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Nippon Sharyo is making cuts at its Rochelle plant. The manufacturer of passenger rail cars is planning to lay off 100 employees. The plant currently employs around 350 workers. The layoffs were due to technical complications with the design of 1 of its prototype cars along with other business considerations. Nippon Sharyo officials say that the factory and workshops will continue to operate to...read more
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has apologized for posting a video of coach Mike Tomlin's post-game locker room comments Sunday, harsh-language remarks that stirred an NFL uproar. After Pittsburgh's playoff victory at Kansas City set up next Sunday's showdown at New England for a Super Bowl berth, Brown streamed live on his Facebook account Tomlin firing up his players, including the comments that the NFL "spotted those assholes (New England) a day and a half" of preparation time.
By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared concerned about allowing federal trademarks for racial slurs in a case involving an Asian-American rock band called The Slants that could impact the high-profile dispute over the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins. The eight justices heard arguments in the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court ruling last year that sided with the Portland-based band in its free-speech challenge to part of the 1946 law governing federal trademarks. The Redskins separately challenged the law on free speech grounds, but the Supreme Court declined to take up that case.
By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Golf has come a long way since Tiger Woods changed the nature of the sport following his maiden major triumph 20 years ago - courses are longer, players are fitter and equipment is advancing as quickly as technology will allow. When Woods won the 1997 U.S. Masters with a staggering 18-under total it appeared no course could withstand the best in the game. Players admit that while the weather is one of the major factors in determining the outcome of a tournament, courses do not have to be outrageously long to offer up any sort of resistance to the current crop of top professionals.
By John O'Brien SINGAPORE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Golf has come a long way since Tiger Woods changed the nature of the sport following his maiden major triumph 20 years ago - courses are longer, players are fitter and equipment is advancing as quickly as technology will allow. When Woods won the 1997 U.S. Masters with a staggering 18-under total it appeared no course could withstand the best in the game. Players admit that while the weather is one of the major factors in determining the outcome of a tournament, courses do not have to be outrageously long to offer up any sort of resistance to the current crop of top professionals.
Tiger Woods' return can only mean good things for golf which reaped the rewards of his popularity, former world number one Ernie Els said Wednesday. Woods, a 14-time major winner, is returning after a long injury layoff and launches his 2017 campaign at Torrey Pines in California next week. Els, a four-time major winner himself, said the current crop of players had a lot to thank Woods for.
JPMorgan Chase & Co has agreed to pay $55 million to settle a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against minority borrowers by allowing mortgage brokers to charge them more for home loans, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The U.S. Justice Department complaint, filed in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, accused the bank of willfully violating the U.S. Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act between 2006 and 2009 and showing "reckless disregard" for the rights of at least 53,000 African-American and Hispanic borrowers. "We’ve agreed to settle these legacy allegations that relate to pricing set by independent brokers," JPMorgan spokeswoman Elizabeth Seymour said.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the biggest such breach in U.S. history. A White House official said there was no connection between Manning's commutation and renewed U.S. government concern about WikiLeaks' actions during last year's presidential election, or a promise by founder Julian Assange to accept extradition if Manning was freed.
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been in a Houston hospital since Saturday after experiencing shortness of breath, a family spokesman said on Wednesday. Bush, who at 92 is the nation's oldest living ex-president, has "responded very well to treatments" at the Houston Methodist Hospital, spokesman Jim McGrath said in an email to Reuters. Bush is the father of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who sought the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.