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  • Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal that will shake up entertainment industry

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses, as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. The deal gives Disney film businesses including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000, which together are the homes of Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. On the television side, Disney […]

  • Net neutrality vote looms Thursday as Americans worry about internet’s future

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the federal government prepares to unravel sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet, advocates of the regulations are bracing for a long fight. The Thursday vote scheduled at the Federal Communications Commission could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight. The proposal would not only roll back restrictions that keep broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from […]

  • Kentucky Rep. facing assault allegations kills himself

    FRANKFORT, Ky. — Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky known for inflammatory Facebook posts comparing Barack and Michelle Obama to monkeys and who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, killed himself Wednesday night. He was 57. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson shot himself on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Tinnell confirmed the death to WDRB-TV in Louisville. Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016, part […]

  • Biden consoles daughter of ailing Sen. John McCain

    WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to console the daughter of ailing Sen. John McCain after she began crying while discussing her father’s battle with brain cancer on ABC’s “The View.” Meghan McCain, a panelist on the program, told Biden on Wednesday she hadn’t been able to get through his new memoir, “Promise Me, Dad,” which centers on the 2015 death of his son, Beau, from an aggressive tumor called glioblastoma. Doctors diagnosed Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain […]

  • Atlantic City casino to train minority youths as workers

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Dominick White has a bleak but clear-eyed view of his Atlantic City home in a public housing project known for crime and drugs. “I grew up in a bad neighborhood,” he said. “I’m trying to beat the odds and get away, and not become a statistic.” On Monday morning, White will start training for a career as a construction worker, a move that could be a life-changer for him and 14 other young city residents. They […]

  • Al Franken’s Senate seat to be filled by Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed fellow Democrat Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to replace Sen. Al Franken until a special election in November, setting up his long-time and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 election. Smith was widely seen as Dayton’s top choice from the moment Franken announced his resignation last week, and she said she would run in the November special election to complete Franken’s term through 2020. “I will run in that […]

  • Rock Hall 2018 class: Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues

    NEW YORK (AP) — Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees. The Cars, as well as first-time contenders Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, also are part of the 2018 class announced Wednesday. They will be inducted on April 14, in Cleveland, Ohio. The six inductees were chosen from a group of 19 nominees, including Radiohead, who […]

  • Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate seat; Moore not conceding

    Doug Jones became the first Democrat in a generation to win a Senate seat in Alabama on Tuesday, CNN projects, beating Republican Roy Moore amid a firestorm over the allegations of sexual misconduct facing the GOP candidate. The results are nothing short of an embarrassment for President Donald Trump and a disaster for Republicans in Washington as the reliably red state of Alabama elected its first Democratic senator since the early 1990s. The Republican Party’s narrow Senate majority is now […]

  • Indiana man gets 130 more years for fatal shooting when he was 15

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — An Indiana man has been sentenced to 130 years in prison for a fatal shooting that happened when he was 15 years old. Twenty-year-old Jermaine Munn, of South Bend, is already serving prison time for another deadly shooting that happened when he was a juvenile. A jury last month convicted Munn of murder in the July 2013 shooting death of 20-year-old Jarina Bailey. Authorities say the shooting happened during a fight between two rival gangs. Munn […]

  • Police: Ohio woman murdered husband, lived with his body parts for months

    BARBERTON, Ohio— Authorities say an Ohio woman shot her husband multiple times earlier this year and dismembered his body. Forty-nine-year-old Marcia Eubank has been charged with murder in the death of 54-year-old Howard Eubank. Records don’t show an attorney for her. The Summit County sheriff’s office says in a release that deputies went to the couple’s home in Coventry Township in suburban Akron on Saturday when the couple’s adult son called about possible remains. The deputies found deteriorating remains tentatively […]