NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T Inc. on Tuesday said it lost more of its most lucrative wireless customers during the first three months of the year as the country’s biggest mobile carriers try to lure customers from each other with offers of unlimited data plans.
Most people already have a cellphone, and the four major wireless carriers have launched the unlimited plans and other features in a bid to poach customers from their rivals.
AT&T acquired DirecTV in 2015 and is in the process of buying Time Warner, home to the CNN, TBS and HBO networks and a movie studio, to help it expand beyond its traditional business lines. More mergers are expected in the wireless industry, with the Trump administration thought to view them more favorably than regulators during the Obama administration.
The Dallas-based telecoms and entertainment giant unlinked its unlimited plan from a DirecTV subscription in February, a few days after Verizon announced its plan. Sprint and T-Mobile have had theirs for a while.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said Tuesday that the company’s response to the return of unlimited plans “was probably a little slow,” but that the company’s network capacity positioned it well to offer the popular plans.
AT&T said that it shed 348,000 cellphone customers who get a bill each month in the first quarter; Verizon last week reported that it lost 289,000. Verizon introduced unlimited plans during the quarter because it was alarmed at how many customers it was losing.
T-Mobile, which has been cleaning up in the past couple years, added 798,000.
AT&T reported Tuesday that the average amount it gets from such customers’ service plans also ticked lower, to $58.09 a month from $59.53 a year earlier. The company also said that customers are holding on to their phones longer, pressuring equipment sales.
AT&T did add 282,000 prepaid customers, who pay less.
It lost 233,000 video customers, however, a deeper loss than the year before. Those are DirecTV and AT&T cable customers. AT&T added 115,000 home internet customers, more than a year ago.
Overall, the Dallas company reported first-quarter earnings of $3.47 billion, or 56 cents per share, down from $3.8 billion, or 61 cents, the year before.
Stripping out merger costs, per-share profit came to 74 cents, meeting Wall Street expectations.
Revenue fell 3 percent to $39.37 billion, short of Street forecasts. Twenty analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $40.66 billion.
AT&T shares we unchanged in after-hours trading. They closed the regular trading day Tuesday down 8 cents to $39.94 and are down 6 percent in 2017. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased nearly 7 percent.
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Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial of the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jewish people, as well as another 5 million non-Jewish victims. Help your students understand the importance of remembering the Holocaust with this lesson plan featuring Channel One News videos and slideshow. Please note, this lesson plan is appropriate for grades six and higher.
On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, survivor Eva Mozes Kor recalls her time at the notorious camp and the day of her liberation.
On January 27, 1945, Russian troops liberated nearly eight thousand sick and starving prisoners from Auschwitz, a group of camps where Nazis murdered more than a million people, most of them Jews. The soldiers discovered sights that would shock the world, including gas chambers designed to kill 6,000 people a day, and giant warehouses filled with the clothing, hair and teeth of dead prisoners.
On November 20, 1945 in Nuremberg, Germany, Nazi leaders responsible for Auschwitz and other camps, where 15-20 million people were imprisoned or killed, were put on trial. The question hanging over the trial: What kind of people could be capable of such evil?
At his trial, Rudolph Hoess, the Nazi officer in charge of Auschwitz, described what took place there in horrifying detail, but showed no remorse and took no responsibility for his actions. “I thought I was doing the right thing,” he said. “I was obeying orders.”
Herman Goering, Hitler’s second in command, blamed Jews for Nazi anti-Semitism but claimed not to have known about the mass murders committed in Auschwitz and other camps. “I was always a person who felt the suffering of others,” he told Jewish psychiatrist Leon Goldensohn, whose incredibly difficult job it was to monitor the mental health of the Nazi defendants at Nuremberg.
Goering was found guilty at Nuremberg and sentenced to death along with Rudolph Hoess and other Nazi leaders. But Adolf Eichmann, who sent more than 1.5 million Jews to extermination camps, escaped capture and went into hiding. In 1960, Israeli secret service agents tracked him to Argentina and sent him to Israel to stand trial.
German-Jewish writer Hannah Arendt attended Adolf Eichmann’s trial. She saw in Eichmann an “almost total inability to ever look at anything from the other fellow’s point of view” and noted that he paid more attention to the twists and turns of his political career than to the events of the war or the murder of millions.
During World War II, about 80,000 Germans participated in the murder of Jews. Were they evil or crazy — or just ordinary people who committed monstrous crimes? One thing we know is that certain behavior opens the door to violence. Nazis thought of Jews as inferior, calling them “rats” and “vermin.” When we fail to see the humanity in others, we unlock the worst in ourselves.
What excuses did each of the Nazi officers give when they were on trial? Do you think they are valid? Why or why not?
Why is it important to remember Auschwitz? Use details from the video and the Extend slideshow to support your response.
If you were on the jury, would you find Groening guilty or not guilty? Explain your response.
Read “‘Accountant of Auschwitz’ jailed for the murder of 300,000 Jews,” July 15, 2015, from The Guardian, to learn the jury’s verdict.
Imagine you have a friend who has never heard of the Holocaust. Using information from the videos and the Extend slideshow, write three paragraphs in which you tell this friend what he or she needs to know.
Mariachi is Mexico’s most famous form of traditional music. Channel One News provides a brief history of the genre and visits teens at Benito Juarez High School in Chicago who are earning academic credits — and cash — for learning the art of mariachi.
Introduce these vocabulary words and key terms to students before viewing the video.
lyrics (noun): The words of a song.
Heard on the Air: “And when it comes to mariachi, the lyrics are just as important as the sound.”
heritage (noun): Something that is handed down from the past, as a tradition.
Heard on the Air: “Mariachi is also a way to reconnect with their heritage.“
Original Air Date: September 15, 2016
Use these discussion prompts for whole-class, think-pair-share or small group discussions.
Mariachi originated in the western Mexican state of Jalisco (highlighted in the map) at least 200 years ago. Now this musical genre — which combines elements of polkas and waltzes with Mexican folk styles — is popular throughout the whole country. And for many Mexican-Americans, mariachi is a way to connect with their heritage. Here’s a look at some other thriving cultural traditions throughout Mexico.
Every year on November 1 and 2, Mexicans honor deceased family members with special foods, graveside parties, parades, carnivals and even skull-shaped candy. Rooted in ancient Aztec traditions, the Day of the Dead is a national holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. The most elaborate — and probably the most famous — celebrations take place in Oaxaca, in southwestern Mexico.
Nothing is more exciting than fight night at Arena Mexico in Mexico City — the world’s largest wrestling stadium. Wrestler Enrique Ugartechea developed Mexico’s version of professional wrestling in 1863. Today lucha libre is the country’s most popular sport after soccer. Masked fighters called luchadores dress as heroes or villains and perform high-flying moves. Some become folk heroes, starring in comic books and movies.
Legend has it that the Virgin Mary visited a peasant named Juan Diego in December 1531, asking him to build her a church in Mexico City. Today Mexicans from across the country visit the Basilica of Guadalupe on December 12 — the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Mexican children wear traditional costumes to be blessed during this religious festival.
Outside Mexico Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico’s independence day. But the day’s festivities — which include parades, food and folk music — actually commemorate the Mexican Army’s surprise victory over bigger and better-equipped invading French forces in the 1862 Battle of Puebla in east-central Mexico. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become a celebration of Mexican culture in general.
Banda is a brass-based form of Mexican traditional music established in the 1880s in the state of Sinaloa in northwestern Mexico. Like mariachi, banda incorporates elements of polka music and is most famous for traditional folk songs called rancheras. Along with rancheras and other traditional genres, bandas also play modern Mexican pop, rock and cumbias.
Son Jarocho is regional folk music from Veracruz. (“Son” is a category of folk music; “jarochos” are people from Veracruz.) It’s been evolving for at least 250 years. Bands play a variety of guitars along with the quijada — made from a donkey’s jawbone! — and the guiro. Every year in early February, Veracruz hosts the rollicking, three-day Son Jarocho Music Festival.
Imagine you’re in the audience at a mariachi performance. You might be at a formal concert, a restaurant or a street fair. Write a blog post telling about the experience. Describe what you hear and see and what you enjoyed the most.
Have students compare the Channel One News coverage of mariachi with this interview with an all-female mariachi band, “How an All-Woman Mariachi Band Is Owning the Genre” (NOTE: external link), published on nbcnews.com on May 23, 2016.
Ask students the following question and have them share their thoughts on an exit ticket:
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A woman whose baby was due mid-May went into labor early and gave birth at a Nebraska zoo.
Drea Hubbard was born Sunday at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces.
Her mother, Kymica Hubbard, 24, said the birth took about two minutes from when her water broke.
“I was having contractions and it was getting closer and closer together and I was telling my husband, ‘OK, it’s time to get off the (zoo) train and let’s go to the emergency room,’ but he kept telling me I’m over-exaggerating,” she said.
Hubbard was so taken by surprise that she was still standing when Drea’s head appeared. Her husband, Justin Hubbard, 27, caught the child and wrapped her in a sweater as other zoo visitors gathered around.
“She was crying. You know, cooing. And it was just the most beautiful thing that a man can ever see. I mean, it was a truly blessed experience,” Justin Hubbard said. “It was a crazy experience. I mean, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Neither parent noticed that a large crowd had surrounded them until after the baby had been delivered.
“When I looked up, I could see tons of people,” Justin Hubbard said. “I saw people from the side, like, videotaping. It was unique. Just the love that surrounded it made it even better.”
Kymica Hubbard’s reaction to the experience was a little different.
“I never thought I’d be having a baby in a public place,” she said.
The zoo’s nurse, Krystal Hartmann, said Drea is the first human baby she’s seen delivered at the facility in her 17 years of working there.
“We’re going to the zoo,” Justin Hubbard said on where Drea’s future birthday parties will be held. “We’re planning on having (her birthday) annually at the zoo.”
While the name Drea had been the name the couple chose beforehand, they decided to nickname her, “Pooh Bear.”
NEW YORK (AP) — The Disney Channel is giving a big push to its sequel for the “Descendants” movie in July, premiering it simultaneously on five television networks and online.
Disney said Tuesday that “Descendants 2” will air July 21 on ABC, the Disney Channel, Lifetime, Freeform and Disney XD, as well as on those networks’ apps. The original “Descendants,” about the teenage sons and daughters of some famed Disney villains, ranked as the fifth most-watched cable TV movie when it came out two years ago.
Disney executive Gary Marsh said the passion for the movie is unlike anything they’ve seen since “High School Musical.” It has inspired spin-off books, a music video and other merchandise.
The movie stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Mitchell Hope, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart and Mitchell Hope.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The chairman and CEO of Dubai’s long-haul carrier Emirates said Tuesday he “can’t dig into somebody’s mind” to understand why the U.S. instituted a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage from 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries.
However, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said he believes U.S. President Donald Trump is a businessman who “wouldn’t want to affect American business” in his decisions.
Sheikh Ahmed’s careful phrasing mirrored that of his rival, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker, the day before at the Arabian Travel Market exhibition in Dubai.
The exhibition last year featured a stand by the luxury hotel chain bearing the new American president’s name, but this year the company apparently decided not to take part.
Sheikh Ahmed didn’t mince words, however, when describing what he thought after watching the video of a United Express passenger being forced off a flight. Those videos showed a bloody passenger being dragged off a flight in Chicago on April 9 by airport police after he refused to give up his seat to make room for crew members.
“Those people who dealt with it, they should be more professional,” he told journalists. “That is something that should not be acceptable.”
Sheikh Ahmed also acknowledged the challenges facing the global aviation industry, saying Emirates was considering so-called premium economy seats, planned on launching a new first-class “product” this year and was looking at other measures. He even hinted that Emirates might work in closer partnership with budget carrier FlyDubai, another Dubai government-backed airline.
“If I’m looking at it from the Dubai ownership of two airlines, I have Emirates, we have FlyDubai,” he said. “We can do something there.”
He declined to elaborate.