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  • North Jersey News
  • Rochester D and C
  • The Tennessean
  • The Asbury Park Press NJ
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  • St. Cloud Times
  • The Greenville News
  • TCPalm
  • The Des Moines Register
  • Lansing StateJournal
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Recent articles by Maria:

Why is Fox News being sued again over alleged sexual harassment?

Wasn't Fox News supposed to have fixed its sexual harassment problem years ago? Why then is Britt McHenry suing for recent alleged misconduct? → Read More

Reports: Harvey Weinstein close to $25M settlement with some accusers but won't have to pay

Harvey Weinstein may settle suits from some of his accusers for $25 million but he won't have to pay it himself nor admit to wrongdoing, reports say. → Read More

Bill Cosby loses appeal of sex-crimes conviction

Bill Cosby's effort to persuade Pennsylvania judges to overturn his 2018 sex-crimes conviction has been rejected. → Read More

Cuba Gooding Jr. facing 7 more accusers, for total of 22, in his groping case

Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. faces groping charges involving 3 women. Prosecutors also want 19 accusers of uncharged crimes to testify against him. → Read More

How about Harvey Weinstein scheduled to undergo back surgery this week, lawyer says

Harvey Weinstein is scheduled for back surgery this week, according to his lawyer, Donna Rotunno, he says he was in a car accident in August. → Read More

Young rapper Juice Wrld cause of death undetermined after autopsy; more tests required

The Cook County medical examiner says the cause of death of Juice Wrld, 21, is undetermined after autopsy; more tests are required. → Read More

Prosecutors allege Harvey Weinstein violated bail conditions by mishandling ankle monitor

Harvey Weinstein was back in court for a new bail hearing prompted by state law changes. Prosecutors say he violated his bail conditions. → Read More

Top royal stories of 2019: Harry and Meghan's media woes, Andrew's scandal and more

From Prince Harry and Meghan's media woes to Prince Andrews' Jeffrey Epstein connection: Here are the top royal moments of 2019. → Read More

No, Queen Elizabeth is not planning to retire when she turns 95, palace says

The royal crisis over Prince Andrew has spurred new speculation about whether Queen Elizabeth II will retire soon. But palace statement says not so. → Read More

Why is Harvey Weinstein limping? Bad back pain, says his lawyer

Harvey Weinstein has a bad back, says his lawyer, so he needs help walking. He won't use a walker in court for fear of mockery. Twitter mocks anyway. → Read More

R. Kelly charged with using bribes, apparently to marry 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994

Already facing multiple sex-crime charges in four cases in three states, R. Kelly was hit with a new bribery charge over his 1994 marriage to Aaliyah. → Read More

R. Kelly: Chicago judge sets tentative trial date for September 2020, pushes for progress

Facing multiple sex-crime charges, R. Kelly could be tried in three courts in two states in a six-month period of 2020, if tentative trial dates hold. → Read More

Trump says he doesn't 'know Prince Andrew,' photos of them together resurface

Asked about Prince Andrew and his troubles, Trump denied knowing him even though he has met him several times. → Read More

Trump, first lady mingle with the queen and royal family members at palace NATO reception

President Donald Trump and Melania were happy to mingle with Queen Elizabeth, Duchcess Kate and more at a party for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace. → Read More

Prince Andrew's accuser shares sex allegations in BBC sit-down: It's 'a story of being trafficked'

Prince Andrew says he doesn't remember her but Virginia Roberts Giuffre spent an hour with the BBC trying to jog his memory about her sex allegations. → Read More

Prince William heads to Persian Gulf for visit spotlighting his growing diplomatic profile

Prince William is off to Kuwait and Oman on Dec. 1 for a four-day official Persian Gulf visit that will show off his growing diplomatic profile. → Read More

Harvey Weinstein loses effort to toss his New York sex-crimes case

Harvey Weinstein's trial in New York on sex-crime charges will go ahead in January, now that he's lost his latest effort to dismiss the case. → Read More

Melania Trump gets boos, some cheers during Baltimore speech to students on avoiding drugs

Melania Trump is rarely dissed during her public events but Baltimore students booed her during a speech at a youth summit there on drug abuse. → Read More

Bill Cosby interview: He expects to serve full 10-year sentence rather than say 'sorry'

It was Bill Cosby's first prison interview in which he said he expects to serve full sentence rather than say sorry. → Read More

Prince Andrew's resignation: What does it mean for the royal family?

After his controversial Jeffrey Epstein interview, Prince Andrew is canceling himself from royal duties, maybe permanently. Will it quell critics? → Read More