Briefs: Ky. publisher to become president of National Newspaper Association


Frankfort: For the second time in its 130-year history, a Kentucky publisher will become president of the National Newspaper Association. John "Chip" Hutcheson III, publisher of The Times Leader in Princeton and The Eagle Post in Oak Grove, will begin a 12-month term during NNA's convention Oct. 1-3 in St. Charles, Mo.

The late George A. Joplin of the Commonwealth-Journal in Somerset served as NNA president starting in 1976.

Hutcheson, who began his newspaper career as a sportswriter, credits Publishers' Auxiliary, NNA's monthly publication, for stirring his interest in the organization.

NationalReport says Apple is moving forward on building a car

San Francisco: A new report says Apple is speeding up work on a project that could lead to the California tech giant building its own electric car.

The Wall Street Journal says Apple has set an internal timetable for a project, code-named Titan, that involves development of an electric vehicle. The newspaper said Apple has set a "ship date" of 2019, although that could just be a target for engineers to sign off on the design — not when a car would be available for sale.

Apple declined comment Monday on the report, which cited unnamed sources.

In recent months, Apple Inc. has hired experts in automotive and battery technology. Officials at an automotive testing facility east of San Francisco have confirmed that Apple requested information about using their site.

Airlines rake in $5.5 billion, most profitable quarter since 2007

Los Angeles: Lower fuel costs and steady travel demand continue to boost the nation's airlines, which enjoyed the most profitable quarter since 2007.

Commercial airlines reported net income of $5.5 billion for the three months that ended in June, a 53 percent increase over the same period last year, according to financial data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

That's the highest net income since the carriers collected $5.9 billion in the same period in 2007.

The latest financial data show the industry remains on firm footing after losing billions of dollars in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2008 recession.

The formula for the ninth straight profitable quarter: fuel costs that have dropped about 30 percent since the same period last year, combined with passenger totals that have jumped nearly 10 percent, and fees from checked bags and reservation changes that have climbed about 5 percent, according to federal data. Revenue from fares has remained nearly flat over the last year.

Size of Emmy Awards' TV audience drops to new low

New York City: This year's Emmy Awards were the least-watched in the show's history, drawing 11.9 million viewers Sunday night, according to Nielsen.

The Emmys, which were broadcast on Fox and featured a dominant showing by HBO, were hurt by going up against NBC's Sunday Night Football, which featured the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.

The viewership for the Emmys had been trending in a positive direction in the previous two years. Last year's show on NBC had 15.6 million viewers, and 17.8 million viewers tuned in to watch on CBS in 2013. (The show rotates among the four broadcast networks from year to year.)

The previous viewing low for the Emmys was in 2008, when 12.3 million watched the awards on ABC.

This year's Emmys show, hosted by Andy Samberg, also had a 3.6 rating in the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic, down 14 percent from last year.