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Groundbreaking set for Facebook broadband project in WVa

Nov. 17, 2019 2:05 PM EST

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A groundbreaking is set on Facebook’s plan to expand broadband internet in West Virginia. Gov. Jim Justice says he will attend a ceremony Monday in Beckley. The governor’s office says in a news release that the social media company is building a high-capacity fiber optic...

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...

Ogden Newspapers to buy Ohio papers in Findlay, Fostoria

Nov. 15, 2019 5:22 AM EST

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Ogden Newspapers will purchase The Courier of Findlay and the Review Times of Fostoria in Ohio from the Findlay Publishing Co. The Courier reports the two companies announced the purchase Wednesday. Findlay Publishing says it will continue to operate three radio stations in Findlay and...

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...

Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

Nov. 14, 2019 9:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online. Francis told a Vatican conference of religious leaders and high-tech...

Clinton: UK voters must see Russian influence report

Nov. 12, 2019 12:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Hillary Clinton says she's "dumbfounded" that the U.K. government has failed to release a report on Russian influence in British politics before the country holds a national election next month. The former U.S. presidential candidate told British media that the public needs to know what is in...

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...

A Whole New World: Disney streaming debuts with hit brands

Nov. 11, 2019 1:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney will sprinkle its pixie dust on the streaming arena Tuesday, as its Disney Plus service debuts with an arsenal of marquee franchises including Marvel and Star Wars, original series with a built-in fan base and a cheap price to boot. The $7-a-month commercial-free service is poised to...