Spotify Gave Subscribers Music and Podcasts. Next: Audiobooks.

Four years ago, Spotify’s business was stagnating. Apple had overtaken it as the top paid music service in the United States, losses were mounting and customer growth was slowing. Daniel Ek, the company’s chief executive, decided that Spotify needed to transform from a music service into the everything store for audio. The first missing piece […]

Montgomery to pay $9.7 million to settle Damascus sex assault claims

The Montgomery County school system will pay $9.7 million to settle lawsuits brought by the families of four former Damascus High School football players who said they were sexually assaulted by teammates wielding broomsticks in their locker room in 2018 and 2017, according to attorneys for the families. “Damascus High School put a winning football […]

Apple exec defends the decision to make Google its default search engine on iPhones and Macs

WASHINGTON — A top Apple executive defended the tech giant’s decision to make Google the default search engine on Apple iPhones and Macs, saying there was no “valid alternative.’’ Testifying in the biggest antitrust trial in a quarter century, Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of services, said Tuesday that there wasn’t “anybody as good’’ […]

Republican Senators Demand White House Fly Pro-Life Flag

Republican Senators Demand White House Fly Pro-Life Flag

Republican lawmakers are demanding the Biden administration fly the pro-life flag on the White House lawn during October’s Respect Life Month. A letter signed by Sen. Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) challenges President Joe Biden to honor both unborn children and their mothers by flying the pro-life flag […]

“988” launches today as mental health crisis hotline

The dial code “988” launched on Saturday as a new mental health crisis hotline. The number directs “people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress” to trained counselors for free and confidential emotional support 24/7, according to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline’s website.  “Our workers work with them to process what’s going on that’s brought […]

Photos: Soccer legend Pelé | CNN

By Kyle Almond and Will Lanzoni, CNN Pelé, the Brazilian soccer star who became a global icon, has died at the age of 82. Pelé, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is the only man in history to win three World Cups. He was just 17 years old when he starred in the 1958 World Cup, […]