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  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Garrison Keillor, creator and longtime host of the popular "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show, says he means it this time: He's retiring. In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Keillor said he plans to step down as host after next season, following four decades of entertaining listeners with his baritone voice and folksy comedy sketches...

  • BEIJING, July 16- China's outbound investment rose 29.2 percent in the first six months of 2015 from a year earlier, state television reported on Thursday, citing the Ministry of Commerce. Outbound investment in the six months to June totalled $56 billion, the broadcaster reported. State radio earlier on Thursday said outbound investment over the period had...

  • BEIJING, July 16- China's outbound investment during the first six months of 2015 rose nearly 30 percent from a year earlier, state radio reported late on Thursday, citing the Ministry of Commerce.

  • BEIJING, July 15- China will increase the amount of loans it issues from its $3.69 trillion of foreign exchange reserves, the country's premier Li Keqiang was quoted as saying by state radio on Wednesday. China will ensure that the renminbi will remain stable at a reasonable level, Li was also quoted as saying. Meanwhile, banks will be encouraged to help provide...

  • UPDATE 2-Pluto probe survives encounter, phones home Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 9:18 PM ET

    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft passed by the ice-and-rock planetoid and its entourage of five moons at 7:49 a.m. EDT. But right on time, New Horizons made radio contact with flight controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab outside Baltimore, sparking a wave of shouts and applause from an overflow crowd gathered to watch the drama...

  • BERLIN, July 8- Greece and its international lenders are likely to agree on an aid-for-reforms deal, but time is running out, Finnish Finance Minister Alexander Stubb said in a German radio interview. "We are not throwing Greece out, we don't want a Grexit. He underlined that Finland had a similar stance to Germany. "

  • BERLIN, July 5- The head of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, told German radio that Greece would have to introduce another currency if the "no" vote wins in Sunday's referendum on an aid-for-reforms deal. "Is Greece still in the euro after this referendum? That is certainly the case, but if they say' no' they will have to introduce another currency after the...

  • MEXICO CITY, July 2- Mexico's telecoms regulator said on Thursday that a new tender process for digital TV channels will begin in the last quarter of 2015, and the winner will be announced in the first half of 2016.. The step comes after the regulator in April revoked the awarding of a new TV network to media group Grupo Radio Centro, which failed to pay the sum...

  • June 26- Sirius XM Holdings Inc on Friday said it agreed to pay five record companies $210 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the satellite radio company of broadcasting songs made before 1972 without permission and without paying royalties. The settlement resolves claims by Capitol Records LLC, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings Inc, Warner Music...

  • June 26- Sirius XM Holdings Inc on Friday said it agreed to pay five record companies $210 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the satellite radio company of broadcasting songs made before 1972 without permission and without paying royalties. In a regulatory filing, Sirius said the accord with Capitol Records LLC, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings Inc,...

  • WASHINGTON, June 24- General Motors Co plans to begin testing new Cisco Systems Inc technology that could allow "talking" cars to share radio communication bands with roadside Wi-Fi devices, a GM executive told U.S. lawmakers. "We are very optimistic about a sharing proposal from Cisco that would operate on a' listen, detect and vacate' basis," said Harry Lightsey,...

  • iHeartMedia CEO: How Apple handled Taylor Swift Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 12:32 PM ET
    iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman

    Bob Pittman explains how he thinks Apple dealt with the fallout from Taylor Swift's criticisms.

  • Sirius XM wins a US court ruling over pre-1972 songs Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 3:13 PM ET

    June 22- Sirius XM Radio Inc won a victory in its legal battle to limit how much it spends to play music, as a federal judge said Florida law does not require the satellite radio company to pay royalties on songs made before 1972.. District Judge Darrin Gayles in Miami breaks from rulings by federal judges in New York and Los Angeles against Sirius in related...

  • NEW YORK, May 27- A U.S. judge in California allowed a class action lawsuit to proceed on Wednesday against satellite-radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc over the payment of royalties for songs produced before 1972, in a case that is being closely watched for its implications for digital media. Gutierrez ruled last September that, under California state law,...

  • NEW YORK, May 27- A U.S. judge in California on Wednesday allowed a class action lawsuit to proceed against satellite-radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc over the payment of royalties for songs made before 1972..

  • UPDATE 1-German regulator expects "lively" mobile auction Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 8:34 AM ET

    FRANKFURT/ MAINZ, Germany, May 27- Germany started an auction of radio frequencies for mobile phone network operators, hoping to raise billions of euros to help improve a national broadband network that has fallen behind those of poorer countries such as Hungary, Portugal and Spain. "The auction will point the way for the development of mobile services in Germany,"...

  • Germany opens the bidding for mobile phone airwaves Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT, May 27- Germany starts an auction of radio frequencies for mobile phone network operators on Wednesday, hoping to fill state coffers with billions of euros which it plans to use to help improve the country's fast broadband network. Fifteen years later and the number of network operators competing for the mix of 4 G frequencies has been reduced from...

  • May 15- Internet radio service Pandora Media Inc said it will appeal a rate court ruling that could force the company to pay higher royalties to Broadcast Music Inc for music licenses. The latest court decision comes close on the heels of a court ruling in favor of Pandora last week, rejecting an effort by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers...

  • LONDON, May 14- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Thursday it was important that the British government provide clarity on how it will proceed with a planned referendum on the country's membership of the European Union. Carney told BBC radio that Britain's access to the EU's common market was one of its big economic advantages. It's the largest...

  • NEW YORK, May 6- A federal appeals court in Manhattan rejected appeals by a music licensing group and music publishers that could have forced Internet radio service Pandora Media Inc to pay higher royalties and have access to fewer songs. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected an effort by the American Society of Composers, Authors and...