On PR Newswire: Best Jobs, Outrageous Excuses, Favorite Movie Stars

With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed. Members of the media can register for PR Newswire for Journalists at prnmedia.prnewswire.com. Customize your profile to get the news releases you want before they make headlines. It’s free and takes only a few moments to sign up.

Guests playing Topgolf in Naperville IL

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Topgolf Acquires World Golf Tour, Launches New Media and International Divisions Plus Holding Company

Global golf entertainment leader Topgolf has acquired sports gaming company World Golf Tour (WGT), creating the world’s largest digital golf audience. In conjunction with the acquisition, Topgolf® is adding two new divisions and reorganizing its corporate structure with a holding company to support the organization’s rapid growth. The deal represents a convergence of the offline and online golf experience. WGT is the leading web and mobile golf game, with more than 14 million players worldwide across online, social and mobile platforms. Topgolf has 24 venues worldwide and served 8 million guests in 2015. It is opening venues in Las Vegas and several other key markets in 2016, increasing its projected annual attendance to more than 12 million this year.  See the full release for more details and images.

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CareerBuilder Reveals This Year’s Most Outrageous Excuses for Being Late to Work

Getting in to work on time is not always an easy task. You never know what will get in the way of your morning routine – and it’s not always traffic delays, missed alarms and bad weather, either. According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, Homeland Security, Vaseline, and lizard surgeries are just a few of the things workers claim prevented them from getting to work on time this year. When asked how often they come in late to work, 1 in 4 workers (25%) admitted they do it at least once a month, and 13% say it’s a weekly occurrence for them — on par with last year. See the full release to learn about the full range of excuses.

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U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2016 Best Jobs

As the U.S. job market improves, U.S. News & World Report released on Jan. 26 the 2016 Best Jobs rankings to help job seekers at every level take advantage of new opportunities and make smarter career decisions. Health care related jobs dominate the list of the 100 Best Jobs due to a combination of high salaries, low unemployment rates and better work-life balance. For the first time, orthodontist tops the list while dentist moves to the No. 2 spot. Computer systems analyst is No. 3 followed by nurse anesthetist at No. 4. See the full release to see what other jobs made the 2016 list.

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Tom Hanks is America’s Favorite Movie Star, Followed by Johnny Depp and Denzel Washington

His roles over the years have taken him into the past and the future, out into space and even into a child’s toy chest, and this year Tom Hanks – currently in theaters as attorney James B. Donovan in Bridge of Spies – returns to the role of America’s favorite movie star. This is Hanks’ fifth time at the top of the list (with previous wins recorded in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2013) and represents a four-spot jump from the No. 5 spot last year. Johnny Depp, most recently onscreen in an acclaimed portrayal of mobster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, is in the No. 2 spot this year (up from No. 4 a year ago). See the full release to learn what other actors and actresses made the list.

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Existing Home Sales

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Existing-Home Sales Surge Back in December

Existing-home sales snapped back solidly in December as more buyers reached the market before the end of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Led by the South and West, all four major regions saw large increases in December.  Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, ascended 14.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.46 million in December from 4.76 million in November. After last month’s turnaround (the largest monthly increase ever recorded), sales are now 7.7 percent above a year ago. See the full release for more specifics.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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