Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 2:09 pm
We've been giving a lot of virtual ink to the problem of food insecurity lately — the challenges people face when they frequently can't put enough food on the table. And sometimes it seems like an insurmountable problem.
Over the weekend, the United States Treasury said it has plans to sell $18 billion worth of American International Group stocks. During the financial crisis in 2008, the government pumped $182 billion into AIG stock to keep it from collapsing.
Reuters reports, this morning, that AIG shares fell 1.5 percent because of the news. Reuters adds:
"AIG itself will buy back $5 billion of its own shares in the upcoming stock sale, with the rest of the shares going to the broader public.
Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 11:02 am
The FBI arrested the mayor of New Jersey's capital city today, accusing him of corruption related to a bribery scandal.
The FBI alleges Tony Mack, the mayor of Trenton, accepted thousands of dollars in exchange for influence over a parking garage project. Federal authorities also arrested Mack's brother and a supporter.
NPR's Carrie Johnson filed this report for our Newscast unit:
"Federal prosecutors accuse all three men of taking part in a conspiracy to obstruct justice.
In the early 60s, clubs like the Village Vanguard were scattered throughout Greenwich Village. Now it stands alone, the last of its kind. In September 2009, a select group of fans and friends had the rare opportunity to experience the legendary Barbra Streisand’s performance in the ultimate up-close-and-personal setting of this historic club. Accompanied by piano, bass, guitar and drums, this is the artist at her most intimate.
Barbra Streisand - One Night Only at the Village Vanguard airs Friday, September 14th at 9:00 p.m.
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