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Commemoration Overshadows Recent Turmoil At Arlington Cemetery

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It's been a year of unprecedented controversy at Arlington National Cemetery, but that didn't stop thousands of visitors from streaming onto the nation's most hallowed ground to commemorate Veterans Day. Amidst the history, bravery, sadness and celebration that marks every Veterans Day, this year, there is also some uncertainty.

After recent revelations of improperly handled bodies, and gravestones, and thousands of mislabeled graves -- a new leadership team must win back the trust of at least some Americans.

But visitors such as Charles Fuller are all rooting for this sacred place, even as they wonder how things could have gone wrong.

"It kinda makes you think a little bit, 'God, how could they bury somebody in the wrong person's grave, after all they done for the country?' And then you kind of feel like, 'God, please let them get it right,'" Fuller says.

Chaplain Major Crystal Jones, a reservist at Andrews Air Force Base, has been to the cemetery dozens of times to help those grieving for lost ones at funerals.

But today, as she walks through the cemetery holding the hands of her two young daughters, she's here as a visitor. And she says it's different.

"This time was probably more emotional, because I'm not on duty. But yes, it's special every time," Jones says.

More than 5,000 people attended a special ceremony in the amphitheater today. Several thousand more came through to pay their respects.

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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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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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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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