English football star Steven Gerrard has admitted punching a man in a bar, but the Liverpool captain insisted in his court testimony that it was in self-defense. The 29-year-old is facing a charge of affray after an incident in the early hours of December 29, when he attacked businessman Marcus McGee following a dispute about the music that was being played. If found guilty, Gerrard faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a fine of $7,200.
The two largest actors unions reached a tentative agreement on a new work contract with advertising agencies early Wednesday morning, just as the old agreement expired. The workers at a Caterpillar factory in Grenoble, southeastern France, were protesting 700 job cuts and the layoff package offered to them. Caterpillar said the company suffered a 55 percent loss in the past year.