Comcast's $31 Billion Bid For U.K.-Based Sky Complicates Murdoch Plans

Every time Rupert Murdoch gets closer to control of the British-based entertainment and TV giant Sky, new obstacles arise. The latest challenge could shatter his plans — or make him a richer man. On Wednesday, the Comcast Corporation made a formal bid to buy a majority control of Sky in a deal valuing the British company at $31 billion. Murdoch's 21st Century Fox already owns 39 percent of Sky — a company he founded more than a generation ago — and in late 2016, Fox had struck a deal to...

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The Russia Investigations: What You Need To Know About Russian 'Active Measures'

What are "active measures?" The Russian government launched a broad influence campaign against the United States starting in 2014. Intelligence professionals call it the latest examples of "active measures," secret tools of statecraft that have been used for centuries. They included many interlocking elements: Russian operatives visited the United States to conduct reconnaissance in several states and cities across the country. Cyberattacks reportedly targeted more than 500 people or...

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This is a story about how a tinted window, an oversized license plate frame and some profanity, led to the resignation of a state ethics committee chairwoman for ethics violations.

It started with a traffic stop in Tenafly, N.J.

After she found out her husband was having an affair, Jennair Gerardot got on a train from Delaware to Pennsylvania with a wig and extra clothing, broke into the home of the other woman and fatally shot her, authorities said. Then she turned the revolver on herself.

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Months after a close vote in November, the former chairman of the Saratoga Springs charter review commission is continuing his push to make public the electronic ballot images from the contest to change the Spa City’s system of government. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard says a recent court decision could change things.

Massachusetts earned a B-minus grade for online transparency in public spending, according to new findings by a consumer watchdog.

Every day, 15,000 children five years old or younger die of preventable conditions diarrhea and pneumonia. In 2016, that number added up to 5.6 million children, most of them in the developing world, according to the World Health Organization.

What if a simple intervention could save tens of thousands of those children? Seems like a no-brainer — unless the method used to save them puts tens of thousands of others at risk in the future.

In jails and prisons across the United States, mental illness is prevalent and psychiatric disorders often worsen because inmates don't get the treatment they need, says journalist Alisa Roth.

In her new book Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness, Roth investigates the widespread incarceration of the mentally ill in the U.S., and what she sees as impossible burdens placed on correctional officers to act as mental health providers when they're not adequately trained.

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