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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Jun 3, 2013

Authorities in Selma say an off duty police officer shot and killed two people and then committed suicide.  Selma Policeman Dwight Moorer is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her stepfather before taking his own life.  The triple shootings occurred on Sunday.  Authorities said the stepfather's body was found on 10th Street.  The bodies of Moorer and his former girlfriend were found in a vehicle on Springdale Street.  Police said Moorer had worked for the Selma Police Department for almost five years.  He was a military veteran with two tours of duty in Iraq.  The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.  

Weekend Accidents

Two people were killed over the weekend in separate crashes in Elmore County.  State Troopers said 56-year-old Charles Thornell died late Sunday afternoon when the motorcycle  he was riding hit an embankment on Elmore County Road 34.  The crash was reported just before 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

A separate accident Saturday afternoon left a Wetumpka woman dead.  Troopers said 23-year-old Samantha Moseley died when the car she was driving collided with another vehicle on Grier Road.  The crash happened just after 1 p.m. Saturday.  Troopers said Moseley was not wearing a seatbelt. 

Company Expansion

A Korean-based company that produces seats for Hyundai and Kia vehicles said it plans to rapidly grow its workforce when it moves into a new $50 million dollar plant in West Montgomery.  DAS North America plans to expand their workforce from 100 employees to about 400 employees over the next four years.  The company is using a temporary facility in Hope Hull.  The new plant at Montgomery Industrial Park is scheduled to open next year. 

Genetic Research

Researches have found that gene flaws that raise the risk of breast cancer in black women may be behind more cases of the disease in black women than previously thought.  A study of 250 African-American breast cancer patients from Chicago found that about one-fifth of them had one of these faulty genes.  A mutation in one of the BRCA genes recently led actress Angelina Jolie to have preventative surgery to remove her breasts. 

New Party Chairman

Alabama Democrats have delayed the vote for a new party chairman.  Former Secretary of State Nancy Worley said Sunday she will continue as interim party chairperson following the postponement by the state executive committee, which met Saturday in Montgomery.  Birmingham attorney Ed Gentle has sought the position, but Worley says he wasn't able to take over as chairman because of his work as a special master in a couple of cases involving politics.  Worley says that vote likely won't come before the fall.