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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San Diego's Hooters, Other Businesses Tell Mayor To Stay Away

Aug 14, 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who is refusing calls to resign following the dozen or so accounts of women who say he sexually harassed them, isn't welcome at his city's Hooters restaurants.

Picking up on a suggestion from conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck, the chain known as much for its scantily clad waitresses as its food says its four locations in San Diego have posted signs that read:

"This establishment recognizes that we all have political differences and we serve people from all walks of life.

"We also believe it is imperative for people to have standards.

"The mayor of San Diego will not be served in this establishment.

"We believe women should be treated with respect."

According to San Diego's Union-Tribune, the Hooters restaurants weren't the first local businesses to take that step. Others include "Animal Urgent Care in Escondido ... Vision 8 Financial Services ... Alvarado Pharmacy ... and Chrome Collision in Poway."

As for whether the Hooters outlets and any other businesses can legally refuse to serve the Democratic mayor, The Week makes the point that even if the federal Civil Rights Act wouldn't apply, California and some other states have broad laws that protect patrons' rights to be waited on. And the California Restaurant Association tells its members that:

"Establishment of the fact that persons of ill repute congregate in a particular establishment is not a reason to have them removed."

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