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 28, 2013

A woman remains hospitalized after she was shot at Faulkner University.  The shooter, reported to be her estranged husband, was arrested.  Authorities said the woman was listed in serious, but stable condition.  The victim, whose name was withheld, was shot Tuesday around noon near a maintenance building on the Faulkner campus.  Montgomery Police said the shooting was a domestic violence incident. 

Let Freedom Ring

The Montgomery church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. served as pastor will join many other locations in ringing bells at the moment when King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago.  Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery will ring bells this afternoon as part of the Let Freedom Ring Celebration commemorating King's speech in Washington in 1963.  King served as pastor of the church from 1954 to 1960. 

License Plate

Alabama's standard license plate is switching from a coastal scene to the mountains of north Alabama.  The state Revenue Department says the new tag will be available January 1st.  It will replace the "Sweet Home Alabama" tag that promotes Alabama's coast.  The new tag is designed with mountains and a lake reminiscent of north Alabama. 

Payday Database

State officials say they might decide next month whether to create a database tracking payday loans.  Alabama bureau of Loans supervisor Scott Corscadden said a public comment period on the proposal to create the database closed this week with 250 weighing in.  Corscadden says officials will review the comments and make a recommendation to state banking Superintendent John Harrison.  The review should be done by early September.  A bill aimed at setting a 36 percent annual interest rate on payday loans failed in the last legislative session.