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 16, 2013

Alabama's unemployment rate is at its lowest figure in nearly five years.  According to the state Labor Department, the state's jobless rate in July fell to 6.3 percent.  In June, it was 6.5 percent.  The July unemployment rate represents about 135,000 people looking for work, that's down by 5,000 people from the previous month.  Alabama's Black Belt regions remains saddled with high unemployment, Wilcox County at 16.3 percent; Perry County at 14.7 percent and Dallas County at 14.4 percent.  Shelby County recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent. 

Powder Substance

There was another scare involving a white powder substance.  For the second time this week, someone mailed a letter to the Montgomery County Courthouse that contained a white powder.  The letter was received Thursday.  Montgomery County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham said the letter was mailed from a Department of Corrections facility.  Cunningham said the powder appears to be harmless.  Tests are being conducted on the powder.  A similar incident occurred Wednesday in which white powder was found inside an envelope addressed to the Alabama Attorney General Office in downtown in Montgomery. 

UPS Cargo Jet

Federal investigators say they're cautiously optimistic that experts will be able to gain clues from the voice and data recorders from a UPS cargo jet that slammed into a hillside in Birmingham Wednesday morning, killing the two pilots.  The A-300 clipped trees at the end of the runway before going down. 

Criminal Investigation

A robbery-shooting in the town of Valley remains under investigation.  Valley Police said two men entered the Triangle Gas station on U.S. Highway 29 and stole an undetermined amount of cash, then shot 62-year-old Chuck Hudmon in the shoulder.  Hudmon is recovering in an area hospital.  Valley Police and other law enforcement agencies have been searching for two males who were last seen in a gold-colored extended cab pickup truck.  The vehicle has the initials "UK" in the back window.  Anyone with information about the robbery-shooting is asked to contact the Valley Police Department at (334) 756-5200. 

Alabama Grants

President Obama's administration has announced more than $1.4 million dollars in grants for Alabama organizations helping people enroll in the federally operated health insurance exchange in Alabama.  Consumers are supposed to be able to start shopping October 1st for policies that will begin January 1st.  More than 326,000 was awarded to the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority, the organization will focus on 18 counties in central and south Alabama.