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 19, 2013

Alabama's new law setting stricter requirements for abortion doctors likely won't be enforced this year.  ACLU and Planned Parenthood attorneys challenging the law and state attorneys defending it want the law kept on hold until March 24th as they develop their cases.  U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson agreed. 

Gas Prices

The average price of gasoline in Alabama is at $3.42 a gallon, which is an increase of 14 cents just this week.  Gas prices have been rising since the July 4th holiday and have now reached their highest point since early April.  Spokesman for Triple A in Alabama Clay Ingram says investors in crude oil have been a driving force.  In addition to market fluctuations, Ingram says consumers are part of the problem.  He urges motorists to compare prices when shopping for gas.  If more people purchased cheaper fuel, Ingram contends that would result in lower prices at the pump. 

Updyke Hearing

A judge will hold a Sept. 18th hearing to determine whether University of Alabama fan Harvey Updyke should pay Auburn University about $1 million for poisoning its landmark oak trees. 

Trial Delay

A federal judge has ordered a two-week delay of the second phase of a trial over BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill.  U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier moved the start of the second phase from Sept. 16th to Sept. 30th to give lawyers more time.  This phase is to determine how much crude spilled and BP's actions.