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March 23, 2018 10:22 PM EST

PBS says more witnesses have detailed sexual misconduct allegations against talk-show host Tavis Smiley, who was suspended in December and later fired.

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Sat Mar 24 11:09:02 EDT 2018

You don’t have to be one of the 600 lucky guests who will be receiving one of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding invitations in the mail to notice there are a few differences between their invitations and those sent ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 nuptials.

While there are a few discrepancies, the biggest difference might be that one of the invitations was a request and the other was a command, of sort.

On William and Kate’s wedding invitation, the Queen commanded the Lord Chamberlin to invite the chosen guests, whereas Harry and Meghan’s invitation is less formal — or rather, more typical of a wedding invitation — as noted by a social media user.

In Harry and Meghan’s invitation, Prince Charles merely requests the presence of the invited guests at the festive occasion.

As the Twitter user pointed out, this difference might have something to do with the fact that William is significantly higher in the line of succession than his younger brother. While William is third in line behind his father, Harry is soon-to-be sixth in line, after the birth of William and Kate’s third child. Despite the formal invitation, William and Kate’s wedding was not technically considered a state function.

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Other noticeable differences between the invitations are that William and Kate’s were sent on behalf of the Queen (and therefore were accompanied by the reigning monarch’s crest), whereas Harry and Meghan’s came from Prince Charles and carried the feathered badge of the Prince of Wales.

And there’s one other important detail to point out. On the invitations, Meghan is referred to as “Ms.” while Kate was referred to as “Miss” on her royal wedding invitation. Some have speculated that since Meghan is divorced, she is referred to as a Ms. versus a Miss. However, there is no actual etiquette that requires divorced women to be referred to as “Ms.” — in fact they are usually referred to by their former married name in formal etiquette — but many professional adult women prefer to go by then more neutral “Ms.” So, the “Ms.” may simply be Markle’s personal preference.

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RELATED: The Royal Wedding Invitation Is in the Mail! See Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Official Invite

Around 600 people have been invited to the service and the luncheon, which will be hosted by the Queen at St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle.

Following the ceremony, around 200 guests will attend a private reception later that evening given by Prince Charles at Frogmore House on the castle grounds, which is the same location where the couple took their stunning engagement photos.

Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, announced their engagement in November. While there’s still no word on who will be in the bridal party, or who will take the coveted role of best man, most insiders believe Harry will turn to his brother William, reciprocating the honor that Harry carried out for his brother when he wed Princess Kate in 2011.

Sat Mar 24 10:37:10 EDT 2018

On Saturday, across the country and the world, thousands of people rallied against gun violence in a demonstration organized by survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school massacre last month.

March for Our Lives, put together by some of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — where 17 people were killed by a mass shooter on Feb. 14 — began at noon Saturday in Washington, D.C., where attendees proceeded through the heart of the nation’s capital.

The event inspired hundreds of “sibling marches” on Saturday, in other states and other countries, with those rallies beginning at various times Saturday.

More than 500,000 people are expected to attend the events, according to TIME.

In addition to the student speakers in D.C., a group of celebrities will join them on stage including Miley Cyrus, Common, Jennifer Hudson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and others.

How the March Began

Within days of the Parkland shooting, Stoneman Douglas students Jaclyn CorinCameron KaskyDavid HoggEmma Gonzalez and Alex Wind realized they shared a similar goal and came together to work to prevent more school shootings.

They created the March for Our Lives website and launched a movement from their homes.

During an interview with ABC News’ This Week on Sunday, Gonzelez emphasized the importance for all students to participate.

“The kids who need to take part in this are kids, everyday kids just like us,” she said. “All students should realize that a school shooting could happen anywhere.”

According to the rally’s website, the current generation of students has grown up practicing drills and lockdowns at school while repeatedly watching mass shootings play out in other cities and states — a pattern of violence unique to America.

“March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar,” reads the event’s mission statement, in part.

“In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.”

Sat Mar 24 09:59:15 EDT 2018

As half a million students head to Washington, D.C. on Saturday for the March for Our Lives rally, President Donald Trump skipped town to spend the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida.

The 71-year-old former Celebrity Apprentice host was photographed alongside wife Melania Trump and their 12-year-old son Baron Trump disembarking Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport late Friday evening.

Their family trip also comes as Donald is embroiled in allegations that he had affairs with two women, porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, while married to Melania in 2006. The White House has denied both affairs.

Earlier in the day, the first lady chose to leave the White House on Friday without her husband — again. Though the official White House schedule stated that the first couple planned to depart the White House together aboard Marine One to Joint Base Andrews, Mrs. Trump opted to depart Washington, D.C. solo following her speech honoring “women of courage” at an event on Friday, CNN reported.

When asked about the change of plans, a rep for the first lady simply told PEOPLE: “Mrs. Trump is here at Mar-a-Lago.”

Meanwhile, the president shared a photo of himself arriving at the Maryland military facility alone on Instagram.

The father of five is expected to remain at Mar-a-Lago for the weekend. The first lady is scheduled to stay for at least a week while Barron is on his spring break vacation.

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On Thursday, CNN aired a headline-making sit-down with McDougal, in which she apologized to the first lady for the alleged 10-month sexual relationship. “What can you say except, I’m sorry? I’m sorry. I wouldn’t want it done to me, I’m sorry,” McDougal, 46, said as she fought back tears. “I know it’s the wrong thing to do.”

McDougal has filed suit against American Media, Inc., the company that owns The National Enquirer, to get out of an agreement blocking her from speaking about her alleged affair with the now-president. Daniels has also sued Trump to end her 2016 nondisclosure agreement on her own alleged relationship with the former businessman.

A source close to Melania recently told PEOPLE that the first lady is “furious” over the nonstop controversies engulfing the White House and her husband’s presidency. “What’s happening is exactly what she didn’t want to happen,” the source said. “They’ve literally become like the Kardashians: scandals, divorces, headlines.”

RELATED: What to Expect at Saturday’s March for Our Lives as Students Rally Against Gun Violence Nationwide

Meanwhile, Saturday’s March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. will see students calling for legislation “to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.”

The event was planned by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Jaclyn CorinCameron KaskyDavid HoggEmma Gonzalez and Alex Wind within days of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at the Parkland, Florida school, which left 17 of their classmates dead.

Already the event has expanded to include more than 800 “sibling marches” in cities around the world.

RELATED: See Donald Trump’s Less-Than-Brave Moments After Boasting He’d Run Into Parkland School Without Gun

President Trump — who had claimed he would have rushed into the Florida school shooting, even if he wasn’t armed — was reminded of that fact by comedian and talk show host Stephen Colbert on Friday.

Hey @realdonaldtrump I thought you said you’d run TOWARD the kids, not away from them!,” Colbert tweeted, linking out to an article about the president’s Mar-a-Lago getaway.

On Saturday afternoon as hundreds of thousands of students and adults took to the streets, a spokesperson for Trump applauded their protests.

“We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today,” the spokesperson said. “Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the President’s, which is why he urged Congress to pass the Fix NICS and STOP School Violence Acts, and signed them into law. Additionally, on Friday, the Department of Justice issued the rule to ban bump stocks following through on the President’s commitment to ban devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.”

The STOP School Violence Act would provide grants to state and local governments to improve security at schools with the use of metal detectors and other security measures. The Fix NICS act aims to improve to submission of mental health and criminal records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) as well as other amendments to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. Neither acts have been fully voted on by Congress and neither have been signed into law yet by Trump.

CHICAGO (AP) — Actress DuShon Monique Brown, who played a secretary in the NBC show "Chicago Fire," has died at age 49. The Cook County medical examiner's spokeswoman Becky Schlikerman says Brown died Friday at St.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City firefighter died early Friday battling a fierce blaze on a movie set after getting separated from his fellow firefighters in the thick smoke.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jann Wenner feels the #MeToo movement shows a "real absence of due process." In an interview with The Associated Press, the Rolling Stone publisher said he feels that mere accusations of sexual impropriety are threatening careers, many times without corroboration, with people losing their jobs over "some of the most harmless (expletive) things."

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on an appeals court ordering former "Melrose Place" actress Amy Locane re-sentenced for a fatal 2010 auto crash (all times local): 5 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ramona Isbell is worried. What will people say when they find out? After all, she mostly kept her secret for more than 50 years.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marion "Suge" Knight lost another defense lawyer — his 15th — on Friday and the three-year wait for his murder trial to start will grow even longer.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cloris Leachman is 91-years-old and still as busy as ever in Hollywood. The Oscar and multiple Emmy-winner has a hit movie out, the faith-based film "I Can Only Imagine," about the story behind the MercyMe song of the same name.

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a surprise visit to Northern Ireland on Friday as part of their pre-wedding tour of the United Kingdom.

"Alternate Side" (Random House), by Anna Quindlen Anna Quindlen has written a book that only a New Yorker — or at least someone who has lived there for a stint — could love.

NEW YORK (AP) — The actor who plays Captain America may be ready to hang up his shield. Chris Evans tells The New York Times he has no plans to return to the Marvel movie franchise after reshoots of the fourth "Avengers" movie later this year.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Playboy model apologized to first lady Melania Trump for a 10-month affair she claims she had with President Donald Trump that started with him offering her money after the first time they had sex.

NEW YORK (AP) — You're on the couch. It's been a long day. The remote control is in your hand. What can you watch? There's that new CNN documentary series on the pope.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A representative for Lorna Luft says the singer has had successful brain surgery after being diagnosed with a tumor.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roseanne Barr looks spiffier, John Goodman slimmer. But the mass-market plaid couch is a giveaway that ABC's "Roseanne" revival hasn't ditched its roots.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Weather Channel is under new ownership. Entertainment Studios Inc., an independent movie and TV producer and distributor, said Thursday it's acquired the channel's parent company, Weather Group.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media will be getting more propaganda now that the Communist Party has announced it will be in direct control of broadcasters and the regulators of everything from movies and TV to books and radio programs.

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN chief Jeff Zucker sharply attacked the network's rivals at Fox News Channel on Thursday, saying that it has become a propaganda machine that is "doing an incredible disservice to the country."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parents of Anton Yelchin have reached a settlement with the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the SUV that crushed and killed the "Star Trek" actor in his driveway in 2016.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A prosecutor in Minnesota says he's reviewing law enforcement reports about Prince's death and will make a decision on possible charges "in the near future."

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers on Thursday asked the judge in his upcoming sexual assault retrial to step aside, arguing the judge could be seen as biased because his wife is a social worker who has described herself as an "activist and advocate for assault victims."

BOSTON (AP) — Longtime Boston television personality and entertainer Frank Avruch, who was the star of the popular children's TV program "Bozo the Clown," has died.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A trio of Mexican directors known as the Three Amigos has made their mark on Hollywood, dominating the Academy Awards best picture contest in recent years with films that have little connection to their homeland.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jim Parsons cherished the opportunity to work with Stephen Hawking, but admitted he was a bit intimidated to meet the celebrated theoretical physicist.