New British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her Cabinet Wednesday.

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

Investigators have recovered the flight recorders from the wreckage of a UPS jet that crashed at Birmingham's airport, killing two pilots.  National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss says the devices were found but declined to elaborate.  Investigators had been combing the tail section of the plane, which is where the recorders are usually located.  The two devices could hold key evidence about what happened as the jet was attempting to land in Birmingham early Wednesday.  The plane slammed into a hillside just short of the runway. 

Guns in School

Montgomery Police are weighing the effects of the state's new gun law as the 2013-2014 school year draws near.  Police Chief Kevin Murphy says the presence of school resource officers provided a proactive step to preventing incidents and will guard against gun violence in Montgomery Public Schools.  Murphy says the rules prohibiting guns on school campuses have not changed. 

Sentencing Guidelines

Prosecutors are opposed to new sentencing guidelines that will go into effect in Alabama in October.  The Alabama District Attorneys Association says the guidelines, that apply to nonviolent offenders, will weaken their position in settling cases and will result in fewer offenders going to prison.  The Alabama Sentencing Commission crafted the recommendations.  Executive Director of the Commission Bennett Wright says nonviolent offenders will not avoid penalty.  Wright says with the critically overcrowded conditions, the state has to be more selective in which perpetrators are placed in state prisons.  He says Alabama's correctional facilities are at around 195 percent capacity. 

Learning Through Art

The Montgomery Public School system is teaming up with the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts ahead of the upcoming school year to create an artist-in-residence program.  Local artists will provide artistic training to teachers and students at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School once a week for the entire school year through the initiative, called learning through fine arts.  An art exhibition is planned at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts to display the student's work at the end of the school year.