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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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.

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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.

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VIDEO: Yankees Great Mariano Rivera Bids A Tearful Goodbye

Sep 27, 2013

The announcers kept quiet, so we won't say much either.

There's video here of what it was like Thursday night at Yankee Stadium when pitcher Mariano Rivera, considered by most experts to be the greatest "closer" in Major League Baseball history, threw his final pitch before heading off into retirement. He shed several tears, as you'll see.

Rivera has the most "saves" ever among Major League pitchers — 652 as of Friday morning, according to BaseballReference.com.

He first pitched for the Yankees in 1995 and has been:

-- An All-Star 13 times.

-- A World Series MVP once (in 1999).

-- "Closer of the year" four times.

The Yankees won the World Series five times with Rivera as the team's closer — the guy responsible for getting the final few outs when his team is ahead. Almost 44 years old, Rivera has already had his jersey number — 42 — retired by the Yankees.

By the way, what constitutes a save? According to MLB.com:

"Rule 10.20 in the Official Rule Book states:

"Credit a pitcher with a save when he meets all three of the following conditions:

"(1) He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club; and

"(2) He is not the winning pitcher; and

"(3) He qualifies under one of the following conditions:

"- (a) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches for at least one inning; or

"- (b) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat, or on deck (that is, the potential tying run is either already on base or is one of the first two batsmen he faces; or

"- (c) He pitches effectively for at least three innings. No more than one save may be credited in each game."

A related post from earlier this week: Yankees Bobble The Ball On Mariano Rivera Giveaway Night.

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