Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

The Old State Capitol — where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "A house divided" speech in 1858 warning against the ills of slavery and where Barack Obama launched his presidential bid in 2007 — served as the backdrop for Clinton as she spoke of how "America's long struggle with race is far from finished."

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New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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The 1,000-Year Calendar: Mark These Dates

Oct 2, 2013

In the futuristic books, movies, songs and video games that abound, there is an overabundance of speculation about the distant future.

David Mitchell's multistoried novel Cloud Atlas, for instance, explores a 22nd century in which corporations control everything. Waterworld, Kevin Costner's 1995 post-apocalyptic movie about a very wet planet, supposedly takes place circa 2500. And, according to one-hit rock 'n' roll wonders Zager & Evans: "In the Year 2525, if man is still alive, if woman can survive, they may fight."

Granted, these are all just flights (and fights) of fiction, full of imagined landscapes and characters and scenarios. But there are some actual events that are actually scheduled to actually happen in the next 1,000 years.

They are also, of course, subject to change without notice.

So open up your calendars and mark these dates in the coming millennium:

2103: The Chanel-style pink suit worn by Jacqueline Kennedy on the day her husband, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated, will be eligible for public display. The suit is stored in a National Archives warehouse.

2159: Opening of a time capsule — packed with some 3,000 messages from 21st century residents — buried in Barcelona, Spain, in 2010.

2305: Google hopes to have indexed all of the information in existence, according to honcho Eric Schmidt in a 2005 interview. (He has since backed away from that certainty, so the date is somewhat fluid.)

2888: The end of the Saros 141 cycle that began in 1608 and enables scientists to predict lunar and solar eclipses.

2968: A collection of artifacts about life in 1968 — one of several enveloped in helium-filled columns — will be unsealed at the Don Harrington Discovery Center in Amarillo, Texas.

3000: The Clock of the Long Now — designed to last for 10,000 years — will cuckoo.

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