EFCC smashes N2b Ponzi scheme in Port Harcourt, owner on the run

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office have arrested 19 staff of a fake investment company floating an alleged Ponzi Scheme that has defrauded members of the public to the tune of N2 billion.
The Chairman of the company, Neenwi Swanu is on the run.
The company, Bluekey Investment Club, operating from Sonia Mall, 42 Woji Road, YKC Junction, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission( CAC) as a software development and general contracting firm, but veered into an interest-yielding Ponzi Scheme, promising to the gullible, ten percent (10%) weekly returns on investment over six Months.
Neenwi Swanu, CEO of Blue Key Investment Club
The Scheme also promised total returns of invested capital after six Months.
Nineteen staff of the company were rounded up on Friday, August 30, 2019 in Port Harcourt.
Among them are five Principal Officers: Princess Tsaroigbara, who is the Public Relations Officer, Onwusa Frances Chineze, Accountant); Naabe Gunugu, Payment Confirmation Staff and Tambari Success, Customer Service officer.
Anorue Maureen, the Receptionist, was also arrested.
Princess Tsaroigbara, Public Relations Officer ( PRO) of the Company told interrogators that her company was into “Digital Financial and other Technological Services” and was not sure if the company was fully registered with the Security and Exchange Commission, SEC, and the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Scores of defrauded customers thronged the premises of the Company seeking the intervention of the EFCC.
Items recovered from the company are computer units and a sum of N459, 300( Four Hundred and Fifty Nine Thousand, Three Hundred Naira only).
The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Everything You Need to Know About the Amazon Affiliate Program

The Amazon affiliate program, also called "Amazon Associates" can be an easy way to monetize your website or blog. Simply sign up, receive immediate approval, and place Amazon affiliate links on your site today. When someone makes an Amazon purchase via one of your links, you get the commission -- it's that simple.

But how do you get started? Below, you'll find a step-by-step guide to becoming an Amazon Affiliate, with screenshots. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, starting your own business, or just looking for a small business side hustle, I hope you'll find this guide a helpful place to start.

What is the Amazon Affiliate Program?

The Amazon Affiliate program, or Amazon Associates, is an affiliate marketing program.  It's free for website owners and bloggers to become Amazon Associates. They advertise products from Amazon.com on their sites by creating links. When customers click the links and buy products from Amazon, they earn referral fees.

1. Create a website or blog.

To become an Amazon Associate, you must have an active website, blog, app, or YouTube channel. It's also helpful if you've pre-populated that site with content, so it appears active and authentic to both users and Amazon.
Remember, you must be able to describe the purpose of your website as part of the application process. So, have a firm idea of why you're creating your site, the audience you'll target, and how you'll bring in traffic.

2. Visit the Amazon Associates homepage.

Now it's time to create your Amazon Associates account.
  • Visit the Amazon Associates homepage and click "Join Now for Free"
  • You'll be prompted to log in to your existing Amazon account or create one

amazon-associates 3. Build your Amazon Associates profile.

Once you've signed into your Amazon account, click "New Customer" and begin building your Associate account.
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1. Enter your account information.

Enter your account info (including the name, address, phone number of the payee)

2. Enter your website address.

Enter your website address(es), apps, YouTube channels, etc.

3. Enter your preferred store ID.

Enter your preferred store ID (usually the same as your primary website name), explain what your websites hope to accomplish, and select Amazon topics your links will likely target.

4. Explain how you drive traffic to your site.

Explain how you drive traffic to your websites, how you use your website or apps to generate income, how you usually build links, and how many visitors your site brings in each month.

5. Enter your phone number.

Enter your phone number, press "Call Me Now," and wait for the immediate call from Amazon. They'll ask you to input a four-digit code, and once that is complete, your account will be approved.

6. Choose your payment method.

Choose whether to enter your payment (credit card) and tax ID information in now or later. Then proceed to your dashboard.

4. Create Amazon Affiliate links.

Once you've created your account, you'll be sent to your personal Associate homepage. This is where you'll find your performance dashboard (including an earnings overview, monthly summary, and total clicks).
It's also where you'll search for relevant products to link to from your content. Here's how:
Your account will be approved for 180 days. During that time, you must make at least one sale, or your account will be closed. You can reapply for the Amazon Associate program after you've made certain adjustments to your site.
Are you ready to get started with the Amazon Associate Program? I hope guide helps. As with most marketing and sales, quality content is at the heart of success. Ensure you're attracting your audience with quality content and share relevant affiliate links with them on your site. Happy linking!

Who is the Man Who Just Paid a Record Breaking $4.6 Million to Eat Lunch With Warren Buffett

Bidding for the 20th annual charity auction for a "Power Lunch with Warren Buffett," has ended, with an anonymous winner taking the prize with a final bid of $4,567,888.

The lunch is presented by eBay and the Glide Foundation and will be held at the famed steakhouse Smith & Wollensky in New York City.

The auction was hosted exclusively on eBay, with final bids due Friday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. PT. Past winners include David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital and Ted Weschler, now part of Buffett's investment team.

As in previous years, 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the Glide Foundation, a San Francisco-based charity which provides local services to the homeless. The foundation is associated with the Memorial United Methodist Church and was founded over fifty years ago by Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani.

The annual lunch, which started in 2000, has raised over $30 million for the non-profit. Buffett's late wife, Susan Thompson Buffett,was a well-known resident and philanthropist in San Francisco.

Per the bidding website, GLIDE is described as "a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.

"Glide's mission is to break the cycles of multi-generational dependency, poverty, and low self-worth by providing a spiritual home of unconditional love. Glide strives to create a healthy community by offering effective services that foster holistic healing in an environment of cultural integrity and diversity."

Similar to Berkshire Hathaway's stock price, the cost of a winning bid has risen substantially over the years. In 2000, the winning bid was $25,000 while the 2019's winning bid of $4.6 million, an increase of 187 times. In the same time period, Berkshire Hathaway's stock price has risen a mere 5.5 times.

This story originally appeared on Business Insider

A 'fan' groped Miley Cyrus while in Barcelona with her husband Liam Hemsworth

Miley Cyrus definitely has had her share of fans trying to get too close for comfort, but her recent Barcelona experience was something else altogether. The singer and her husband, actor Liam Hemsworth, were seen leaving their hotel in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday, June 2, when the singer was groped in a throng of fans.

The 26-year-old singer was walking behind her 29-year-old husband through a crowd of swarming fans when all of a sudden a man started feeling her hair, before moving in to try and kiss her. In a video clip captured by another witness, the man can be seen for only a few seconds trying to grope the 'Wrecking Ball' singer.

The video clearly gives a glimpse of Miley and Liam forcing their way through the crowd when the man puts his arm around the singer and tries to kiss her. Miley turned away from him before he could achieve his goal, and soon other security guards separated the man from her as she kept walking with Liam, who put his arm around her.

The 'Can't Be Tamed' singer was in Barcelona to perform at the Primavera Sound Festival, though neither the singer nor her husband commented about the incident on social media. And while the songstress has her fair share of wild fans, her husband might just be her biggest fan. On Saturday, Liam shared an Instagram photo of his wife, praising her in the caption.

"Girls got talent," the 'Isn’t it Romantic' star wrote on the photo featuring Miley with large sunglasses on. "She might just make it…WOW to the awesome dude (me) for taking such an incredible photo. #husbandgoals ;)," he added. Miley debuted her album 'She is Coming' at the stroke of midnight on Friday, May 31, and took to Instagram with a belly-baring shot.

"SHE HAS ARRIVED! #SHECAME," Miley captioned the post. The latest EP features six singles from her upcoming seventh studio album, 'She is Miley Cyrus'. Among her new hit songs are 'Catitude', which features RuPaul, and 'Mother's Daughter', which focuses on the singer's relationship with her mother, Trish Cyrus.
Miley's sixth studio album 'Younger Now' was released in 2017 and her latest work is her edgiest yet. Miley has been teasing the new music for some time now and played a snippet of her number 'Bad Karma' in the car on the way to the Met Gala at the beginning of this month. The singer described her new album as a combination of where she has been and where she is going. The six-track EP is the first of three planned that Miley will release by the end of the year, 'She Is Here' and 'She Is Everything'.

Estranged husband of a missing Connecticut lady held on high bond; prosecutor says more charges could come

Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos, was held on bail of $500,000 after a prosecutor said during his court appearance Monday that more charges are expected.

Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, face charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence. State police arrested Dulos, 51, and Troconis, 44, late Saturday at an Avon hotel.

The case against Fotis Dulos was continued to June 11. His attorney, Eugene Riccio, said he did not believe Dulos would be able to post bond Monday. Prosecutor Suzanne Vieux asked the judge to keep the bail at $500,000 because more charges are anticipated.

Troconis’ bail also was kept at $500,000. Her attorney, Andrew Bowman, said she will post bail on Monday, but will have to wear a GPS monitor. Troconis, whose parents were in the court, did not speak during her appearance.

New Canaan police are investigating Jennifer Farber Dulos’ disappearance as both a missing persons case and a criminal investigation and said in a release Sunday that “as the criminal investigation continues, additional criminal charges are expected.”

Jennifer Farber Dulos disappeared on May 24 after dropping her children off at the New Canaan Country Day School. She and Fotis Dulos have been embroiled in a bitter two-year custody battle, a case full of back-and-forth accusations of ignoring court orders, threatening each other in front of the children and allegations of threats to hurt the children or each other.

In one example, Farber Dulos told a judge she feared her husband would either kidnap their five children and flee to Greece with his Argentinian paramour — or kill her.

Word of her husband’s arrest came as the focus of the nine-day investigation shifted to Hartford. Sources have told the Courant that police obtained surveillance video of Fotis Dulos in the same North End Hartford neighborhood where police conducted an extensive search for evidence Friday, sifting through trash cans and scouring dumpsters for several hours. Sources said nothing was found in the search.

Early Sunday, the investigation turned to a property on Mountain Spring Road developed by Fotis Dulos’s Fore Group Inc. real estate company. Investigators, who sources said had obtained search warrants, showed up in force at the property, which is listed for sale at $2.99 million.

At about 8:45 a.m., more than a dozen state police vehicles, including three canine units, converged in front of 80 Mountain Spring Road. A state police canine unit searched a wooded area in front of the house, then moved toward the house and driveway before going around the back of the house, where the state police forensics vehicle was parked.

Two police cruisers also remained through the course of the morning at Dulos’ Jefferson Crossing home, just five minutes up the road from 80 Mountain Spring Road. It is unclear if anything was seized during Sunday’s searches.

By the time investigators swarmed the property, Fotis Dulos was already in custody. Friday, Dulos and Troconis had been taken to Troop L in Litchfield after police showed up at his Jefferson Crossing home in Farmington, where the family lived until Jennifer Farber Dulos moved to New Canaan with her children and filed for divorce in June 2017, sources said.

Detectives had a search warrant seeking DNA and hair samples. Fotis Dulos left the house with Troconis and drove in his own black SUV with a convoy of state police detectives to Litchfield to give DNA and hair samples. Once they were taken, Dulos was allowed to leave and wasn’t detained or questioned at the barracks, sources said.

He was arrested at about 11 p.m. Saturday in Avon, New Canaan police said.

Fotis Dulos’s Bridgeport attorney, Eugene Riccio, declined to comment on the arrest Sunday.

Carrie Luft, spokeswoman for the Farber family, also declined to comment Sunday and asked that others respect the privacy of Jennifer Dulos’s family and friends.

Detectives have tightened the timeline for when they believe Jennifer Farber Dulos disappeared to roughly four hours on May 24, sources said. She dropped the children off around 8 a.m. at the school, and a cleaning lady entered the Welles Avenue home around noon that day and found no one home.

Farber Dulos missed 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. appointments that day, sources said. She was reported missing by two friends at 7 p.m. Sources said neither her cellphone nor her credit cards have been used since she disappeared.

On May 25, state police detectives entered the Welles Avenue house and found traces of blood, law enforcement sources said. It appeared the scene had been cleaned well enough to avoid discovery by the housekeeper, the sources said. It was not clear if investigators have matched the blood to Farber Dulos through DNA testing.

Until Friday, the search for Farber Dulos had centered in New Canaan in the area around her house and in nearby Waveny Park, where her black Chevrolet Suburban SUV was found after she was reported missing. State police have impounded that car.

As the search intensified over the last week, divorce proceedings continued. Michael Rose, the divorce attorney who is representing Fotis Dulos, filed a motion seeking a custody hearing because he said the children are under armed guard in the New York City apartment owned by Jennifer’s mother, and their father has no access to them.

Sources said that Fotis Dulos went to New York City May 26, two days after his wife was reported missing, and tried to see his children, but was rebuffed by security. Late Friday, Rose filed a motion seeking to cancel the deposition of Jennifer Farber Dulos as well as depositions scheduled for a doctor who has been meeting with the children, and the couple’s babysitter. A hearing has been scheduled for June 5 in Stamford Superior Court.

The divorce proceedings have been taking place against the backdrop of another legal battle between Fotis Dulos and the estate of his estranged wife’s father, Hilliard Farber, who contends that Fotis Dulos owes his in-laws more than $2.5 million, according to court records. Hilliard Farber was a former senior vice president at Chase Manhattan Bank who went on to serve as a fellow at the Brookings Institute and form his own brokerage firm, Hilliard Farber & Co.

Farber would front his son-in-law money to buy properties and then Dulos would build high-end homes through his company, Fore Group Inc. He then would sell the houses and repay the debt, according to court records. The lawsuit alleges that Dulos stopped making those payments.

“Mr. Farber was extremely generous to his son-in-law over the years,” said West Hartford attorney Richard Weinstein, who represents Farber’s estate.

The five Dulos children were set to spend Memorial Day Weekend with their father, according to a relaxed visitation schedule a judge issued in March.

In a March 20 ruling, Judge Donna Heller changed what had been extremely limited access to the children for Fotis Dulos, allowing him every-other-weekend visits to the home in Farmington where they grew up. The judge changed the schedule even though she previously had called Fotis Dulos “a liar who willingly ignored court orders” by allowing his girlfriend access to his five children, despite a court order explicitly ordering him not to do that.

After several contentious months of hearings, and with reports from therapists and a guardian ad litem, Heller ruled Fotis Dulos could have supervised visitation rights with his children that included having the kids every other weekend, starting at the end of March. He was allowed to spend seven hours with the children in Fairfield County on Saturdays and six hours with them in Hartford County on Sundays, including at his Farmington home.

“The court finds it is in the children’s best interests that they have regular supervised parenting time with the defendant every other weekend,” Heller said.

Virginia Beach gunman Did resigned via email some hours before he opened fire at municipal building and left 12 people dead

The gunman who opened fire inside a Virginia Beach government building, killing 12 people, resigned by email hours before the shooting, a city official said Sunday.

There was no immediate indication why the man, a civil engineer, had notified a superior of his intention to leave his job in two weeks.

The assailant was an employee "in good standing" in his department, said City Manager Dave Hansen, who described the man's performance as "satisfactory."

Authorities have identified the attacker as 40-year-old DeWayne Craddock. He was killed following a gunbattle with police.

An American flag that is part of a makeshift memorial stands at the edge of a police cordon in front of a municipal building that was the scene of a shooting, Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Va. DeWayne Craddock, a longtime city employee, opened fire at the building Friday before police shot and killed him, authorities said. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Police Chief James Cervera said he had no information to indicate that the shooter targeted anyone specifically.

He described how officers who entered the building pursued the man through a tightly packed warren of offices and exchanged gunfire with him. He did not know how many rounds were fired but said it was "well into the double digits."

"In the police world, anything more than three to five shots is a long gunbattle," he said.

At one point, the suspect fired at officers through a door and a wall and hit one officer, who was saved by a bulletproof vest. Then the firing stopped, and police realized the gunman was holed up in an office.

When they got into the office, they took the wounded shooter into custody and gave him first aid, Cervera said.
This combination of photos provided by the City of Virginia Beach on Saturday, June 1, 2019 shows victims of Friday's shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va. Top row from left are Laquita C. Brown, Ryan Keith Cox, Tara Welch Gallagher and Mary Louise Gayle. Middle row from left are Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Joshua O. Hardy, Michelle "Missy" Langer and Richard H. Nettleton. Bottom row from left are Katherine A. Nixon, Christopher Kelly Rapp, Herbert "Bert" Snelling and Robert "Bobby" Williams. (Courtesy City of Virginia Beach via AP)
Among the dead were four other engineers who worked to maintain streets and protect wetlands and three right-of-way agents who reviewed property lines. Others included an account clerk, a technician, an administrative assistant and a special projects coordinator. In all, they had served the city of Virginia Beach for more than 150 years.

Police have declined to comment on the gunman's motive. City officials uttered his name just once and said they would not mention it again.

Joseph Scott, an engineering technician with the utilities department, said he had worked with Craddock and had a brief interaction with him Friday, passing him in the men's restroom about five minutes before the shooting.

"He was in there brushing his teeth, which he always did after he ate," Scott said. "I said 'Hey, how you doing? What are you doing this weekend?' It was just a brief conversation."

Scott said he left for the day right after and learned of the shooting when a co-worker and then his son called him asking if he was OK.

"I couldn't believe that it happened," he said.

One of the dead employees had worked for the city for 41 years. Six worked in the same department as the suspect, though authorities have declined to say if anyone was specifically targeted or if the suspect had issued threats before. The victims were found throughout the building, on three floors, police said.

The municipal building was open to the public, but security passes were required to enter inner offices, conference rooms and other work areas. As a current employee, Craddock would have had the pass to enter the inner offices, Hansen said.

At least three other people who were wounded remained hospitalized Saturday.

Craddock appeared to have had no felony record, making him eligible to purchase guns.

Government investigators identified two .45-caliber pistols used in the attack, said Ashan Benedict, the regional special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

All indications were that the shooter purchased the weapons legally, one in 2016 and one in 2018, Benedict said. The police chief said at least one had a noise suppressor.

Scott said he worked in a different division from Craddock, whom he described as quiet, polite and a "nice guy." Scott said he thought Craddock was in good standing at work and had never heard negative reports about him.

A handwritten note was posted Saturday at the suspect's home expressing condolences to the shooting victims on behalf of his family.

Hundreds of people attended Saturday prayer vigils for the dead. Scott said he, his wife and several others prayed for the shooter too.

"He was a human too, and his family is hurting too," Scott said. "He's not evil ... he was just another guy who had problems."

Neighbors described Craddock as a car enthusiast and bodybuilder.

Amanda Archer, 22, and Cassetty Howerin, 23, lived in a Virginia Beach townhome beneath Craddock for the past year and only got to know him in passing, exchanging the occasional greeting.

"He wasn't much of a talker," Archer recalled. "He's a mystery to us. He's a mystery to everybody, apparently."

YouTube Celebrity who gave toothpaste-filled Oreo to A homeless man receives 15-month jail sentence

A Spanish YouTube star who pranked a homeless man by filling an Oreo cookie with toothpaste was sentenced on Friday to 15 months in prison and now owes $22,300 to his victim, The New York Times reported Sunday.

A Barcelona judge also ordered that Kanguhua Ren's YouTube and other social media accounts be shut down for five years. The 20-year-old Ren, who goes by ReSet on the video-sharing website, was born in China but has lived in Barcelona for most of his life. He is unlikely to serve any jail time because Spanish law typically waives prison sentences for first-time offenders who commit non-violent crimes.

Ren posted a since-deleted video to his YouTube channel in January 2017 in which he is seen filling Oreo cookies with toothpaste and repackaging them as a prank to impress his 1.2 million followers. The prank took a turn for the worse when he handed the cookie, along with 20 euros, to a homeless man identified as Gheorge L., who proceeded to eat them and vomit afterward.

In the video, Ren can be heard contemplating whether he has gone too far with the prank.

"But look at the positive side; this will help him clean his teeth,” he said. “I think he hasn't cleaned them since he became poor."

The Barcelona court didn't see the humor and found Ren guilty of violating the moral integrity of the homeless man.

Gheorge L., a native of Romania who fled his country to escape the Communist dictatorship and was later hospitalized in a mental institution said he had “never been treated so poorly while living on the street,” according to a report by the El Pais newspaper.

After the video received negative feedback from his followers, Ren attempted to make amends by filming a subsequent video where he visits the homeless man again and offers him 20 more euros. Ren made a third visit after that, offering the man's daughter 300 euros to prevent her from filing a lawsuit, according to Spanish police.

The YouTuber raked in $2,475 from advertisers for the Oreo prank videos alone, a fact that judge Rosa Aragonés said showed "this was not an isolated act," as he has posted other videos displaying "cruel behaviors" towards "easy or vulnerable victims," in the past.

Ren defended his videos to the court saying “I do things to mount a show: People like what is morbid.”

Joey King Makes Shocking Confession About Playing Gypsy Rose in 'The Act'

The role of a lifetime! Joey King embraced portraying Gypsy Rose Blanchard in Hulu’s The Act, despite the many challenges that accompanied the dark role.  “It was a bizarrely enjoyable experience to able to completely strip away all vanity and become Gypsy, so f–k what other people say, I’m proud of myself,” the 19-year-old actress […]

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From Farrah to Bristol! Every ‘Teen Mom’ Star Who Has Left the Franchise

All good things must come to an end? That has been the case for multiple members of the Teen Mom franchise. After the success of 16 & Pregnant, MTV decided to launch Teen Mom in December 2009, set to follow Farrah Abraham, Amber Portwood, Maci Bookout and Catelynn Lowell. After season 5, the show was […]

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Craziest ‘MAFS’ Moments of All Time: Molly’s Threesome, Mia’s Arrest, More!

For better or for worse? Married at First Sight couples have had many highs and lows throughout the years and have shown Us that it takes hard work to make new relationships last. From Molly and Jonathan’s rollercoaster romance in season 6, to Mia’s legal battle in season 7, the TLC stars haven’t shied away […]

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A 'Breakthrough' Role! Watch Chrissy Metz's First-Ever Music Video

Is there anything Chrissy Metz can’t do? The This Is Us actress showcased her musical skills in her first-ever music video for her song, “I’m Standing With You” On Friday, April 19, the Golden Globe nominee, 38, released the video for the tune, which is featured on the soundtrack of her new film, Breakthrough. The […]

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Love at First Pump! Teen Mom 2's Chelsea and Cole's Relationship Timeline

It was love at first sight for Chelsea Houska and Cole DeBoer when they met at a gas station in South Dakota in 2014. Years before she met Cole, however, Chelsea was a single mother of daughter Aubree, whom she shared with ex-boyfriend Adam Lind. While the Teen Mom 2 star often went back to […]

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Natalie Morales Exits ‘Access Hollywood’ After 3 Years

There’s a shift happening at Access Hollywood and Access Live. After three years as a cohost, Natalie Morales will be exiting the daily entertainment news series, Us Weekly can confirm. For months, rumors have been swirling that Morales was let go from the news program; however,  NBC denied them repeatedly. Morales, 46, has been part […]

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Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, More Star as Animals in Lil Dicky's Music Video

The gang’s all here! Lil Dicky’s new music video, “Earth,” premiered in the wee hours of Friday, April 19, featuring a whole slew of celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, Katy Perry, Adam Levine, Leonardo DiCaprio and more. The footage shows each artist lending their vocal talents to their own animated animals […]

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Khloe K. Snaps at Kourtney on ‘KUWTK’: ‘Get Out of My F—king Business’

Eat, pray, throw shade! Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kim Kardashian attempt to have a relaxing vacation in Bali during the Sunday, April 21, episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians – attempts being the keyword! “Life is so crazy and hectic, I am so looking forward to having tea ceremonies on a daily and […]

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