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 15, 2013

Governor Bentley will throw out the first pitch during the opening ceremony of the Babe Ruth World Series in Andalusia.  Bentley will participate in the opening ceremony to wrap up his visit to Andalusia today as he continues his Road to Economic Recovery Tour of the state. 

Poison Center Closes

Authorities say the Alabama Poison Center at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa is set to close at the end of September.  The closure comes after a decision by state lawmakers to cut the center's funding.  The control center, which has a staff of 14, is scheduled to close September 30th.  The center provides the public and health care professionals statewide with emergency information.  Officials say calls handled by the center will be transferred to the Regional Poison Control Center at Children's of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. 

ASU Presidential Search

A committee assigned is to find the next president of Alabama State University met Wednesday evening.  A subcommittee looked at revising qualifications and decided to expand the pool of potential applicants to include business leaders, government officials and high-ranking members of the military.  The search for a new ASU president started in January. 

Sellers Candidacy

A member of the Montgomery County Board of Education has officially entered the race for a seat in the Alabama House.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports Heather Sellers, Vice President of the Montgomery County School Board, will run in the Republican primary for the District 74 seat that was vacated by Jay Love on August 1st.  Two other announced candidates are Charlotte Meadows and Montgomery County Commissioner Dimitri Polizos.  The special election is October 8th. 

Tax Fraud

A federal judge has sentenced a Montgomery man to two years in prison for his role in a tax refund fraud scheme involving stolen identities.  Anton Miles was sentenced Wednesday, he pleaded guilty last week to theft of government money.  Prosecutors said Miles opened a bank account in Montgomery under a business name.  Then about 120 false federal income tax refunds were directed to the bank account between January 2012 and March of 2013.  The refunds were for more than $164,000 and they involved stolen identities.