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Recent articles by Maria:

Prince George to start day school in London's Battersea neighborhood

Time to haul out the royal backpack for Prince George, who's off to day school in the fall. Will and Kate picked a school across the Thames from Kensington Palace for George, who turns 4 in July. → Read More

Queen Elizabeth II issues steadying message after terror attack

The British monarch, who turns 91 soon, postponed an engagement but otherwise carried on after shocking terror attack not far from Buckingham Palace. → Read More

Roman Polanski: Ruling in underage rape case could be months off

After 40 years, Oscar-winning Roman Polanski must wait longer to learn whether his underage rape case is over and he can return to the U.S. without being jailed. → Read More

New grandchild for Donald Trump: son Eric and his wife expecting their first

He will be the ninth grandchild for President Trump and his first wife, Ivana. → Read More

Really Nordstrom? Retailer mocked for selling #WTH shoes, jeans

Fashion connoisseurs took retail icon Nordstrom to the social-media woodshed this week for selling some wacky-looking shoes and jeans — for big bucks — on its usually well-curated website. → Read More

Really Nordstrom? Retailer mocked for selling #WTH shoes, jeans

Nordstrom mocked (again) on social media for selling such gobsmacking items as Gucci 'sock sandals' for $1,200, and $95 'Mom jeans' with clear knee panels. → Read More

Here's what Will and Kate will be doing while in Paris

Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge arrive in Paris on Friday, hoping to light up the City of Light with their special charm, and maybe even soothe some of the wounded feelings from the bitter Brexit vote. → Read More

Would you spend $30K to look like Ivanka Trump?

For some women, Ivanka Trump is the new beauty ideal when seeking plastic surgery. → Read More

Would you spend $30K to look like Ivanka Trump?

Who would spend six figures to look more like Ivanka Trump? Some plastic surgeons say they are seeing an increase in requests to look more like the president's daughter. → Read More

Here's what Will and Kate will be doing while in Paris

Never mind Brexit, Will and Kate are expected to light up the City of Light in their first official visit. But Prince George and Princess Charlotte are staying home. → Read More

Ivana Trump to write memoir about raising her three kids with 'the Donald'

Ivana Trump, the first wife of the president, will write about raising Trump children. → Read More

Patricia Arquette takes plug-the-pay-gap campaign worldwide

Patricia Arquette and Abby Wambach join Twitter campaign #stoptherobbery, launched to expose and close 23% pay gap between men and women worldwide. → Read More

Could Jane Austen have been poisoned by arsenic?

They examined her spectacles, which suggest she may have developed cataracts due to poisoning. → Read More

You can stop worrying: Richard Simmons is fine, says LAPD

Police did a wellness check on 'disappeared' exercise guru and found nothing alarming. → Read More

You can stop worrying: Richard Simmons is fine, says LAPD

You can stop worrying now: The Los Angeles police have checked on elusive workout guru Richard Simmons, and he's fine, thank you very much. → Read More

You can stop worrying: Richard Simmons is fine, says LAPD

Where is Richard Simmons? At home and he's fine, says LAPD after cops did a 'wellness check' on the exercise guru, who's been reclusive of late. → Read More

Scarlett Johansson's custody battle: What happens next?

What's likely to happen in ScarJo's dispute with her estranged husband Romain Dauriac now that their battle over custody of their toddler daughter has gone public? → Read More

New study of perceptions of Hollywood women: They got respect

USC branding expert finds 'extraordinary shift' in perceptions about female celebrities. → Read More

Scarlett Johansson's ex: Divorce filing made custody fight a 'public spectacle'

The ScarJo-Dauriac divorce gets tense over custody. Dauriac's lawyer: "Whatever Scarlett wanted, she wasn’t getting, so she blindsided us." → Read More

TCM to mount 48-hour tribute to Robert Osborne

Turner Classic Movies will dedicate two days to remembering the late beloved host. → Read More