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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 17, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Health care law does not mandate that nurses give vaccines. THE...

MediaNews offers to buy Reading Eagle out of bankruptcy

May. 16, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — A news media company with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and then cutting jobs has offered to buy the Reading Eagle out of bankruptcy. The Reading Eagle Co. said Thursday that it received two bids to buy its assets, but only one of the bids, from MediaNews Group, was...

Gannett shareholders rebuff attempt to replace board

May. 16, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — Shareholders of USA Today owner Gannett have rebuffed an attempt to overthrow its board. Gannett, which also owns dozens of other newspapers, says its slate of eight directors had beaten opposing candidates nominated by a media group vying to revive its previously rejected takeover bid...

Family man, newlyweds among dead in crash of Alaska planes

May. 16, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A newly married couple, a pilot who used his family's savings to buy his own plane, a devoted family man from Australia and an office manager at an insurance company with a vivacious personality and a heart of gold were among the six victims in this week's deadly midair collision...

US pulls nonessential staff from Iraq amid Mideast tensions

May. 15, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the Trump...

Profiles of victims from deadly Alaska mid-air collision

May. 15, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A newly married couple, a pilot who used his family's savings to buy his own plane, a devoted family man from Australia and an office manager at an insurance company with a vivacious personality and a heart of gold were among the six victims in this week's deadly midair collision...

Reading Eagle newspaper gets 'multiple bids'

May. 15, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — The Reading Eagle newspaper, whose owners recently filed for bankruptcy protection, is evaluating several offers from potential buyers. Bankruptcy attorney Robert Lapowsky says "multiple bids" were received by Wednesday's deadline. He says the bids are being reviewed. If there is more...

Saudi Arabia says its oil pipeline was hit by drones

May. 15, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia was hit Tuesday by drones, the Saudi energy minister said, as regional tensions flared just days after what the kingdom called an attack on two of its oil tankers near the Persian Gulf. While both U.S. President Donald Trump...

Staffer: Illinois newspaper editor resigns to spare layoffs

May. 14, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' capital-city newspaper, a 188-year-old institution tied intimately to Abraham Lincoln, is without a news chief after its editor resigned in hopes of sparing more layoffs, according to a staff writer. Angie Muhs served notice of her resignation on Friday from The State...

The Latest: Rouhani adviser says Trump moving toward war

May. 14, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf, elsewhere in Mideast, amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 10:30 p.m. An adviser to Iran President Hassan Rouhani says President Donald Trump is moving toward war with Iran instead of trying...