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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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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Thriller On The Ice: Blackhawks Beat Bruins In Triple OT

Jun 13, 2013

Hockey fans got nearly twice their money's worth Wednesday night as it took until deep into the third overtime period for the hometown Chicago Blackhawks to defeat the visiting Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Chicago came back from being behind 3-1 in the third period to tie the game in regulation and then win by a score of 4-3. Forward Andrew Shaw was credited with the decisive goal at the 12:08 mark in the third OT. The puck went in after a "double deflection." Translation: Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival shot the puck toward the net, it hit teammate Dave Bolland and then bounced off Shaw's leg and into the goal.

Two notes for those who don't follow hockey:

-- A player can't use a "distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." But "a puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal."

-- NHL games have three, 20-minute-long regular periods. In the playoffs, overtime periods also last up to 20 minutes. The first team to score during overtime wins. So the Hawks and Bruins played 60 minutes of "regulation time" and another 52 minutes of OT.

How the game's being portrayed depends on where you live, of course. The Chicago Tribune calls it a "Game 1 epic." The Boston Globe says it was a "heartbreaking" loss for the Bruins.

Want to see the goals? The NHL has put together video highlights here.

Game 2 is Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. NBC-TV is the broadcaster.

Korva previewed the playoffs for us on Wednesday.

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