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    14 July 2009

    On The Move: Madoff Held In Ga. En Route To N.C.

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    By WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York

    Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff was being held in a federal prison in Atlanta Tuesday after his transfer from a New York lockup. It's not clear how long he'll be there, but the Atlanta lockup isn't Madoff's final destination, according to a law enforcement official on Monday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because the person wasn't authorized to discuss prisoner transfers, said Madoff was headed to a federal prison in Butner, N.C., to begin serving his 150-year sentence. But first for Madoff: Atlanta.

    BBC’s 10 Executives Lose Their Bonuses: BBC Trust

    BBC-logo Bonuses for the 10 most senior BBC executives are to be suspended indefinitely, the chairman of the BBC Trust has announced.

    Sir Michael Lyons said their pay was still regarded as "generous" despite a 7% fall, and a review was under way.

    As the BBC's annual report was unveiled, Sir Michael also responded to criticism from culture secretary Ben Bradshaw about sharing the licence fee.

    Sir Michael maintained plans were "a threat to the independence of the BBC".

    'Taliban die' in Pakistan clashes


    At least 23 militants have been killed in fighting between pro-government tribesmen and Taliban insurgents in north-west Pakistan, officials say.

    The clashes took place in Ambar village in the lawless Mohmand tribal region, bordering Afghanistan's Kunar province.

    Mohmand in North-West Frontier Province is said to be a hub for Taliban.

    In the neighbouring Khyber tribal area, militants attacked a tanker carrying fuel for Nato forces in Afghanistan. Two people died in the attack.

    Canada to Revise Visa Requirements

    Canada has imposed visa requirements on travellers from Mexico and the Czech Republic after a big jump in refugee claims from these two countries.

    Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said a significant number of such claims were rejected or abandoned, raising doubts about their legitimacy.

    Since 2007, some 3,000 Czech nationals have requested asylum, while 9,400 Mexicans applied last year.

    The Czech government says the move is wrong and is recalling its ambassador.

    Throgs Neck Bridge Delays

    Throgs Neck Bridge:
    Two Lanes Open Entering Bronx-bound, No Trucks;
       Cross Island Parkway Bronx-bound Ramp Closed

    Two Bronx-bound lanes leading onto the Throgs Neck Bridge are currently open to cars only as a result of a construction fire incident on 7/10/09.  One Bronx-bound lane remains closed leading onto the bridge. In addition, the Bronx-bound Cross Island Parkway ramp has been closed for safety reasons to avoid a hazardous merge around the closed lane. Trucks are not allowed on the Bronx-bound lanes at this time and are being diverted to the RFK.  Queens-bound lanes are all open; there are no new restrictions on trucks traveling Queens-bound.

    ALERT| Q, R Service Delays (NYCTA)

    Due to mechanical problems at the DeKalb Avenue Station, Coney Island-bound q trains are running on the r line from the Canal Street Station to the DeKalb Avenue Station.

    In addition, due to ongoing signal problems at the Myrtle Avenue-Wyckoff Avenue Station, please expect delays in service on 8th Avenue-bound l trains.

    Please expect delays in service on r and q trains at this time.

    ALERT | Goldman Sachs Earns $3.44 Billion in Quarter

     Goldman Sachs on Tuesday said it earned $3.44 billion in Asnycnow Alertthe second quarter, a much higher-than-expected figure that underscores how quickly the Wall Street firm has bounced back from last fall's financial crisis.

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    Afghan helicopter crash kills six

    At least six people have been killed in a helicopter crash in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, Nato says.

    The passengers were all civilians on board a private aircraft, a spokesman for Nato-led forces said. It is not clear what caused the incident.

    The helicopter crashed near Sangin military base in Helmand. The district governor, quoting locals, told the BBC it had been shot down by insurgents.

    Meanwhile, an Italian soldier has been killed in western Afghanistan.

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