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 28, 2013

All available troopers will be on Alabama's highways and interstates during the upcoming Labor Day Holiday weekend.  Authorities plan to crack down on impaired drivers, aggressive driving and seatbelt use.  The state will also participate in a national effort to protect the public from unsafe motor-coach operators.  The holiday weekend begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends midnight Monday. 

Medicaid Repayment

The federal government says Alabama should repay almost $90 million in Medicaid funding.  A report from the Office of Inspector General says the federal government gave Alabama too much Medicaid bonus money in 2009 and 2010.  The report says that's because the state Medicaid agency used improper calculations to compute how many children participated in the program.  State Health Officer Don Williamson says the state agency made what he calls an "honest mistake" that resulted in the state's report being off by about 90,000 children.  Williamson says the state will hold negotiations to avoid having to repay the entire $88 million. 

Library Donation

The Montgomery City-County Library is transferring its reference materials into digital platforms and donating the books to Montgomery Public Schools.  The books are worth more than $800,000 dollars.  The books range from contemporary literature to Shakespearean criticism. 

Faulkner Shooting

Montgomery Police have released the name of the man arrested in Tuesday's shooting at Faulkner University.  37-year-old Reginald Brown reportedly came onto the campus and shot his wife, a maintenance worker there, just before noon.  The 34-year-old victim's name has not been released.  She was recently listed in stable but serious condition.  Brown has been charged with attempted murder and placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under $516,000 bond.