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Kaitlyn Bristowe Says She Relapsed Back Into Depression on ‘The Bachelorette’

Kaitlyn Bristowe Says She Relapsed Back Into Depression on ‘The Bachelorette’

Celebrity
A fragile time. Kaitlyn Bristowe fell back into depression while filming her season of The Bachelorette after previously battling the condition in her 20s. Stars Who’ve Battled Mental Health Issues“I didn’t get anywhere near where I was in that really dark time, but I definitely struggled with depression during the show and while I was facing all that scrutiny,” the former ABC personality, 34, exclusively told Us Weekly in an interview on Friday, May 15. Bristowe met and got engaged to Shawn Booth during season 11 of The Bachelorette in 2015. She explained that being in the public eye led to the decline in her mental health but she understood that her feelings were “temporary.” The Canada native found herself facing another “funk” after she and Booth, 32, split in 2018. “I saw my...
Val Demings’ stock rises on VP shortlist

Val Demings’ stock rises on VP shortlist

Politics
The Florida congresswoman is attracting an increasing amount of attention from Biden advisers, donors and congressional Democrats Joe Biden’s shortlist for vice president is deep in Democratic talent, filled with governors, senators and former rivals for the presidential nomination. But one of the least-known among them is attracting an increasing amount of attention from Biden advisers, donors and Democrats in Congress — Val Demings. The presumptive nominee himself acknowledged her appeal after joining the Florida congresswoman on a virtual campaign stop at a food bank in Orlando, her hometown. “She is one of a group of close to a dozen really qualified and talented women who are on the list,” Biden said in a May 7 interview with an Orlando television news station. “She's...
‘Trading Spaces’ designer Frank Bielec dies of heart attack at 72

‘Trading Spaces’ designer Frank Bielec dies of heart attack at 72

Entertainment
Designer Frank Bielec of TLC's "Trading Spaces" has died after a heart attack, according to a family member.Bielec was 72 and died at a Houston hospital on Friday, his stepson Matt Gafford said.The TLC Network issued a statement Saturday saying, it's "a sad day for the TLC family as we learn of the passing of beloved 'Trading Spaces' designer Frank Bielec." His colleague, designer Vern Yip, tweeted on Friday night saying, "Funny, wise, nice, and talented, he always lent perspective and levity to every situation." Home makeover host Ty Pennington tweeted about Bielec on Saturday, saying, "One of the best humans I've had the good fortune to call friend. You will be missed Frank." Friend and longtime "Trading Spaces" makeup artist Randall Tang said Bielec was "one of the kindest and...
Twitter employees can work from home forever, CEO says

Twitter employees can work from home forever, CEO says

Tech & Media
Twitter's new policy comes as businesses across the nation are struggling to adapt to social distancing guidelines. Twitter will allow employees to work from home for as long as they want. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told his employees Tuesday that many of them will be allowed to work from home in perpetuity, even after the coronavirus pandemic ends, according to a company spokesperson. “Opening offices will be our decision,” the spokesperson said. “When and if our employees come back, will be theirs.” In an email, first obtained by BuzzFeed News, Dorsey said it was unlikely that Twitter would open its offices before September and that all in-person events would be canceled for the remainder of the year. The company will assess its plans for 2021 events later this year. “We ...
Can the government look at your web habits without a warrant? Senators hope to clarify that.

Can the government look at your web habits without a warrant? Senators hope to clarify that.

Tech & Media
The Senate rejected by one vote a proposal to require the government to get a search warrant before it investigates people’s digital history. Searches on Google may reveal a person’s deepest secrets, their true loves and enemies, or even just their weekly meal planning. And all that information and more may be available for inspection by the U.S. government — possibly even without a warrant. A debate in the Senate this week provided a stark reminder that while the debate about internet privacy these days usually revolves around creepy advertisements and data collection by big tech companies, the country is still wrestling with how much authority to give federal prosecutors to spy on people’s everyday internet activity. The Senate on Wednesday rejected by one vote a proposal to...
Format details announced for TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match

Format details announced for TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match

Sports
Format specifics have been announced for the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity match, less than a week before live televised golf returns at Seminole Golf Club. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson will team against a pair of former Oklahoma State standouts in Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a team skins match on May 17. The format means that each player will play his own ball, with each team counting the lower score between the two players on each hole. McIlroy and Johnson will play for the American Nurses Foundation, while Fowler and Wolff will play for the CDC Foundation. With all money going to charity, both teams will start with $500,000 in the bank. From there, hole values will increase as the match continues: Nos. 1-6 will be worth $50,000 each, while Nos. 7-16 will...
Pompeo advised firing of State Department watchdog, White House official says

Pompeo advised firing of State Department watchdog, White House official says

News
The secretary of state "recommended the move and President Trump agreed," the official said. WASHINGTON — Less than 24 hours after the sudden firing of a State Department watchdog critical of personnel moves within the agency, a White House official said the ousting came on the advice of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo "recommended the move" and President Donald Trump "agreed," the official said. Friday night's firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick came as he "was looking into the Secretary's misuse of a political appointee at the Department to perform personal tasks for himself and Mrs. Pompeo," a Democratic aide told NBC News. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot L. Engel, D-New York, said Friday that he learned Linick "had opened an inves...
Coronavirus live updates: Obama slams politicians for COVID-19 response as U.S. death toll nears 90,000

Coronavirus live updates: Obama slams politicians for COVID-19 response as U.S. death toll nears 90,000

News
Former President Barack Obama slammed U.S. politicians for their handling of the coronavirus at a virtual commencement address to graduating high school seniors across the country on Saturday night. "Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy, that’s how little kids think. Unfortunately a lot of so-called grownups, including some with fancy titles, important jobs, still think that way, which is why things are so screwed up," he said without naming President Donald Trump or his administration. He was speaking at the televised "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020" event hosted by NBA star LeBron James that included appearances from the Jonas Brothers, Megan Rapinoe, Pharrell Williams, Maren Morris and Malala Yousafzai. At another virtual comme...