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9:45 AM ET, August 11, 2016

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 Top News: 
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, to step down and focus on health-and-wellness startup Thrive Global  —  Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief to focus on health-and-wellness startup Thrive Global  —  Arianna Huffington, who co-founded the Huffington Post 11 years ago …
ESPN:
Veteran ESPN host and co-anchor of SportsCenter John Saunders has died aged 61  —  John Saunders, one of the familiar on-air faces of ESPN for nearly 30 years, has died.  He was 61.  —  Saunders hosted studio and play-by-play programming.  He covered college football …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sources: longtime friends and associates leaving Fox News following departure of Ailes  —  What began with Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit ends with — well, actually no one knows how this story will end.  —  Just about every day brings new allegations about the behavior of ousted Fox News boss Roger Ailes.
Discussion: New York Times, @andykhouri and CNN
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Sources: Ailes threatened to have reporter Gabriel Sherman physically attacked, may have obtained his phone records illegally while he worked on Ailes bio
Katy Tur / Marie Claire:
NBC's Katy Tur describes a bizarre year with Trump on the campaign trail, with name calling, waves of harassment on social media, and little sleep  —  The presidential hopeful has insulted reporter Katy Tur on national TV, called her names during interviews, and made his campaign seemingly impossible to cover.
Chris Ariens / Adweek:
Time Warner's Turner invests $45M in Refinery29 to expand site's digital reach; Scripps Networks Interactive is also participating in the investment  —  Turner continues looking outside the TV box for new investments in original video content.  The Time Warner company is leading …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz sentenced to three years in prison for insulting the Supreme Leader, and propaganda against state  —  A revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced the prominent Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz to three years in jail on August 8 for “insulting the Supreme Leader” …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders Glenn Beck to reveal sources for story linking innocent man to Boston Marathon bombing  —  A looming First Amendment showdown drew closer Tuesday as a federal judge ordered conservative media host Glenn Beck to identify at least two confidential sources in connection …
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
TV ratings for Olympics on NBC down nearly 20% from London games as media viewing habits change  —  In the weeks before the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, NBC officials believed that the prime-time audience for its 17-day event would match or exceed that of the London Games four years earlier.
Discussion: The Week
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
E! News merges broadcast and digital teams, expands original programming on Facebook Live, will debut a weekly series on Snapchat Discover  —  Nightly entertainment news show “E! News” has spent the past 20 months shifting its business from two separate teams — one focused on the TV broadcast …
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Arsenic, a crowdsourced media firm and Playboy competitor, raises $3M seed round, boasts 700K Snapchat and 1M+ Instagram followers  —  While most people use Snapchat just to send snapshots of their life to friends, a growing media powerhouse in the hills of Los Angeles has been figuring …
Guardian:
Fairfax Media records $893.5m loss due to newspaper writedowns  —  Total revenue declines to $1.83bn, while profits from the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age fall by 45%  —  Fairfax Media has swung to a full-year net loss of $893.5m compared with an $82m profit last year after the writedown of the value of its newspapers.
Daniel Tepper / VICE:
Inside RISC, the six-year-old organization that offers free first aid lessons to reporters in conflict zones  —  “Yogurt, parmesan, orange juice, and oatmeal,” said Fay Johnson, a medical instructor, listing her favorite ingredients for simulated vomit as she mixed them together in a bucket.
 
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Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Sources: Salon plans to cut down political writing and increase culture, business, and lifestyle content after the election
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
States can limit municipal broadband despite FCC ruling, three-judge panel of appeals court decides
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Tronc to roll out new SNAP CMS, built by two LA Times staffers, across newsrooms; SNAP is a WYSIWYG editor with Slack integration, workflow alerts
Discussion: @juliewestfall
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jeff Gottlieb files age discrimination lawsuit against Los Angeles Times, claims newspaper withheld prize money from reporters
Marie Le Conte / BuzzFeed:
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