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 22, 2013

Two men are behind bars today in connection with Monday's fatal shooting of 36-year-old Clem Hill of Montgomery.  Montgomery Police Detectives have charged 34-year-old Ryshawn London and 27-year-old George Cole, both of Montgomery, with one count each of murder.  Hill was shot to death Monday afternoon outside a Liberty gas station on West Edgemont Avenue.  Authorities said the shooting stemmed from an argument and ongoing dispute between the victim and the two suspects.  London and Cole were placed in the Montgomery County Jail.  Bond was set at $75,000. 

Still Crossroads 'Shine

A liquor that was once considered illegal soon will be placed on shelves at Alabama ABC stores statewide.  High Ridge Spirits, the state's only licensed distillery, has delivered 37 cases of its Still Crossroads 'Shine to the ABC warehouse in Montgomery.  Founder Jamie Ray said the moonshine will make its public debut Wednesday at the Railyard Brewing Company in downtown Montgomery.  High Ridge Spirits is based in Bullock County. 

Legionnaires' Disease

Alabama health officials have confirmed 15 cases of Legionnaires' disease in Florence, and positive cultures for Legionella bacteria have been found in three cooling towers in the northwest Alabama city.  A health official, Dr. Karen Landers, said Monday the 15 confirmed cases include one death.