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 14, 2013

An airport spokeswoman says the large UPS cargo plant that crashed went down in an open field just outside an airport in Birmingham.  A spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority said there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash.  A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said the A-300 jetliner crashed this morning around 5 a.m. on approach to the Birmingham-Shuttleworth Airport.  NPR reports the pilot and co-pilot were killed, there were no passengers aboard the cargo aircraft.  The FAA said the plane was en route from Louisville to Birmingham.  Birmingham official say the crash has not affected airport operations. 

District Lines

Testimony has ended up in the trial of a federal lawsuit by Democrats that challenged the process used by the Alabama Legislature to redraw the state's 105 House and 35 Senate districts.  A panel of three federal judges Tuesday ordered attorneys for both sides to prepare proposed orders by August 21st of how they would like the three judges to rule.  Attorneys for the Democrats argued the Legislature "stacked and packed" Democrats into predominantly black districts, diluting the strength of black voters.  Republican state Senator Gerald Dial of Lineville said there was no attempt to stack districts in favor of Republicans. 

VictoryLand Back Pay

A federal appeals court in Atlanta has sided with former employees at VictoryLand in Macon County who argued they were not properly notified about layoffs in February and August 2010.  The ex-workers are seeking back pay.  The layoffs at VictoryLand followed a lengthy court fight and raid by then-Governor Bob Riley's crackdown on electronic bingo.  The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that VictoryLand violated the Warn Act.  The federal law requires businesses with at least 100 employees to give a 60 day notice before layoffs.  A federal judge in Montgomery issued a similar ruling in March 2012. 

Body Found in Selma

Police in Selma say a body that was pulled from a drainage area near U.S. Highway 80 has been identified as a missing man.  Selma Police Chief William Riley told the Selma Times-Journal the man was identified Tuesday as 47-year-old Chester Walker.  Authorities said Walker was reported missing Sunday.  Walker was last seen by his brother walking early Sunday morning.  An autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of death. 

Nigerian Hornets

Alabama State University's global footprint is growing.  Over 50 students from Nigeria will be attending the university in the fall to begin work on their undergraduate degrees.  Vice President for Enrollment Management Cherise Peters said this opportunity is a win-win for the university.  The Nigerian government is sponsoring the student's tuition, books, room and board.