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."

Episode 711: Hooked on Heroin

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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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Oct 21, 2013

State health and law enforcement officials are asking the public to get rid of potentially dangerous prescription drugs that are expired, unused or unwanted.  They are working with police and sheriffs' department in many towns to set up drop-off points for Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26th.  Officials say the program is free and anonymous.  A list of drop-off sites is available on the state health department's website. 

Sex Offenders Monitor

Two Alabama lawmakers have pre-filed a bill that would require facilities housing groups of sex offenders to have a live-in monitor.  Representatives Paul Beckman of Prattville and Kurt Wallace of Maplesville say they're sponsoring the proposed legislation because groups of sex offenders who have finished their prison sentences are living in clusters near Clanton and in Autauga County.  Beckman said he considers the measure a way of protecting children and families in rural areas that are home to groups of sex offenders. 

Pedestrian Fatality

Montgomery Police say a driver is facing a charge of reckless murder in connection with the death of a pedestrian late Friday night.  MPD said 25-year-old Ashlee Mock of Montgomery was struck and killed in the 1900 black of Yarbrough Street.  It happened around 11:30 p.m.  Police said a second pedestrian was also struck and suffered life threatening injuries.  The driver, 28-year-old Kevin Crosskey of Montgomery, was charged with reckless murder and was being held in the Montgomery County Jail under a $75,000 bond.  There have been 16 traffic fatalities in Montgomery this year. 

Baby Rhino

Montgomery Zoo officials say an animal autopsy will be conducted to determine what caused the death of a 4-month-old Indian rhinoceros.  The baby rhino, named Ethan, died on Saturday.  The rhino's birth was widely celebrated because Ethan was the first of his species to be born in the United States that was produced by artificial insemination.  The young rhinoceros was named after Ethan Gilman.  The youngster was kidnapped from a school bus and held hostage in a bunker in Dale County earlier this year.