'Fox & Friends' the morning show of choice for Donald Trump

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Fox & Friends" has emerged as the morning television show of choice for President Donald Trump and his fans, although that may have backfired for Fox News Channel this week. Like many cable news shows in the Trump era, "Fox & Friends" has seen ratings jump, and not just in the White House. Its average February audience of 1.72 million viewers was 49 percent over last year's, the Nielsen company said.

'This is Us' finale gets highest viewership of season

NEW YORK (AP) -- Those who believe it's impossible for a broadcast network to make new hits anymore probably isn't a fan of "This is Us." The heartwarming NBC series was second only to CBS' "NCIS" for the most popular show of the week for its debut season finale last week. The show's viewership reached its highest this season with 12.8 million viewers on the night it first aired, with the audience swelling to 16.

Media: Netanyahu to continue East Jerusalem construction

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli media is quoting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying that he has no plans to limit Jewish construction in East Jerusalem. The Haaretz newspaper reported that Netanyahu made the comments to Israeli reporters during a visit to Beijing Tuesday. It quoting him as acknowledging "difference of opinion" with the U.S.

Altered Facebook news headline jolts Virginia governor race

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- An altered Facebook headline on a newspaper story involving a statue of Robert E. Lee has blown up into a major sore point in the Virginia GOP primary for governor -- another instance of politicians or their allies changing headlines to suit their own purposes on that platform. Virginia's governor's race is being watched nationally as a possible early referendum on President Donald Trump.

Google affiliate offers tools to safeguard elections

NEW YORK (AP) -- An organization affiliated with Google is offering tools that news organizations and election-related sites can use to protect themselves from hacking. Jigsaw, a research arm of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., says that free and fair elections depend on access to information. . To ensure such access, Jigsaw says, sites for news, human rights and election monitoring need to be protected from cyberattacks.

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SUPREME COURT NOMINEE FACING DAYLONG QUESTIONING Senate Democrats are determined to press Neil Gorsuch on everything from abortion and guns to his independence from Trump. 2. WHAT TRUMP IS AIMING TO DO The U.S. president is trying to rally support for a revised version of the health care overhaul by taking his case directly to Capitol Hill.

Fox pulls Napolitano from air after Trump report

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox News Channel has pulled legal analyst Andrew Napolitano from the air after disavowing his on-air claim that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump. A person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a personnel matter said Napolitano has been benched and won't be appearing on the air in the near future.

USA Today names Joanne Lipman as new top editor

NEW YORK (AP) -- Gannett has named Joanne Lipman as the editor-in-chief of USA Today, one of the country's biggest newspapers. Lipman has been with McLean, Virginia-based Gannett Co. since December 2015 and will keep her chief content officer position. A former Wall Street Journal reporter and editor, she founded a Conde Nast business magazine, Portfolio, to much fanfare in 2007, shortly before the financial crisis. The magazine folded two years later.

Battered by scandal, Marines issue new social media policy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Battered by a nude photo-sharing scandal, the Marine Corps has issued a longer and more detailed social media policy that lays out the professional and legal ramifications for service members culpable of online misconduct. Among the coming changes: a requirement that all Marines sign a statement acknowledging they have read and understand the new guidelines. The adjustments are designed to give leaders more leeway in prosecuting or punishing offenders.

A talk with Jimmy Breslin, New York's "New Yorkiest" writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- In May 2002, Associated Press National Writer Jerry Schwartz interviewed the famously blunt-yet-lyric author and columnist Jimmy Breslin about his life and work. Breslin died Sunday at age 88. The following story was originally published on May 25, 2002: ___ At 73, he's no longer the hulking Irish wild man of yore. He's slighter. His hair is white and thin, not black and tangled.

Ryan: More help for older people needed in GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Days before a pivotal vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will seek changes to a GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people. The new willingness to compromise was a bid for more support from moderate Republicans, who expressed continuing unease about the plan to replace Barack Obama's health law unless significant changes were made.

Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jimmy Breslin scored one of his best-remembered interviews with President John F. Kennedy's grave-digger and once drove straight into a riot where he was beaten to his underwear. In a writing career that spanned six decades, the columnist and author became the brash embodiment of the street-smart New Yorker, chronicling wise guys and big-city power brokers but always coming back to the toils of ordinary working people.

Lamborghinis and icons: New and old mix for Moscow visitor

MOSCOW (AP) -- Leonid Brezhnev had a taste for fast, flashy Western cars. So perhaps it's fitting that Lamborghini, Porsche and Rolls-Royce dealerships have opened near the Moscow apartment building where the Soviet leader once lived. For a correspondent back in Moscow for the first extended time since 1993, these symbols of luxury are particularly jarring.

How a school bomb-scare case sparked a media-vs.-FBI fight

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The young hacker was told in no uncertain terms: You are safe with me. "I am not trying to find out your true identity," AP journalist Norm Weatherill assured the teenager in an online chat. "As a member of the Press, I would rather not know who you are as writers are not allowed to reveal their sources." But Norm Weatherill was no reporter. He was FBI agent Norman B. Sanders Jr.

How a school bomb-scare case sparked a media vs. FBI fight

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The young hacker was told in no uncertain terms: You are safe with me. "I am not trying to find out your true identity," AP journalist Norm Weatherill assured the teenager in an online chat. "As a member of the Press, I would rather not know who you are as writers are not allowed to reveal their sources." But Norm Weatherill was no reporter. He was FBI agent Norman Sanders Jr.

Blasphemy charges create climate of fear for Pakistani media

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Ahmad Waqas Goraya couldn't see anything through the black hood, but he could hear the screams. A blogger with a penchant for criticizing Pakistan's powerful military and taking the government to task, Goraya was kidnapped in January along with four other bloggers. "I could hear the screams of torture," he said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press, struggling for words as the memories flooded back.

After fox goes on the run, missing pet is back home safe

HENRICO, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia woman's pet fox is back home, safe and sound, after going missing earlier this week. Brittany Smalley tells NBC12 (http://bit.ly/2n6udkj ) that her fox Swiper escaped Monday night when a storm blew her front door open. As Smalley searched for Swiper, she alerted news reporters about her plight. Henrico Animal Control issued an ominous warning, saying the fox might be put down if there's an "incident.

Amanda Seyfried marries CBS sitcom star Thomas Sadoski

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mom-to-be Amanda Seyfried has married fellow actor Thomas Sadoski in a low-key ceremony. Sadoski delivered the news to "Late Late Show" host James Corden on Thursday's episode. Sadoski flashed a wedding ring at Corden and told him the pair eloped on Sunday. He says they "just took off into the country with an officiant and just the two of us and we did our thing.