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CNN staffers fear a new deal with the Associated Press may spell layoffs at the third-place cable news network.

CNN inked a deal with the Associated Press to use its copy on its website, the first time it has done so since cutting ties with the wire service 14 years ago.

But the deal is sparking concerns among staffers of further job cuts at the struggling cable news network, according to Puck, which first reported the news. The fears come as CNN boss Mark Thompson is sharpening his strategic vision to turn the network around.

CNN canceled its contract with the AP in 2010 in order to focus more on original reporting and expanding its own global news coverage.

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