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From Associated Press, February 20, 2019 9:57 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney representing the brothers at the center of an investigation into the attack reported by Jussie Smollett said Wednesday that her clients "manned up" and testified in front of a grand jury, before prosecutors charged the "Empire" actor with filing a false police report.

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Meghan Markle Leaves New York in Sporty Style After Whirlwind Baby Shower
Wed Feb 20 22:53:50 EST 2019

And just like that, Meghan Markle is on her way!

After a busy few days in New York City, where the Duchess of Sussex celebrated the impending arrival of her first child and was showered with love by her closest friends, Meghan wrapped up the celebrations and headed to the airport on Wednesday.

Staying comfortable for her flight, Meghan, 37, continued her all-black, maternity-chic attire and was spotted outside of her hotel wearing a full-zip sweatshirt, leggings, and Adidas sneakers.

She also paired the look with a black baseball cap that had “Rectify” written across the front — perhaps a gift from her pal Abigail Spencer who once starred on the television show of the same name, and was seen wearing the hat earlier in the day.

To stay extra warm in the cold weather — and add a splash of color to the all-black ensemble — the royal wore a khaki-colored coat and also carried a large black leather bag.

Meghan arrived in New York City earlier this week for the baby shower, which was attended by many of her close friends, including tennis star Serena Williams, Amal Clooney, former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer, Toronto-based stylist Jessica Mulroney and Markus Anderson, a Soho House consultant.

At many of the stops on her whirlwind trip, the expectant mother showed off her maternity-chic look while sweetly cradling her baby bump.

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Tuesday was a rather busy day, as Meghan was first spotted outside of New York City hotel The Mark — the place where her baby shower was being held.

The Duchess of Sussex wore dark Le Spec sunglasses and styled her hair in a classic blowout, placing a hand on her baby bump over her vintage grey coat as she headed out. She completed her look with a pair of “Nearly Skinny Maternity” jeans by Hatch Maternity as well as beige heels and a matching handbag by Carolina Herrera.

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Abigail arrived at the hotel holding a gift bag decorated with green and blue flowers. The actress shared a photo of herself on Instagram making her way through an airport on Monday.

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Meghan and Abigail eventually left The Mark to check out some art at the nearby Met Breuer before grabbing a bite to eat at French restaurant Café Boulud, inside the Surrey Hotel, a few blocks away. They then returned to The Mark.

Decorations believed to be for the bash, including dozens of floral arrangements, were delivered outside the The Mark on Tuesday.

Later that evening, Meghan stepped out for a fancy dinner at Ralph Lauren’s restaurant The Polo Bar with longtime pals Serena, Jessica, and Markus.

Meghan was glowing as she entered the restaurant, located in the heart of Manhattan, wearing a navy Victoria Beckham coat — the same one she wore on Christmas Day — her “Nearly Skinny Maternity” jeans by Hatch Maternity, and black Tamara Mellon boots.

The royal also carried a black Stella McCartney purse and accessorized with a black scarf to stay warm.

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The mini-homecoming — the former actress hails from Los Angeles, where her mother Doria still resides — comes shortly before Meghan and Prince Harry are heading to Morocco for a three-day visit highlighting two of their key causes: girls’ education and youth empowerment.

Man Allegedly Ran Over Family, Including 6 Children, After Father Asked Driver to Stop Smoking
Wed Feb 20 22:44:24 EST 2019

A young mother has tragically died after an enraged driver allegedly rammed his vehicle into her family in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven in Haverstraw, New York, multiple outlets have reported.

Just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, police claim a man with Texas license plates purposely drove his car into two adults and six children, one of which was an infant in a stroller, CBS New York reported.

After hitting the family once, the driver allegedly struck them again by backing over them, CBS New York reported.

The father, 35, and a 2-year-old child were taken to Westchester Medical Center for critical injuries, ABC 7 reported. The other children, ranging in ages one to 10 years old, were also hospitalized, but their injuries are not deemed life-threatening.

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Police identified the alleged driver as Jason Mendez, 35, of Washingtonville, New York, according to ABC 7.

He has been charged with second-degree murder, along with seven counts of attempted murder. PEOPLE were not able to immediately locate a lawyer for Mendez.

A 7-Eleven employee told ABC 7 that the incident occurred after the father and the driver got into an argument.

Several witnesses explained to NBC New York that the father had asked the driver to not “blow smoke in my children’s face.”

After arriving on the scene, officers found a disfigured stroller and the driver, who was holding a knife, police said at a news conference, NBC New York reported.

The driver allegedly refused to drop the weapon, prompting police to tase him and arrest him, officers said during the news conference.

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“It appears to be, certainly, a tragedy here today,” Captain Martin Lund with the Haverstraw Police Department said, according to ABC 7.

“It’s early in our investigation, and we’re hoping for the best for all involved.”

The Masked Singer Double Elimination! Rabbit and Lion Revealed During Semifinals
Wed Feb 20 22:22:59 EST 2019

Double elimination means double the surprise!

On Wednesday’s semifinals episode of The Masked Singer, audiences watched the five remaining contestants — the peacock, rabbit, monster, bee and lion — compete before two disguised celebrities were eliminated and revealed.

The peacock (“Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo) first performed in front of celebrity panelists Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and guest Kenan Thompson, and was followed by the monster (Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me”), lion (Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing”), rabbit (The Temptations’ “My Girl”) and bee (Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”).

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Despite their strong and entertaining performances, the lion and rabbit were eliminated.

First, the lion was revealed to be Rumer Willis. “I knew how to dance … but I wanted everyone to know that I can sing too,” 30-year-old Willis, who was crowned the season 20 champ of Dancing with the Stars, said to the shocked panel.

Second, the rabbit was named and revealed to be NSYNC’s Joey Fatone.

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Next week, viewers will watch the peacock, monster and bee compete on the finale episode, when the first king or queen of The Masked Singer will be crowned.

The Masked Singer’s two-hour finale airs Wednesday, Feb. 27 on Fox.


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