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Maryland Gets $20 Million In Energy Efficiency Grant

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By Bill Redlin

Maryland is getting a $20 million energy efficiency grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Vice President Joe Biden announced that 25 communities, government and nonprofit groups have been selected to receive part of $452 million in stimulus funding to speed up energy efficiency building retro-fit projects.

The grant is going to Maryland's Department of Housing and Community Development. State leaders hope to target individual households, multi-family rental properties and commercial properties for energy-efficiency retro-fits.

Maine, Michigan, Missouri and New Hampshire are getting similar statewide grants.

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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Former White House Doctor Outlines Gray Areas In Candidates' Health

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Rob Darling, a former White House physician, about how much voters have a right to know about the medical histories of presidential candidates.
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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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