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 29, 2013

Motorists will see more state troopers on the roads during the Labor Day holiday weekend.  It's part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.  Extra officers will be working from the beginning of the holiday travel period at 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Tuesday. 

Siegelman Trial

Former Gov.  Don Siegelman has asked a federal appeals court for a new trial on his 2006 bribery conviction.  Siegelman's attorneys told the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in court filings his case was tainted by the Montgomery U.S. attorney's ties to Republican politics. 

McNair Release

A judge is ordering the early release from prison of a former Alabama politician whose daughter died in a racist church bombing in 1963.  U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith Thursday ordered the release of Chris McNair.  The decision came after the Justice Department sought McNair's freedom on grounds of compassion. 

Jazz on the Grass

The countdown for the 8th Annual Jazz on the Grass has begun.  The day-long Labor Day Concert will take place at Rolling Hills Park in the town of Pike Road.  Gates open on Monday at 11 a.m., horns up at noon.  The number for more information is (334) 229-4708.