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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Oct 25, 2013

If you have prescription drugs that have expired or are unused.  State and federal law enforcement agencies will participate in the annual Drug Take-Back day on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The Alabama Department of Public Health is urging the public to bring their medication to a nearby location for disposal.  A collection sit can be found on the public health department's website, adph.org and click on the "Got Drugs" link. 

Common Core

Alabama's Schools Superintendent is trying to remove any concerns that the state's College and Career Readiness standards, which includes Common Core, is under federal control.  Dr. Tommy Bice offered a resolution to the Board of Education to rescind a Memorandum of Agreement with the two organization that helped forge the Common Core.  Dr. Bice maintains that the state school board retains governance over the standards.  The nullification of the agreement does not stop the standards from continuing to be implemented in Alabama schools. 

On another education matter, the State School Superintendent said  monitors began conducting instructional audits at Montgomery Public Schools this week.  Dr. Tommy Bice said the level of cooperation from MPS personnel has been outstanding. 

Identity Theft

Federal prosecutors have secured another conviction for identity theft and stealing tax returns.  The U.S. Attorney's Office in Montgomery said Tarrish Tellis of Montgomery pleaded guilty Thursday to using stolen names and filing more than $700,000 dollars in false tax returns.  No sentencing date was announced for Tellis.  He faces up to 17 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 dollars per count. 

Child Killed

State Troopers say a 7-year-old boy from West Point, Georgia, was killed in a one car crash in Chambers County Thursday morning.  Troopers said 7-year-old Jaylen Johnson died when the car in which he was a passenger overturned on Alabama 50, about two miles east of Lafayette.  Trooper said the child was not in a safety restraint at the time of the crash.  The boy's mother was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.