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Loudoun County Considers Closing Four Elementary Schools

School officials in Virginia's Loudoun County are considering closing four small schools in the western part of the county.

The Loudoun County School Board is thinking about closing Lincoln, Hamilton, Hillsboro and Aldie elementary schools to help close a budget gap.

Board Chairman Eric Hornberger says closing the four schools could save an estimated $2 million a year in operating costs, and some board members say spending money to maintain older schools with tiny enrollments doesn't make sense. But not everyone agrees that it's a good idea. Supporters of keeping the schools say they've been centers in their communities for generations.

The board will hold a public hearing on April 21.

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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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