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 17, 2013

State Troopers are investing three traffic fatalities on roadways in Elmore and Lowndes counties.  Troopers said preliminary investigations indicated that alcohol was a factor in all the crashes.  Troopers said 51-year-old Tonya Webster died in a single-vehicle crash on Little Steel Bridge Road in Elmore County.  The accident happened Sunday just before 6 a.m. 

38-year-old Kenyatta Coleman of Hayneville was killed in a single car crash on Lowndes County Road 2.  The crash occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday. 

Investigators said 22-year-old Kaysha Bell of Montgomery died when the car in which she was a passenger overturned on Alabama 22, near Hayneville early Sunday just after midnight. 

Abortion Law

A federal judge in Montgomery says he will rule by June 28th on whether to temporarily block a new Alabama law setting stricter requirements for abortion clinics.  Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing to block a portion of the law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to a nearby hospital.  The plaintiffs say that will force three of Alabama's five abortion clinics to close.  They have asked Federal Judge Myron Thompson to issue a temporary restraining order stopping the new law from taking effect as scheduled on July 1st. 

Restructuring Medicaid Meeting

Alabama's revamped Medicaid program will be the subject of a stakeholder's meeting today in downtown Montgomery.  State Health Officer Don Williamson is expected to unveil a proposed map showing the five managed care organizations spread over the state.  Each region will receive a monthly payment from Medicaid to provide health care for recipients in its regions.  Dr. Williamson has repeatedly said that recipients won't see any changes in Medicaid services.