NEW YORK (AP) — Magazine publisher Time Inc. says it’s cutting 300 jobs as it struggles to adjust to readers’ shift online.
The New York company behind its namesake publication, People, Sports Illustrated and Fortune says about half the jobs eliminated are in the U.S. About 60 percent are layoffs; the rest are staff buyouts. The cuts amount to about 4 percent of the company’s staff as of the end of December.
Time Inc.’s CEO Rich Battista said in a note to employees Tuesday that the company’s key growth areas include video and “native” advertising that looks like editorial content. He says there are “positive signs of stabilizing” in the print business.
Time had been trying to sell itself, but said in late April that it was no longer considering a sale.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. says his decision to skip voluntary workouts had nothing to do with his contract. The New York Giants star receiver simply wanted to train on his own, reflect on life and take time to “grow and mature.”
The three-time Pro Bowl receiver joined teammates Tuesday for the start of a mandatory three-day minicamp. He saw limited action in the 1-hour, 40-minute workout and dropped one deep ball.
From the time he hit the field, it seemed his every move was studied by reporters, photographers and video crews. He was relaxed after practice and hedged several times when asked about his contract.
Beckham is one of the NFL’s top receivers and he will earn $1.8 million in this his fourth season, much less than some receivers who are far less productive. The Giants picked up the option on his fifth year for $8.4 million in 2018.
“I have seen a holdout and all that stuff and I have really never seen it work, so that was never in my mind to: ‘I’m not going to go to OTAs to get a new contract,'” Beckham said. “I don’t really think that proves a point in my opinion.
“So I was out there (on the West Coast) really taking the time for myself to reflect on life and values and what’s really, really important,” he said. “Like I said to grow and mature.”
General manager Jerry Reese questioned Beckham’s maturity after the Giants (11-6) lost 38-13 in Green Bay in an NFC wild-card game.
There was good reason for that. Beckham took an ill-advised one-day vacation to Florida in the week leading to the Giants’ first playoff game since 2011. He played poorly in the and afterward punched a hole in a wall near the locker room.
The warning from Reese led many to believe Beckham would toe the line this season. But his absence from the OTAs and his decision to stay on the West Coast — where he occasionally worked with Hall of Famer Cris Carter — left many wondering about the team’s leading receiver in each of his three seasons.
Beckham said he reflected on how last season ended.
“It’s like LeBron losing the (NBA) Finals,” Beckham said. “You look back on it and see what you could have done better and how you could have handled the situation better or whatever the case may be. It’s all about life. It’s a learning process and you just have to take it with a grain of salt and grow from it. That’s what I have been doing.”
Beckham said his relationship with Reese has not changed, adding that his goal is to mature every day. He also noted he has added a couple of gray hairs.
When told co-owner John Mara wants him to be a Giant for life, Beckham seemed happy.
“I think we are on the same page there,” he said.
Coach Ben McAdoo said it was great to have Beckham back.
“He didn’t miss a beat when he came in,” McAdoo said. “He looks in good condition.”
Quarterback Eli Manning didn’t think that Beckham missed much by skipping the OTAs nor did he think his absence was a distraction.
“He’ll be fine,” said Manning, who talked and texted with Beckham in the offseason. “He’ll know what he is doing. He’ll be ready to do.”
Joining Beckham at the minicamp was defensive end Olivier Vernon, who earned second-team All Pro honors last season after signing a five-year $85 million contract. He also skipped the OTAs, noting he has been training on his own since his days with the Dolphins in Miami.
NOTES: McAdoo sported a new slicked back hairdo. “Got to keep you all on your toes,” McAdoo said. … DE Owa Odighizuwa has been excused from the minicamp. The 2015 third-round draft pick is considering whether he wants to keep playing. … CB Eli Apple and S Darian Thompson were ill Tuesday and did not work out. Starting G Justin Pugh was limited.
MOSCOW (AP) — After calling two nationwide demonstrations in three months that have rattled the Kremlin, it’s clear that opposition leader Alexei Navalny has the ability to bring people into the streets.
What’s less certain, however, is whether the demonstrations can grow into a genuine political movement.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets Monday in more than 100 cities and towns across Russia to express their frustration with President Vladimir Putin and governing elites who are largely perceived as corrupt and self-serving.
The Moscow rally broke with the tradition of an orderly opposition gathering where middle-aged protesters chanted anti-Putin slogans on a square in Moscow’s periphery.
Instead, the crowd of mostly teenagers and those in their 20s thronged to a main thoroughfare in the heart of the capital, chanting “Down with the czar!” and climbing scaffolds and lamp posts.
At least 1,750 people were detained at the protests across Russia, with baton-wielding police in riot gear seizing nearly 900 in Moscow alone.
Navalny, who called for the demonstrations, rose to prominence with his investigations of official corruption and is expanding his reach to a younger crowd by posting his videos to YouTube.
He was detained by police outside his Moscow home before he could even head to the protest. That left no one to lead the rally in the capital. Like the other demonstrations across the country, it was chaotic and lacking in any clear political demands.
Those figures usually described as opposition leaders ignored the protests, with the exception of some younger politicians like Ilya Yashin, who does not have much of a following.
Current Russian opposition groups and their leaders don’t seem to hold much attraction for the protesters, said Masha Lipman, an independent Moscow-based political analyst. Navalny may have galvanized the protest, but the slogans mostly targeted Putin and government corruption, with only a fraction expressing support for Navalny.
The charismatic and media-savvy 41-year-old Navalny was once dismissed as a Moscow hipster with no appeal to people in Russia’s far-flung regions.
In December, he launched his bid to oppose Putin in the 2018 presidential campaign and has spent the past five months traveling all over Russia. He set up campaign headquarters in cities and towns that have not seen any viable political life for decades.
The strategy seems to have paid off: some cities in Siberia, for example, saw their largest opposition protests since 1991.
But Monday’s protests, held mostly in defiance of the authorities, lacked any specific political demands, other than a general message against government corruption.
While not a campaign with specific goals, they could be laying the groundwork to tap into large-scale discontent.
“I wouldn’t talk of a movement — I think it’s a preparation stage since society is getting more political,” says Alexei Makarkin of the Center for Political Technologies. “Navalny’s branches in the regions are building the infrastructure of protest.”
When he was elected for this third presidential term in 2012, Putin relied on an older, more conservative generation that is wary of the West, was deeply traumatized by painful economic reforms of the 1990s, and is afraid of upheaval.
For many years, the Kremlin has touted stability as the main achievement of Putin’s 17 years in power, boosting his popularity estimated at more 80 percent and discouraging Russians from seeking an alternative to his rule.
That same message, however, seems to be falling flat with the young.
“It’s a new generation that does not remember what the Soviet Union is, that has fewer fears of chaos and upheaval associated with the 1990s,” Makarkin said. “When adults tell them ‘What if you lose your job if you go to the protest?’ they don’t get it.”
Just like on Monday, large protests in March stunned Russia watchers because of the high number of demonstrators in their teens and 20s. Prior to that, the younger generation was seen as mostly apolitical.
Lyusya Shteyn was one of the millennials who was arrested Monday in Moscow. On her Facebook page, the 21-year-old posted a selfie showing her in a police van, surrounded by two dozen others her age. She said there was only one “adult man” there.
At one point during the rally, Shteyn found herself facing the line of riot police who were pushing people into an underground passageway.
“I told a policeman that I have the right to stand where I want to stand and I’m not going to go away,” Shteyn said.
She spent five hours in detention and faces up to 15 days in jail for taking part in an illegal rally. A chat at the police station did nothing to discourage Shteyn, who has just graduated from Russia’s leading cinema school, from taking part in protests again.
“One policeman said we have been paid; another suggested I find a boyfriend and get a pet and stop going to rallies,” she said.
“I want to keep doing what I’m doing,” Shteyn said. “I think people will come out again just in response to these arrests.”
Ahmad El-Katib contributed to this report from Moscow.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Police say a Chinese scholar visiting the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus has been missing for days.
Yingying Zhang’s friends contacted police Saturday to say they hadn’t heard from the 26-year-old woman since Friday afternoon. Police say Zhang was headed to an apartment complex to sign a lease.
University of Illinois police released surveillance video on Monday showing Zhang entering a black Saturn Astra vehicle in Urbana about 2 p.m. Friday, shortly after getting off a bus. University police spokesman Patrick Wade tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2ro0Gkz ) that authorities need the public’s help to identify the vehicle.
Zhang is visiting the school’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Police say she’s been in central Illinois about a month and has been staying in university housing.
Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania prosecutors aren’t filing charges after a Republican state senator running for governor grabbed a camera from a man working for a liberal opposition group.
The attorney general’s announcement Tuesday ends an investigation into the May 2 incident involving Sen. Scott Wagner at the Country Club of York.
State prosecutor Michelle Henry says in a written statement that Wagner and videographer Chris Van Leeuwen both acted inappropriately and that Wagner “should have maintained proper civil discourse and controlled his anger.”
Van Leeuwen taped the confrontation and posted it on the site of his employer, American Bridge 21st Century.
Wagner claimed Van Leeuwen had no business filming him at the event.
Wagner didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Great president or greatest?
That appeared to be the question at President Donald Trump’s first meeting of his full Cabinet on Monday, as top aides took turns piling praise on the boss.
After Trump extolled the achievements of his young administration, asserting that he had accomplished more than any president in his first six months —with “few exceptions,” like President Franklin Delano Roosevelt — his Cabinet added on more accolades.
Vice President Mike Pence declared his job was “the greatest privilege of my life.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Trump law enforcement officers “are so thrilled that we have a new idea that we’re going to support them.”
Energy Secretary Rick Perry gave his “hats off” to Trump for taking a stand against the Paris climate accord. And Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross offered thanks “for the opportunity to help fix the trade deficit.”
Perhaps the strongest words came from chief of staff Reince Priebus: “On behalf of the entire senior staff around you, Mr. President, we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing that you’ve given us to serve your agenda.”
The meeting came as the White House struggles to advance its agenda amid the investigations into Russia’s election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. So far no major legislation has made its way through Congress. The White House has been dogged by reports of infighting and disarray. And the president has repeatedly sought out conflict on social media, distracting from the issues his advisers are trying to promote.
On Twitter, the Senate’s top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, trolled the president with video of a mock staff meeting in which aides praised Schumer’s hair and his performance on the Sunday talk shows.
Trump this week is highlighting efforts to bring more Americans into the economy by having them start working as apprentices. He also promised a news conference in two weeks to discuss the administration’s efforts to combat the Islamic State.