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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'Flying Scotsman' Cyclist Obree Sets A New Speed Record

Sep 15, 2013

Cyclist Graeme Obree, 48, has set a new world speed record for prone bicycles, as the man known as the Flying Scotsman topped 56 mph during a session at the just-completed World Human Speed Championships, held at Battle Mountain in the Nevada.

Pedaling with his nose less than an inch away from the front wheel of his custom-built, smooth-skinned bike, Obree finally succeeded Friday, after early runs failed to break the record of 54.9 mph set by Steve Ball in 1983.

Obree's final session on the flat desert highway was a success, setting a new mark for a prone rider on a two-wheeled bike, cycling head-first on his belly. He was clocked at 56.62 mph.

"The timekeeper announced it was a new world record and that is a strange feeling. I've not heard that for 20 year, so I'm still absorbing it, that's nice and anything else is a bonus," Obree tells BBC Radio Scotland.

Obree accomplished his feat on The Beastie — a bike that he designed and partially built in his kitchen. It is noted for including parts of a saucepan and roller-skates. The mechanics of the bike are great, Obree tells Scotland's The Daily Record, but he adds that he's learned that it's shape isn't as aerodynamic as it needs to be to go faster.

A winner of two world pursuit championships in the 1990s who set a world record by riding nearly 53 miles in one hour in 1994, Obree refused to take part in professional racing because he didn't want to take performance-enhancing drugs, as Velo Nation reports.

In addition to Obree's riding ability, he is credited with introducing technical and design innovations that challenged the sport of cycling — ideas that were, in some case, banned by the authorities. Handlebars that extend the rider's hands forward over the front wheel are part of his legacy. As the film The Flying Scotsman detailed, his story also includes severe struggles with depression.

A Toronto team at the competition gave Obree a chance to set another record on Friday, by riding its exotic entry called Vortex. But he didn't finish a run on the bike, citing concerns for his safety — and a sense that he'd done enough in Nevada.

"Vortex has already gone at speeds in excess of 75 mph and I had her up to 45 mph and was hardly pedaling," Obree tells The Record. "However, the steering was too fine for me to control without much more practice. I had to freewheel at times over the course just to regain control."

If high-speed prone cycling is your game, you might consider that The Beastie is now up for sale. Obree says he's retiring from competitive cycling — perhaps even burning his shoes — and selling the bike, The Record reports.

Or you could emulate another idea of Obree's, and add fairing to your bike.

In a recent interview, he told the site, "I believe most bikes should have a fairing of some kind at the front almost like a moped, which would make it 20 percent more efficient. But that would make it faster than a racing bike."

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