AP source: Beltran reaches deal with Astros, $16M for 1 year

AP Photo/Mike Stone A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent slugger Carlos Beltran and the Houston Astros have reached a one-year deal for $16 million. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Saturday because there was no official...

No. 11 UCLA upsets top-ranked Kentucky 97-92

AP Photo/James Crisp LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Isaac Hamilton scored 19 points, T.J. Leaf had 17 with 13 rebounds and No. 11 UCLA shot 53 percent to beat No. 1 Kentucky 97-92 on Saturday, its second upset of the top-ranked Wildcats in as many years. The Bruins (9-0) matched...

France pledges $30 million for wartime heritage protection

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France committed $30 million toward protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime on Saturday, a first step in the creation of an international fund aimed at preventing destruction like that carried out by Islamic State militants....

Saudi king starts tour of Gulf Arab states with visit to UAE

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has arrived in the United Arab Emirates to begin a regional tour aimed at strengthening relations with four neighboring Gulf allies. The visit Saturday will be followed by stops in Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait...

Country artist Granger Smith breaks ribs after stage fall

SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Country music artist Granger Smith was able to continue performing after falling from a stage in New Jersey, but was later hospitalized. A spokeswoman said in a statement Smith shared on Twitter that he fell while singing at the Starland Ballroom in...

Teyana Taylor advises Kanye on recovery: “Take your time”

NEW YORK (AP) — Teyana Taylor has some practical advice for her mentor Kanye West. The singer-dancer, who has performed with the Grammy-winning artist, wants him to take his time recovering. “Take however much time you need, you know. Time heals all,” Taylor...

As Cops Get Body Cameras, Columbus Looks To Fill 7 Positions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s capital city is looking to make seven new hires as its police officers are outfitted with body cameras and officials expect an influx of public records requests and evidence for prosecutors. The hires in Mayor Andrew Ginther’s proposed...

Cleveland Student Collects Prom Dresses For 18th Birthday

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ashley Wilson had her eye on dresses for a birthday gift and not just one dress. Not even just one closet full of dresses. For her 18th birthday on Dec. 17, Ashley asked for dozens of dresses. Before you conjure up Veruca Salt in full brat mode, before you think...

Campus Attack Could Be Latest Terror Case In Heartland State

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities are investigating terrorism as a possible motive in the car-and-knife attack on the Ohio State University campus, the latest in a series of cases involving young men who apparently became radicalized in the heartland state. They are still piecing...

Warren JFK Defeats Minster, 24-6, For Division VII Title

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Running back Evan Boyd and a stout defense were enough for Warren John F. Kennedy to defeat Minster 24-6 in the Division VII state football title game Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Boyd ran for 166 yards on 36 carries, each a record for the four-year-old...