Netflix faces challenge in raising prices as growth slows

Streaming video company Netflix stumbled Wednesday after reporting that it added fewer subscribers than Wall Street analysts had expected in the second quarter of 2019. That shortcoming was magnified by analysts’ concerns that the company may not be able to continue to raise prices without losing subscribers, which has been seen as an important way […]


Former customs and border officer pleads guilty to illegal gun-sales scheme

A former Customs and Border Protection officer in California has pleaded guilty to running an illegal gun-selling business beginning in the late 1990s, in which he used his status as an officer to buy and sell “off-roster” handguns, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Wei Xu, 56, who has been in federal custody since his arrest in […]


Paris’ Louvre museum covers Sackler name after opioid protests

France’s Louvre museum has taped over the name Sackler as donors to a wing of the building after protests against the family blamed for the opioid crisis in the United States. An Associated Press photographer late Wednesday saw the name taped over on signs in the eastern antiquities wing, and a sign listing donors had […]


Suspected Kyoto arson: More than 20 feared dead after fire tears through Japan studio

More than 30 people died after a suspected arson in an animation production studio in Kyoto, Japan, early Thursday. At least 70 people were thought to have been inside the three-story Kyoto Animation building in Japan’s ancient capital at the time the fire started, state broadcaster NHK reported. A Japanese fire official said 33 people […]


Rand Paul blocks bill to boost 9/11 victims fund

Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday blocked a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Paul objected to a request by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to approve the bill by unanimous consent, which would fast-track approval. Paul, R-Ky., questioned the bill’s 70-year […]


Reports of sexual harassment wane at work, possibly thanks to #MeToo

The #MeToo movement is empowering women to speak out against sexual harassment, and it appears to be having an effect. Acts of sexual harassment toward women in the workplace, as well as the feelings of self-doubt and low self-esteem these acts cause, decreased from 2016 to 2018, according to a study published Wednesday in the […]