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Democrat Wins Hotly Contested Virginia State Senate Seat — By 11 Votes

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After a recount of a hotly contested state Senate seat in Norfolk, Democrat Lynwood Lewis has been certified as the winner.

The recount confirms the Democrat's victory over Republican Wayne Coleman in the January 7 special election. Lewis' win leaves the Senate evenly split, with Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam serving as the tie-breaking vote.

Republicans have a solid majority over Democrats in the House of Delegates, but the divided Senate gives Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe a bargaining chip in pushing his agenda through the General Assembly.

Lewis picked up two votes in the recount to win by 11.

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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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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

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