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Fox News 'Justice' host Jeanine Pirro clocked going 119 mph

Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro (juh-NEEN' PEER'-oh) has been issued a speeding ticket for driving 119 mph (192 kph) in a 65 mph (105 kph) zone in upstate New York.

The Daily News reports the former Westchester County district attorney was stopped by a trooper on Sunday afternoon in Tioga County. A state police spokesman says he doesn't know what type of car Pirro was driving or whether she had any passengers.

Pirro says in a statement through Fox News Channel she had been driving for hours to visit her ailing mother and didn't realize how fast she was going. She says she will "pay the consequences."

The ticket is returnable Jan. 8.

Pirro is host of the Fox News Channel show "Justice with Judge Jeanine."

Music legend and 'Touched by an Angel' star Della Reese dead at 86

“Touched By An Angel” actress and music legend Della Reese passed away on Sunday, friends said in a statement to PEOPLE. She was 86.

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“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” Reese’s “Touched by an Angel” co-star Roma Downey said in a statement to PEOPLE.

“She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on ‘Touched By an Angel.’ I know heaven has a brand new angel this day. Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest In Peace, sweet angel. We love you.”

Downey posted to Facebook on Friday, requesting that fans pray for Reese.

Before landing the role as Tess on “Touched by an Angel,” Reese was an accomplished singer who rose to national fame in 1957 with her song, “And That Reminds Me.” She had several other hits, including “Not One Minute More,” “And Now,” “Don’t You Know?” and “The Most Beautiful Words.”

When she made the move to television, Reese saw success in parts on series including “The Love Boat,” “MacGyver” and “The Young and the Restless.” She also had her own television variety hour called “Della” and was the first black woman to co-host “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” She went on to play Tess in “Touched by an Angel’s” 1994 debut and continued through the end of the series in 2003.

Reese had a near-death experience in 1979 when she suffered a brain aneurysm. The health scare lead her to found her own church, Understanding Principles for Better Living.

She is survived by her husband Franklin Lett and children James, Franklin and Dominique. Her daughter Deloreese Owens passed away in 2002.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Barbra Streisand on not touring again and Netflix special

If you want to see Barbra Streisand sing live, watch her upcoming Netflix special because you won't see her onstage again.

And she's not just saying it to get you to watch "Barbra: The Music ... The Mem'ries ... The Magic!" when it debuts on the streaming service this Wednesday. Streisand, who didn't tour for 27 years after forgetting the words at a show in 1967, says performing live concerts are too nerve-racking for her to consider doing them again.

She tells The Associated Press, "No I would never do another show. It's exhausting."

Streisand recorded the new special during her tour stop in Miami last year. She says, "I'm not ever going to sit down and plan another show like I had to do with this one."

Della Reese, of TV's 'Touched by an Angel,' has died at 86

Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," has died at age 86.

Reese's co-star on the series, Roma Downey, said in a statement that the actress died peacefully Sunday evening in her home in the Los Angeles area. No further details were included.

Before "Touched by an Angel" debuted in 1994, Reese was mainly known as a singer, although she had costarred on "Chico and the Man," ''Charlie and Company" and "The Royal Family" and hosted her own talk show, "Della."

"Touched by an Angel" was a gamble for CBS from the start. The story of an apprentice angel (Roma Downey) and her supervisor (Reese) being sent to Earth to solve people's problems appeared to have little chance in a TV world dominated by sitcoms and police dramas.

The first season brought mediocre ratings, but slowly the show's audience grew until it became one of television's highest rated dramas. It lasted until 2003.

"Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people. She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on 'Touched By An Angel,'" Downey wrote in a statement. "I know heaven has a brand new angel this day."

Reese had been ordained by the Universal Foundation for Better Living and performed the ceremony when co-star Downey married.

Reese's singing career began in church, when she joined the junior gospel choir at the Olivet Baptist Church in her hometown of Detroit. Soon she was singing at other churches, at civic events and on the radio.

When famed gospel singer Mahalia Jackson came to Detroit, she needed a singer to replace a member of her troupe and turned to Reese, who was only 13.

Jackson was so impressed by the teenager's voice that she enlisted her for a summer tour, and Reese went on to tour with her for five summers. In later years she would remark that she would never forget what she learned from the legendary gospel singer, including "how to communicate with people through song."

Her love of music drew her to singing at local clubs, where Deloreese Patricia Early adopted a new name. New York agent Lee Magid recognized her talent and in 1953 booked her to sing with Erskine Hawkins' orchestra.

A recording contract followed, and she quickly turned out two hits, "And That Reminds Me" and "Don't You Know?" Soon she was singing in the country's best night spots and appearing on TV variety shows.

In 1979 she was taping a segment of "The Tonight Show" when, as she recalled later, "I hit a horrendous note— the flattest I've ever sung."

Her left knee buckled and she fell to the floor, having suffered a brain aneurysm. She underwent surgeries that allowed her to resume a busy career as a TV actress, although she later was diagnosed with diabetes.

Over the years, she appeared on shows including "Night Court," ''L.A. Law," ''Designing Women," Welcome Back, Kotter," ''The A Team," ''MacGyver" ''The Love Boat" and, more recently, "That's So Raven." She appeared in the 2005 movie "Beauty Shop" and had a prominent role in the 1989 film "Harlem Nights."

In one memorable "Harlem Nights" scene, Reese and Eddie Murphy face off in a bare-knuckled brawl after Murphy's character accuses Reese's Vera of stealing.

"C'mon sucka, let's get it on," Vera snarls, then decks him.

Reese complained in her 1997 autobiography, "Angels Along the Way," that until "Touched by an Angel" she had difficulty avoiding being typecast for TV.

"There were usually only three types I was ever considered for — the singer, the aunt or the mother (or) neighbor," she said. "God knows how I wanted to break out of those three categories and show what else I could do as an actress."

In 1997, Reese went public with a salary complaint, claiming CBS had reneged that season on an agreement to match her "Touched by An Angel" pay increases to those of Downey. CBS said at the time it was "puzzled" by her comments.

"I'm trying not to believe it's because I'm black, 'cause I was black when they hired me," Reese said at the time. "They knew what age I was. ... I don't know what it is."

After previous marriages ended, Reese was wed to Franklin Lett, who became her manager and producer. She remained Della Reese as a performer and took the name Della Reese Lett for church matters.

Reese never won a major award but she did accomplish something in her career that was the envy of many performers — longevity.

"I've had a hard climb, but I was meant to have longevity," she once said. "People don't have to stop and say, 'Whatever happened to Della Reese?' Here I am."

Reese is survived by her husband and three children.

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AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney and the late AP Entertainment Writer Bob Thomas contributed to this report.

Forbes names Beyonce music's highest-earning woman

Forbes has crowned Beyonce as the highest paid woman in music.

Forbes magazine says the singer earned $105 million over a yearlong period stretching from June 2016 to June of this year. Beyonce's earnings were boosted by her "Formation" world tour last year, which Forbes says grossed $250 million.

Runner-up Adele also enjoyed a successful year on the road. Her tour helped contribute to $69 million in earnings.

Taylor Swift, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez complete the top five highest female earners in the business.

Dolly Parton is a surprising sixth. Forbes says the 71-year-old brought in $37 million with the help of 63 shows during the yearlong period.

Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z lead NAACP Image Award nominations

Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z are the leading nominees with five apiece for January's NAACP Image Awards, the group announced Monday.

Blige's nominations are for songs and videos off her album "Strength of a Woman," while Jay-Z was nominated for his "4:44" album and songs on it, as well as a nod for entertainer of the year.

Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Chadwick Boseman and director Ava DuVernay are also nominated for entertainer of the year.

Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Kendrick Lamar, and SZA are tied for the second-most nominations, with four apiece.

Netflix and Oprah Winfrey's network are the leading television nominees. Netflix's nominees were spread out over several of its series, including "Master of None," ''Orange is the New Black," while OWN's nominations were primarily for its drama series, "Queen Sugar."

The awards show, now in its 49th year, honors entertainers and writers of color. The winners will be announced during a two-hour show on Jan. 15 hosted by Anthony Anderson of "black-ish" and broadcast live on the TV One network. Anderson is also a nominee for best TV comedy actor.

"Get Out," ''Girls Trip," and "Detroit" are among the nominees for best motion picture. Idris Elba is the leading acting nominee, with nominations for his film roles in "The Mountain Between Us," ''Thor: Ragnorak" and for the Showtime miniseries "Guerrilla."

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Online: http://www.naacpimageawards.net

Camera operator dies in Ghana on set of Netflix drama

A British camera operator has died on the set of the BBC/Netflix miniseries "The Forgiving Earth."

Agent Sarah Prince said Monday that Mark Milsome died in Ghana over the weekend while filming a night-time stunt sequence for the thriller. She said an investigation is underway.

Prince said Milsome was "an incredibly humble and talented man. ... We are all devastated by his loss."

Milsome, 54, worked on TV series including "Sherlock" and "Game of Thrones" and films including "Saving Private Ryan" and "Quantum of Solace."

The BBC said he was a "hugely talented and a much respected colleague." The broadcaster said it was "deeply shocked and saddened."

Written by Hugo Blick, the war-crimes thriller is due to be broadcast by the BBC in Britain and Netflix elsewhere.

Netflix released a statement expressing their condolences to Milsome's family and friends and called his death a tragic loss.

Harrison Ford comes to the rescue after car accident

Harrison Ford came to the real-life rescue of a woman who was involved in a car accident north of Los Angeles.

Santa Paula, California, police tell the Ventura County Star that the actor and a friend were in the area when a car rolled off a highway in the small town Sunday around noon. Senior Officer Matt Alonzo says Ford and the friend came to the driver's aid and acted as good Samaritans. He says Ford and other people on scene were able to help the woman out of the car. She suffered minor injuries.

TMZ published pictures Sunday of Ford standing by the car on the side of a hill and talking with police.

New York Times reporter suspended in harassment probe

The New York Times says it has suspended White House reporter Glenn Thrush while it investigates charges that he made unwanted advances on young women while he worked as a reporter at Politico and the Times.

Laura McGann, a Politico colleague of Thrush's, wrote on Vox on Monday that Thrush kissed her and placed his hand on her thigh one night in a bar, after urging another person who had been sitting with them to leave.

The Times, in a statement, said "the alleged behavior is very concerning" and not in keeping with the Times' standards. The newspaper said it supports Thrush's decision to enter a substance abuse program. Thrush didn't immediately return a message seeking comment, but told Vox that he apologized to any woman who felt uncomfortable in his presence.

Thrush worked at Politico from 2009 to 2016, when he joined the Times. His visibility is such that he was portrayed on "Saturday Night Live" during its skits earlier this year about White House news conferences.

McGann, who was an editor at Politico, said the incident happened five years ago at a Virginia bar that was a hangout for Politico employees. The incident made her angry, even more so when she said Thrush spread stories blaming her.

In his statement to Vox, Thrush described the encounter with McGann as "brief, consensual and ended by me." He said he didn't disparage her.

But he said he was "deeply sorry" for another event that happened last June involving another woman, not identified by Politico. In this case, the woman became upset when Thrush began kissing her on the street after they had been in a bar. Thrush said he hasn't had alcohol since the event, which he called "life changing."

Another woman in the story talks about a consensual drunken encounter with Thrush five years ago that left her rattled, and a fourth woman who was surprised by an unexpected kiss.

Thrush is also a contributor at MSNBC. The network said he has no scheduled appearances and it is awaiting the outcome of the Times' investigation.

A spokeswoman for the publisher Random House, where Thrush has a deal to co-write a book on the Trump presidency with Times colleague Maggie Haberman, said the company is looking at accusations "closely and seriously."

The Times' story this fall about sexual harassment involving Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has unleashed a torrent of stories about sexual behavior. In the media, such stories have cost NBC News political analyst Mark Halperin and National Public Radio chief Michael Oreskes their jobs.

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Associated Press writer Hillel Italie contributed to this report.

Robin Thicke's girlfriend pregnant with couple's first child

Robin Thicke and his model girlfriend, April Love Geary, announced on Friday the gender of the couple’s baby.

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Geary took to Instagram to share her latest sonogram, hinting at the baby’s sex by using female pronouns.

“You guys!!! Look what I’m making!!!! Note her foot that’s over her head. Got long legs like her mama!” she captioned the photo.

Geary first announced her pregnancy on Instagram back in August, writing, “Robin and I are very excited to share with you all that we’re having a baby! The due date is March 1st, Alan (Thicke’s) birthday!”

Their daughter will be the couple’s first child together. Thicke is already dad to 7-year-old Julian, whom he shares with his ex-wife, Paula Patton. During his separation from the actress in 2014, he began dating Geary. His divorce was finalized in 2015, followed by a lengthy custody battle earlier this year. He and Geary first went public with their relationship in 2015 after dating for a year.

Robin Thicke’s father, Alan Thicke, died almost a year ago after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his youngest son. Robin Thicke’s and his model girlfriend are thrilled that their bundle of joy is expected on Alan Thicke’s birthday in March.

Since announcing her pregnancy, Geary has been adamant about keeping fans up-to-date on the process via social media, frequently sharing snaps of her growing baby bump.

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