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Recent articles by Maria:

Taylor Swift starts giving to charities for sex-assault victims after trial win

Taylor Swift is starting to make good on her promise to help sex-abuse victims, after she won her groping trial in Denver. → Read More

Another woman publicly accuses Roman Polanski of underage rape

As Polanski tries to get 40-year-old rape case thrown out, another woman comes forward to accuse him of raping her in 1973 when she was 16. → Read More

Coroner: John Heard died of a heart attack

John Heard's death in Palo Alto, Calif., hotel was due to a heart attack and not to his recent back surgery, county coroner reports. → Read More

Kim Kardashian apologizes for defending vlogger with history of racist comments

Kim Kardashian says she's sorry for not knowing the extent of beauty the vlogger's past racist comments. → Read More

Bill Cosby loses another defense lawyer as his second trial looms

Bill Cosby is losing his defense lawyers, and still searching for new ones as his second trial on sexual assault charges looms. → Read More

Coroner: John Heard died of a heart attack

John Heard's death in Palo Alto, Calif., hotel was due to a heart attack and not to his recent back surgery, county coroner reports. → Read More

Taylor Swift's court sketch artist says she's 'too perfect' to draw

Jeff Kandyba's courtroom sketches of Taylor Swift were widely mocked but he says her face is too 'perfectly proportioned' to draw easily. → Read More

Kim Kardashian apologizes for defending vlogger with history of racist comments

Kim Kardashian says she's sorry for not knowing the extent of beauty the vlogger's past racist comments. → Read More

Taylor Swift wins - Jury believes she was groped

After just a few hours of deliberation, the jury in Taylor Swift's groping trial reached a unanimous verdict Monday: They believe Swift was groped — assaulted and battered, in the legal terminology — by ex-Denver radio DJ David Mueller in 2013. → Read More

Prince's Piano Inspires New Shade of Purple

'Love Symbol #2' pays tribute to Prince's impact on music, art, fashion and culture. → Read More

Prince's piano inspires new shade of purple

Royal purple hue created by Pantone Color Institute and inspired by his piano. → Read More

Prince's piano inspires new shade of purple

'Love Symbol #2' pays tribute to Prince's impact on music, art, fashion and culture. → Read More

Prince's piano inspires new shade of purple

'Love Symbol #2' pays tribute to Prince's impact on music, art, fashion and culture. → Read More

Prince's piano inspires new shade of purple

'Love Symbol #2' pays tribute to Prince's impact on music, art, fashion and culture. → Read More

Prince's piano inspires new shade of purple

'Love Symbol #2' pays tribute to Prince's impact on music, art, fashion and culture. → Read More

Prince's piano inspires new shade of purple

'Love Symbol #2' pays tribute to Prince's impact on music, art, fashion and culture. → Read More

Prince's piano inspires new shade of purple

'Love Symbol #2' pays tribute to Prince's impact on music, art, fashion and culture. → Read More

Prince's piano inspires new shade of purple

Royal purple hue created by Pantone Color Institute and inspired by his piano. → Read More

Taylor Swift wins - Jury believes she was groped

The jury verdict says Taylor Swift was groped in 2013 by an ex-Denver radio DJ. → Read More

Judge Throws Out DJ's Case Against Taylor Swift

The jury will still consider Swift's counterclaim for a symbolic $1 and Mueller's identical allegations against Swift's mother and her radio liaison will go to the jury. → Read More