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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WVAS Local News

Aug 16, 2013

A second student at Montgomery's Robert E. Lee Highs School has tuberculosis.  The state Department of Public Health confirmed the case and the parents of students who were exposed are being contacted.  The department says students who receive notification letters should be tested.  The department says students who have received the letters must be tested the first week of school.  The testing will begin Monday at the Montgomery County Health Department.  The first case at the high school was detected in June.  Health officials say that student was in close contact with the student in the second case. 

UPS Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board hasn't determined what caused the crash of the UPS A300 airplane, but officials have said a preliminary investigation didn't reveal any evidence of engine failure. 

Minister Indicted

Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a minister in the shooting death of his wife and wounding his daughter.  Court records show Terry Greer was indicted on murder charge for the shooting death of his wife, Lisa Greer, and an attempted murder charge in the wounding of their teenage daughter.  The shootings happened January 10th at the family's home in Gardendale.  54-year-old Greer has pleaded not guilty. 

Cancer Prevention Study

The American Cancer Society is in the midst of enrollment for a nationwide cancer prevention study.  Montgomery is one of the metropolitan areas included.  The hope is that the study will aid researchers in determining genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.  Signups will accepted Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week.  Enrollment locations and appointment information can be found online at