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MTV arrests steep decline in its video awards show

Aug. 21, 2018 6:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It may have been a lousy night for Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards, but the event offered some glimmers of hope for the network. The Nielsen company estimated that 5.23 million watched Monday's annual tribute to what's current in popular music across several Viacom-owned networks....

Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 13-19

Aug. 21, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for August 13-19. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.14 million. 2. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 9.86 million. 3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 6.29 million. 4. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 5.83...

Editor-in-chief of Brazil's most read newspaper dies at 61

Aug. 21, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Otavio Frias Filho, who as editor-in-chief helped turn a mid-sized, conservative paper into Brazil's most read daily, has died. He was 61. Daily Folha de S. Paulo said Frias Filho died at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday in a Sao Paulo hospital. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. Frias...

Cambodian reporters charged with spying granted bail

Aug. 21, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Two Cambodian journalists who had worked for U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and are charged with espionage were released Tuesday on bail, a day after a pardon freed four land rights activists from prison. Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, better known by his professional name of Yeang...

AP reporter Richard Pyle laid to rest at Arlington cemetery

Aug. 20, 2018 9:22 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Friends of journalist Richard Pyle gathered Monday at Arlington National Cemetery to bid a final farewell to the veteran war correspondent and celebrate his storied Associated Press career, from Saigon and Tokyo to Washington and New York, nearly one year after his death. More than 40...

Judge grants time to weigh insanity plea in newspaper attack

Aug. 20, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The man charged with killing five people at a Maryland newspaper office will get more time for his lawyer to consider filing a plea of not criminally responsible by reason of insanity, a judge ruled Monday. Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Laura Kiessling said she found good cause to...

German journalist in court case cleared to leave Turkey

Aug. 20, 2018 8:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Turkish court has ruled that German journalist Mesale Tolu can leave the country, eight months after being released from prison during a trial on terror-related charges. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday that the decision, taken a few weeks ago but only made public now, is "a step...

Verdict scheduled for next week in Myanmar reporters' trial

Aug. 20, 2018 5:53 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A judge in Myanmar said he will issue a verdict next Monday in the trial of two Reuters journalists accused of possessing secret state information, a case that has become a key test of media freedom in the former military dictatorship. Closing arguments were heard Monday in the trial...

Israeli journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery dies at 94

Aug. 20, 2018 5:27 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Uri Avnery, a trailblazing Israeli journalist and peace activist and one of the first to openly advocate for a Palestinian state, died Monday at the age of 94. Avnery passed away at a Tel Aviv hospital after suffering a stroke. For decades, he was a symbol of the Israeli peace camp, easily...

Bishop: Church today 'not the church' of grand jury report

Aug. 19, 2018 7:50 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The bishop of Pittsburgh's Roman Catholic diocese pushed back against a call for his resignation and said the diocese has "followed every single step" needed for responsible action after allegations of child sexual abuse. Bishop David Zubik spoke Sunday to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's...