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.

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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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DEA Arrests Scarsdale Mom In Massive Pot-Growing Scheme

Jun 5, 2013
Originally published on June 5, 2013 8:59 pm

Andrea Sanderlin, a mother who drives a Mercedes SUV and lives in a large Scarsdale, N.Y., home, is facing serious drug charges after federal investigators accused her of being the mastermind behind an operation growing nearly 3,000 marijuana plants in a warehouse in Queens.

"The DEA's arrest of Sanderlin — an attractive, divorced mother of two girls (ages 3 and 13) who lives in tony Scarsdale, New York — will likely draw comparisons to the Showtime series Weeds," reports The Smoking Gun, which first reported the story, "which starred Mary-Louise Parker as the sexy young matriarch of the hydroponic pot-distributing Botwin family."

Sanderlin, who is currently being held in Brooklyn without bail, has pleaded not guilty to trafficking in narcotics, The Smoking Gun reports. If convicted of that charge, she could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Her lawyer, Joel Winograd, tells New York's Daily News that his client is a full-time mother who has "never been in trouble before." He added, "It's rare that you get a woman accused of running a grow house."

Federal agents say they were told to watch Sanderlin by people who had been arrested in April for running two marijuana grow houses in New York City.

The warehouse that authorities say Sanderlin used to grow marijuana for a multi-million-dollar business included "state-of-the-art cultivation equipment," according to The Smoking Gun.

Her arrest came as a surprise to neighbors in her Westchester County community, the site adds, noting that Sanderlin's longtime nanny says she was shocked to hear the news.

But neighbors of the warehouse weren't as surprised.

Anthony Flores, who lives across the street, "would often smell the marijuana aroma emitting from the warehouse," the Daily News reports.

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