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 24, 2013

Alabama Prison officials have ended the segregation of eight HIV positive inmates at the Julia Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka.  According to the Montgomery Advertiser, the eight females inmates are now housed with the general population.  The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit in 2011 to end the segregation.  40-year-old Dana Harley, an inmate at Tutwiler Prison, told the newspaper that she is pleased she will be treated like other prisoners.  Another hearing is scheduled Thursday on behalf of HIV positive male inmates at Limestone Correctional Facility in north Alabama. 

Payday Loans

Payday loan operators are suing to block a new loan database planned by the Alabama Department of Banking.  Several payday loan businesses filed the suit in Montgomery County Circuit Court and asked a judge to stop the department from creating the database by regulation.  Payday loan businesses argue the state is trying to create a database by regulations after the Legislature rejected a bill to do that last spring.  The suit also contends the database is discriminatory because it does not apply to bank and online lenders. 

Tax Fraud

A former Alabama State employee is headed to federal prison for stealing names and tax fraud.  U.S. Attorney George Beck said Lea'tice Phillips of Montgomery County was sentenced to more than seven years in prison Monday.  Federal prosecutors in Montgomery said Phillips who worked for a state agency stole names from state databases.  She pleaded to guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft for participating in a tax refund fraud scheme that claimed over $1.7 million dollars in tax refunds.  A co-defendant, Antionette Djonret of Montgomery has already been sentenced to 12 years in prison. 

Nightclub Shooting

A Montgomery man will serve three years and one month in federal prison for his role in a Montgomery nightclub shooting that injured six people.  Federal Judge Mark Fuller ordered the sentence Monday for 26-year-old Timothy Robinson.  Robinson pleaded guilty in June to being a felon in possession of a gun.  He admitted that he used a .45-caliber Glock to exchange gunfire with another man at the Rose Supper Club on December 3rd, 2012.  The six injuries led to the nightclub losing its liquor license.  Robinson must also spend three years on probation.