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 13, 2013

Alabama State University will mark the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing with a citywide ceremony today.  The event will be held in the Zeila Stephens Early Childhood Center on the campus of ASU. 

Black Caucus

Nearly 20 members of the congressional black caucus are visiting Birmingham for the 50th anniversary of a church bombing that killed four girls.  Congresswoman Terri Sewell of Birmingham is hosting a forum at 16th Street Baptist Church today.  Lawmakers scheduled to participate include Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.  Relatives of all four girls who died in the bombing are expected to attend.  They will receive bronze replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal presented earlier this week in Washington. 

Cuts to Education

A report by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says Alabama's cuts to K-12 education are the nation's second worst since the recession began.  The Washington-based group says Alabama's investment in K-12 education has declined 20 percent since 2008, when adjusted for inflation.  Only Oklahoma had deeper cuts. 

New Policy

Most, but not all, full-time staff of the Alabama National Guard is covered by a new Pentagon policy providing benefits for same-sex couples.  A spokesman says there are about 2,500 full-time Guardsmen in Alabama who are considered federal employees and are eligible for federal benefits.  They are covered by the Pentagon's new policy.  The Guard has fewer than 300 full-time employees who are considered state employees, and they continue to receive state benefits.  Those benefits don't cover same-sex marriages. 

Accountability Act

House Minority Leader Craig Ford is declaring the Alabama Accountability Act a "failure" after noting that only 52 students in the state have transferred from failing public schools to private schools.  The Democrat from Gadsden is proposing that the Accountability Act be repealed in next year's legislative session.  He also wants the $40 million dollars set aside for implementation of the Act to be put into the AMSTI program.  Republican leaders have said it will talk several years before it is known what participation levels will be for the Accountability Act.