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

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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'Ocean's 16' Powerball Winners Claim Share Of Jackpot

Aug 12, 2013
Originally published on August 12, 2013 4:19 pm

The 16 women and men who won more than $86 million in last week's Powerball drawing validated their ticket and posed with a gigantic check Monday. The group, which calls itself "Ocean's 16," famously worked at the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department the day after they learned they would become millionaires.

"Lottery officials say each will get about $3.8 million after taxes," the AP reports.

One member of the group is Sue Nickel, who told NBC 40 in South Jersey over the weekend that she'll use the money to help her family recover from the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

"It was just devastating, we had seven feet of water, and we cleaned out a lot of stuff," Nickel says. "We're starting to regain, but this money will really help us redo what we need to do."

Nickel says she'll continue to work for another year or so. NBC 40 reports that her son returned home from the Air Force Friday.

Three tickets were sold for the $448 million jackpot, including two in New Jersey. Another winning ticket was sold in Minnesota, where Paul White of Ham Lake last week claimed his third of the jackpot — $149.4 million — in an immediate cash option of $86 million.

The group of New Jersey lottery winners appeared at a news conference at the Ocean County Library in Toms River Monday afternoon.

The holder of the third winning ticket has not come forward.

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