Josh Donaldson agrees to $23M, 1-year deal with Blue Jays

TORONTO/January 12, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million, one-year contact, a $6 million raise for the 2015 AL MVP. The 32-year-old, a three-time All-Star, rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with 33 homers and 78 RBIs in 113 games. The sure-handed infielder … Continue reading Josh Donaldson agrees to $23M, 1-year deal with Blue Jays

Lebanon receives trio of stolen artifacts recovered in NY

BEIRUT/January 12, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Lebanon’s state news agency says the country has received a trio of ancient artifacts looted from the country during its civil war and recovered recently by New York authorities. The treasures arriving Friday include a marble bull’s head dating to about 360 B.C. excavated at a Phoenician temple in south Lebanon decades … Continue reading Lebanon receives trio of stolen artifacts recovered in NY

Mississippi Burnings KKK leader Killen dies in prison at 92

JACKSON, Miss/January 12, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Edgar Ray Killen, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 “Mississippi Burning” slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state’s corrections department announced Friday. The one-time Klan leader was serving three consecutive 20-year terms for manslaughter when … Continue reading Mississippi Burnings KKK leader Killen dies in prison at 92

Investors cheer German deal, but some bemoan lack of vision

FRANKFURT, Germany/January 12, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Hopes for a new government in Germany sent the euro and markets higher Friday on relief that the Europe’s biggest economy might soon get stable leadership. But it left some economists and business lobbyists saying it offers too little to support the country’s prosperity over the longer term. Friday’s tentative deal … Continue reading Investors cheer German deal, but some bemoan lack of vision

Doreen Tracey, an original Disney Mouseketeer, dies at 74

NEW YORK/January 12, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Doreen Tracey, a former child star who played one of the original cute-as-a-button Mouseketeers on “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s, has died, according to Disney publicist Howard Green. She was 74. Tracey died from pneumonia Wednesday at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, California, following a two-year battle with cancer. … Continue reading Doreen Tracey, an original Disney Mouseketeer, dies at 74

Officials: Iran deal survives, Trump to waive sanctions

WASHINGTON/January 12, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— President Donald Trump on Friday will extend waivers on Iran nuclear sanctions, keeping alive the landmark 2015 deal for at least another several months despite his past vows to scuttle the deal, officials said, Three officials said the waivers will be accompanied by other, targeted sanctions on Iran for human rights abuses … Continue reading Officials: Iran deal survives, Trump to waive sanctions

Fogerty irked ‘Proud Mary’ film borrows from his song’s name

NEW YORK/January 12, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—John Fogerty says he’s annoyed that Taraji P. Henson’s new film, “Proud Mary,” borrows from his popular song’s name without his involvement. Fogerty does not own the rights to his classic song. In a statement released Thursday, he says “it irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my … Continue reading Fogerty irked ‘Proud Mary’ film borrows from his song’s name

Hungary irate over Romanian leader’s comments about autonomy

BUDAPEST, Hungary/January 12, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—Hungary’s government on Friday condemned provocative comments by Romania’s prime minister about the autonomy efforts by Szeklers, a group of ethnic Hungarians in Romania. Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said Wednesday on Realitatea TV that “if the Szekler flag flies on institutions there, they’ll all fly next to the flag.” In Hungary, … Continue reading Hungary irate over Romanian leader’s comments about autonomy