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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Book News: Two Cleveland Kidnapping Victims Writing A Book

Oct 23, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, two of the three women kidnapped and held at a Cleveland house for about a decade, are collaborating with Washington Post reporters to write a book about their time in captivity. James R. Wooley, an attorney representing the two women, said in a statement, "Many have told, and continue to tell, this story in ways that are both inaccurate and beyond the control of these young women. Gina, Amanda and their families have decided to take control and are now interested in telling the story of what happened to them." The reporters are the married couple and Pulitzer-prize winning journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan. Kidnapper Ariel Castro hung himself in his prison cell in September.
  • The largest collection of Shakespeare documents in the world is going digital, the BBC reports. The collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., will be available next month through a series of apps. Director Michael Witmore told the BBC, "We have 50,000 high quality digital images of rare valuable material that, up until now, only scholars who had research credentials could consult." Curator Heather Wolfe added that with the digital texts widely available online, "people are going to make so many serendipitous discoveries."
  • Maya Angelou, Judy Blume and more than a hundred other authors have signed an open letter to President Obama protesting dependence on standardized testing in schools. The letter reads, "We are alarmed at the negative impact of excessive school testing mandates ... on children's love of reading and literature. ...We call on you to support authentic performance assessments, not simply computerized versions of multiple-choice exams. We also urge you to reverse the narrowing of curriculum that has resulted from a fixation on high-stakes testing." The letter goes on to quote Philip Pullman, who wrote in 2003, "I am concerned that in a constant search for things to test, we're forgetting the true purpose, the true nature, of reading and writing."
  • For The Atlantic, Nolan Feeney interviews some of the world's biggest young-adult fiction authors — including John Green, Veronica Roth, Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan and R.L. Stine — to come up with "The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Young-Adult Fiction Authors." Levithan, explaining why YA novels need to have hope, says, "That's life, isn't it? S--- hits the fan. The abyss opens up. But then you get through it. You wrestle it down. You find a way to survive. YA only reflects that. It's not about being preachy or pragmatic to say that most people find a way out of the maze of adolescence. It's only being accurate."
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