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'The Situation' to plead guilty to tax-related charges

Former "Jersey Shore" reality TV star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is expected to plead guilty to federal tax charges this week.

A letter filed with the court on Wednesday says Sorrentino and his brother, Marc, plan to plead guilty at a court hearing on Friday in Newark.

The pair was charged in 2014 with filing bogus tax returns on nearly $9 million in income. Additional charges were filed last April.

Sorrentino's lawyer didn't comment Wednesday on what charges his client would plead guilty.

"The Situation" appeared on all six seasons of the MTV reality show, which followed the lives of rowdy housemates in a New Jersey beach town. It ran from 2009 to 2012.

Tomei, Arquette, Nash and Munn to present at SAG Awards

Mandy Moore, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Munn and Rosanna Arquette will be among the presenters at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph and SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris are among the presenters announced Wednesday. The SAG Awards honor outstanding performances in television and film, with "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Big Little Lies" the leading nominees.

The show is one of the most reliable predictors of who will take home acting honors at the Academy Awards.

Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning, Lupita Nyong'o, Emma Stone and Kelly Marie Tran are also scheduled to present during Sunday's ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Kristen Bell will host the show, which for the first time in its 24-year history will feature a host.

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Board recommends removing author's name from book award

The Vermont Board of Libraries has recommended that the name of a prominent Vermont author, activist and pioneering education supporter be removed from a children's book award program to better connect with young readers.

The unanimous recommendation to the state librarian came after multiple discussions about the late Dorothy Canfield Fisher's association with the state's eugenics movement.

Fisher's granddaughter says Fisher's temporary support for "the sterilization of people with severe mental and physical handicaps" stopped in the early 1930s, when her soon-to-be son-in-law and others convinced her otherwise.

Vermont became the 27th state to pass a sterilization law in 1931.

Last week, the board voted unanimously to recommend that the book award be renamed to better match contemporary times. The state librarian has not returned a phone message seeking comment.

Domestic battery charge against 'Glee' actress dismissed

A domestic battery charge against an actress on the former hit show "Glee" has been dismissed in West Virginia.

WCHS-TV reports that the case against 30-year-old Naya Rivera ended after her husband decided not to seek prosecution.

An order was filed Friday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said Rivera was arrested Nov. 25 for domestic battery in Chesapeake after Ryan Keith Dorsey told a deputy that Rivera struck him in the head and face.

Agency spokesman Sgt. Brian Humphreys said the two were arguing over their child and Dorsey didn't require medical attention.

Rivera was released after being arraigned.

She is known for playing Santana Lopez on "Glee." Dorsey is also an actor and has appeared on shows including "Pitch" and "Nashville."

London Zoo names okapi 'Meghan' to celebrate royal wedding

London Zoo has honored Prince Harry's fiancee by naming its newborn okapi after her.

The zoo said Wednesday the animal born in early December was named Meghan to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.

The okapi (oh-COP-ee) have striped hindquarters like zebras but are related to giraffes. Native to the Democratic Republic of Congo, they sometimes are called a forest giraffe or zebra giraffe.

Zoo officials say the young mammal is doing well and that Meghan's mother, Oni, watches over her while she sleeps.

Zookeeper Gemma Metcalf said the birth is "a great opportunity to draw attention to the okapi, which is an extremely endangered species."

Harry and Markle's wedding is planned for May 19.

Katie Couric returning for Winter Olympics opening ceremony

NBC is bringing back Katie Couric to co-host the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month.

Couric will be co-host with Mike Tirico, who is replacing Bob Costas as prime-time host of the games. The ceremony takes place in South Korea on Feb. 9.

She's hosted three Olympic opening ceremonies with Costas, the most recent in 2004.

NBC also plans to live-stream the ceremony earlier in the day in addition to the tape-delayed prime-time broadcast.

Cuomo donates $111K from Harvey Weinstein to women's charity

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has followed through on a promise to donate campaign contributions he has collected from disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein.

State campaign finance filings show Cuomo gave $111,000 he received from Weinstein to Women's Justice Now, a New York City-based charitable organization associated with the National Organization for Women.

Cuomo first said he would give the money back in October, after several women stepped forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sexual activity.

Cuomo says he plans to seek a third term this November. He also has been mentioned as a possible White House candidate in 2020.

A fundraising report filed Wednesday says Cuomo has $30 million in his campaign account.

Longtime Miss America staffer named its executive director

A longtime Miss America Organization staffer has been named its executive director of operations.

Karen Nocella's appointment was announced Wednesday. She will oversee day-to-day activities in the organization's Atlantic City office.

Nocella has worked for more than 30 years in public relations and marketing. She joined the organization in 2008 as a tour manager for Miss America and has served as business manager and executive director for promotions and licensing.

Before joining Miss America, Nocella worked in public and community relations for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Nocella's appointment is the latest change for the organization since leaked emails surfaced late last year showing CEO Sam Haskell and others disparaging the appearance and intellect of former Miss Americas.

Haskell resigned Dec. 23. Most of the previous board members also have resigned.

U2, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar to perform at Grammys

U2 and Elton John are headed to the Grammys to help the organization celebrate its 60th awards show.

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that U2 and John, who will sing one of his classics with Miley Cyrus, will perform at the Jan. 28 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Sam Smith and Kendrick Lamar, who is up for seven Grammys, were also added to the lineup. Previously announced performers include Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Pink, SZA, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Kesha, Alessia Cara, Khalid, Logic, Patti LuPone and Ben Platt.

Two days after the Grammys, the academy will hold "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute," where Smith, Cyrus and others will pay tribute to the Rocket Man.

The week leading up to the Grammys will also feature some high profile performers: Eminem, Dave Matthews and Childish Gambino are part of the "Citi Sound Vault" from Jan. 24-28 at Irving Plaza in New York City.

Thirty Seconds to Mars will kick it off on Jan. 24, followed by The National, Eminem, Gambino and Matthews with bandmate Tim Reynolds.

Curry says she wasn't surprised by Lauer allegations

Former "Today" show anchor Ann Curry says she's not surprised by the allegations that got former colleague Matt Lauer fired and that there was an atmosphere of verbal sexual harassment at the NBC show when she worked there.

Curry lost her job after less than two years as Lauer's co-anchor in 2012 and left NBC in 2015. She told "CBS This Morning" in an interview Wednesday that it "hurt like hell."

She offered no specific examples of wrongdoing, saying she didn't want to cause more pain. Lauer was fired in November for an inappropriate relationship with a colleague that began in 2014.

Meanwhile, "Today" announced that Libby Leist is replacing Don Nash as executive producer for the first two hours of "Today."

That means that the three executives running the show are all women. The announcement comes two weeks after NBC appointed Hoda Kotb as Lauer's replacement , working alongside Savannah Guthrie — meaning the show has two women in its lead on-air roles for the first time in its history.

Curry has been quiet since leaving "Today" but she gave Wednesday's interview to promote an upcoming show on PBS.

"I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed," Curry said, later amending that to add the word "sexual."

She said the world is "waking up to a reality, an injustice that has been occurring for some time.

"I think it will continue until the glass ceiling is finally broken," she said. "This is about power, a power imbalance where women are not valued as much as men."

Curry's tearful farewell proved disastrous for "Today," leading it to lose its long-held position in first place in morning ratings. Many viewers blamed Lauer; when asked if she believed he was behind her firing, Curry said that "I'm not the one to ask."

"You're the only one to ask," said CBS' Gayle King.

Curry said that at this point she had just let it go.

She said it was overdue that two women — Guthrie and Kotb — were the co-hosts of "Today."

"Many of the viewers of the morning broadcast are now women," she said. "It's overwhelmingly women. And so the idea that women are involved, speaking to women is actually an overdue idea."

Leist, the new boss for the 7 to 9 a.m. hours at "Today," joined NBC in Washington in 2001, and has been a senior producer at "Today" for five years. She joins Jackie Levin, who oversees Megyn Kelly's "Today" hour at 9 a.m., and Tammy Filler, executive producer of the 10 a.m. hour. NBC News President Noah Oppenheim is the executive with overall oversight of the show.

Nash has been with "Today" for 30 years and been executive producer of the first two hours since 2012. He said he's leaving to spend more time with his family; behind-the-scenes leadership changes are not uncommon when anchors change at shows.

"Today" has slipped past ABC's "Good Morning America" into first place in the morning ratings since Kotb began subbing for Lauer the day he was fired, its longest winning streak in years.

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