National briefs: Aereo halts TV service

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NEW YORK -- Aereo, the startup firm that threatened to upend the television industry, has hit the pause button.

Three days after the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo had violated copyright laws by capturing broadcast signals on miniature antennas and transmitting them to subscribers for a fee, the company suspended its service.

"We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps," Chet Kanojia, Aereo's chief executive, said in a letter to customers sent Saturday morning under the heading "Standing Together for Innovation, Progress and Technology."

Aereo said it would give users a refund for their last paid month. The company had fewer than 500,000 subscribers in about a dozen metropolitan areas.

Border attack probed

WASHINGTON -- A Mexican law enforcement helicopter crossed into U.S. airspace and fired two shots, just missing American Border Patrol agents and prompting a quick apology from Mexican authorities in what is the second incursion this year of Mexican forces into United States territory, U.S. law enforcement officials said Friday.

The incident, now the subject of an FBI criminal investigation, occurred about 5:45 a.m. Thursday in southern Arizona, about 100 yards north of the U.S.-Mexico border, as Mexican law enforcement officers were chasing kidnapping suspects trying to escape into the United States, U.S. officials said.

No cap on GM damages

DETROIT -- When Kenneth Feinberg announces the terms of General Motors' plan to pay victims of crashes caused by bad ignition switches, he'll have an open wallet.

Mr. Feinberg, the country's most well-known compensation expert, is scheduled to reveal the terms Monday, and GM CEO Mary Barra has said there will be no cap on payments.

Sage grouse's habitat

WASHINGTON -- A federal agency and the state of Wyoming reached an agreement to protect more than 2 million acres of habitat occupied by the greater sage grouse, a deal that could mark a turning point in the relationship between Western states and the federal government.

It's the latest step in a years-long debate over whether to include the sage grouse on the endangered species list, and the first resource management plan for the sage grouse adopted by the Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management. Fourteen other plans covering areas across the West are under consideration.

Firm shields stockholders

NEW YORK -- American Apparel has adopted a one-year shareholder rights plan a day after its ousted CEO and founder Dov Charney made a bid to increase his control of the clothing chain.

The Los Angeles-based retailer said Saturday that the move is designed to limit the ability of any person or group, including Mr. Charney, "to seize control of the company without appropriately compensating all American Apparel stockholders."


-- Compiled from news services


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