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Hedge fund Alden becomes Tribune’s largest shareholder

Nov. 20, 2019 1:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Hedge fund Alden Global Capital is now the largest shareholder of Tribune Publishing, the company that owns the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and New York Daily News. Tribune says Alden, a hedge fund known for layoffs and slashing costs at newspapers it acquires, purchased the 25% stake...

GateHouse, Gannett join, become largest US newspaper chain

Nov. 19, 2019 5:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — GateHouse closed its $1.1 billion takeover of USA Today publisher Gannett, becoming the country’s largest newspaper company by far and pledging significant cost cuts at a time when print publications are in precipitous decline. The merger brings together about 260 daily papers,...

Partisan divide seen in how local news should be propped up

Nov. 17, 2019 1:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s partisan divide is evident when Americans are asked about what should be done to help the nation’s struggling local news industry. While two-thirds of Democrats say news organizations in need should be able to receive government or private funding in order to...

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

Nov. 15, 2019 2:01 PM EST

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 them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Video shows a rigged voting machine in Mississippi as a voter clicks...

US commander: Partnership with Kurds against IS still strong

Nov. 15, 2019 12:07 PM EST

ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — A senior U.S. coalition commander said Friday the partnership with Syrian Kurdish forces remains strong and focused on fighting the Islamic State group, despite an expanding Turkish incursion into areas under Kurdish control. The U.S.-Syrian Kurdish relationship, which dates back to...

Shareholders OK GateHouse’s $1.4B acquisition of Gannett

Nov. 14, 2019 2:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of the largest U.S. newspaper companies are set to combine after shareholders approved GateHouse Media’s $1.4 billion acquisition of Gannett. New York-based New Media Investment Group, which owns GateHouse, announced in August its plan to buy USA Today owner Gannett. The deal...

Uber CEO walks back comment on Saudi writer's slaying

Nov. 11, 2019 3:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is being criticized for calling the murder of a Washington Post columnist "a mistake" and comparing it to the death of a pedestrian struck by one of the company's autonomous vehicles. Khosrowshahi later said he regretted his comments, made during an interview with...

Salt Lake Tribune gets IRS approval to convert to nonprofit

Nov. 4, 2019 6:39 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake Tribune hopes its new status as a nonprofit will ensure its long-term viability in an industry in crisis — and other newspapers suffering amid the same declines in advertising and circulation revenues are expected to be watching closely. The newspaper will be...

Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint

Nov. 4, 2019 4:17 PM EST

MONTREAL (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been unwittingly exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, with contamination in several cities consistently higher than they ever were in Flint, Michigan, according to an investigation that tested drinking water in hundreds of homes and...

Fake news? No jobs? Prospective journalists soldier on

Nov. 4, 2019 1:52 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The Daily Orange isn't daily anymore. The student-run newspaper that has covered Syracuse University since 1903, and trained generations of journalists, now prints three issues per week. Editor-in-chief Haley Robertson wonders where she'll find advertisers, worries about firing...