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Breakouts, burns and zingers: What to watch in Dem debates

Jun. 26, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty seconds for answers, a television audience of millions and, for some candidates, a first chance to introduce themselves to voters. The back-to-back Democratic presidential debates beginning Wednesday are exercises in competitive sound bites featuring 20 candidates hoping to oust...

Australia media demand press freedom law reforms after raids

Jun. 26, 2019 4:03 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's three largest media organizations joined forces on Wednesday to demand legal reforms that would prevent journalists from risking imprisonment for doing their jobs. The demands came after unprecedented raids against media organizations by police searching for leaked...

First lady's spokeswoman to be White House press secretary

Jun. 25, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephanie Grisham, longtime spokeswoman and confidante to Melania Trump, will succeed Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary, the first lady announced Tuesday. Grisham is jumping into her new role by accompanying President Donald Trump on a trip to Asia starting Wednesday. Grisham...

Climate change protesters arrested outside New York Times

Jun. 22, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say 70 climate change protesters were arrested after they blocked traffic outside the New York Times building. The protesters from the group Extinction Rebellion hung banners on the skyscraper in midtown Manhattan on Saturday and on the outside of the Port Authority Bus Terminal...

The Latest: Trump says he's in 'no hurry' to strike Iran

Jun. 22, 2019 2:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on The United States and Iran's tensions over the shoot-down of a massive U.S. drone (all times local): 8:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he abruptly called off the military strikes on Iran Thursday because the likely deaths of 150 Iranians would have been out of proportion...

Lakeway Publishers: No plans to close papers in bankruptcy

Jun. 21, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — Lakeway Publishers says it does not plan to close any newspapers as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and restructuring. The company owns community newspapers and websites in Tennessee, Missouri and Virginia. They include the Citizen Tribune in Morristown, Tennessee. Lakeway filed...

AP names Sally Stapleton to manage new global religion team

Jun. 21, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sally Stapleton, an award-winning editor, photojournalist and newsroom leader, has been tapped to direct global religion coverage for The Associated Press, overseeing a new team that will report on faith and its influence throughout the world. The appointment was announced Friday by Sarah...

A newspaper bucks layoff trend, and hopes readers respond

Jun. 19, 2019 4:44 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...

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...

New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

Jun. 19, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Berkshire Eagle has an expanded investigative team. There's a new 12-page lifestyle section for the Eagle's Sunday editions. There's a new monthly magazine focusing on the area's culinary and natural charms. There is an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and...