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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May 28, 2013

The town of Pike Road has its first ever school board.  The Pike Road Town Council met this morning and appointed five people to the panel.  They are Casey Davis, Ray Hawthorne, Tommy Ratliff, Morgan Simpson and Linda Ware.  Five others were appointed to serve on the Pike Road Education Leadership Committee.  Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone says the appointments followed an extensive selection process.  Stone said construction on a K-8 school will begin around the end of the year.  The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. 

State Board Nominees

An aide to Governor Robert Bentley says the administration will continue to explore its options after lawmakers adjourned last week without acting on 70 nominees to various state boards.  Jennifer Ardis, a spokeswoman, said the administration is worried that some boards may not have enough qualified members to do business.  Many of the boards, however, allow sitting members to continue serving until their replacement are confirmed. 

Tainted Medicine

The Alabama Department of Public Health is working with other health agencies to investigate an injectable anti-inflammatory steroid drug prepared by a compounding manufacturer in Tennessee.  Main Street Family Pharmacy of Newbern, Tennessee, shipped the tainted medicine to clinics in 13 states, including to one clinic in Alabama.