O’Rourke tells Texas TV station he’s running for president

Texas 03/13/19, 20:59

Democrat Beto O'Rourke has told a Texas TV station that he's running for president in 2020.The former Texas congressman sent a text message to KTSM Wednesday afternoon confirming the news that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination.He wrote: "I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El ...

Tennessee high court rules for reporter in defamation suit

U.S. 03/13/19, 17:59

The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday expanded protections for reporters by ruling they can only be held libel for defamation if their reporting is not fair and accurate, regardless of their personal feelings toward a subject.Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk sued investigative reporter Phil Williams for defamation in 2016, arguing ...

Carlson comments signal brawl for advertisers

Entertainment 03/13/19, 14:01

This week's controversy over statements made by Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson is as much about a high-stakes battle over the network's financial future as it is over what he said on a radio show a decade ago. The liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America this week released two batches ...

‘Ugly Dogs’ group helps Alaska students raise trip money

Sports 03/13/19, 11:49

Social media fans of a rookie Iditarod musher have used their #UglyDogs group to raise money for students at a rural Alaska school.Twitter followers of musher Blair Braverman helped raise field-trip funds for students at Top of the Kuskokwim School in the race checkpoint town of Nikolai, KTVA in Anchorage ...

Trump blasts ‘fake news’ over Melania body double theory

Politics 03/13/19, 10:45

President Donald Trump has had it with the #fakeMelania conspiracy theories that have been circulating on social media. Trump claims that photos of his wife were altered to make it appear that a look-alike accompanied him to Alabama last week to survey tornado damage. Trump's favorite TV program, Fox News' "Fox & ...

UEFA investigates Neymar’s insults aimed at video officials

Soccer 03/13/19, 09:08

UEFA says it has ordered an investigation into comments by Neymar about match officials after Paris Saint-Germain lost to Manchester United in the Champions League.The Brazilian used Instagram to aim an expletive and insults at video review officials who intervened before Man United was awarded a stoppage-time penalty for handball ...

Tech and friendship at heart of Broadway’s ‘Be More Chill’

Tech 03/13/19, 07:50

Modern technology and an old-school friendship are at the heart of the youthful Broadway musical "Be More Chill."The internet and social media helped spread the word but it took off thanks to the longtime kinship between composer Joe Iconis and one of the show's producers, Jennifer Ashley Tepper.Tepper and Iconis ...

Loss of local news hinders ability to watchdog government

U.S. 03/10/19, 22:28

One of the last investigations Jim Boren oversaw before he retired as executive editor of The Fresno Bee was a four-month examination of substandard housing in the city at the heart of California's Central Valley.The multimedia project revealed the living conditions imposed on many of the city's low-income renters, many ...

German journalists say Turkey trying to silence foreigners

Europe 03/10/19, 10:35

Two German journalists who were stripped of their media credentials to work in Turkey called the government's move an attempt to silence international news organizations and said they refused to be intimidated.German public broadcaster ZDF's Istanbul bureau chief, Joerg Brase, and Thomas Seibert, the Turkey correspondent for Germany's Tagesspiegel newspaper, ...

Town by town, local journalism is dying in plain sight

U.S. 03/10/19, 05:08

Five minutes late, Darrell Todd Maurina sweeps into a meeting room and plugs in his laptop computer. He places a Wi-Fi hotspot on the table and turns on a digital recorder. The earplug in his left ear is attached to a police scanner in his pants pocket. He wears a tie; ...

How Facebook stands to profit from its ‘privacy’ push

Business 03/09/19, 08:43

At first glance, Mark Zuckerberg's new "privacy-focused vision " for Facebook looks like a transformative mission statement from a CEO under pressure to reverse years of battering over its surveillance practices and privacy failures.But critics say the announcement obscures Facebook's deeper motivations: To expand lucrative new commercial services, continue monopolizing ...

How Facebook stands to profit from its ‘privacy’ push

Tech 03/08/19, 18:20

Mark Zuckerberg's new "privacy-focused vision" for Facebook seems at first glance like a transformative mission statement. But critics say the Facebook CEO's announcement this week is less about privacy than expansion.Zuckerberg talks about a new commitment to private, encrypted communications. The industry was already headed that way.Critics say Zuckerberg is ...

Premier League opens investigation into Manchester City

Soccer 03/08/19, 12:27

The Premier League is investigating whether Manchester City broke any rules covering financial compliance, third-party ownership and the recruitment of youngsters.The announcement comes a day after UEFA opened a formal investigation into whether City tried to disguise the source of revenue from overvalued sponsorships.The UEFA and Premier League cases have ...

UEFA opens formal investigation into Manchester City

Soccer 03/07/19, 13:29

UEFA has opened a formal investigation into whether Manchester City has violated financial monitoring rules, after confidential club documents were published in the Football Leaks series.In the most serious cases of breaking "Financial Fair Play" rules designed to control excessive spending on player transfers and wages, UEFA can ban clubs ...

Facebook’s vision of future? Looks like Chinese app WeChat

World 03/07/19, 11:02

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking the social media company in a new direction by focusing on messaging. Chinese tech giant Tencent got there years ago with its app WeChat.Zuckerberg outlined his vision to give people ways to communicate privately, by stitching together Facebook's various services so users can contact ...

Insta-Monarch: Queen Elizabeth makes first Instagram post

Entertainment 03/07/19, 08:53

Queen Elizabeth II has posted her first Instagram image. The media-savvy queen posted from the Science Museum Thursday to help promote the museum's summer exhibition. Using an iPad, she shared an image on the official royal family Instagram account of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Queen ...

New Russian bill introduces punishment for insulting state

Europe 03/07/19, 08:49

Russian lawmakers passed legislation Thursday that imposes restrictions on online media and criminalizes anyone who insults the state. The bill introduces fines for publishing materials showing disrespect to the state, its symbols and government organs. Repeat offenders could face a 15-day jail sentence. The Kremlin-controlled lower house, the State Duma, approved the ...

Can Zuckerberg really make a privacy-friendly Facebook?

Business 03/07/19, 02:13

After building a social network that turned into a surveillance system, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he's shifting his company's focus to messaging services designed to serve as fortresses of privacy.Instead of just being the network that connects everyone, Facebook wants to encourage small numbers of individuals to carry on ...

A different kind of freshman marks Pelosi’s new majority

Politics 03/07/19, 01:13

It wasn't exactly a mic-drop moment. But when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi abruptly ended a conversation as a freshman lawmaker no longer seemed to be listening, it showed just how far the Democratic leader and the new majority have to go in getting used to each other. A lot has changed ...

Report: Government kept tabs on journalists, ‘instigators’

U.S. 03/06/19, 23:47

The U.S. government ran an operation to screen journalists, activists and others while investigating last year's migrant caravan from Mexico, a San Diego TV station reported Wednesday, citing leaked documents.Dossiers that included photos from their passports or social media accounts, date of birth and other details were kept in a ...

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