NFL looking to speed up games via officiating and breaks

NEW YORK (AP) -- For all those NFL fans longing for more action, fewer interruptions and a better flow to games, Commissioner Roger Goodell is with you. The NFL is making plans to speed up the pace of games, including changing how video replays are handled and using a time clock for extra points. The league also is discussing with the TV networks how to make commercial breaks less intrusive.

17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strike

NEW YORK (AP) -- A union representing AT&T workers says about 17,000 employees in California and Nevada have gone on strike. The workers install cable and phone service and work in call centers where customers can phone in with questions and problems. Union local official Sheila Bordeaux says AT&T is asking technicians who install cable to also work outside maintaining phone and cable wires, which is a higher-paid job.

Religious TV station in Senegal accidentally airs porn

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- An Islamic television station in Senegal says it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur "X'' for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming. Viewers tuning into Touba TV on Monday afternoon got a shock when hardcore pornography was aired from 1:10 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Viral video imagines Elmo getting fired over PBS budget cuts

A viral online video imagines lovable "Sesame Street" character Elmo getting fired due to budget cuts to PBS. The video shows an unseen man delivering the news to Elmo in a nondescript room. Elmo doesn't take the news well, complaining that he's worked at "Sesame Street" for 32 years. He also wonders what's going to happen to his medical insurance, given that he has a pre-existing condition.

'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.

Nielsen's top programs for March 13-19

NEW YORK (AP) -- Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 13-19. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "NCIS," CBS, 14.16 million. 2. "This is Us," NBC, 12.84 million. 3. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 12.18 million. 4. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.71 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.85 million. 6. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 10.43 million. 7. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.32 million. 8. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 9.58 million. 9.

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.

Sunday spike: NCAA TV audiences increase for CBS, Turner

CBS Sports and Turner Sports say viewership for the first Sunday of the NCAA Tournament, which was packed with close games and marquee teams, was up 34 percent over last year's Sunday second-round coverage. The networks announced Monday that the eight games aired Sunday on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV averaged 11.9 million viewers. Last year's Sunday second-round games drew 8.9 million viewers.

Busy Washington day plays out differently on TV

NEW YORK (AP) -- Washington's day of high-stakes political drama on Monday played out much differently depending on where motivated television viewers decided to get their news. CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC all followed FBI Director James Comey's testimony before a congressional committee Monday morning live. For a while, so did ABC and NBC, cutting in to normal daytime programming.

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.

Turkey's referendum campaign unfair, Erdogan opponents say

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Opposition figures in Turkey say they have faced threats, violence, arbitrary detentions, a lack of TV airtime and even sabotage in the campaign for a referendum on expanding the president's powers. The complaints come even as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself has slammed European countries for not letting his ministers campaign on their soil for the April 16 vote on giving his office more power.

Trump budget clouds Public Broadcasting Act's 50th year

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The federal act that created public broadcasting is marking its 50th year, but if President Donald Trump has his way it could be a hollow celebration. Trump's 2018 budget proposal makes him the second president to try to kill funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the first to target the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities as well.

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.

Nielsen's top programs for March 6-12

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 6-12. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "NCIS," CBS, 14.18 million. 2. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.08 million. 3. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 12 million. 4. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.62 million. 5. "This is Us," NBC, 11.15 million. 6. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.68 million. 7. "Bull," CBS, 10.39 million. 8. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 10.12 million. 9. "60 Minutes," CBS, 9.97 million.

Despite criticism, Maddow gets biggest audience

NEW YORK (AP) -- Despite some criticism of how the show played out, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow scored her biggest audience ever on Tuesday after tweeting that she had gotten her hands on some of President Donald Trump's tax records for 2005. Her show reached 4.13 million people, the Nielsen company said. It was second only to a "Countdown" episode with Keith Olbermann just before the 2008 election as MSNBC's most-watched series episode ever, Nielsen said.

Winners and losers in Trump's first budget plan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Military spending would get the biggest boost in President Donald Trump's proposed budget. Environmental programs, medical research, Amtrak and an array of international and cultural programs -- from Appalachia to the arts -- would take big hits, among the many parts of the government he'd put on a crash diet. The budget proposal out Thursday is a White House wish list; it'll be up to Congress to decide where money goes.

Winners and losers in Trump's first budget plan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Military spending would get the biggest boost in President Donald Trump's proposed budget. Environmental programs, medical research, Amtrak and an array of international and cultural programs -- from Africa to Appalachia -- would take big hits, among the many parts of the government he'd put on a crash diet. The budget proposal out Thursday is a White House wish list; it'll be up to Congress to decide where money goes.

The Latest: WH aide Powell to join national security team

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 8 p.m. The White House is planning to make senior aide Dina Powell a deputy national security adviser, according to two people familiar with the details. Powell will be deputy national security adviser for strategy, working with national security adviser H.R. McMaster. A person familiar with the move says K.T. McFarland will continue to hold a position as deputy national security adviser.