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Carjacking at New Jersey mall leaves one dead

BY Dan Berthiaume

Millburn, N.J. – A 30-year-old man was fatally shot during a carjacking at The Mall at Short Hills, an upscale shopping center in Millburn, N.J. According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the man and his wife were entering their Range Rover on a parking deck at around 9 p.m., on Dec. 15, following an evening of holiday shopping at the mall when two men fired multiple shots.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, was stuck by at least one bullet and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 11:45 p.m. His wife was not injured in the attack. Authorities were quoted as saying they had no specific motive for the attack other than the high value of the 2012 Range Rover. As of Monday morning, the suspects were still at large.

According to the Star-Ledger, carjackings previously occurred at the mall in 2009 and 2006, and a woman was robbed at gunpoint in her car in 2002, although the thief did not steal her car. In November 2013, a lone gunman spent several hours wandering the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J., firing several shots before eventually being found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Office Depot expands in-store 3-D printing

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boca Raton, Fla. – Office Depot is expanding 3D Systems Cube 3-D printing services to 150 Office Depot stores nationwide.

Customers can experience 3-D printing demonstrations in stores in eight states or print on their own by purchasing the Cube or CubeX applications from www.officedepot.com. Participating states are California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon and Texas.

The 3D Systems Cube is equipped with a tablet-like touch-screen and 16 different color options, including two that glow in the dark. It prints objects up to 5.5” x 5.5” x 5.5” in size. It prints objects in all sizes up to 10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5.”

“We received an overwhelming response from our initial pilot program in Denver,” said George Hill, Office Depot’s senior VP of copy and print depot. “Customers ranging from tech buffs and entrepreneurs to marketers, educators and stay-at-home parents commented on how they would utilize 3-D printing in their lives. With that insight, we knew we needed to expand the scope and offer these demonstrations to markets across the country.”

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Report: Wal-Mart to lay off 150 in India

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bentonville, Ark. – Wal-Mart India is laying off roughly 100-150 senior to mid-level employees. The Financial Press quotes anonymous executives as saying Wal-Mart India, which currently employs about 1,100 workers, beefed up staffing in anticipation of an expansion that has now been put on hold.

Wal-Mart runs 20 wholesale stores in India. The retailer previously ran them in a joint venture with Indian company Bharti Enterprises, but since that partnership was dissolved in October 2013 Wal-Mart India has been taking on Bharti employees.

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