U.S. Bank, Billionaires: Hot Trends

U.S. Bank, 34 billionaires, Toyota and static kill are the trending topics on Google and Yahoo.
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(Hot Trends article updated with information about the U.S. Bank online banking system.

NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- "USBank" is a popular search topic today following news that online banking at

U.S. Bank

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is back up after a power outage shut down the system.

An

Xcel Energy

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electrical transformer in St. Paul, Minn. exploded around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, causing power failure at U.S. Bancorp's St. Paul operations.

The outage affected the online banking system and caused many ATMS to stop working. About 11,000 households in the state's capitol also lost power.

"34 billionaires" is a hot search topic on

Google

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today following reports that dozens of America's wealthiest people have pledged to give at least half their fortunes to charity.

Bill Gates

and

Warren Buffett

created "The Giving Pledge" in June to try to persuade the richest people in the U.S. to donate the majority of their fortune, either during their lifetime or after their death, to charity.

The list of people who made a pledge

includes

T. Boone Pickens

, George Lucas, Ted Turner, Michael Bloomberg and Larry Ellison.

Toyota

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is trending on

Yahoo!

(YHOO)

this morning following the company's release of its quarterly earnings report.

The world's No. 1 automaker swung to a profit in the first quarter and raised its fiscal year forecast as car sales have recovered.

>>Toyota Swings to Profit, Ups Forecast

Toyota reported earnings of 190.4 billion yen, or $2.23 billion, in the quarter compared with a loss of 77.8 billion yen in the same period a year ago. Net revenue in the quarter rose 27% to 4.87 trillion yen.

"Static kill" is a hot search topic on the Internet this morning following news that

BP

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has fully plugged the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The static kill technique stopped the leak with mud. Workers will now attempt to permanently seal the well with cement.

On July 15, a temporary cap was fit over the leak. The

static kill operation

was designed as a permanent fix to stop the BP Deepwater Horizon rig from spewing oil into Gulf.

It has been estimated that almost 5 million barrels of oil have leaked into the Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April.

The chatter on Main Street (a.k.a. Google) is always of interest to investors on Wall Street. Thus, each day, TheStreet compiles the stories that are trending on Google, and highlights the news that could make stocks move.

-- Reported by Theresa McCabe in Boston.

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