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Now is that evil or what? It was almost like she hired me just to get my kidney


Now is that evil or what? It was almost like she hired me just to get my kidney

A New York Long Island woman said she was fired after she donated a kidney to help save the life of her boss.

Debbie Stevens, a 47-year-old divorced mother of two, filed a formal complaint with the New York State Human Rights Commission last Friday, claiming her boss used her for her organ then fired her “after the woman got what she wanted.” Stevens’ boss, 61-year-old Jackie Brucia, is one of the West Islip controllers for Atlantic Automotive Group, a billion-dollar dealership operator. Brucia hired Stevens in January 2009 as an assistant. “She just started treating me horribly, viciously, inhumanly after the surgery,” Stevens told ABCNews.com. “It was almost like she hired me just to get my kidney.”

Global sell-off panic hits US


U.S. stocks plummeted this morning, for the eighth day in a row of ugly losses.

At 9:38 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 673 points to 7,905 after plunging 679 points on Thursday. The Nasdaq Composite Index tanked 75 points to 1,570, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was down 45 points to 865.

The bloodbath came exactly one year to the day from the record closing highs for both the Dow and the S&P 500. The Dow is down 5,585 points, or 39%, from its all-time closing high of 14,198 and the S&P down 655 points, or 42%, from its peak of 1,565.

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Toronto Porter Airlines’ Big Apple Plans Soured By FAA


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has taken a big bite out of Porter Airlines’ Big Apple ambitions.

The regulator ruled the Toronto-based upstart airline must trim its daily schedule of 14 flights between Hogtown and Newark, N.J. by four in order to reduce congestion and delays at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Porter, which operates out of the Toronto City Centre Airport, argued the reduced schedule violates the U.S.-Canada open skies pact, adding that the market should determine the amount of competition that exists.

But the FAA was unconvinced, saying Porter’s new, slimmed-down schedule would take effect in the summer. That means Porter must cancel 29 per cent of its weekday flights and reduce its Sunday schedule. The carrier said that given the 11pm curfew in effect at the Toronto Island Airport the rules will effectively limit its Toronto-Newark flying hours to between 7am and 5pm.

Porter president Robert Deluce had hoped to land at Newark at 5:30pm and leave again at 6:30pm, to capitalize on business travellers heading to and from New York. It has so far sold 25,000 seats on the Toronto-Newark route, competing with Air Canada and Houston-based carrier Continental.

The upstart airline, which began operations in October 2006 flying between Toronto and Ottawa, has expanded to other destinations including Montreal, Halifax and Quebec City.

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