It takes a ‘war room’ to launch Netflix’s series

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Netflix’s Internet video subscription service works around the clock, but it’s unusual for more than two dozen of the company’s engineers and top managers to be huddled in a conference room at 10:30…

Televangelist Schuller hospitalized after fall

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Crystal Cathedral founder the Rev. Robert Schuller has been hospitalized after a fall at his Orange County home. Schuller’s daughter Carol Schuller Milner said Wednesday that her 86-year-old father remains at the hospital after…

Vt. town worried over sex offender’s release

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — The hours are ticking down toward the release from prison of Timothy J. Szad, a sex offender deemed so dangerous that Vermont authorities are taking the unusual step of not only warning the public…

Admiration, puzzlement over Weiner’s loyal wife

NEW YORK (AP) — When Huma Abedin first started getting media attention years ago, some people couldn’t help but wonder what this beautiful, ambitious woman with high-fashion sense and a world-class Rolodex saw in Anthony Weiner. That’s a…

Sri Lanka to reduce troops in ex-war zone in north

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s military says it has decided to remove a dozen army camps in the former northern war zone where key elections are scheduled in less than two months. Military spokesman Brig. Ruwan…

Ex-Bulger partner wraps up testimony on 6th day

BOSTON (AP) — Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi is expected to take the witness stand for a sixth day of testimony in the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger. Flemmi’s cross-examination is set to continue Thursday, a day after…

New Zealand bans ‘Maniac’ from general release

SYDNEY (AP) — New Zealand banned a horror film starring Elijah Wood as a scalp-collecting serial killer from general release after the government deemed it too graphic and disturbing for the public. The Office of Film and Literature…

Death toll hits 11 in Indonesia boat sinking

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers have recovered the bodies of two more asylum seekers who were aboard a boat that sank off Indonesia, bringing the death toll to 11, police said Thursday. The bodies of a 5-year-old Sri…

Rebel pope urges Catholics to shake up dioceses

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis set an action-packed Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, where he will bless the Olympic flag, visit a slum and address upward of 1 million young Roman Catholics on Copacabana beach. The…

BASF Q2 profit dips amid patchy global economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Chemicals and oil company BASF SE says net profit fell 4.2 percent to 1.16 billion euros ($1.53 billion) in the second quarter, held back by weaker demand for some products in an uneven global…

Syrian opposition urges US to provide weapons fast

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tackles two of the world’s most intractable conflicts at the U.N. Thursday — eastern Congo’s nearly two decades of fighting and Syria’s 2 1/2-years of escalating violence. America’s…

Gunmen kill 2 in attack on police in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Police and hospital officials say gunmen have ambushed a vehicle carrying a senior police officer in northwest Pakistan, wounding him and killing one of his guards and a driver. Police official Zahid Khan says…

Korean War foes gather in NKorea to remember war

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — U.S., Chinese and North Korean war veterans on Thursday joined North leader Kim Jong Un at an event marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Kim, who took over…

IG: Problems in US justice program in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — An award made to an organization to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan does not appear to contain basic provisions that would allow the State Department to ensure proper oversight of a project expected…

Today in History

Today is Thursday, July 25, the 206th day of 2013. There are 159 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 25, 1963, the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain initialed a treaty in…

AP PHOTOS: Crowds turn out for pope despite rain

It was a rainy day, but the Roman Catholic faithful turned out in droves for Pope Francis on Wednesday. He started the day in the town of Aparecida, to attend Mass at the mammoth Basilica of the Shrine…

Wildfire near Lander, Wyo., 47 percent contained

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters are making some progress against a wildfire burning near about 50 summer homes in Wyoming. The 3-square-mile Fairfield Fire was 47 percent contained Wednesday night as crews patrolled containment lines around the blaze…

Private memorial service held for Asiana victims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The victims of the Asiana Airlines crash are being remembered with a memorial service south of San Francisco. A spokesman for Mayor Ed Lee says he attended Wednesday’s private service in Colma for the…

Homicide trial set for Indian actor Salman Khan

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian movie star Salman Khan will face trial next month on a homicide charge for a fatal road accident more than 10 years ago. One man was killed and four people were injured when…