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Wisconsin media company teams with Farm Aid on telethon

Sep. 13, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A media company that owns television stations in Wisconsin is partnering with a longtime farm charity on a live 18-hour telethon to raise money for struggling farmers. Quincy Media and Farm Aid have scheduled the event for Sept. 20. It will include anchors and reporters from WKOW in...

Facebook expands new tool aiming to shrink 'news deserts'

Sep. 12, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is trying to coax "news deserts" into bloom with the second major expansion of a tool that exposes people to more local news and information. But the social network confesses that it still has a lot to learn. The social media giant said Thursday it is expanding its "Today In"...

The Latest: California may trim repeat offenders' sentences

Sep. 12, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California legislative action (all times local): 5 p.m. California lawmakers are on the verge of approving legislation to trim prison sentences for repeat nonviolent felonies. Current law adds an additional year to offenders' sentences for each previous prison or...

California could tighten social media rules for children

Sep. 12, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is considering tightening the rules for children under 13 using social media. The state Senate voted 31-4 on Thursday to require social media companies to first get the consent of a parent or guardian before creating an account for a child the company knows is under 13....

California could require parents' OK for social media access

Sep. 12, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is looking to tighten the rules about children under 13 using social media. The state Senate voted 31-4 on Thursday to require social media companies to first get the consent of a parent or guardian before creating an account for a child the company knows is under 13....

ESPN president expects Silicon Valley to bid for NFL rights

Sep. 12, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro expects competition from Silicon Valley when the NFL's television contracts come up for renewal. The cable network's $15.2 billion, eight-year agreement with the league for Monday night games runs through 2021. CBS, NBC and Fox and NBC have deals with the NFL...

Report: Justify failed drug test before Triple Crown run

Sep. 11, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after a failed postrace drug test at a California track that could have kept the horse out of the Kentucky Derby. The newspaper reported Wednesday that Bob Baffert-trained Justify tested positive for the drug scopolamine after...

California newspapers seek temporary reprieve on labor issue

Sep. 11, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California newspaper companies would have one year to figure out how they'll comply with a pending state law requiring them to treat newspaper delivery people like employees rather than contractors, a move they say will drive up costs and hasten the decline of printed papers. A...

T. Boone Pickens, oilman and renewables advocate, dies at 91

Sep. 11, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. He was 91. Pickens was surrounded by friends and family when he died of natural causes under hospice care at his Dallas home, spokesman Jay Rosser said....

Error means district won't get all tax revenue it budgeted

Sep. 11, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

BONDURANT, Iowa (AP) — A small Iowa school district won't be getting nearly $900,000 it wanted to spend as part of this year's budget, because officials have learned the budget revenue was in part based on an erroneous tax valuation from the county assessor's office. The Des Moines Register reports that...