J.J. McGrath

J.J. McGrath

I am an editor and writer based in New York, New York, The Town So Nice They Named It Twice.

J.J. McGrath

  • US Issues Travel Warnings, Trims Embassy Staff In Sudan, Tunisia

    September 15 2012 11:08 PM

    With American assets having been targeted during demonstrations sweeping the Middle East-North Africa region in recent days, the U.S. State Department issued travel warnings about Sudan and Tunisia on Saturday.

  • US Will Cut Its AIG Stake To 23% From 53%, By One EstimateUS Will Cut Its AIG Stake To 23% From 53%, By One Estimate

    September 09 2012 10:30 PM

    Because of the U.S. Treasury Department's announcement Sunday that it has launched an offering of $18 billion worth of its American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) common stock, the government will soon go from being the company's majority shareholder to being one of its minority shareholders.

  • Serena Williams Wins U.S. Open Women's Title On SundaySerena Williams Wins U.S. Open Women's Title On Sunday

    September 09 2012 7:52 PM

    Serena Williams won the U.S. Open women's singles title at Flushing Meadows in New York on Sunday, beating the world's No. 1 player Victoria Azarenka -- 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 -- in a dramatic final match to capture her 15th career grand slam title.

  • Obama Widens Narrow Lead Over Romney: Reuters/Ipsos PollObama Widens Narrow Lead Over Romney: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

    September 08 2012 8:53 PM

    With both the Democratic and Republican national conventions now history, the former party's incumbent Barack Obama has widened his narrow lead over the latter party's challenger Mitt Romney in the U.S. presidential-election race, according to Reuters/Ipsos poll results released Saturday.

  • Samsung's Market Cap A $12 Billion Casualty Of Patent-Infringement Case

    August 26 2012 11:30 PM

    In the wake of the $1.05 billion verdict delivered Friday in the widely watched U.S. intellectual-property case won by Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and lost by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: 005930), Samsung was battered in Korea Exchange trading Monday.

  • About 24% Of Gulf Of Mexico's Oil Output Cut By Tropical Storm IsaacAbout 24% Of Gulf Of Mexico's Oil Output Cut By Tropical Storm Isaac

    August 26 2012 10:26 PM

    With the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac in the Gulf of Mexico, about 24.2 percent of the gulf's daily oil production and about 8.2 percent of its daily natural-gas production has been shut-in, according to estimates of the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

  • Death Toll Climbs To 39 In Big Blast At Venezuelan Oil RefineryDeath Toll Climbs To 39 In Big Blast At Venezuelan Oil Refinery

    August 25 2012 10:11 PM

    With casualties of the earthshaking explosion at Venezuela's largest oil refinery rising to 39 dead and more than 80 injured on Saturday, President Hugo Chavez has called for an investigation to determine the cause of the firestorm at the Amuay plant in Falcon state in the northwest of the country.

  • Rare Photos Of The '12 Olympic Games (They're Not What You Think)

    August 11 2012 10:58 PM

    The obligatory pageantry at every turn, the attendance of the European host country's royal family, and the participation of one who is arguably the greatest Olympic athlete of the modern era: These games had it all.

  • Michael Phelps Continues To Rewrite Olympic Record BooksMichael Phelps Continues To Rewrite Olympic Record Books

    August 03 2012 10:09 PM

    The amazing Michael Phelps won his third gold medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games -- and the 17th of his storied Olympic career -- as the swimmer scored a sensational come-from-behind victory in the 100-meter butterfly on Friday.

  • North Korea's Armed-Forces Chief Relieved Of All His Posts

    July 15 2012 11:51 PM

    Could North Korea's days as a so-called hermit kingdom be drawing to a close? One sign could be the new status of Ri Yong Ho, the country's top military leader (besides Kim Jong Un, of course), who was axed, bounced, canned, discharged, just plain fired on Sunday.

  • Spanish Banks Could Get First Funds In $120 Billion Bailout This MonthSpanish Banks Could Get First Funds In $120 Billion Bailout This Month

    July 14 2012 9:11 PM

    One of the euro zone's two bailout funds could begin disbursing monies to Spain at the end of this month in a €100 billion ($120 billion) rescue of the country's embattled banks, according to an article by the Associated Press based on a story in the German newsweekly Der Spiegel on Saturday.

  • FDA Warns About Listeria Threat In Mexicali Cheese Corp. Products

    July 13 2012 11:23 PM

    Because the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes was found in the Mexicali Cheese Corp.'s finished product, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people to neither consume nor purchase any of the company's products.

  • New Mars Exploration Rover Image Released By NASA [PHOTO]

    July 07 2012 11:33 PM

    NASA released this week a stunning image produced by combining 817 photographs it was able to capture via the panoramic camera, or Pancam, on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity between Dec. 21 and May 8.

  • Enrique Pena Nieto Returns Presidency To Mexico's PRI: Preliminary CountEnrique Pena Nieto Returns Presidency To Mexico's PRI: Preliminary Count

    July 01 2012 9:49 PM

    Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, counted every president of the country between 1929 and 2000 as one of its members, and it may again soon, as an official preliminary count of the votes indicates its candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto, won the nation's presidential election on Sunday.

  • You Auto Bike More: Chinese Megacity Launches Car Quota SystemYou Auto Bike More: Chinese Megacity Launches Car Quota System

    July 01 2012 8:45 PM

    In an effort to cut gridlock and pollution in Guangzhou, authorities in the capital city of Guangdong province began a one-year trial program on Sunday that will cap the number of new automobiles hitting the streets, according to the state-owned Xinhua news agency.

  • EU Embargo On Iranian Crude Oil Now In Full EffectEU Embargo On Iranian Crude Oil Now In Full Effect

    July 01 2012 4:14 PM

    The European Union's economic sanctions on Iran became fully effective on Sunday, but the Islamic Republic's deputy oil minister claimed the country will have no difficulty finding replacements for recent EU purchasers of its crude.

  • It's Apple 2, Samsung 0 In US Patent Contests This WeekIt's Apple 2, Samsung 0 In US Patent Contests This Week

    June 29 2012 11:30 PM

    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) scored its second major win of the week over Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: 005930) in intellectual-property litigation on Friday, as Apple was granted a court order blocking U.S. sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

  • Greece's New Leaders To Miss EU Summit Set For This WeekGreece's New Leaders To Miss EU Summit Set For This Week

    June 24 2012 11:49 PM

    Due to health issues, neither Greece's new prime minister, Antonis Samaras, nor the country's new finance minister, Vassilis Rapanos, will attend the European Union summit in Brussels scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

  • 'Vicious Cycles' Continue To Go 'Round And 'Round: BIS'Vicious Cycles' Continue To Go 'Round And 'Round: BIS

    June 24 2012 11:13 PM

    Five years into the most significant global financial crisis since the 1930s, the world's leaders have formulated neither the fiscal policies nor the monetary policies required to deal with it, according to the Bank for International Settlements' 82nd Annual Report, which was released Sunday.

  • Almost 23% Of Gulf Of Mexico's Oil-And-Gas Output Cut By Storm

    June 24 2012 7:02 PM

    Because of Tropical Storm Debby in the Gulf of Mexico, about 22.7 percent of the gulf's current daily oil production and about 22.9 percent of its current daily natural-gas production has been shut-in, according to the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.