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 29, 2013

If you are headed to Cramton Bowl this evening be prepared for new security measures at the stadium.  Police and sheriff's deputies say everyone including layers, fans, cheerleaders and band members will be screened with hand held metal detectors. 

Bentley Visits

Governor Robert Bentley will make a stop at the Golden Dragon Copper Tubing plant near Pine Hill in Wilcox County.  The $100 million dollar facility is under construction and its expected to employ at least 300 people.  The governor will also make a lunch time visit at Mrs. Kitty's restaurant in Camden and he'll conduct a business roundtable with the Wilcox County Chamber of Commerce. 

Tuskegee Teacher 

State Troopers say a high school teacher from Tuskegee was killed in a car crash in Russell County.  Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said 40-year-old Wileatha Brown of Tuskegee was pronounced dead at the scene of the Wednesday morning crash on U.S. 431 and Alabama Highway 169.  Russell County Schools Superintendent Mike Green said Brown was in her first year as a science teacher at Russell County High School.  Troopers said Brown was driving a sedan that collided with a semitrailer. 

Accountability Lawsuit

A state lawmaker from Montgomery and two education officials have filed a state lawsuit to have the Alabama Accountability Act ruled unconstitutional.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of State Senator Quinton Ross, Lowndes County Schools Superintendent Daniel Boyd and Alabama Education Association president Anita Gibson.  The Accountability Act provides tax credits of about $3,500 dollars for parents who move their children from a failing public school to a private school.  The Southern Poverty Law Center also filed a lawsuit this month to try blocking the legislation from being implemented.