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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WVAS Local News

Oct 24, 2013

A horrific crash on a Montgomery area interstate left one person dead and three others injured Wednesday afternoon.  Montgomery police said a car cross the median on Interstate 85 north, just past the Perry Hill Road overpass.  Police said the driver was killed when he crashed into a sport utility vehicle traveling on I-85 South.  Three passengers in the SUP were treated for injuries that were not considered life threatening.  The accident shut down all traffic on I-85 South from Ann Street to East Boulevard for several hours.  The identity of the deceased driver and the people injured has not been released. 

Arson Investigation

Investigators with Montgomery Fire/Rescue say it was arson that caused extensive fire damage to Flip's Uptown Grill on Atlanta Highway.  The popular eatery sustained major damage early Wednesday morning.  The owner of Flip's said the restaurant was set to celebrate its 20th anniversary in December.  Fire Department Spokesman, Lt. K.O.  said investigators found evidence of a burglary and signs the fire was deliberately set.  No arrests have been made. 

Magic City Classic

The intrastate rivalry between Alabama State and Alabama A&M universities comes to a head Saturday afternoon the two SWAC Conference foes meet in the annual Magic City Classic football game.  ASU head Coach Reggie Barlow said A&M brings a blitz-happy top-rated defense into the game.  Kickoff for the 72nd annual game is set for 2:30 p.m. at Legion Field in Birmingham. 

Apollo Night

The second annual Amateur Night at the Apollo is being hosted by Bama State radio on the campus of Alabama State University.  The event begins at 7 p.m. tonight at ASU's Lockhart gym.  Co-organizer of the event, Octavius Combs, says the show will feature over 20 different acts.  Admission for tonight's event is one dollar and the public is invited to attend.