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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to guest judge on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has found herself in a new race: “Rupaul’s Drag Race.” The congresswoman will be a guest judge on season 12 of the reality competition. Ocasio-Cortez teased the return of the show, which premieres Feb. 28 on VH1, saying in a tweet, “This was absolutely, 100% a peak experience. I […]

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80-year-old widower in Oregon loses $200K in catfish romance scam

Investigators issued a Valentine’s Day warning after an elderly Oregon widower was swindled out of $200,000 by an unknown suspect he met through an online dating service. The 80-year-old man was “catfished” out of the money after an unidentified person posed as a Florida woman to befriend him, according to the Oregon Department of Consumer […]

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Pentagon plans to shift $3.8 billion in military funding to build border wall

The Pentagon plans to divert $3.8 billion in military funding to pay for the construction of hundreds of more miles of the southern border wall, according to a notice sent to Congress on Thursday. The Department of Defense “reprogramming” notice says it plans to pull $2.2 billion from an account that funds counterdrug activities and […]

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Meet James and Peter Hemings, America’s first black celebrity chefs

Each time you eat a handful of french fries, say a thank you to James Hemings. And if you wash them down with a cold beer, say a toast to his younger brother, Peter. Born into slavery before the Revolutionary War, the brothers — whose sister, Sally Hemings, was Thomas Jefferson’s enslaved mistress (yes, an […]

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Medtronic recalls some insulin pumps that could lead to dangerous incorrect dosing

Several types of insulin pumps are being recalled by a medical device company because of a dangerous flaw that could affect more than 322,000 users with Type 1 diabetes. The Food and Drug Administration identified the recall of Medtronic’s MiniMed 600 Series Insulin Pumps as a “Class I” recall. This is the most serious type […]

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U.S. fugitive wanted in connection with husband’s 2002 murder, arrested in Rome

An American fugitive wanted in connection with the 2002 death of her husband, whose remains were so badly burned they were not identified for more than a decade, has been arrested in Rome, police in the Italian capital said Thursday. Beverley McCallum was picked up after she checked into a hotel, Rome Police confirmed. Hotels […]

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Voatz smartphone voting app has significant security flaws, MIT researchers say

A recent version of a smartphone voting app that has been used in limited capacity in federal elections scattered across four states has significant security flaws, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study has found. The app, Voatz, made by a startup of the same name based in Boston, uses a combination of blockchain software and […]