Catcher Salvador Perez signs $7 million, 5-year deal with Kansas City Royals

The contract has the possibility for a three-year extension and could be worth up to $26.75 million over eight years.

Activist group: 138 dead across Syria

Many of the casualties were believed to be from the rebel-controlled Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs, which the Syrian Arab Red Crescent entered late Monday.

Romney hits Santorum on economic credentials before Tuesday primaries

Romney is far ahead in Arizona, but Santorum has mounted an unexpectedly strong challenge in Michigan, where Romney was born and raised. Both states hold their primaries Tuesday. 

IN HEADLINES TODAY: Ohio school shooting; Tuesday primaries; Oscar winners; unrest in Syria

Top stories include a school shooting in the Cleveland area of Ohio, preparations for presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona, more deaths in Syria and historic footnotes about Oscar winners.

Springfield body suspension group promises more precautions

Josh Taylor, co-director of the Anti-Gravity Relaxation Organization, said the group would look for a more secluded spot to hold the activity after the city council rejected a ban on the activity in outdoor areas.

UPDATE: Buck O'Neil posthumously honored at Missouri Capitol

The first black major league coach was praised by former Kansas City Royals player Frank White and others during a ceremony Monday.


UPDATE: 1 student killed in Ohio school shooting, 4 others injured

A suspect — believed to be a student — was taken into custody near his car a half-mile from the suburban Cleveland school, the FBI said.