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Falcons: Julio Jones will be ready to go in NFC championship

16 Jan 2017 15:53:15 -0500

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn says All-Pro receiver Julio Jones will play in the NFC championship game despite a lingering foot injury that limited him during a divisional-round victory over Seattle.


Bankrupt U.S. retailer American Apparel starts layoffs

16 Jan 2017 15:49:00 -0500

American Apparel LLC said it had started to lay off staff on Monday, after Canadian apparel maker Gildan Activewear Inc withdrew its initial plan to acquire some of the bankrupt U.S. fashion retailer's manufacturing operations. Gildan won the rights to American Apparel's brand with an $88 million bid in a bankruptcy auction last week. It had previously indicated it would assume some of its manufacturing operations, which had made the brand synonymous with "Made in the U.S.A." American Apparel spokeswoman Arielle Patrick said the company was laying off about 2,400 workers in Southern California.


Bottas joins Hamilton in 'dream' Mercedes move

16 Jan 2017 15:48:02 -0500

Valtteri Bottas was on Monday named as Lewis Hamilton's new teammate at Mercedes, the Finn replacing retired world champion Nico Rosberg after being freed to join the Formula One giants by Williams. The laid back 27-year-old's well-touted move to the all-conquering German constructor was facilitated by Williams persuading Felipe Massa to come out of retirement to race for them again in 2017. The Stuttgart-based Mercedes were left scrambling round for a second driver when Rosberg dramatically retired on December 2 just five days following his drivers' title triumph.


Martin Luther King's daughter says 'God can triumph over Trump'

16 Jan 2017 15:47:04 -0500

By Rich McKay and Alex Besant ATLANTA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Martin Luther King's daughter said on Monday that "God can triumph over Trump," but the slain civil rights leader's son struck a conciliatory tone after meeting with the president-elect on the U.S. holiday that honors their father. The comments by the children of King, who championed racial justice until he was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39, punctuated an imbroglio involving Donald Trump and African-American congressman John Lewis that broke out over the weekend. The dispute started when Lewis, 76, a contemporary of King's who endured beatings and jail time in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, said in a televised interview that he saw Trump's election as illegitimate because of Russian interference in the campaign.


Bank of England's Carney says UK reliant on buoyant consumers

16 Jan 2017 15:44:20 -0500

By David Milliken and Andy Bruce LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Monday that he would keep a close eye on British consumers this year to see if their buoyant mood since June's Brexit vote persists in the face of higher inflation. Britain had one of the world's fastest-growing advanced economies last year, but the central bank has forecast growth will slow in 2017 as inflation rises above target in response to sterling's slump since the European Union referendum. In his first speech of 2017, delivered at the London School of Economics, Carney said there were signs that British growth was relying more heavily on consumer spending - rather than investment or exports - which boded poorly for the future.


At least five dead, 15 hurt in shooting at Mexico's BPM music festival

16 Jan 2017 15:43:42 -0500

By Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least five people, including foreigners, were killed and 15 were wounded early on Monday when a shooter opened fire at a nightclub in Mexico's Playa del Carmen resort during the BPM electronic music festival. Quintana Roo State Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech said a Canadian, an Italian and a Mexican were among the dead, while the nationality of the other two victims was still unclear.


Bank of England Governor: Bank will protect economic growth

16 Jan 2017 15:39:05 -0500

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England remains ready to protect economic growth in the face of pressures caused by Britain's departure from the European Union, the central bank's top executive said Monday as investors waited for the country's prime minister to lay out her vision for Brexit.


Mexican resort shooting kills 5, panics festival-goers

16 Jan 2017 15:37:56 -0500

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Gunfire broke out at a crowded beachfront nightclub throbbing with electronic music on Monday, leaving five people dead and setting off a bloody stampede by screaming concertgoers at an international festival in the Caribbean resort of Playa del Carmen.


In one of the world's loneliest jobs, Obama found comfort in books

16 Jan 2017 15:37:30 -0500

As a great admirer of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US president, Barack Obama, the 44th, shares with his distant predecessor a passionately felt hobby -- for books, and for reading. Books, Obama said in one of his final interviews before he leaves office on Friday, have provided comfort, succor and guidance during his eight years at the helm of the world's only superpower.


No. 7 Creighton loses point guard Watson to knee injury

16 Jan 2017 15:36:41 -0500

CINCINNATI (AP) — No. 7 Creighton lost point guard Maurice Watson Jr. to a knee injury in the first half against Xavier on Monday.

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