dry Fried Wing Company (OTCQB: EEDG) announced today year-end updates including retention of the San Francisco based law firm, Gordon & Rees, LLP and its initial plans for the Grand Opening of Dry Fried Wings at "The Box" in Bethesda, MD. MarketWire

Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. Enters US$140 Million Loan Facility
Petaquilla Minerals Ltd MarketWire

Quaterra Closes Non Brokered Private Placement
Quaterra Resources Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: QTA)(NYSE MKT: QMM)(NYSE Amex: QMM) today announced that its previously announced private placement was increased (the "Offering") and has closed with the issuance of 6,541,571 units (the "Units") for gross proceeds of US$2,289,550. MarketWire

Cardero Closes Non-Brokered Flow-Through Private Placement
Cardero Resource Corp. ("Cardero" or the "Company") (TSX: CDU) (NYSE MKT: CDY) (NYSE Amex: CDY) (FRANKFURT: CR5) announces that it has closed its non-brokered flow-through private placement announced December 20, 2012. MarketWire

Online Shoppers Go off "Shopping Cliff" With $2 Billion in Counterfeit and Fake Goods Bought This Holiday Season According to Consumer Fraud Center
Noting how consumers have embraced online shopping this holiday season, the Consumer Fraud Center said holiday shoppers went off a "shopping cliff" in terms of being ripped off by counterfeit and fake goods sold by cybercriminals this year in excess of $2 billion for the period of November-December 2012. MarketWire

FLIR Systems Awarded Contract Valued at $12.5 Million to Support Brazilian Government
FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from Brazil's Special Secretariat for the Security of Major Events (SESGE) valued at $12.5 million for StarSAFIRE® 380 HD and StarSAFIRE® 230 HD Systems. MarketWire

Cellceutix CEO Discusses Corporate Developments in 2012 and Plans for 2013
Cellceutix Corporation (OTCBB: CTIX) (the "Company"), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering small molecule drugs to treat unmet medical conditions, including drug-resistant cancers and autoimmune diseases, today provides a letter from the CEO regarding developments of the Company throughout 2012 and expectations for 2013. MarketWire

MWI Acquires Assets of Prescription Containers Inc
MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. ("MWI" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: MWIV) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Prescription Containers Inc. ("PCI Animal Health") for approximately $17 million MarketWire

Killing Me Softly With Her "Talk": Why Tina Brown's 10 Excuses for Killing "Newsweek" Are ALL DEAD WRONG
Newsweek magazine was launched nearly 80 years ago, on Feb. 17, 1933. For almost 70 years of its life, it shared an eagerly awaited weekly read together with TIME magazine, the leader in the field of news magazines, then and now, for millions of readers across America. Now Newsweek has announced that it will stop printing. Its last edition will be available at newsstands today, Dec. 31. MarketWire

Parranda.org Opens the Doors to a "Virtual Puerto Rico"
A new online/offline community opened its virtual doors this morning with an invitation to all Puerto Ricans to help remap "The Greater Puerto Rico." MarketWire

Peter D. Aquino Named Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated ("PTGi") (NYSE: PTGI), a global facilities-based integrated provider of advanced telecommunications products and services, announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Peter D MarketWire

ISC8 Reports Fiscal 2012 Results
ISC8® Inc. (OTCBB: ISCI) ("ISC8" or the "Company"), a provider of intelligent cybersecurity solutions, today reported audited operating results for its fiscal 2012 year ended September 30, 2012. MarketWire

Prospect Capital Provides $30 Million Senior Secured Loan to Support the Recapitalization of Spartan Energy Services
Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEC) ("Prospect") announced today that Prospect has provided a $30 million first-lien senior secured loan to support the recapitalization of Spartan Energy Services, LLC ("Spartan"), a leading provider of thru tubing and flow control services to oil and gas companies operating throughout the United States MarketWire

Shaping Up a New Year With Wellness International Network
Cheers! Here's to a new year and possibly... a new YOU. With resolutions being made people are determined now more than ever to kick off a very lean and mean 2013! However, we're all aware of how difficult it can be to keep those hopeful goals, but Wellness International Network is striving to make it easier MarketWire

PROS - Announces extension of expiry dates for six outstanding rig construction option agreements
  PROS - Announces extension of expiry dates for six outstanding rig construction option agreements GlobeNewswire

Reward of the share-based incentive scheme of Basware's top management for the vesting period
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Hydroxycut Encourages Dieters to Boost Weight Loss With Apps
New technology may help individuals who are seeking to achieve their weight-loss goals stay on course with their plan. According to a recent article from Mashable.com, a new study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found that dieters assisted by mobile apps achieved greater success than those who utilized traditional progress-tracking methods MarketWire

Richard Gorman Heralds Amazon.com as 2012 E-Commerce Champion
According to marketing pioneer Richard Gorman, Amazon.com was far-and-away the e-commerce champion of the 2012 holiday shopping season -- and he is hardly the only one who thinks so. Amazon.com recently topped the ForeSee customer experience survey, emerging as the clear leader in its field while competitors like Apple, Dell, and JCPenney.com all found their scores declining from previous years MarketWire

Reputation Changer Scam Charges Hurt Dating Sites, Dating Site Users
In recent years, online dating sites have come a long way from their early days of social stigma; where online dating was one regarded by some consumers are little more than a passing fad, it has become a well-established and well-respected social activity, one in which many individuals have found meaningful partnerships and lasting love MarketWire

Rob Macpherson Rutland VT Offers Tips for Improving Quality of Life Among Senior Felines
Although pets are expected to have declining health as they age, it is sometimes easy for pet owners to diagnose potential issues among their dogs and other types of pets. However, cat owners are noted to have a more difficult time detecting medical problems among their feline due to the animal's nature MarketWire

ReputationChanger.com Reviews the Importance of Online Reputation Management for College Grads
According to a recent Associated Press article, more and more colleges and universities are beginning to offer their students tools for online reputation management MarketWire

Basware expands agreement on delivery of e-Invoice services and solutions with globally leading logistics company
Basware Corporation, stock exchange release, December 31, 2012, at 12:00 GlobeNewswire

Wärtsilä to supply dual-fuel propulsion package for two new Dutch tankers
Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 31 December 2012 at 11 am EET GlobeNewswire

Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG S.A. Executes Framework Agreement With Leading Russian Radiation Therapy Provider
Seneffe, Belgium, December 31, 2012 - Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG S.A. (Euronext: EZBG; Reuters: EZBG.BR; Bloomberg: EZBG:BB; hereafter "BEBIG") announces the signing of a framework agreement for the local production of brachytherapy devices with ZAO MSM-Medimpex (hereafter "MSM"), a leading Russian distributor of radiation therapy and nuclear medicine equipment GlobeNewswire

WFES 2013: Switching on the Light, as 1.3 Billion People Live Without Electricity
With an estimated 1.3 billion people in the world living without electricity, mainly in poor and rural communities, finding solutions for energy poverty is set to be a key focus of the conference and exhibition during the forthcoming World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi from January 15- 17 ACN Newswire

IWS 2013: Coca-Cola and Water Footprint Reduction
The Coca-Cola Company will discuss global and regional methods of water footprint reduction during the International Water Summit (IWS) taking place in Abu Dhabi from 15-17 January 2013 ACN Newswire

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