The new British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her cabinet today.

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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WVAS Local News

Jul 16, 2013

District Attorney Ellen Brooks announced Tuesday that reward money is now available for anyone who can provide information to solve four homicides in Montgomery.  Dunio Escoto, Domingo Mendez, Pablo Bartolon and Des'wan Gregory all died in 2011 as a result of gunshot wounds.  Brooks believes the cases are unrelated but urges the community to take a stand.  Anyone with information on any of these murders are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP or the Secret Witness line at 262-4000. 

Alabama Power

Some groups will call for rate changes for Alabama Power Co. when the state's utility regulatory board wraps up hearings Wednesday.  AARP and Alabama Arise have filed position papers saying the current rate structure is too favorable to the company.  Alabama Power says the rate structure is fair and reasonable, and it allows the company to provide a reliable product despite residential demand that is higher than the national average.  Commission members could make a decision in September.  Any rate change would take effect in December. 

Athletic Conference

The Alabama High School Athletic Association Summer Conference is underway in Montgomery.  High School coaches from around the state are in the capital city this week, learning the new rules for high school sports.  Nearly 4,000 coaches are estimated to be at the conference.  The event is expected to pump up to $2.5 million dollars into the local economy.  The conference ends Saturday. 

Scrushy Conviction

A federal appeals court has rejected a attempt by former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to get a new trial on bribery charges.  The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals let stand Scrushy's 2006 conviction for arranging $500,000 in donations to former Governor Don Siegelman's lottery campaign in return for Siegelman appointing him to a state hospital regulatory board.