By Alistair Bell STEELE CITY, Nebraska (Reuters) - In the heated debate over whether to build the Keystone XL pipeline, the energy industry and lawmakers have predicted that the project could unleash an economic bonanza in the Midwest, and provide jobs for up to a half-million people. Kansas pipeline worker Jeremy Rippe knows better. Rippe saw TransCanada Corp - the company that hopes to build the 1,200-mile (1,900-km) Keystone XL segment as part of a network of pipelines that move oil from Canada to refineries on Texas's Gulf Coast - lay another section of the Keystone line nearby four years ago. Rippe's experience reflects what many labor analysts are saying as President Barack Obama's administration weighs whether to approve the Keystone project: that despite predictions by TransCanada, politicians and business groups of a Keystone-inspired boom, the pipeline would result in few permanent jobs in the United States.
German football legend Uli Hoeness said Friday he will not appeal a tax fraud jail sentence and resigned from his posts as president and board chairman of powerhouse club Bayern Munich. "Tax evasion was the mistake of my life," the fallen football idol said in a personal statement. A Munich court had Thursday sentenced Hoeness, 62, to three and a half years in jail for major tax fraud in a trial that captivated football-obsessed Germany. Hoeness said that "after discussions with my family, I have decided to accept the judgement of the District Court of Munich regarding my tax matter.