US soldier who crossed into North Korea had served time in South Korean jail: official

A US soldier, Travis King, believed to be in North Korean custody after crossing the border without authorization, had served time in a South Korean prison for assault charges. Efforts are underway to resolve the incident between the United Nations Command and North Korea’s military.

Hollywood grinds to a halt as actors unite with writers in strike

SAG-AFTRA members, representing 160,000 TV and movie actors, have joined screenwriters in a strike. Negotiations over a new contract collapsed, focusing on the contentious issues of streaming services and artificial intelligence.

The strike, backed by leading actors, aims for higher wages, increased residual payments for streaming content, and protection against unauthorized use of actors’ likenesses by AI. This marks the first joint work stoppage by actors and writers in 63 years.