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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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to, on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

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Boston Tops Chicago In Game 3 Of NHL's Stanley Cup

Jun 18, 2013

The Boston Bruins have taken the lead in the NHL's Stanley Cup championships, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 Monday night in Boston. Interestingly, last night wasn't a tense, drawn-out reprise of Games 1 and 2 and did not require an overtime.

Boston's goalie, Tuukka Rask, playing peerlessly, had another shutout, letting the Bruins put it away in the second period. Rask is performing so well that the New York Times (paywall) says he "looks as if he could stop shots even if the Blackhawks were firing them from grenade launchers."

There was early drama even before the game started: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara and Chicago forward Marian Hossa left the ice with injuries. Chara was upended during the pregame warm up by teammate Milan Lucic, lost his helmet and ended up needing stitches in his head, according to the Boston Herald. He was able to return. Hossa also participated in the pregame skate but was scratched from the Chicago lineup because of an upper body injury, according to No further explanation has been given.

The Blackhawks immediately felt the loss of Hossa — he was tied for the team's lead in most points scored during the postseason, notes USA Today. He was replaced in the lineup last night by Ben Smith, who hasn't appeared in a Chicago game since late April.

Boston first went ahead in the second period with Daniel Paille's goal, which was his second of the series. (He scored the game-winning goal in Game 2's OT.) Things grew worse for the Blackhawks later that period during a critical power play. For 11 crucial seconds, Chicago had two men in the sin bin, giving Boston a 5-on-3 advantage. That's all Bruin Patrice Bergeron needed, scoring the Bruins' second goal of the game.

USA Today helpfully notes that through the three games, Chicago is 0-for-9 on power plays and only a little better than 11 percent for all the postseason. And they weren't very good at faceoffs, either, observes ESPN Chicago: "Losing a whopping 71 percent of the faceoffs to Boston on Monday night is one way to make sure you never start a shift with the puck."

But the full credit belongs to Boston, says Sports Illustrated: "The Bruins have clogged the neutral zone, limited Chicago's stretch-passing game, and so thoroughly muffled the Hawks that goaltender Tuukka Rask's 28-save effort almost seemed like an afterthought."

In the requisite brawl at the end of the game, Boston's Brad Marchand tangled with Chicago's Andrew Shaw, in what SB Nation calls "a fairly even scrap." But the more dramatic clash came between Boston's Chara and Chicago's Bryan Bickell. It started when Chara elbowed Bickell, who unwisely yanked Chara's jersey in return. Chara stands 6'9" without skates, compared with Bickell at 6'4".

The Stanley Cup's Game 4 is Wednesday night in Boston at 8 ET. Catch it on NBC.

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