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Meghan offers insight into her new role as Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle has offered a glimpse of how she sees her new role as the Duchess of Sussex in two new pages posted on the royal website hours after the former actress married Britain's Prince Harry.

The newly minted duchess' pages highlight her focus on social issues and notes that she campaigned successfully at age 11 to have a company change the sexist language it used to sell dishwashing soap. The "About the Duchess of Sussex" page also pointed out that she volunteered at a soup kitchen in Los Angeles' Skid Row and worked at another kitchen in Canada while working as an actress in Toronto.

"I am proud to be a woman and a feminist," the page quotes her as saying.

A second "biography" page mentions her education, first at the Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse, Immaculate Heart High School and Northwestern University, where she earned a double major in theater and international relations.

It also discusses the seven years she spent playing Rachel Zane in the U.S. television drama "Suits."

"Whilst working on Suits, the duchess moved to Toronto, Canada where the show was filmed; she feels very connected to Canada, as it became a second home to her," the biography said.

Prince Harry and Markle were named the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they were married Saturday at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend share first photo, reveal name of newborn son

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Model, TV host and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen took to Instagram on Sunday to share a sweet photo and reveal the name of her newborn son.

>> Chrissy Teigen, John Legend welcome baby boy

"Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens," Teigen wrote. "We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles. Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!"

>> See the post here

Meanwhile, Teigen's husband, singer John Legend, shared the same photo with the caption: "Our new love, Miles Theodore Stephens."

It's the first photo the celebrity couple has shared of their second child, who joins big sister Luna, 2.

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On Thursday, Teigen announced that the baby boy had arrived but did not give any other details.

"Somebody’s herrrrrrre!" she tweeted at the time.

>> See the tweet here

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry donate royal wedding flowers to hospice patients

Patients at St. Joseph's Hospice in London received a special gift after Saturday's royal wedding.

>> Meghan Markle's rescue dog, Guy the beagle, goes from shelter pup to royal pet

According to People magazine, Britain's Prince Harry and bride Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, gave the hospice some flowers that had been used to decorate St. George's Chapel for their ceremony.

>> Royal wedding: Kitty Spencer stuns with resemblance to her aunt, Princess Diana

"Today we got a very special delivery. Beautiful bouquets made from the #royalwedding flowers which we gave to our patients," the hospice wrote on Facebook, along with a photo of a smiling patient holding a bouquet. "A big thank you to Harry and Meghan and florist Philippa Craddock. Our hospice smells and looks gorgeous. Such a lovely gesture."

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Meanwhile, Markle sent her bridal bouquet to Westminster Abbey "to rest on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior," a tribute to those who died in World War I and other military conflicts, according to a press release.

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"This is a tradition which was begun by HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at her marriage to King George VI in memory of her brother Fergus who was killed in 1915 at the Battle of Loos during the First World War," the release said.

>> See the photo here

Portuguese director drops out of Israel festival over Gaza

A Portuguese theater director has cancelled his attendance at a major cultural festival opening in Jerusalem this week over Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.

Tiago Rodrigues said he was dropping out of the Israel Festival so that his work will not "condone and promote a government that deliberately violates human rights." In a Facebook post on Thursday, he said he was joining a global cultural boycott of Israel that has seen some artists and musicians refuse to perform in Israel.

Rodrigues, who is also an actor and playwright, said he rejected the fact that the festival was not openly critical of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians while working in cooperation with Israeli government ministries.

The annual Israel Festival, which hosts Israeli and international performers, said it was disappointed by Rodrigues' decision.

"The Israel Festival has a deep belief in the power of art to express new points of reference, open up people to the recognition of the 'other,' and to promote understanding and tolerance," festival CEO Eyal Sher said in a statement.

Rodrigues' declaration came after Israeli forces shot and killed nearly 60 Palestinians during a violent protest last week along the border with the Gaza Strip. His cancellation follows international fallout from that violence. Israel faced global condemnation over what critics say was its excessive use of force.

NYPD probing sex allegations against Mario Batali

The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against celebrity chef Mario Batali.

The NYPD confirmed the probe following a "60 Minutes" broadcast Sunday night in which an unnamed woman accused Batali of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2005.

She says she remembers joining him for a glass of wine at a Manhattan restaurant, then waking up on the floor feeling drugged and assaulted. She says she talked to the police but never filed a report.

Batali issued a statement to CBS denying that he assaulted the woman.

Batali stepped down from daily operations at his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" in December after four women accused him of inappropriate touching over a period of 20 years.

Batali has apologized for those encounters.

Stars urge Indonesia to ban 'brutal' trade in dog meat

International stars of acting, music and sports have urged Indonesia's president to ban what they say is a "brutal" trade in dog and cat meat for human consumption.

The appeal comes after Indonesian campaigners against animal cruelty and Humane Society International in January exposed markets on the island of Sulawesi where dogs were bludgeoned by the thousands and blow-torched alive to remove their hair before onlookers, including children.

The letter to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo released Monday said if Indonesia joined other Asian nations that have already banned the cruel trade, it would be "celebrated globally" and end a stain on the country's reputation.

The coalition of campaigners, calling itself Dog Meat-Free Indonesia, also warned of health risks posed by the trade due to its potential to spread rabies.

"These animals, many of them stolen pets, are subjected to crude and brutal methods of capture, transport and slaughter, and the immense suffering and fear they must endure is heartbreaking and absolutely shocking," the letter said.

Actress Cameron Diaz, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, talent spotter Simon Cowell, comedian Ricky Gervais, Indonesian pop singer Anggun and musician Moby are among the more than 90 celebrities listed in the letter.

Dog meat is eaten by only a small percentage of Indonesians, but in a country of more than 250 million people it still represents a significant trade.

Thousands of dogs and cats are slaughtered weekly in North Sulawesi, most of which are imported from other provinces in Indonesia, according to the anti-animal cruelty groups.

After the blaze of bad publicity in January, the infamous Tomohon Extreme Market in North Sulawesi stopped the public slaughter of dogs, but video shot by campaigners showed dog carcasses were still being delivered from other locations.

"We are so grateful to these global and Indonesian superstars who have come together to support Dog Meat-Free Indonesia's efforts to end this cruel and dangerous industry," Humane Society International President Kitty Block said in a statement.

"We respectfully urge President Widodo to work with us on a solution that protects not only Indonesia's dogs and cats but also the health of its people," she said.

The Latest: Janet Jackson honored at Billboard Awards

The Latest on the Billboard Music Awards (all times local):

7:18 p.m.

The youngest of the legendary Jackson musical family, Janet Jackson gave her first televised performance in nine years at the Billboard Music Awards.

She was honored as the first black woman to receive the Billboard Icon Award on Sunday in Las Vegas, where she performed a trio of her songs, including "Nasty," ''If" And "Throb."

Surrounded by dozens of dancers and wearing gold thigh-high boots, she showed off her well-known dance skills to get the audience up on their feet.

Bruno Mars made a surprise appearance to introduce the singer, who earned the Icon Award on Sunday.

Jackson used her speech to pay tribute to powerful women.

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6:55 p.m.

Shawn Mendes and Khalid sang a song called "Youth" at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas backed by a choir of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which was also the site of a shooting earlier this year.

Khalid, who won best new artist earlier during Sunday's broadcast, wore a shirt calling for the protection of children instead of guns, while the choir of students from Parkland, Florida, wore black hoodies with the word "Youth."

The performance earned them a standing ovation from the audience.

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5:15 p.m.

Kelly Clarkson tearfully called for a moment of change, instead of a moment of silence for the victims of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, at the opening of the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

The awards show host, who is from Texas, said as she held back tears that moments of silence are not working, but "why don't we change what's happening"

Ariana Grande then started the Billboard Music Awards with a performance of her new single "No Tears Left To Cry," in all black with a platinum blonde ponytail.

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3:38 a.m.

After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet." album, Janet Jackson will be capping off an epic week with her first televised performance in nine years at the Billboard Music Awards.

Jackson will also receive the Icon Award on Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where today's hitmakers will also hit the stage, from Ariana Grande to John Legend.

The show will air live on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern. Others set to take the stage include BTS, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes, Dua Lipa, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Kesha and Salt-N-Pepa.

Kelly Clarkson will host the three-hour awards show. Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran tie for the most nominations with 15 each.

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This story has been corrected to fix the time on the third item to 6:55 p.m. instead of 7:55 p.m.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend reveal name of newborn son

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend now have a baby boy to go with their toddler girl.

The 32-year-old model and 39-year-old singer, whose real name is John Roger Stephens, introduced Miles Theodore Stephens to the world on Sunday.

Teigen had been hinting to her millions of social media followers for several days that the baby was here, and the couple announced in January that they were having a boy. Teigen finally confirmed it with Instagram and Twitter posts and a picture.

She said on Instagram that she and Legend are "drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles" and their "household feels overwhelmed with love."

Teigen tweeted that Miles arrived "a few weeks early" but gave no other details.

Teigen and Legend, who married in 2013, have a 2-year-old daughter, Luna.

Art Spiegelman to receive prestigious MacDowell medal

"Maus" cartoonist Art Spiegelman is this year's winner of the Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement.

The honor was announced on Sunday by the venerable MacDowell artist colony, based in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

MacDowell chairman Michael Chabon says in a statement that Spiegelman, the first medal recipient honored for graphic novels, was a pioneer in making comics respected as an art form. He calls his work "personal and world historical."

Chabon will present the medal to Spiegelman on Aug. 12 during a free public event in Peterborough. Spiegelman is best known for his Holocaust works "Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History" and "Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began."

Previous MacDowell medal winners include Robert Frost, Toni Morrison and Joan Didion.

Patricia Morison, Broadway and Hollywood star, dies at 103

Patricia Morison, who originated the role of an overemotional diva in the Broadway musical "Kiss Me, Kate," starred on stage opposite Yul Brynner in "The King and I" and appeared in films alongside Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, died Sunday at age 103.

Morison died of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, publicist Harlan Boll said.

With her long auburn hair and fiery blue-gray eyes, Morison radiated a sophisticated sex appeal.

She had "the most sensual mouth of any lady in the movies," Gregory William Mank wrote in his book "Women in Horror Films, 1940s."

Broadway actress Merle Dandridge posted a picture of herself with Morison on Sunday and tweeted out a tribute.

"Rest, Beautiful Patricia Morison," Dandridge said. "It was an honor to follow in your footsteps."

Morison's career got off to a rocky start. At 18 she was cast in the 1933 Broadway comedy "Growing Pains," which lasted 29 performances. "I was so bad in it, they fired me in rehearsals," Morison told the Los Angeles Times in 2015. "I cried so hard they gave me a walk-on."

Her second Broadway role five years later was only marginally better — "The Two Bouquets" with Alfred Drake lasted 55 performances — but Hollywood noticed and Paramount signed her. (The New York Times praised her "willowy elegance.") Morison made her film debut in 1939's "Persons in Hiding," but she often found her options in the studio system frustrating.

She appeared as Empress Eugenie in 1943's "The Song of Bernadette," opposite John Garfield in the 1943 thriller "The Fallen Sparrow" and in the 1945 Tracy-Hepburn romantic comedy "Without Love."

She was often cast as the femme fatale or villain, including the mastermind in 1946's "Dressed to Kill," sparring with Sherlock Holmes, played by Basil Rathbone. Her other films included "Danger Woman" and "Tarzan and the Huntress."

Morison's death was first reported Sunday by The Hollywood Reporter.

Born in New York, she was the daughter of playwright and actor William R. Morison and Salina Morison. She studied acting and movement with Martha Graham. In 1935, she understudied Helen Hayes in "Victoria Regina" on Broadway.

After Paramount replaced her in several films, Morison left the studio and joined Al Jolson on a USO tour of Britain to entertain troops in 1942. She returned to get a part in one of her most-remembered films — "Hitler's Madman." She also played opposite Lon Chaney Jr. in "Calling Dr. Death" in 1943 and Victor Mature in "Kiss of Death."

To appear in "Kiss Me, Kate," Morison needed to get out of a commitment to appear in what was a new line of work for actors in 1947 — a TV series. She had been cast as a psychiatrist who helps a detective solve cases. The producer shot all of her 13 segments on the show in a quick two-week period.

"Kiss Me, Kate," in which she was reunited with Drake, turned out to be Cole Porter's biggest musical success and gave Morison the opportunity to play the temperamental Lili Vanessi and sing such songs as "Wunderbar" and "So in Love."

She told The Associated Press in 1988 that she went to Porter's home to audition for him but picked a Rodgers and Hammerstein song to sing. "I thought it was safer," she explained. She went on perform the role for almost 1,500 performances on Broadway and in London. The New York Times called her "an agile and humorous actress who is not afraid of slapstick and who can sing enchantingly."

In 1954, Morison appeared on Broadway as a replacement Anna Leonowens with Brynner in "The King and I" and joined him on tour. She took over the role in 1952 shortly after Gertrude Lawrence died while performing the lead character. "She was marvelous," Brynner said. "I could do anything with her."

One story she told frequently was knocking on Brynner's stage door and opening it to find Brynner sitting naked, in a Buddha style position, waiting to get his skin stained with a special juice to look like the King of Siam.

In 2000, she was struck by a car and the right side of her body was badly hurt.

Morison, who never married, lived in a Los Angeles apartment with a piano upon which there were signed photographs of Porter and Oscar Hammerstein II.

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Kennedy reported from New York. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits.

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