Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols agreed Thursday to a $254 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
Pujols' contract, which is subject to a physical, is the second-highest in baseball history and only the third to break the $200 million barrier, following Alex Rodriguez's $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas before the 2001 season and A-Rod's $275 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees before the 2008 season.
"This is a monumental day for Angel fans and I could not be more excited," Angels owner Arte Moreno said. Read More
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton of encouraging and supporting the protesters in Russia.
By describing Russia's parliamentary election as rigged, Putin says Clinton "gave a signal" to his opponents.
"They heard this signal and with the support of the U.S. State Department began their active work," Russian state news agencies quoted Putin as saying. Read More
Europe's conservative political leaders on Thursday warned of dire consequences if an 11th-hour EU summit failed to save the euro from the crush of crippling state debts.
With the 17-nation eurozone's fate hanging in the balance, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy told a gathering of the center-right European People's Party that they needed to agree to tougher rules on national budgets. Read More
The Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor and those who lost their lives that day are being remembered Wednesday on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into World War II.About 120 survivors will join Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, military leaders and civilians to observe a moment of silence in Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time — the moment the attack began seven decades ago.About 3,000 people are expected to attend the event held each year at a site overlooking the sunken USS Arizona and the white memorial that straddles the battleship. Read More
Prosecutors have called off their 30-year battle to put former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal to death in the killing of a white police officer, putting to an end the racially charged case that became a major battleground in the fight over the death penalty.Flanked by the police Officer Daniel Faulkner's widow, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced his decision Wednesday. Read More
Zany experiments testing scientific theories in real-world settings have earned the TV show "MythBusters" a devoted following, but a stunt gone awry met with an unhappy audience when an errant cannonball went shooting through a California family's bedroom.
Sheriff's deputies are still measuring how, exactly, the cannonball flew from a bomb range in the rolling hills flanking a suburban San Francisco Bay area neighborhood and rocketed into the front door of a home and through its master bedroom before landing in a neighbor's parked minivan. Read More
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry says thousands of security forces are still patrolling Moscow following protests over the results of the parliamentary vote.
Vasily Panchenkov says the troops are in the capital Wednesday to maintain order.
Large opposition rallies were held in Moscow and St. Petersburg on Monday and Tuesday, an unusually sustained show of indignation. Police detained hundreds of people.
Authorities have said that over 53,000 security forces have been deployed in Moscow since the elections. Read More
Russian authorities should annul the results of the parliamentary vote and hold a new one, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev urged Wednesday as popular indignation grew over widespread allegations of election fraud. Read More
In a last plea for mercy, Rod Blagojevich tried a tactic he never has before: an apology.
The disgraced former Illinois governor told a judge Wednesday that he made "terrible mistakes" and acknowledged that he broke the law when he tried to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.
After protesting his innocence for years, Blagojevich's plea on the second day of his sentencing hearing came as he hopes to avoid a prison term of up to 20 years. Judge James Zagel was expected to deliver his sentence Wednesday. Read More
The Occupy Wall Street protests are moving into the neighborhood.
Occupy protesters across the country are reclaiming foreclosed homes and boarded-up properties as they find it increasingly difficult to camp in public spaces.
Groups in more than 25 cities held protests Tuesday on behalf of homeowners facing evictions. Read More