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Japanese banks among bidders for GE’s local finance unit: sources

Orix Corp and the leasing units of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc , Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc are among the bidders, the sources said. The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news, said the finance unit's assets are valued at about $5 billion. Officials at Orix, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings were not available for comment.

Pilot dies in helicopter crash near St. Louis hospital

(Reuters) – A helicopter pilot died when the aircraft crashed near a St. Louis hospital, fire officials said. The St. Louis Fire Department said on its Twitter account that the helicopter went down on the street behind the St. Louis University Hospital, killing the pilot and causing a fire. The St.

Prosthetic leg stolen from California blade-runner

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A leading U.S. amputee athlete seeking to compete in next year’s Paralympic Games in Brazil has been sidelined from training after his $30,000 prosthetic running leg was stolen from his car in San Francisco, he said on Thursday. The prosthesis, consisting of a carbon fiber blade and titanium, hydraulic-operated knee socket, had been specially designed to allow Ranjit Steiner to bend his right leg with human-like mechanics when he runs, he said. Steiner said he had been driving to work on Tuesday, his 24th birthday, when he realized that a rear window of his car had been smashed – apparently while parked on the street overnight in the Mission District – and he discovered that his laptop computer and prosthesis had been stolen. “There’s no value to anybody who can’t use this thing,” he said of the artificial leg.