Yankees sign Carlos Beltran to a three-year deal – USA TODAY

USA TODAYOn the same day the New York Yankees lost second baseman Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners, they rebounded with outfielder Carlos Beltran, who agreed to a three-year, $45…

Oklahoma denies Oklahoma State’s Big 12 title quest – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSTILLWATER, Okla. — Blake Bell saved his best moment for his last, sending yet another shakeup through the BCS bowl picture. Bell threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jalen…

College basketball roundup: Missouri upsets No. 17 UCLA – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCOLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Jabari Brown scored 22 points and Jordan Clarkson added 21 to help Missouri upset No. 17 UCLA 80-71 on Saturday. Two free throws by Johnathan…

Rev. Jesse Jackson to attend Mandela funeral – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Rev. Jesse Jackson says he will be leaving in the next few days to attend the Dec. 15 state funeral of Nelson Mandela. Speaking by telephone, Jackson said…

Women pro-Morsi protesters freed in Egypt – BBC News

BBC NewsFourteen women jailed in Egypt over a protest in support of ousted President Mohammed Morsi have been freed after an appeal court ruling. Seven juveniles jailed over the protest…

MLB deals setback to San Jose bid to lure Oakland A’s – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury NewsMajor League Baseball apparently rejected the Oakland A’s bid to move to San Jose in a June letter from commissioner Bud Selig to the team, according to…

US Vet Merrill Newman, 85, Home From North Korea – ABC News

ABC NewsA tired but smiling 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained in North Korea for several weeks returned home Saturday to applause from supporters, yellow ribbons tied to pillars outside his home…

Winter weather: Power outages, travel nightmare — and snow in Vegas? – CNN

CNN“The greatest chances for accumulation will be in Summerlin, especially in neighborhoods west of the 215 beltway,” the National Weather Service said. Las Vegas lows will hover around the mid-20s…

Hagel: Afghan minister says security pact to be signed in ‘timely manner’ – CNN

CNN(CNN) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says his Afghan counterpart assured him that an important security pact will be reached with Kabul in a “timely manner,” despite a failure…

UK flight delays glitch ‘now fixed’ but delays continue – BBC News

BBC NewsA telephone glitch that caused hundreds of flights to be delayed has now been resolved, air traffic controllers have said. Thousands of passengers faced cancellations and long waits after…

Kim Kardashian Tweets Fan to Sit With Her at Kanye West’s Show—See the Pics! – E! Online

E! OnlineKim Kardashian gave one fan a night to remember during a recent Kanye West show. And it was all thanks to the powers of Twitter. The 33-year-old invited one…

UCLA suffers first loss of season, 80-71, to Missouri – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesCOLUMBIA, Mo. — Facing its first real test of the season, No. 18 UCLA came up short on the road, losing to Missouri, 80-71. It was the first…

Paris Hilton’s brother Barron claims Lindsay Lohan ordered his assault: report – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsDid Lindsay Lohan seek vengeance on Paris Hilton’s little brother? That’s what Barron Hilton, the 24-year-old brother of the heiress and reality star, allegedly told police after…

Miley Cyrus & Ariana Grande Brighten PEOPLE’s Jingle Ball Photo Booth – People Magazine

People MagazineShe may have twerked a bad Santa onstage, but by the time Miley Cyrus arrived backstage she had transformed from naughty to nice. The 21-year-old pop sensation waved and…

‘We are prepared for any team at the World Cup,’ says Kwesi Appiah – Goal.com

Goal.comGhana coach Kwesi Appiah has welcomed the 2014 World Cup draw after his side was paired with USA, Germany and Portugal. The former Black Stars captain believes he has a…

Apple Has A New Way To Watch You While You Shop And It Could Soon Be … – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleOn Friday, Apple turned on a new technology called iBeacon in all of its 254 U.S. stores. iBeacon lets Apple track you as you wander around the store…

Russia-Ukraine ‘closer on gas price’ after Sochi talks – BBC News

BBC NewsRussia says differences with Ukraine on reducing the price of Russian gas have been narrowed after talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov…

Nelson Mandela death: ‘Difficult days’ for family – BBC News

BBC NewsNelson Mandela’s family has given a first public statement since his death, describing the difficulty of the past two days and the week ahead. “The pillar of our family…

Saturday Tailgate Debate: Calm or chaos on the BCS era’s final Saturday? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYUthman: Jesse, we have reached the end of college football’s regular season, and it seems like these 15 weeks have flown by. When our heads hit our pillows in…

Atlanta: More Wet Weather Sunday, Monday – AccuWeather.com

Atlanta: More Wet Weather Sunday, MondayAccuWeather.comIt has rained every day so far this month, except December 1 around Atlanta. That trend will continue for a few more days. Rounds of…

Nelson Mandela: Steve Jobs Wanted Him For Apple’s Think Different Campaign

Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa, anti-aparteid activist, and symbol of freedom who passed away Thursday, is currently the focus of Apple’s website. There, right front-and-center, is a…

Nick Saban says Auburn should play for a national title if the Tigers win the SEC – USA TODAY

USA TODAYAlabama coach Nick Saban thinks that if Auburn beats Missouri in Saturday’s SEC Championship game, the Tigers should play for a national championship. John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports. No.…

Global trade deal reached after two decades – CBC.ca

CBC.caA deal to boost global trade has been approved by the World Trade Organization’s 159 member economies for the first time in nearly two decades, keeping alive the possibility that…

American veteran detained for a month in North Korea arrives home after ordeal – NBCNews.com

NBCNews.comBy Mike Brunker, NBC News. An 85-year-old American war veteran detained for more than a month in North Korea arrived in the United States on Saturday, a day after he…

Britney Spears’ Breakup Advice: Get Another Man, Fast! – Access Hollywood

Access HollywoodLOS ANGELES, Calif. — Britney Spears arrives at a welcome ceremony as she celebrates the release of her new album Caption Britney Spears arrives at a welcome ceremony as…

Graphene: the sexy, thin supermodel queen of the material world – TG Daily

TG DailyIt’s really, really thin. It’s tough as lead boots. It’s sexy. It’s graphene. And, the science world gets all hot and heavy when it is around. Brainiacs just love…

UK flight delays to continue due to phone glitch – BBC News

BBC NewsA telephone glitch that caused hundreds of flights to be delayed will not be fixed before 1800 GMT, air traffic controllers have said. Thousands of passengers are stranded in…

Thai leader offers talks with protesters – Financial Times

Financial TimesThailand’s prime minister vowed to resign and hold elections if it would help end the country’s most severe political crisis in years as Bangkok braced for a fresh outbreak…

Writer’s Block: Talking Tigers – STLtoday.com

STLtoday.comATLANTA • We’re about six hours away from the SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome, and there’s more to share here on the blog. This week I caught up…

Texans Fire Coach Gary Kubiak – KTRH

KTRHThe Houston Texans have fired head coach Gary Kubiak, just one day after the team’s 11th consecutive loss of the season. Texans owner Bob McNair admitted the decision was difficult.…

Beyonce goes for another vegan lunch with Jay Z wearing animal again! – Mirror.co.uk

Mirror.co.ukHere’s the wondrous Beyonce nipping out to lunch with her husband Jay Z for around the eighth time this week -yeah, OK, we know there aren’t eight days in a…

Seahawks try to clinch NFC West Sunday – KING5.com

KING5.comSAN FRANCISCO — A December matchup between fierce rivals that only months ago looked to be a for-sure NFC West championship decider has instead become San Francisco’s chance to show…

North Korea Releases American After More Than A Month of Detainment – TIME

TIMENorth Korea has released an 85-year-old American and Korean War veteran after he was held in the country for more than a month. Merrill Newman, a tourist who was detained…

Ed Sheeran Explains That Blimey’ Grammy Nomination Face – MTV.com

MTV.comThe + singer said one word was going through his mind when his name was called for Best New Artist: ‘Yikes.’ By Emily Blake, with reporting by Chris Kim. LOS…

Nelson Mandela death: Daily funeral cortege planned for Pretoria – BBC News

BBC NewsA funeral cortege bearing Nelson Mandela’s body will travel through the streets of Pretoria for three days ahead of his burial next Sunday, the South African government says. It…