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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Jul 29, 2013

Alabama's new firearms law will be going into effect Thursday, August 1st.  The law clarifies the state's concealed and open carry laws and also limits the circumstances under which sheriffs can deny permits.  People with permits can carry their weapon openly as long as it is holstered.  The new law allows people to store a gun in their vehicle at work as long as it is out of sight, unloaded, and locked.  However it also absolves employers from any claim or lawsuit that may result from a firearm brought onto their property. 

State Prison Terms

Alabama ranks number three in the nation for the number of people sentenced to prison terms per capita.  The figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows the state sentenced 650 people per 100,000 last year and the same number in 2011.  According to the department, the national average is about 480 people per 100,000 serving at least one year in state prison each year.  The study shows Louisiana as number one, followed by Mississippi. 

Apartment Fire

About a dozen families are trying to salvage what's left of their belongings after a fire raced through their apartment building Sunday morning. About 60 Montgomery firefighters responded to the Green Meadows complex just before 11 a.m. Sunday.  It took about an hour to bring the flames under control.  Fire/Rescue Lt. K.O. Jones said 12 apartments suffered heavy fire and smoke damage.  He said investigators believe an electrical problem started the fire.  The Red Cross provided housing for affected families. 

Davis Arrested

A Montgomery man wanted in connection with the slaying of a young mother earlier this month is in custody.  Montgomery Police said 38-year-old Albert Davis has been charged with capital murder for the July 9th shooting death of 23-year-old Alicia Scott.  The victim was sitting outside an apartment at Paterson Court Housing Community on Decatur Street when she was caught in an exchange of gunfire.  Police said Davis was arrested Saturday in the 800 block of Airbase Boulevard.  He is being in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.