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 11, 2013

Ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of 9/11 have begun in earnest.  Cities and towns across Alabama joined the rest of the nation to observe moments of silence at Ground Zero in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and in western Pennsylvania.  Locally, ceremonies were held this morning in Montgomery and Prattville. 

Newton Tributes

Tributes are pouring in following the sudden death of a veteran legislator from Birmingham.  Al.com reports that Democratic State Representative Demetrius Newton has died.  Newton was the first black speaker Pro Tem of the Alabama House.  State Rep. John Rogers also of Birmingham said Newton has been seriously ill.  Funeral arrangements for Rep. Newton are incomplete. 

City-Run School System?

Mayor Todd Strange said a recent conversation with the State School Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice prompted him to reconsider a plan that would allow the city to operate the Montgomery School System.  Strange said he and Dr. Bice discussed several issues that included improper grade changes and raising standards for non-magnet schools.  MPS Superintendent Barbara Thompson recently responded to the State Department of Education.  Thompson outlined several initiatives to correct the problems.  Mayor Strange also said he plans to monitor the situation. 

Paper Mill Closing

International Paper is closing a mill in north Alabama, a move that affect 1,100 jobs.  The Tennessee-based, company said today the plant in Courtland will shut down by early 2014.  The mill makes a type of paper that's used in magazines, forms, copiers and printers.  International Paper says customer demand for their products is down.  International Paper said it will provide assistance for hourly workers.  Salaried employees will receive severance packages and other aid.