Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday where she sought to use the symbolism of a historic landmark to draw parallels to a present-day America that is in need of repairing deepening racial and cultural divides.

The Old State Capitol — where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "A house divided" speech in 1858 warning against the ills of slavery and where Barack Obama launched his presidential bid in 2007 — served as the backdrop for Clinton as she spoke of how "America's long struggle with race is far from finished."

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When we meet the heroin dealer called Bone, he has just shot up. He has a lot to say anyway. He tells us about his career--it pretty much tracks the evolution of drug use in America these past ten years or so. He tells us about his rough past. And he tells us about how he died a week ago. He overdosed on his own supply and his friend took his body to the emergency room, then left.

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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Sep 10, 2013

Starting in October, Alabamians will be charged a fee on their monthly bills for using a cell phone and land line telephone.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports the Alabama Legislature approved the levy in 2012.  The law will allow wireless carriers and phone companies to charge $1.60 per phone every month.  The newspaper said the revenue will be used to fund 911 systems in all 67 counties.  Previously, 911 systems were funded by municipalities and counties. 

Economic Recovery Tour

Governor Robert Bentley continues his "Road to Economic Recovery Tour" with a series of stops in Elmore County today.  The governor will participate in a round table discussion at the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce on East Bridge St.  Bentley will visit the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative in Titus and tour Southeastern Business Printers in Wetumpka. 

Inmate Charged

Prattville Police say a man already in prison has been charged with multiple counts of impersonating a police officer and was responsible for a scam that targeted Prattville residents.  23-year-old Jesse Mainor is accused of making a series of phone calls from a Georgia prison.  Police said he would tell residents that they had an outstanding warrant for their arrest.  Mainor then would tell the citizen they needed to buy a MoneyPak gift card and call him back with the card number to clear the warrant.  Prattville police said Mainor, who is a native of Prattville, pulled of the scam at least nine times.  He is serving a sentence in a Georgia prison for armed robbery and assault. 

Russell Trial

An east Alabama man goes on trial today in Opelika in connection with the fatal shooting of an Anniston police officer.  Opening statements will be heard in the state's case against 25-year-old Joshua Russell.  He's accused of killing Anniston Police Officer Justin Sollohub in August 2011.  Russell has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental defect.  Russell's trial was moved from Anniston to Opelika due to pre-trial publicity. 

Thomas Conviction

An Alabama appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former legislator and ex-high school principal accused of having sexual contact with a student.  In a recent ruling, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals said there was sufficient evidence that James Thomas kissed and touched a then 17-year-old female student at Wilcox Central High School in November 2010.  Thomas was sentenced to one year in prison. 

ASU Grant

Alabama State University has been awarded a grant of more than $1.5 million dollars from the National Institutes of Health.  ASU officials said the grant will be distributed over a five-year period.  The program is aimed at increasing the number of Ph.Ds in the field.  Director of the school's Center for NanoBiotechnology Research, Dr. Shree Singh, will manage the program with help from other ASU researchers.