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

Aug 5, 2013

Alabama Power lifted an alert caused by a caused by a carbon dioxide leak at a nuclear power plant in southeast Alabama.  The utility said the alert was lifted Saturday morning, about five hours after it was first declared.  An Alabama Power spokesman said the carbon dioxide release was detected in an auxiliary building of the Unit 1 reactor at Plant Farley in Houston County.  The leak was contained.  It appears the gas came from a fire suppression system, thought no fires were detected.  No other equipment failures were reported.  No radiation was released. 

Reward Money

The search continues for the individual who shot and robbed a postal truck driver in Hayneville.  Postal inspectors said the employee was attacked last Thursday around 5:30 p.m.  Postal officials declined to release the employee's name.  The worker remains in a Montgomery hospital today listed in stable condition.  The Postal Service is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime. 

Selma Job Fair

The 2nd Annual Congressional Job Fair will be held Wednesday, August 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wallace Community College Selma.  The job fair is sponsored by Congresswoman Terri Sewell, she represents Alabama's 7th District.   More than 50 employers are expected to attend.