AT&T-Time Warner may signal start of new media industry consolidation
By David Shepardson and Jessica Toonkel WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The tie-up of AT&T Inc and Time Warner Inc , bringing together one of the country's largest wireless and pay TV providers and cable networks like HBO, CNN and TBS, could kick off a new round of industry consolidation amid massive changes in how people watch TV. Discovery Communications Inc gained 3.6 percent, AMC Networks Inc rose 3.9 percent and Scripps Networks Interactive Inc jumped 5.6 percent. Media content companies are having an increasingly difficult time as standalone entities, creating an opportunity for telecom, satellite and cable providers to make acquisitions, analysts say.
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Haitian authorities recapture a dozen of 172 escaped inmates
ARCAHAIE, Haiti (AP) ? Police officers were searching cars and boats for escaped prisoners on Sunday after recapturing at least a dozen of the 172 inmates who overpowered guards and fled from a lockup in central Haiti, the prison's director said.
Alex Smith leads Chiefs past mistake-prone Saints, 27-21
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) ? Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes in another efficient outing, Daniel Sorensen returned an interception of Drew Brees for another touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs held off the mistake-prone New Orleans Saints 27-21 on Sunday.
Tour bus, semi-truck crash in California, killing at least 7
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) ? A tour bus and a semi-truck crashed on a highway in Southern California early Sunday, killing at least seven people and injuring at least 30 others, some critically, the California Highway Patrol said.
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