The new British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her cabinet today.

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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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Boz Scaggs On Piano Jazz

Aug 5, 2013

On this episode of Piano Jazz, singer-songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs performs a few standards in a program that originally aired in 2004.

Scaggs met future rock star and classic-rock staple Steve Miller while the two were attending prep school in Texas. In 1959, Skaggs joined a group headed by Miller, beginning a musical association that lasted, on and off, into the late '60s.

During this time, Scaggs also attended the University of Wisconsin and later traveled and performed in Europe. He rejoined Miller and his latest group, The Steve Miller Band, in 1967, and stayed with the group through the recording and release of its first two albums, Children of the Future and Sailor. Scaggs left the group afterward, at which point he recorded his blues-oriented debut album.

Scaggs spent much of the 1980s away from music; he toured sporadically and recorded one album. His career got a jump start in the early '90s when Scaggs was invited by Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) to join his New York Rock and Soul Revue, along with Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker, Michael McDonald and Charles Brown, among others. Scaggs made an album of original material, Some Change, followed by the Grammy-nominated Come on Home, a collection of R&B classics and originals.

In the past decade, Boz Scaggs has made two albums of jazz standards. But Beautiful featured a traditional quartet and was followed by Speak Low, arranged and produced by Gil Goldstein and featuring a string quartet with harp and woodwinds.

In addition to touring extensively with his own band, Scaggs continues to work with Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald as The Dukes of September. His latest album, Memphis, is a tribute to the Memphis sound and features classics such as "Rainy Night in Georgia," "Corinna, Corinna" and "Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl," as well as a couple of originals.

Original recorded Sept. 8, 2003.

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