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Reliever Jesse Crain Joining Astros

Reliever Jesse Crain Joining Astros

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent reliever Jesse Crain Tuesday.
The deal means the 32-year-old Crain is returning home. His family lives near Houston and Crain also went to c…

ESPN: Bill O’Brien Reaches Agreement to Coach Texans

ESPN: Bill O’Brien Reaches Agreement to Coach Texans

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien has reached an agreement to become the new head coach of the Houston Texans, according to ESPN.
ESPN also reports the deal should be announced no later than Saturday.
O’Brie…

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/31/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/31/13

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — College Football – AdvoCare V100 Bowl: Arizona 42 (8-5) – Boston College 19 (7-6)
Hyundai Sun Bowl: (17) UCLA 42 (10-3) – Virginia Tech 12 (8-5)
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Mississippi State 44 (7-6) – Rice 7 (10-4)
Chick-fi…

Pope Encourages Reflection in Year-End Service

Pope Encourages Reflection in Year-End Service

AFP/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis urged people to reflect on their actions from 2013 in his first year-end prayer service. Speaking from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Tuesday, the pope encouraged people to ask themselves if they furthere…

Vitamin E May Slow Effects of Alzheimer’s in Men

Vitamin E May Slow Effects of Alzheimer’s in Men

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Alzheimer’s patients taking vitamin E may experience a delay in the degenerative progression of the disease, a new study finds. Researchers at the Veterans Administration studied older men who had mild to moderate Alzheim…

Former First Lady Barbara Bush Hospitalized

Former First Lady Barbara Bush Hospitalized

Scott Olson/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Former first lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized Monday for early signs of pneumonia,  a Houston Methodist hospital spokesperson said.A statement from the office of George H.W. Bush said she was admitted for tre…

Death Toll Rises in Volgograd

Death Toll Rises in Volgograd

AFP/Stringer(VOLGOGRAD, Russia) — The death toll in the Russian city of Volgograd reached 34 people after two separate suicide bombing attacks struck the area. The number of deceased from Monday’s trolley bus explosion increased to 16. A Dec. 29 attac…

Religious Nonprofits Ask Supreme Court to Block Contraception Mandate

Religious Nonprofits Ask Supreme Court to Block Contraception Mandate

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — After a firestorm erupted over the health care law’s so-called “contraception mandate,” the government created an “accommodation” for religious nonprofits. Under the “accommodation,” the no…

Religious Nonprofits Ask Supreme Court to Block Contraception Mandate

Religious Nonprofits Ask Supreme Court to Block Contraception Mandate

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — After a firestorm erupted over the health care law’s so-called “contraception mandate,” the government created an “accommodation” for religious nonprofits. Under the “accommodation,” the no…

Religious Nonprofits Ask Supreme Court to Block Contraception Mandate

Religious Nonprofits Ask Supreme Court to Block Contraception Mandate

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — After a firestorm erupted over the health care law’s so-called “contraception mandate,” the government created an “accommodation” for religious nonprofits. Under the “accommodation,” the no…

Tim Tebow Joins ESPN as an Analyst, Still Wants to Play Quarterback

Tim Tebow Joins ESPN as an Analyst, Still Wants to Play Quarterback

Jared Wickham/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Even though Tim Tebow has signed on to be an analyst with ESPN, he still has the goal of playing quarterback in the NFL again.
The former Heisman Trophy winner signed a deal on Monday to join ESPN’s SEC Net…

Florida State Agrees to Five-Year Extension with Jimbo Fisher

Florida State Agrees to Five-Year Extension with Jimbo Fisher

Football Texture/iStockPhoto(NEW YORK) — Sorry Texas fans, Jimbo Fisher likely isn’t heading anywhere for a while. Fisher and Florida State have agreed upon a five-year contract extension.
Fisher’s new deal will keep him under contract through the 201…

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. Calls for End of Funding Cuts

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. Calls for End of Funding Cuts

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Summoning Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of the past and future, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. devoted his annual report to the fate of the Judiciary.
“Let’s look,” Roberts wrote in the report released Tue…

Utah Asks Supreme Court to Suspend Same-Sex Marriages

Utah Asks Supreme Court to Suspend Same-Sex Marriages

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) — The Attorney General of Utah filed an application with the Supreme Court on Tuesday night, asking the court to suspend same-sex marriages from going forward while the state appeals a district court ruling…

Leaked Documents Show NSA Could Tap iPhones, Apple Denies Involvement

Leaked Documents Show NSA Could Tap iPhones, Apple Denies Involvement

David Paul Morris/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Newly leaked documents from the National Security Agency highlight Dropout Jeep, a piece of software that could target one of the country’s most popular devices — the iPhone.According to documents publishe…

Mars One Picks 1,058 Potential Astronauts for One-Way Mission

Mars One Picks 1,058 Potential Astronauts for One-Way Mission

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Getting into Harvard might be a cakewalk compared to getting a spot on Mars One’s 2024 manned mission to the red planet. The nonprofit organization announced Monday that after watching more than 200,000 application videos…

Markets End Year with All-Time Highs

Markets End Year with All-Time Highs

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wall Street witnessed its best year since the mid-1990s, closing the books on 2013. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the final trading session of the year up 72 points at 16,576.66 and gained l 27 percent overall…

Home Prices See Biggest Annual Increase Since 2006

Home Prices See Biggest Annual Increase Since 2006

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Home prices increased nearly 14 percent in 2013, the greatest annual gain in seven years. Despite the record rate, a new S&P/Case-Shiller report released Tuesday shows gains leveling off. U.S. home prices continued ri…

Delta Flight Delayed After Incident at San Jose Airport

Delta Flight Delayed After Incident at San Jose Airport

Delta Airlines(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Passengers aboard a Delta Airlines flight leaving San Jose, Calif. experienced some delays Tuesday after two separate incidents on the tarmac. One flight leaving to Minneapolis left the gate at Mineta San Jose Intern…

Donations Surge to Help Move Brain Dead California Teen

Donations Surge to Help Move Brain Dead California Teen

ABC News(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Jahi McMath will remain hooked up to life support for at least another week as the California teenager’s family plots the logistics of possibly moving the brain dead girl to a facility in New York or Arizona, according to c…

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