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The music streaming service Spotify says it has removed some episodes of "The Alex Jones Show" podcast for violating its hate content policy. The move followed a backlash on social media. "We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community," the company said in a statement late Wednesday. Jones says his Texas-based shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week. SENT: 230 words, with photos.


WASHINGTON — When an audience member at a town hall asked California Sen. Kamala Harris earlier this year to reject corporate donations, her answer was decidedly non-committal. "Well, that depends," she said. "Wrong answer," the questioner responded. She later reversed and said she'd no longer accept checks from corporate political action committees. Opposition to corporate PACs has developed quickly as Democrats aim to tap into the anti-establishment sentiment that President Donald Trump successfully harnessed in 2016. When Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., started the "NO PAC Caucus" in July 2017, only two members joined his cause — Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who's now challenging Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, and Democratic Rep. Jared Polis, the party's gubernatorial nominee in Colorado. By Lisa Lerer. SENT: 1,120 words, with photo.


SAN ANTONIO — The man accused of swiping a shark from a San Antonio-area aquarium says he did so because he was concerned about the sea creature's wellbeing. Anthony Shannon is charged with felony theft for stealing the horn shark Saturday from the San Antonio Aquarium. The heist was captured on surveillance video . It shows a man grabbing the shark from a petting tank and later wheeling it away in a baby stroller. The shark was recovered Monday night from Shannon's home. SENT: 130 words, with video. UPCOMING: 250 words.


— PIPELINE EXPLOSIONS-TEXAS — The number of people injured in a series of explosions on a West Texas natural gas pipeline has risen to seven.

— GAS PRICES — Texas and nationwide retail gasoline price rose 2 cents per gallon this week.

— SISTER SLAIN — An East Texas man convicted in the fatal shooting of his sister has been sentenced to 99 years in prison in an attack in which she called 911 and identified him before dying.

— ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH FUNDING — A $6.4 million federal grant for a New Mexico research project will provide funding for work looking at how climate change affects arid land ecosystems in efforts including Rice University in Houston.




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