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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Will Rain-Disrupted U.S. Open Be Too Easy Or Hard As Ever?

Jun 13, 2013
Originally published on June 13, 2013 1:05 pm

After being suspended less than two hours after the first players teed off, play is set to resume early Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Open golf championship, which this year is being held at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., outside Philadelphia. Heavy rains forced the delay.

Thursday on Morning Edition, USA Today's Christine Brennan made the case — as other observers have — that soggy conditions at Merion mean there could be some extremely low scores this weekend. Basically, the thinking is that the greens will be wet and soft. So, Brennan said, players "will be able to play target golf." Shots they aim at the holes will hit the greens and roll very little, if at all.

Wednesday on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption a guy who has won a U.S. Open dismissed such talk. According to 1973 Open champ Johnny Miller, who's now an analyst for NBC and The Golf Channel, "this course has always been underestimated" and the players are going to find it's very difficult.

The rough along the fairways, Miller said, "is the toughest rough that these guys — these young guys — have ever seen" because it's high and dense. And he doesn't think balls hit to the greens will necessarily stay near where they land. Wet conditions also tend to add to the amount of spin put on the balls when they're struck. "The backspin — because everything's wet — the guys are hitting near the pin and it's spinning back 30 feet," he said.

Finally, Miller said the course has "so many hard holes ... seven holes that are really, really hard ... maybe even eight."

Who's right? NBC-TV and The Golf Channel are doing the broadcasts if you're anxious to see.

Who's the favorite to win? As always, many eyes are on Tiger Woods.

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