Condoleezza Rice plays piano for Queen at palace

LONDON (Reuters) – Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice played the piano for Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace Monday as a farewell gesture before the end of the Bush administration’s term next month.

U.S. Bank Acquires All the Deposits of Two Southern California Institutions

U.S. Bank, National Association, Minneapolis, MN, acquired the banking operations, including all the deposits, of Downey Savings and Loan Association, F.A., Newport Beach, CA, and PFF Bank & Trust, Pomona, CA, in a transaction facilitated by the

Bad back may stop cane toad invasion

SYDNEY (Reuters) – It seems a bad back might be the only thing that can stop the relentless spread of Australia’s poisonous cane toads, which are killing native animals as they hop across the nation, researchers say.

KPN to meet 2010 targets despite credit crisis-paper

AMSTERDAM, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Dutch telecoms group KPN
is on track to meet its 2010 targets despite the credit
crisis, thanks to its discount services in Germany and Belgium
and domestic business, its chief executive was quoted as saying
on Tuesday.
“It will be more difficult to achieve the objectives. We
must work harder in general. But we think we can do it,” CEO Ad
Scheepbouwer told daily Het Financieele Dagblad in an interview.

India demands sign of faith from Pakistan after Mumbai

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India demanded Pakistan hand over 20 of its most wanted men in a sign of faith, as diplomatic efforts to prevent the nuclear-armed rivals from heading toward a confrontation over the Mumbai attacks intensified on Tuesday.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. cutting 9,200 jobs at Washington Mutual

JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Monday it will cut a total of 9,2 jobs at Washington Mutual, which it acquired Sept. 25 after Washington Mutual became the largest U.S. bank to fail amid the ongoing credit crisis. Of the 9,2 jobs being eliminated as JPMorgan

JPMorgan to cut 9,200 Washington Mutual jobs (Reuters)

NEW YORK (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co said on Monday it will eliminate about 9,200 jobs at the former Washington Mutual Inc , which on September 25 became the largest U.S. bank to fail. The cuts amount to more than 21 percent of the

Wachovia Tries Again To Get EnCap Ch. 11 Tossed

— Wachovia Bank NA has renewed its attempt to have two Chapter 11 cases related to environmental remediator and real estate developer EnCap Golf Holdings LLC dismissed, alleging the debtors have failed to file a confirmable plan. The bank’s motion,