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Ex-officer shown kicking suspect gets a year in prison

Jun. 19, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio police officer has been sentenced to a year in prison after a cellphone video showed him kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Ohio's southern district says former Franklin Township officer Robert Wells was sentenced Wednesday after...

MediaNews plans to cut 81 jobs at Reading Eagle

Jun. 19, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

The new owners of the Reading Eagle plan to lay off more than a third of the staff after they assume control of the 150-year-old newspaper and the company's other assets later this month. MediaNews Group stepped forward to buy the Reading Eagle Co. for $5 million after the family-owned company filed for...

Prosecutor adds 22 St. Louis officers to exclusion list

Jun. 19, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' top prosecutor has added 22 more names to a list of city police officers who are not allowed to bring cases to her office, after a national group accused the officers of posting racist and anti-Muslim comments on social media. The 22 new names brings to 59 the total number of...

5 New York City anchorwomen allege age discrimination

Jun. 19, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Five anchorwomen at a New York City news channel sued their company Wednesday, saying they were marginalized and cast aside to make room for younger women and men. The Manhattan federal court lawsuit blamed Charter Communications and its 2016 takeover of the local news channel NY1, known as...

A newspaper bucks layoff trend, and hopes readers respond

Jun. 19, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad: Newsroom employment, down by nearly half over the past 15 years. Waves of layoffs continuing to hit both traditional newspaper chains and digital news startups. Cities and towns so denuded of coverage that they're...

Man arrested for slapping reporter's hand at Trump's rally

Jun. 19, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a man was arrested outside the arena where President Donald Trump made his reelection announcement for trying to slap a cellphone out of a journalist's hand. The Orlando Police Department said Wednesday that 51-year-old Daniel Kestner is facing a battery...

Media in Russia's south protest journalist's arrest

Jun. 19, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Journalists in southern Russia are protesting the arrest of a newspaper editor on charges of terrorism widely seen as trumped up. Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, the religious affairs editor of the independent weekly Chernovik, was arrested Friday in the Caspian Sea province of Dagestan. He was accused...

MSNBC deal with South Carolina Dems rankles media

Jun. 19, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Democratic leader says he granted MSNBC exclusive live rights to this weekend's party convention because the network agreed to show 21 presidential contenders speak and it offered a strong chance to reach black voters. The coverage arrangement for the event, a stop in...

Netflix's first Arabic original sparks backlash on home turf

Jun. 19, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On a high school trip to Jordan's ancient city of Petra, a group of teenagers sneak out at night to drink beer, smoke weed and gossip around a bonfire. A girl asks her frisky boyfriend to take things slow. By global Netflix standards, its first original Arabic series "Jinn" hardly...

New Jersey sues dealer over sales of firearm magazines

Jun. 19, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Wednesday the state is suing a Nevada firearms retailer after it sold high-capacity magazines to an undercover investigator in violation of state law. New Frontier Armory, of North Las Vegas, sold a 100-round, a 30-round and a 15-round...