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."

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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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St. Louis Heads To World Series; Here's How The Cards Did It

Oct 19, 2013
Originally published on October 19, 2013 11:44 am

The final score was 9-0. The win Friday night puts the St. Louis Cardinals into this year's World Series.

The Cards are Major League Baseball's National League champions after taking four of six games against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Here's what you need to know if (like us) you missed the game:

"Everything great about the Cardinals was on display in their third-inning rally."

That's how sums up the story of the night. In that third inning, the sports network says, the Cardinals were "at their relentless best, wearing down the best pitcher in baseball with a four-run, five-hit, 10-batter, 48-pitch grind-a-thon that was about to lead them back to the 19th World Series in franchise history."

Drill down even further, as the Los Angeles Times has done, and you come away believing that one Cardinal batter in that one key inning was the catalyst.

St. Louis second baseman Matt Carpenter, the Times writes, "came to bat against a vulnerable Clayton Kershaw with one out and nobody on. Over the next five-plus minutes Carpenter saw 11 pitches, fouling eight of them off before finally hitting one fair into the right-field corner for a double. Four pitches later Carlos Beltran singled Carpenter home, the first score in a four-run rally ..."

If you want to see highlights from that third inning, has some video here.

The Cardinals now wait to see which team wins the American League championship. The Boston Red Sox have a 3-2 lead over the Detroit Tigers in their series. Game 6 of that matchup is Saturday evening in Boston.

The Red Sox-Tigers game is being broadcast by Fox, starting at 8 p.m. ET. If the Tigers win tonight, the teams would play a deciding Game 7 on Sunday — also on Fox and also at 8 p.m. ET.

The World Series is set to get started Wednesday evening. Thanks to the American League's win in this year's all-star game, the AL champion will have home field advantage (and host up to 4 games if the series goes to 7).

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