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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Aug 1, 2013

There are several new state laws on the books, as of today.  The Legislature eliminated limits on corporate campaign contributions; there are new penalties for abusing or financially exploiting the elderly; another law protects children who are placed in potentially harmful situations and there is a statute that increases the penalties for trespassing on a school bus.  However, the law receiving the lion's share of attention allows Alabamians to carry a pistol openly in public.  The gun law also allows Alabamians to keep a pistol in their vehicles at work under certain guidelines. 

Property Crime Rate

A new report from the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center says property crimes in Alabama decreased 10 percent in 2012, but violent crimes increased.  The center's annual "Crime in Alabama" report says Alabama had a 5 percent decreased in the total number of crimes reported in 2012.  The total number of violent crimes was up 3 percent from 2011. The report said that was due to a 5 percent increase in homicides and a 6 percent increased in aggravated assaults. 

Deadly Beating

Prosecutors in Calhoun County say a 5-year-old boy was beaten to death because he wet his pants.  Calhoun County District Attorney Brian McVeigh said Gregory Caver of Anniston was beaten until he was unconscious Friday, and later died at a hospital in Birmingham.  The boy's 28-year-old mother India Kimble and her 26-year-old boyfriend Vonta McClellan have been charged with capital murder in the boy's death. 

Selma Hotel

The city of Selma is now running the historic St. James Hotel because the hotel's management company terminated its contract.  Gourmet Services of Atlanta had been running the downtown landmark since 2007.  Now the city is organizing volunteers to help operate the hotel until a new management company or individual can be found.  The 42-room hotel was built in 1837.  The St. James promotes itself as one of the last riverfront hotels still operating in the Southeast. 

Well-Being Ministry

The state of Alabama is trying to get churches and other faith groups more involved with veterans.  The Alabama Veterans Well-Being Ministry Conference is being held today in Auburn.  A retired Army Chief of Chaplains, Douglas L. Carver, is the keynote speaker.  The conference will include sessions for pastors and others on post-traumatic stress disorder and recognizing sings of a possible suicide.  Alabama has more than 400,000 veterans and more than 20,000 are returning to the state now.