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EnviroCab Adds All-Electric Nissan Leaf To Its Fleet

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Anyone interested in driving an all-electric vehicle in Virginia may have the opportunity to take a test ride by simply catching a cab. That's because EnviroCab in Arlington is the first cab company in the region to add an all-electric car to its fleet.

The Nissan Leaf will boost the number of vehicles in service at the company to 50. EnviroCab already operates 49 hybrid taxis including Toyota Priuses, Camry hybrids, and Highlander hybrids. 

The company purchases carbon offsets to cover the emissions its cabs do produce. The launch of the all-electric taxi as a "test," as the company moves toward its goal of a fleet with zero emissions, according to an EnviroCab representative.

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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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