AP’s Top News Stories for August 5th, in Four Words Or Less

Last Updated Aug 5, 2009 9:13 PM EDT As a public service, we here at BNET Media have been running top news headlines from the Associated Press this week. Well, actually, we're doing it to make a point: that its policy of charging those who would use more than four words of its content is completely wrong-headed. Which is a long way of saying there's a catch as to how we are running these headlines. So as not to be charged for a license by the AP, we are only running the first four words of each. For fun, this time around, since these shortened headlines are obviously lacking in certain elements that would help you understand what the content is about, I'll pose them as multiple choice questions, and you can try to guess, without clicking on the link, how each headline concluded. (Yes, these guidelines have been around for awhile, but with the AP's policies a hot topic these days, it's time to take a hard look at all its policies involving re-purposing of content.) OK, without further ado, here are the top news stories for August 5th: 1. Freed journalists home in a. time for dinner. b. 60 seconds using newly-licensed technology from the creators of "Star Trek". c. US after NKorea pardon. 2. Obama says Indiana 'factories a. coming back to life.' b. rock!' c. are closing by the hundreds.' 3. Pa. man kills 3 a. people b. fitness club members c. , himself; Web page describes plans. 4. Ahmadinejad sworn in as a. witness at the People's Court b. Iran president amid crisis c. 66th mayor of Memphis. 5. 'Clunkers' rebates look likely a. to bankrupt U.S. government once and for all b. end up in a lot of smushed cars c. for another month. 6. LA police chief Bratton a. "hearts" New York b. is actually from Boston c. is stepping down. 7. GM board orders faster a. new vehicle rollout b. descent into irrelevancy c. speedboat. 8. Putin bares his torso a. in summit meeting b. along with his soul c. in Siberia. 9. Abdul says she's quitting a. making embarrassing remarks on her Continue Reading

Year in Review: 15 Top News Stories of 2016

The year 2016 was a big one for the media as politics, pop culture, terror, sports, and natural disasters dominated the headlines. From Donald Trump's presidential win and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, to Hurricane Matthew and the Orlando nightclub shooting, there was no shortage of stories for the never-ending news cycle. Here are the 15 top news stories from 2016: Presidential election: Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States in a surprise and unforeseen win, edging out Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and 16 other GOP competitors. The victory followed a fierce and highly publicized election in which Trump was scrutinized heavily by the media. Trump’s victory sparked protests — some violent — across the country. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) Hillary’s emails: Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was haunted by the FBI's investigation into the former secretary of state's private email server. But the probe came to a close over the summer, when Director James Comey announced the agency would not be recommending criminal charges for Clinton. The case was briefly reopened just days before the election when new emails were discovered in the course of the FBI's investigation into former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is married to Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Again, no criminal charges were recommended. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Terror attacks: 2016 was tainted by a series of terrorist attacks across America and Europe linked to radical Islamic extremists and ISIS. The most deadly included three simultaneous bombings in Brussels, Belgium (35 killed); a shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, (50 killed); a bus that plowed into a parade in Nice, France (80+ killed); and a truck that ran through a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany (12 killed). A renewed and widespread fear of terror attacks produced questions about radicalization and the ease of immigration in Western countries. (Clockwise from top Continue Reading

Top News Stories of 2017

New York Daily News |Photos Top News Stories of 2017 From the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history to the sexual assault allegations that rocked the world, check out the Daily News' top 40 news stories of 2017. View Gallery Next Share Gallery f t p e Back to Slideshow X Previous Next Previous Next Continue Reading

AP Top News at 12:02 a.m. EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT TRUMP HAD LAWYER DO The president directed his White House counsel to tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself from the Justice Department's investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, a source tells AP. 2. SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH ON KOREAN PENINSULA Seoul and Pyongyang meeting face-to-face next week is a positive sign after last year's spiraling threats of nuclear war, but the Koreas have a long history of failing to move past their deep historical animosity.BOSTON (AP) — East Coast residents are bracing for a deep freeze a day after a massive winter storm slammed the region with heavy snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding. Forecasters predict that record-breaking cold air and strong winds will set people's teeth chattering like castanets from the mid-Atlantic to New England on Friday and that the frigid weather will hang around through the weekend. "This is chilly, chilly stuff," Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said on Thursday. The arctic blast could make temperatures feel as low as minus 15 degrees from Philly to Beantown on Friday and make residents of states like Maryland and Virginia shiver from temps ranging from 10 degrees to 15 degrees.DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Organizers planned more pro-government rallies in Iran after Friday prayers while activists posted new videos purporting to show protests challenging the Islamic Republic's government. Activists described the protest videos as showing demonstrations in Tehran on Thursday night, including chants against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In Tehran on Friday morning, streets appeared calm ahead of noon prayers. Hard-line cleric Ahmad Khatami was scheduled to preside over prayers. Iran already has seen two-straight Continue Reading

Poll: 2017’s top news story is sexual misconduct allegations

December 26, 2017 9:39 PM The wave of sexual misconduct allegations that toppled Hollywood power brokers, politicians, media icons and many others was the top news story of 2017, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. The No. 2 story was Donald Trump's tumultuous first year as president. A year ago, Trump's unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election was a near-unanimous pick for the top news story of 2016. The first AP top-stories poll was conducted in 1936, when editors chose the abdication of Britain's King Edward VIII as the top story. Here are 2017's top 10 stories, in order: 1. Sexual misconduct: Scandals involving sexual misdeeds by prominent men are nothing new in America, but there's never been anything remotely like the deluge of allegations unleashed this year by women who were emboldened to speak out by the accusers who preceded them. Luminaries toppled from their perches included movie magnate Harvey Weinstein, media stars Bill O'Reilly, Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, and several celebrity chefs and members of Congress. 2. Trump's first year: The controversies started on Inauguration Day, with the new president challenged over his claims on the size of the crowd, and persisted throughout the year. Trump's approval ratings hovered around record-low territory, his base remained fiercely loyal, and his relentless tweeting — often in the early morning hours — provoked a striking mix of outrage, mockery and grateful enthusiasm. 3. Las Vegas mass shooting: A 64-year-old high-stakes video poker player, after amassing an arsenal of weapons, unleashed a barrage of gunfire from a high-rise casino-hotel that killed 58 people and injured hundreds among a crowd attending an open-air concert along the Las Vegas Strip. Weeks after the massacre, questions about the gunman's motives remained unanswered. 4. Hurricane onslaught: In a four-week span, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria Continue Reading

Sexual misconduct top news story of 2017

This combination of photos shows, top row from left, broadcaster Bill O'Reilly, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and broadcaster Matt Lauer. Bottom row from left are actor Kevin Spacey, conductor James Levine, broadcaster Charlie Rose and film producer Harvey Weinstein. The wave of sexual misconduct allegations that toppled Hollywood power brokers, politicians, media icons and many others was the top news story of 2017, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. (AP Photo) FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump waits to step out onto the portico for his Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) 2017 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - A woman sits on a curb at the scene of a shooting outside a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/John Locher) This enhanced satellite image made available by the NOAA GOES Project shows Harvey, upper left, over Texas on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The remnants of the hurricane spun deeper into Texas and unloaded extraordinary amounts of rain. (NASA/NOAA via AP) In this Dec. 23, 2017, photo distributed on Dec. 24, 2017, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the conference of cell chairpersons of the ruling party in Pyongyang. North Korea on Sunday, Dec. 24, called the latest U.N. sanctions to target the country "an act of war" that violates its sovereignty, and said it is a "pipe dream" for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Continue Reading

Top news photos around the U.S. and globe in 2017

Updated December 29, 2017 2:21 AM Look back at 2017 by exploring some of the top news photos from around the U.S. and world this year, as chosen by Newsday's photo editors and Newsday.com staff. WARNING: Some graphic images are included in this photo list. With reporting from The Associated Press and Newsday People carry the coffin of Yunus Gormek, 23, one of the victims of the Reina nightclub shooting, during his funeral on Jan. 2, 2017, in Istanbul. An assailant opened fire at the nightclub during New Year's celebrations, killing 39 people and wounding 79 more in what the province's governor described as a terror attack. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the shooting rampage. President Barack Obama wipes a tear while delivering his Farewell Address at McCormick Place in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017. President-elect Donald J. Trump arrives at the inauguration at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017. President-elect Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office during the inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017. Crowds descend on the National Mall for the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017. The cast of "La La Land" was mistakenly awarded the Oscar for Best Picture by presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty during the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 26, 2017. "Moonlight" was the actual winner. Helpers attend to injured people inside the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, after a blast on May 22, 2017. A suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert as it ended, killing more than a dozen in a panicked crowd of young concertgoers. Manchester concert blast victim Lily Harrison hugs singer Ariana Grande during her visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, in Manchester, England, on June 2, 2017. Grande surprised young fans injured in the Manchester Arena attack, hugging the thrilled little girls Continue Reading

Utah top news: Woman allegedly stabs mother 7 times

Woman allegedly stabs mother 7 times in West Valley Man arrested in Magna after stabbing at ex-girlfriend's homeMAGNA  Police in Salt Lake County have arrested a man for allegedly stabbing another man at his ex-girlfriend's home in Magna.Unified police spokesman Chuck Malm said Sunday that 34-year-old Kristopher S. Davis has been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for aggravated assault.The incident happened Saturday night when the suspect was visiting his children at his ex-girlfriend's house.Malm says the ex-girlfriend and some of her friends arrived home while Davis was visiting.A fight ensued between Davis and the woman's friends.Davis then allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed a 26-year-old man in the abdomen.Davis fled the scene but police located him a short time later.The victim was taken to the hospital in serious condition but has since been upgraded to fair. Bicycle-car collision kills wife, injures husband in OremOREM A woman was killed and her husband critically injured after both were hit by a car while riding their bicycles in Orem.The Deseret News reports that 51-year-old Stacy Bown died Saturday night after being taken to a hospital.Orem police say 55-year-old Kevin Bown remains in critical condition.Police spokesman Craig Martinez says both were crossing the street when a car ran a red light and collided with both.Martinez says the 26-year-old driver cooperated with investigators.Police believe the driver may have been distracted. It was not known if the driver will face charges.Martinez says the Bowns were wearing helmets and were only a few blocks from their home. Utah rescue teams may use drones to locate missingSALT LAKE CITY The leaders of search and rescue operations in Utah are considering implementing drones to help track down people.The Salt Lake Tribune reports that various agencies are in the process of obtaining a drone or considering one to help find missing or lost parties.Utah Division of Emergency Management Continue Reading

Cavs’ LeBron James tops News’ annual regular-season NBA awards

The envelopes, please. Presenting our ballots for the NBA's annual regular-season awards:Most Valuable Player: It was a two-horse race for most of the season, but a one-horse race down the stretch. All indications are that LeBron James will win his first MVP and we can think of no one more deserving. The Cavs had a record-breaking year in almost every important category, starting with wins. The only thing James couldn't do was beat the Lakers. The Cavs were 0-2 against Kobe Bryant and Co., including one of their two home losses. The second didn't count since it came on the final night of the season, when James did not dress against the Sixers. We had Bryant second in his bid to repeat as MVP, while everybody else was way back in the field, starting with Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard. Coach of the Year: Jerry Sloan had the best season, getting nominated to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. But Mike Brown deserves the Red Auerbach Award, even if he had the best player and the top team in the league. We had the Cavs pegged for 55 wins, a 10-game improvement over last season, and they ended up winning 66 and finishing with the league's top record. Sloan deserves second place, even with all the Jazz's defensive shortcomings and free fall in the final weeks. For third, the Rockets' Rick Adelman edges the Nuggets' George Karl. Adelman got next to nothing out of Tracy McGrady while also having to endure a season of Ron Artest. That puts him a notch above Karl, whose Nuggets earned the No. 2 seed in the West. Defensive Player: Dwight Howard became just the fifth player to lead the league in rebounding and blocks in the same season. Howard averaged 13.8 rebounds and 2.92 blocks, as he joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ben Wallace in that exclusive fraternity. Please note, blocks were not kept officially before 1974, otherwise Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell would undoubtedly share Continue Reading

CRONKITE HAPPY TO GIVE VOCAL SUPPORT. At 90, CBS legend still tops news & that’s the way it is

Walter Cronkite turns 90 years old tomorrow, and the renowned broadcaster has lost none of his lust for the news business. "I would like to think that I'm still quite capable of covering a story," he told the Daily News this week. After anchoring the "CBS Evening News" for nearly two decades, his famous stentorian voice can now be heard introducing one of his successors, Katie Couric. Asked for his reaction when CBS News executives invited him to do the introduction, he replied without hesitation: "I would like to be doing the whole broadcast. " Still, he said, "I was honored to be asked and I must say rather surprised. I'm very pleased to have my little signature out there at the beginning of the broadcast. " Cronkite, of course, was the first anchor of that broadcast - which was also the first nightly news program. Having him introduce Couric, said Sean McManus, president of CBS News and CBS Sports, was "in retrospect obvious. " "It speaks volumes about what CBS News stands for," he said. "It says so much about our tradition and our foundation. " Cronkite helped build that foundation through his work during a particularly transformative time in American history. He was there to interpret for attentive audiences (undistracted by today's dizzying array of news sources) major world events like the Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam, the Watergate scandal, the Apollo 11 moon landing and the assassination of President Kennedy. And while the image still lingers of the tearful newsman telling a stunned nation that Kennedy was dead, Cronkite is proudest of his coverage of the civil rights movement, the peace talks between Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Israel's Menachem Begin in the 1970s and the space program. "The [moon landing] was certainly one of the greatest stories of the century and perhaps will be the greatest story of many centuries. " Television news has changed greatly since Cronkite and Huntley-Brinkley ruled the evening news roost. But Continue Reading