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."

Episode 711: Hooked on Heroin

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When we meet the heroin dealer called Bone, he has just shot up. He has a lot to say anyway. He tells us about his career--it pretty much tracks the evolution of drug use in America these past ten years or so. He tells us about his rough past. And he tells us about how he died a week ago. He overdosed on his own supply and his friend took his body to the emergency room, then left.

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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Argentina's Kirchner To Have Surgery For Brain Hematoma

Oct 7, 2013

Days after doctors said Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner must take a month off from work to recover from a brain hematoma, reports now indicate that she'll undergo surgery to relieve the condition Tuesday.

"Kirchner, 60, experienced a 'transitory and slight' loss of muscular strength in her left arm on Sunday, and surgical intervention was indicated to drain a subdural hematoma," Agence France-Presse reports, citing the hospital that's treating the president.

Over the weekend, it emerged that Kirchner had suffered a previously unreported blow to the head in August — an event that was blamed for creating a subdural hematoma on her brain. The condition occurs when blood collects in the area between the surface of the brain and its outer covering.

An initial recommendation for rest was upgraded to a call for surgery after Kirchner reported further symptoms Sunday, The Buenos Aires Herald reports.

The development adds to a string of unexpected revelations about Kirchner's health in recent years.

In early 2012, she underwent emergency surgery for thyroid cancer, just weeks after being sworn in for her second term in office. But tests then showed her condition had been benign. She must now take medications to compensate for lacking a thyroid gland. Kirchner also has low blood pressure.

Kirchner has been Argentina's president since 2007; she succeeded her husband, Nestor, in what many saw as a ploy to skirt the country's laws on term limits. Before his death from a heart attack in 2010, Nestor Kirchner had been seen as a possible candidate to return to the post.

The Argentine leader is facing surgery weeks before her country will hold vital congressional elections. As columnist James Bosworth writes for The Christian Science Monitor, many of her political opponents are wishing Kirchner a speedy recovery, even as they question what they call her administration's secrecy about her health.

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