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Recent articles by Maria:

Barron Trump is taller than his mom, even in her heels, and he's sporting a new haircut

Is Barron Trump going to end up as the tallest Trump? Looks that way, and he's got a hip new haircut. → Read More

Elton John defends Harry & Meghan from 'distorted and malicious' media coverage

Elton John defends Harry and Meghan on Twitter from "distorted and malicious" media coverage as "eco-hypocrites." → Read More

Prince Andrew 'appalled' at Jeffrey Epstein's alleged crimes, palace says

Buckingham Palace says Prince Andrew is "appalled" by Jeffrey Epstein's alleged crimes in latest statement repudiating his links to notorious sex offender. → Read More

Peter Fonda, star of 'Easy Rider' and scion of Fonda acting dynasty, dies at 79

Peter Fonda earned Oscar nominations for "Easy Rider" and "Ulee's Gold." → Read More

Harvey Weinstein: Prosecutors go back to grand jury; will trial be delayed?

Harvey Weinstein's sex-crimes trial is due to start Sept. 9, but prosecutors' decision to return to grand jury for new indictment may put that off. → Read More

Victoria's Secret models demand company works harder to protect them from sexual misconduct

Victoria's Secret models Christy Turlington Burns, Milla Jovovic and more signed a petition calling on the brand to do more in the wake of #MeToo claims. → Read More

R. Kelly facing sex crimes charges in Minnesota

Minnesota authorities are charging R. Kelly with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 for an alleged 2001 incident. → Read More

R. Kelly pleads not guilty to sex-crime charges, denied bail after lawyer lost track of him

In his latest court appearance to face multiple sex-crime charges, R. Kelly pleaded not guilty in federal court in Brooklyn. → Read More

R. Kelly to be taken to NY to face federal charges there, judge orders

R. Kelly is going to New York soon, for a hearing on Aug. 2 to face federal sex-crime charges in Brooklyn. → Read More

Kevin Spacey criminal groping case dropped by prosecutors due to accuser's 'unavailability'

Kevin Spacey will not face trial on a charge of groping a teen bus boy in 2016. Prosecutors dropped the case due to "unavailability" of the accuser to testify. → Read More

R. Kelly denied bond at hearing on sex-crime indictments, will stay in jail

R. Kelly will stay locked up on federal sex-crime charges after he was denied bond at an arraignment hearing in Chicago. → Read More

Kevin Spacey accuser appears for first time in public at hearing, then pleads the 5th

Where is the critical cellphone in the Kevin Spacey groping case? Accuser testifies in court for the first time, then invokes his 5th Amendment rights. → Read More

Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry share royal baby Archie's christening photos

Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the newborn son of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex, has been christened. See the adorable photo! → Read More

Kevin Spacey's sexual assault trial: Where is the 'missing' cellphone that is key to both sides?

The criminal groping case against Kevin Spacey may be at turning point if critical cellphone evidence remains missing and no one can explain why. → Read More

Melania Trump's rainbow-striped Carolina Herrera dress: Was it 'gay pride' or 'wet t-shirt'?

Was that a "gay pride" rainbow-striped dress Melania Trump wore on July 4? And why did some think it looked like a wet t-shirt in the rain? → Read More

Harry and Meghan's baby Archie to be christened in seclusion on Saturday

There WILL be pictures of baby Archie's christening on Saturday, promise Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, but not until after the ceremony. → Read More

Taylor Swift's outrage over Scooter Braun: Will it change the music industry?

Taylor Swift ignited a social-media fire over her music catalog ending up in enemy hands. Will her fury change the music industry? Maybe not. → Read More

Harry & Meghan to visit South Africa in fall, British official confirms

Buckingham Palace won't say but the British High Commissioner in South Africa confirmed the rumors: Harry and Meghan will visit Africa in the fall. → Read More

Cuba Gooding Jr.'s lawyers seek dismissal of groping case; judge declines immediate ruling

Cuba Gooding Jr. appeared in court where a judge declined to immediately decide whether to toss a charge he groped a woman in a Manhattan bar. → Read More

We may never resolve our conflicted feelings about Michael Jackson

If you have conflicted feelings about Michael Jackson on the 10th anniversary of his death, you are not alone. Don't expect to resolve them soon. → Read More