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Top News Links: Tuesday, Jan. 8

Fan gear fuels post-game buying spree

Fan left Alabama-Notre Dame game watching early to purchase "national champion" gear. – al.com 

Hiring time at Outokumpu Stainless

Outokumpu Stainless, which recently took over the former ThyssenKrupp Stainless plant in Calvert, plans a job fair this weekend, looking for 150 employees. — Mobile Press-Register

Warren Averett expands in Georgia, Florida

Birmingham-based CPA firm Warren Averett has merged with Atlanta-based Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen (GH&I) and Tampa-based Pender Newkirk & Company, which Warren Averett projects will rank it among the top three CPA firms in the Southeast. — Warren Averett PR

Settlement reached in foreclosure abuse dispute

Wells Fargo, PNC, SunTrust among 10 major U.S. banks agreeing to pay $8.5 billion in settlement of federal charges that they wrongfully foreclosed on millions of homes. — Montgomery Advertiser

Harbert selected for Army Corps of Engineers work

B.L. Harbert International, based in Birmingham, has been selected for a $499 million contract for construction projects on the Gulf Coast. — Birmingham News

Hutchison retires, Faulkner promoted at Commerce

Gary Faulkner has been promoted to the chief development officer at Alabama Department of Commerce, following retirement of David Hutchison. — al.com 

NASA scuttles Shuttle stuff

NASA offers sale of launchpad, landing strip, antennas and more as it clears away remnants of Space Shuttle program. — Orlando Sentinel

Personnel shift at Colonial Properties Trust

C. Reynolds Thompson, president and CFO at Colonial Properties Trust, has resigned; executive vice president Bradley Sandidge will serve as interim CFO. — Colonial Properties PR

Portfolio shift at Colonial Properties Trust

Birmingham-based Colonial Properties Trust has sold several apartment complexes to a partnership based in Florida and Canada. — Birmingham News

Caddell Construction fined $2 million on federal fraud claim

Montgomery-based Caddell Construction has been fined $2 million to settle federal fraud claims regarding its work with a subcontractor. — Engineering News Records

Airbus looks good for Indian military contract

Airbus, which lost to Boeing for a U.S. Air Force refueling tanker contract, has been chosen to negotiate a contract for a similar project with India's Air Force. — 4-Traders

New stores planned in Decatur, Huntsville

Kohl's has announced hiring plans for a new Decatur store while Huntsville awaits new Walmart Neighborhood Market. — Huntsville Times

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