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 30, 2013

Longtime Alabama Republican Congressman Spencer Bachus says he will not seek re-election after his current term.  The 6th District congressman made the announcement Monday in Birmingham.  Bachus won an 11th term in Congress last November. 

HIV Positive Inmates

A federal judge in Montgomery has approved a settlement to end the segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons.  U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an opinion Monday saying the agreement isn't perfect but can take effect.  Female inmates already are living with other prisoners at Tutwiler women's prison in Wetumpka.  Male inmates will be integrated into the general prison population next year.  The judge also approved $1.3 million dollars in legal fees and expenses that will have to be paid by the state. 

Lowery Memorial

A memorial service will be held Wednesday to remember Evelyn Lowery, the wife of the Reverend Joseph Lowery.  A family spokesman said that the service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Martin Luther King Jr., International Chapel at Morehouse College.  Evelyn Lowery died after suffering a stroke.  She founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/Women to focus on empowering women, girls and families. 

Bass Tournament

Alabama is launching a bass fishing tournament for amateur anglers that is expected to spread tourism dollars from Baldwin County to Lauderdale County.  Governor Robert Bentley and other officials announced the creation of the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series Monday.  The team-style tournament for amateurs will be held on 10 lakes on the Alabama Bass Trail and the championship will be held on an 11th lake.  Starting in February, the tournaments will stretch from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta to Pickwick Lake in Northeast Alabama.  Officials predict that amateur anglers from across the Southeast will compete for $10,000 in first-place money at each tournament.  More information on the tournament, which is already open for registration, can be found at alabamabasstrail.org.