A&P Bankruptcy, Metrodome: Hot Trends

(Information on A&P's bankruptcy and the Metrodome collapse updated in today's Hot Trends article.)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- "A&P bankruptcy" is a heavily searched topic today following the news that Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea ( GAP) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday.

>> Grocery Chain A&P Files for Bankruptcy

The grocery chain better known as A&P listed debts of more than $3.2 billion and assets of about $2.5 billion in a petition the company filed in bankruptcy court in White Plains, N.Y.

The 151-year-old company was once the country's largest grocer. It now operates 395 stores under the A&P, Walbaum's and Pathmark names in the Northeast. The company said all of its stores will remain open.


"Metrodome" is a hot search topic today after the inflatable roof of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium caved in following heavy snowfall in Minneapolis on Sunday.

The football game between the Vikings and the New York Giants, originally scheduled for Sunday, has been moved to Detroit's Ford Field. The game will begin at 7:20 P.M. ET tonight.

Fans and players hope the roof will be repaired in time for the Vikings to host the Chicago Bears in their next home game on Dec. 20. This gives workers an eight day window to replace three damaged panels and repair the Teflon roof.


"Medicare" is a trending search topic this morning after the House passed a bill delaying the impending cut in pay to doctors for one year on Friday.

The Medicare reimbursement rate for doctors would have been cut by 23% on Dec. 1 if Congress didn't act before the temporary legislation's deadline. The bill passed in the House with a 409 to 2 vote.

Also, the annual open enrollment period is under way. On Nov. 15, Medicare's annual open enrollment period began for seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. The period will continue through Dec. 31.

During this time, seniors in the federal health insurance program can make changes to their coverage. Any changes will take effect Jan. 1, 2011.


"Gawker hacked" is a hot search topic today after the blog company was infiltrated by hackers on Sunday.

The hackers, operating under the name Gnosis, have released a file that apparently contains the Web sites' source code, staff and user passwords, as well as internal conversations between Gawker employees.
Gawker Media

"We're deeply embarrassed by this breach," Gawker said in a blog post.

The site is urging its users to change their passwords on Gawker and on any other sites on which they used the same passwords.


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.

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