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Julián Castro Drops Out Of 2020 Presidential Race

Julián Castro, the only Latino in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race and former Obama housing secretary, ended his campaign on Thursday. Castro said in a video announcing his exit, “I’m so proud of the campaign we’ve run together. We’ve shaped the conversation on so many important issues in this race, stood up for the most vulnerable people and given a voice to those who are often forgotten. But with only a month until the Iowa caucuses, and given the circumstances of this campaign season, I have determined that it simply isn’t our time.” ...Read more

FDA Issues Ban On Most Flavored E-Cigarette Products

Federal health officials said Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration is banning a range of flavored e-cigarette products, including fruit and mint, although menthol and tobacco-flavored pods will still be available. The decision comes amid an epidemic of teenagers vaping, but is a major compromise from the Trump administration’s previous promise to ban all flavors. ...Read more

Actor Wilmer Valderrama And Model Amanda Pacheco Get Engaged On New Year’s Day

NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama is engaged to his model girlfriend Amanda Pacheco. Valderrama popped the question in San Diego on New Year’s Day, he revealed on Instagram. In the photo, Valderrama, 39, can be seen getting down on one knee in front of a gorgeous seaside backdrop. “‘It’s just us now,’” he captioned the photo, adding the date of their engagement, “01-01-2020.” ...Read more

Washington Redskins Hire Ron Rivera As New Head Coach

The Washington Redskins officially named Ron Rivera as head coach Wednesday and hired Jack Del Rio as his defensive coordinator. Redskins owner Dan Snyder said, “After several meetings with Coach Rivera, it was clear he is the right person to bring winning football back to Washington, D.C. He is widely respected around the league as a man of great integrity and has proven to be one of the finest coaches in the country.”  Rivera replaces interim coach Bill Callahan, who finished the season after Jay Gruden was fired following an 0-5 start. The Redskins haven’t been to the playoffs since 2015 and haven’t won a Super Bowl since the 1991 season. ...Read more