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 29, 2013

There were no fireworks Monday's meeting between Governor Robert Bentley and the Alabama State University Board of Trustees but there were some pointed exchanges and differences of opinion.  The governor focused attention on the preliminary findings of a recent forensic audit of the university; particularly a one million dollar Medicaid contract.  Board members railed against the governor's release of the report without allowing more time for ASU to examine it.  Most of those in attendance felt the meeting was beneficial.  The school's ongoing presidential search stirred disagreement, with the governor wanting to make the finalists' names public.  Board Chairman Elton Dean says he has confidence in the search committee. 

Multiple Arrests

Six arrests have now been made in connection with an August homicide in Montgomery.  Three men have been charged with capital murder including: 18-year-old Rickel Osborne, 18-year-old Caesar Orum and 21-year-old Dashun Williams, all of Montgomery.  Three others have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder: 17-year-old Gabriel Timmons, 17-year-old Milon Moss and 18-year-old Johann Ziegler.  They are also from Montgomery.  On August 11th, 19-year-old Dontavious McCall was shot to death while in the 3400 block of Crescent Road.  Police say the drive-by shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute between rival gang members. 

No Re-election

Republican state Senator Bryan Taylor of Prattville says he won't seek re-election next year.  The 37-year-old freshman senator announced Monday that he want to focus on his law practice and his family with a third child on the way.  Taylor said he will serve out his full term and has no plans to lobby when he leaves the Legislature.  Taylor already had one announced opponent  the 2014 GOP primary, Suzelle Josey, but he said that played no role in his decision.