Baseball star saves boy from being hit by truck

BOSTON - Alex Rodriguez saved an 8-year-old boy from serious injury when he prevented the youngster from getting hit by a truck.

The New York Yankees star said Thursday he was standing in a crosswalk on Newbury Street near downtown Boston on Tuesday afternoon when he saw the boy starting to run across the street into the path of a truck.

Rodriguez reached out and grabbed the boy, pulling him back.

''The kid was going to get run over. I just kind of put my arm out and stopped him,'' he said.

Arkansas to build monument to bluesman King

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Legislature has approved a $5,000 expenditure to build a monument honoring bluesman B.B. King in the tiny Delta town of Twist.

More than 50 years ago, King's famed guitar, Lucille, earned its name after a dance hall brawl in Twist. King's trademark Gibson guitars have been called Lucille ever since.

''B.B. put Twist, Ark., on the map,'' Allan Hammons, interim director of the planned B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Miss., said.

Hip-hop mogul Simmons returns to former label

NEW YORK - Russell Simmons is jamming again.

The hip-hop mogul is returning to Def Jam, the label he created two decades ago. Simmons announced Wednesday that he will head the Russell Simmons Music Group, a joint label with Island Def Jam Music Group.

'The Wedding Singer' going to Broadway stage

NEW YORK - ''The Wedding Singer,'' that celluloid celebration of the 1980s starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, has been transformed into a Broadway musical and booked for a New York opening - for April 2006.

- From wire reports