News Headlines - 25 February 2019

Bank of America Drops Merrill Lynch From Its Investment Banking Brand | Fortune

Bank of America Corp. will drop Merrill Lynch from its investment-bank brand, while keeping the name Merrill for wealth management... Bank of America acquired Merrill Lynch, known for its “thundering herd” of brokers pitching stocks to Main Street, in the depths of the financial crisis. The firm took steps to dissolve the Merrill legal entity in 2013 while keeping the brand across retail and institutional businesses.

Vietnam deports Kim Jong-un lookalike before summit, but not Trump imitator | World news | The Guardian

A Kim Jong-un impersonator has been taken from his hotel ahead of his planned deportation from Vietnam before the real North Korean leader meets US president Donald Trump in Hanoi later this week... The impersonator was told by Vietnamese immigration officials his visa was “invalid”, but said he received no further explanation.

Former Trump campaign staffer sues, alleging that Trump kissed her without consent - CNNPolitics

A former Trump campaign staffer is suing President Donald Trump and his campaign, alleging that the then-Republican presidential candidate kissed her without her consent during the 2016 race. She's also suing over equal pay -- claiming that she was paid less for her work based on race and gender.
Alva Johnson, a former Trump campaign staffer who lives in Alabama, alleges in a lawsuit filed Monday that Trump grabbed her hand and forcibly kissed her without her consent inside an RV in Florida in August 2016.

Celebrating 10 million vehicles sold and a best-ever year, the Lexus brand continues to grow globally | Automotive World

Today Lexus announced its 10 millionth vehicle sold, a landmark achievement that came shortly after a strong 2018 year-end sales performance with Lexus achieving multiple best-ever sales goals around the globe. In addition, the brand that pioneered the world’s first luxury hybrid-electric vehicle in 2005, and offers eleven (11) electrified models globally, surpassed the 1.45 million unit mark in self-charging hybrid vehicles sold worldwide. Lexus hybrid vehicle sales jumped nearly 20% in 2018 from the prior year, a result that underscores the brand’s heritage with, and commitment to, electrification.

Cinderella Escorts model Mahbuba Mammadzada sells virginity to politician | Daily Mail Online

A young model who put her virginity up for sale online claims to have secured a winning bid of €2.4M (£2M).
Mahbuba Mammadzada, 23, from Azerbaijan, hit headlines last year for announcing her controversial money-making scheme, and claimed this week the auction had finally come to a close.
According to online agency Cinderella Escorts, the winning bidder is an unnamed 'politician from Tokyo', with a London lawyer and a Munich football player coming in at second and third place respectively.








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