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New Zealand sale announcement highlights TV's struggles

Oct. 18, 2019 12:59 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand broadcaster MediaWorks on Friday announced it plans to sell its struggling television business, leaving hundreds of workers wondering if they will still have jobs if a buyer can't be found. The move also raises the possibility the country of 5 million people could...

Facebook CEO defends refusal to take down some content

Oct. 17, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social media platform's refusal to take down content it considers newsworthy "even if it goes against our standards." But while he promoted free expression, limitations were place on coverage of his remarks at Georgetown University....

Correction: Bike Ride-Iowa story

Oct. 16, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In a story Oct. 15 about the resignations of organizers of a popular Iowa bike ride, The Associated Press reported that Gannett, the Des Moines Register's parent company, didn't immediately respond to inquiries. That sentence should have been removed once Gannett's chief marketing...

Only 3 returning big network shows see rise in live viewers

Oct. 15, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC's sophomore drama "A Million Little Things," reality show "Shark Tank" and the Fox first-responders drama "9-1-1" have something in common that they can take pride in. Over the first three weeks of the television season, they are the only three of 49 prime-time shows returning to ABC,...

White House: Trump condemns violent parody, hasn't seen it

Oct. 14, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump "strongly condemns" a graphic and violent parody video that depicts a likeness of him shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the news media, the White House said Monday. But his press secretary said he hadn't yet watched the two-minute clip. The video, which...

Typhoon leaves as many as 33 dead as Japan continues rescue

Oct. 13, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan to rescue people stranded in flooded homes Sunday, as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed to as high as 33. One woman fell to her death as she was being placed inside a rescue helicopter. Typhoon Hagibis made...

Kyodo News service reports 19 people are dead and 16 are missing after Typhoon Hagibis caused massive flooding in Japan

Oct. 13, 2019 2:11 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Kyodo News service reports 19 people are dead and 16 are missing after Typhoon Hagibis caused massive flooding in Japan.

Facebook's Libra currency battered by defections, pushback

Oct. 12, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

Facebook faces a rough road ahead with Libra, but defections by high-profile partners are still unlikely to spell the end for the digital currency. On Friday, Visa and MasterCard announced their departures from the Libra project, as did e-commerce giant eBay and payments startup Stripe. Last week, PayPal became...

Shepard Smith leaves Fox News Channel

Oct. 11, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Shepard Smith, whose newscast on Fox News Channel seemed increasingly an outlier on a network dominated by supporters of President Donald Trump, abruptly quit after signing off his final newscast on Friday. Smith, who had signed a contract extension last spring, said that he had asked the...

Bed Bath & Beyond taps former Target exec to be new CEO

Oct. 9, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Struggling home goods chain Bed Bath & Beyond has named Target's former chief merchandising officer to be its new CEO and president. The Union, New Jersey-based chain says that Mark J. Tritton, a 30-year-retail industry veteran, will assume the top role on Nov. 4. Tritton succeeds...