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12/17/2014 10:00:26 AM
City employees in 2 departments in Rochelle got an early Christmas gift last night when the council approved their 5 year contract agreements during a special meeting. The union workers were from the Streets and Cemetery Department along with RMU. Pay raises each year range from 3 to 3.25 percent as both contracts are retroactive to May 1st.City Manager David Plyman said that negotiations went wel...read more

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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) runs away from New York Giants' Jayron Hosley (28) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


10ThingstoSeeSports - Crystal Palace's Fraizer Campbell, left, competes for the ball with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday rejected a petition that asked regulators to punish a radio station for using on air the name of the National Football League's Washington team, Redskins, a word some consider a slur to Native Americans. Legal activist John Banzhaf III had petitioned the agency to strip the WWXX-FM radio station, which belongs to the team's owner, Dan Snyder, of its broadcasting license for using the word "Redskins." Banzhaf said the name was racist, derogatory, profane and hateful, making its use "akin to broadcasting obscenity. ...

Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers leads off first base against the St. Louis Cardinals during a game on October 7, 2014 in St Louis, MissouriThe San Diego Padres reportedly may opt not to finalize their trade for Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp because a medical exam revealed the outfielder has arthritis in both hips. USA Today reported that the Padres are still trying to determine whether the condition will affect the remainder of the 30-year-old Kemp's playing career. The two teams had set a Thursday deadline to complete the deal, in which the Dodgers would send Kemp and reserve catcher Tim Federowicz to the Padres in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and minor league hurler Zach Elfin.


Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, watches on during their game against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 29, 2014 in Charlotte, North CarolinaA pair of sneakers worn by Michael Jordan when he played basketball at the University of North Carolina sold for $33,387 on Thursday, US media reported. Grey Flannel Auctions, which sold the shoes, told ESPN they were consigned by a high school team-mate of Jordan and that the winning bidder preferred to remain anonymous. Jordan, who later became closely associated with Nike through the creation of the "Air Jordan" brand, wore Converse while at UNC because the company had a contract with coach Dean Smith. Grey Flannel Auctions said Jordan wore the shoes during his freshman year in 1981-82.


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In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing suspect, in his first court appearance in more than a year, told a judge on Thursday that he was satisfied with his lawyers' preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was dressed in a dark sweater and wore his hair shaggy for his appearance at U.S. ...


Alan Gross takes a selfie with his wife, Judy Gross, onboard a government plane headed back to the U.S. in this White House handout photoBy Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce. ...


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday will set up a task force to draw up recommendations to strengthen trust between law enforcement and local communities, following protests over several instances of police killings of unarmed people this year. "There is a sense of urgency," White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told reporters before Obama was to sign an executive order setting up the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. She said the order directs the 11-member panel to submit recommendations to the president by March 2. Obama had said on Dec. ...
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