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Nielsen's top programs for Jan. 14-20

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:19pm

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 14-20. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

McDonald's fries up a 1-hour deal for bacon lovers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:18pm

McDonald's is getting ready to test the idea that bacon goes with everything.

Government shutdown poses increasing risk to wider economy

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:10pm

At this time of year, John Sprinkle and his wife would normally be planning their summer vacation. Not now. Sprinkle, a furloughed federal employee, is about to miss his second paycheck since the partial government shutdown began just before Christmas.

PG&E: Judge's proposals for fire risk could cost up to $150B

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 3:07pm

Proposals by a U.S. judge to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing any more wildfires would create safety risks, cost too much money and interfere with the work of federal and state regulators, the utility said Wednesday.

Boy in critical condition after falling from Ferris wheel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:53pm

Authorities say a 14-year-old boy in Utah is in critical condition after falling from a Ferris wheel at a sporting goods store.

Capital One and Abbott fall while IBM and Comcast jump

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:46pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday:

Verizon cutting about 800 jobs in troubled media business

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:43pm

Verizon is cutting about 800 jobs, or 7 percent of its media and advertising employees, as it reorganizes the troubled division.

Ford posts quarterly loss amid struggles in Europe, China

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:23pm

Ford Motor Co. has reported its first quarterly loss in two years due to a pension accounting charge and poor performances in Europe and China.

Manafort denies lying to investigators after plea agreement

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:23pm

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman on Wednesday denied allegations he lied to investigators after he began cooperating with them.

Swedish teen takes climate activism to jet-setters in Davos

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:13pm

There aren't many people who spend 32 hours on a train to get to the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos and plan to sleep in a tent.

Q&A: A look at what happens when drones get near airports

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:09pm

and inconvenience their passengers — has now been demonstrated on two continents, and the problem is likely to get worse as the number of small, unmanned devices multiply.

The Latest: PG&E objects to judge's proposals on fire risk

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:57pm

The Latest on proposals by a U.S. judge aimed at preventing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing any wildfires in 2019 (all times local):

Cities appeal dismissal of lawsuits against opioid makers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:57pm

Thirty-seven cities and towns in Connecticut have appealed a judge's dismissal of their lawsuits blaming Purdue Pharma and other drugmakers for the opioid crisis.

Russia presents info on missile US says violates pact

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:44pm

The Russian military on Wednesday rolled out a new missile and released its specifications, seeking to dispel the U.S. claim that the weapon violates a key nuclear arms pact.

Gold, silver edge higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:35pm

The January gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,283.10 an ounce -- up 60 cents.

Prosecutors urge judge to consult with court monitor on PG&E

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:26pm

U.S. prosecutors are urging a federal judge to work with a court-appointed monitor to determine ways Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can prevent its equipment from starting more wildfires.

Weinstein picks Casey Anthony's lawyer for recast legal team

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:23pm

Harvey Weinstein's recast legal team includes the lawyer who won an acquittal for Casey Anthony on charges she killed her young daughter and a lawyer who helped basketball star Kobe Bryant avoid a rape prosecution.

California city approves 25-cent fee on disposable cups

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:55pm

Patrons of restaurants and coffee shops in Berkeley, California, who don't bring a reusable cup for their beverage will have to pay a 25-cent fee for a disposable cup as part of an ordinance approved by city officials to reduce restaurant waste.

Technology of future delivers doughnuts of today on campus

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:39pm

A fleet of high-tech robots has deployed at a northern Virginia university for the noble purpose of delivering pizza, doughnuts and coffee on demand to students.