By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Google Inc commuter bus was blocked in San Francisco's Mission district for about a half hour Monday morning, highlighting many residents' growing concern that an influx of affluent technology workers is driving up costs in the city. "San Francisco, not for sale" and "Stop evictions now" numbered among the slogans yellow-vested protesters chanted as they surrounded the double-decker bus. Google's offices are in Mountain View, about 34 miles away from the incident. The protest, organized by an advocacy group called Heart of the City, took aim at private commuter buses which whisk thousands of employees from stops around San Francisco to jobs at technology companies south of the city such as Apple Inc, Facebook Inc and Google.
Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday eulogized Nelson Mandela as a "giant of history" who earned his place in posterity through struggle, shrewdness and by showing the power of political action. Obama painted Mandela as a testament to how people can reach for change by fighting for their ideals and employing reason and argument to match personal sacrifice. "It is hard to eulogize any man ... how much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation towards justice," Obama said, after being introduced to wild cheers from a rain-sodden crowd in a Soweto stadium during Mandela's memorial service. Obama was joined at the ceremony by three other former US presidents, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, who sat sheltered from the teeming rain along with former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Special tribute will be paid to former South African president Nelson Mandela before Saturday's world WBA light heavyweight title fight in Germany, American promoter Don King said Tuesday. "He was a fabulous man, who showed what could be done against apartheid and I had the chance to spend some time with him," said King in Berlin, the same day Mandela's memorial service was held in Johannesburg. Ten gongs will be sounded for Mandela just before the bout between Germany's Jurgen Braehmer and Marcus Oliveira of the USA in Neubrandenburg, near Berlin, for the vacant WBA title.
DALLAS (AP) — The inspiration for Chanel's "Metiers d'Art" show this year will come from Dallas, the Texas city where Coco Chanel was once given a welcome that included being picked up at the airport in a white Rolls-Royce and being feted at a Western-themed party complete with a fashion show featuring cows.
Paris (AFP) - Holders Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are already through to the Champions League round of 16.
Neither the brutal cold nor the league's worst defense could stop Josh McCown and the Bears. Instead, Chicago jumped right back into the playoff race. McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on a frigid Monday night. The Bears (7-6) retired Hall of Famer Mike Ditka's number at halftime and pulled even with Detroit in the division race on a night when the game-time temperature was in single digits and the wind chill factor was below zero.
The New England Patriots must get used to playing without Rob Gronkowski again. That experience could help the Patriots handle his absence. ''I'd like to think there's going to be some carry-over there, not only (from) the first six weeks of the season, but the entire training camp as well,'' coach Bill Belichick said Monday. ''That's the way we practiced and played most of the year.'' Gronkowski was hurt midway through the third quarter of the Patriots' 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday when he was hit on the knee by safety T.J. Ward after a 21-yard reception.
Jameis Winston will have plenty of company at the Heisman Trophy ceremony - though he's not expected to have much competition. The Florida State quarterback was among a record-tying six Heisman finalists revealed Monday, along with Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Alabama's AJ McCarron, Auburn's Tre Mason and Boston College's Andre Williams.
Mike Shanahan, still for now the coach of the Washington Redskins, made a surprising reversal Monday and said he might bench a ''100 percent'' healthy Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season to keep the quarterback from getting hurt. The coach, for the first time, then explicitly left open the possibility that he might not return next year, saying his future will be decided after he meets with owner Dan Snyder at the end of the season. Shanahan's departure appears more likely than ever after the Redskins (3-10) were embarrassed 45-10 by Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, a fifth straight loss that ensures a third season of double-digit losses in the coach's four seasons in Washington. ''What'll happen at the end of the season, we'll get a chance, Dan and I, to sit down and decide - he'll make the final decision on what's the best interest of the Washington Redskins.
That dang Rally Squirrel still haunts Roy Halladay. Citing a desire to avoid surgery for an ailing back and wanting to spend more time with his family, the two-time Cy Young Award winner retired Monday after 16 seasons in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. Halladay signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Blue Jays, where he spent the first 12 years of his career. The Phillies had already won three straight division championships, the 2008 World Series and 2009 NL championship by the time Halladay arrived in a blockbuster trade the same day Philadelphia sent ace Cliff Lee to Seattle in a separate deal.
Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox spent decades trying to beat each other, no holds barred. With a combined eight World Series titles and more than 7,500 wins, the managerial trio made it to Cooperstown in results announced Monday. ''And I consider them enemies on the field, but friends off the field.'' All three exceeded the magic benchmark of 2,000 wins - only Connie Mack and John McGraw have won more. ''Managing against them, you certainly learned things,'' said Torre, now an executive vice president for Major League Baseball.
Libra Martin, director of the Seneca County Victims Assistance Program, reads statements written by Tyeesha (Ferguson) Snowden and members of the Ferguson-Stowers family Friday morning during the sentencing hearing of Calvin B. Dixson in the Seneca County Court of Common Pleas.
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