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Mercedes-Benz said Monday that it has “reassigned” its advertisements on “The O’Reilly Factor” following a report about five settlements with women who alleged sexual harassment or verbal abuse by the show’s host, Bill O’Reilly.

Television host Bill O’Reilly attends the Hollywood Reporter’s 2016 “35 Most Powerful People in Media” at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 6, 2016, in New York City. (Credit: Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images)

In a statement provided to CNNMoney, a spokesperson for the car company called the allegations against O’Reilly “disturbing.”

“Yes, we had advertising running on The O’Reilly Factor (we run on most major cable news shows) and it has been reassigned in the midst of this controversy,” said Donna Boland, the manager of corporate communications at Mercedes-Benz. “The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now.”

It’s not clear yet whether other companies will follow Mercedes-Benz’s lead. CNNMoney reached out to more than 20 companies and brands that have advertised on the “O’Reilly Factor” to ask for a response to a report published by the New York Times over the weekend.

The Times reported that settlements totaling $13 million had been reached with five women who accused O’Reilly of inappropriate behavior.

One of them, Lexus, provided a statement to CNNMoney in which it said, “The Lexus ads appearing on the O’Reilly Factor are part of a wide ranging media package, with ads appearing on a variety of cable television programs. We take our duties as a responsible advertiser seriously, and seek to partner with organizations who share our company culture and philosophy of respect for all people. We will continue to monitor the situation and will take any appropriate action through our media buying partners.”

A spokesperson for Jenny Craig said that the organization “condemns any and all forms of sexual harassment,” but declined to comment further.

“As a matter of corporate policy, we do not publicly comment on our advertising strategy,” the spokesperson said. “What I can tell you is that we are constantly evaluating our media buys to maximize the efficiency of our corporate investment and effectively reach our target audience.”

Another organization, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, responded to clarify that it “does not have a partnership or a sponsorship with Fox News.”

“Our television advertising is purchased through an advertising network where the advertisements are placed on multiple cable television channels and shows,” a CFP spokesperson said. “As our spring flight is winding down, we will no longer have any placements on Fox News.”

The dog food brand Nutrish declined to comment “on anything related to our media buy.”

Spokespeople for other companies contacted by CNNMoney said they were looking into the matter.

A spokesperson for Fox News has not responded to a request for comment.

O’Reilly is the most watched host in cable news. His nightly program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” reportedly generated $446 million in advertising revenue between 2014 and 2016. He’s also a perennial best-selling author whose books have been adapted for television.

In short, O’Reilly is a one man multi-media juggernaut, a star asset for the business associates and sponsors in his orbit.

The show has obvious appeal for advertisers. For the 14th year in a row, “The O’Reilly Factor” finished 2016 as the no. 1 program in cable news.

It’s also coming off its highest-rated quarter in history, breaking cable news records with four million viewers a night during the first three months of 2017.

O’Reilly is a similar draw in the publishing world, where he has established himself as one of the most successful non-fiction authors in the world.

Henry Holt & Company, O’Reilly’s publisher, said last year that his “Killing” franchise — a series of historic blockbusters that examine the deaths or attempted assassinations of various figures from Jesus to JFK — had sold 14.5 million copies. Some of the “Killing” books have been adapted into made-for-TV films by National Geographic, which is part of the portfolio of cable channels of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox.

Neither Henry Holt nor National Geographic responded to a request for comment.

The 2015 adaptation of “Killing Jesus” set a ratings record for National Geographic. “Killing the Rising Sun,” the latest installment of the series about the United States’ bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — has been on the New York Times’ best seller list for 28 weeks.

It’s a safe bet that O’Reilly’s new book “Old School,” a manifesto of sorts on the author’s personal beliefs, will crack that list soon. The book contrasts adherents to “traditional values” with “snowflakes,” the left-of-center forces O’Reilly believes to be too politically correct and sensitive.

At a press conference on Monday, the attorney Lisa Bloom, who is representing one of the accusers featured in the Times’ report, took issue with O’Reilly’s claim to be a “target” of lawsuits.

“Bill O’Reilly, you call out whiners as delicate snowflakes,” Bloom said in a statement. “But you’re the one whining now.”

 

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Mercedes-Benz said Monday that it has “reassigned” its advertisements on “The O’Reilly Factor” following a report about five settlements with women who alleged sexual harassment or verbal abuse by the show’s host, Bill O’Reilly.

Television host Bill O’Reilly attends the Hollywood Reporter’s 2016 “35 Most Powerful People in Media” at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 6, 2016, in New York City. (Credit: Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images)

In a statement provided to CNNMoney, a spokesperson for the car company called the allegations against O’Reilly “disturbing.”

“Yes, we had advertising running on The O’Reilly Factor (we run on most major cable news shows) and it has been reassigned in the midst of this controversy,” said Donna Boland, the manager of corporate communications at Mercedes-Benz. “The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now.”

It’s not clear yet whether other companies will follow Mercedes-Benz’s lead. CNNMoney reached out to more than 20 companies and brands that have advertised on the “O’Reilly Factor” to ask for a response to a report published by the New York Times over the weekend.

The Times reported that settlements totaling $13 million had been reached with five women who accused O’Reilly of inappropriate behavior.

One of them, Lexus, provided a statement to CNNMoney in which it said, “The Lexus ads appearing on the O’Reilly Factor are part of a wide ranging media package, with ads appearing on a variety of cable television programs. We take our duties as a responsible advertiser seriously, and seek to partner with organizations who share our company culture and philosophy of respect for all people. We will continue to monitor the situation and will take any appropriate action through our media buying partners.”

A spokesperson for Jenny Craig said that the organization “condemns any and all forms of sexual harassment,” but declined to comment further.

“As a matter of corporate policy, we do not publicly comment on our advertising strategy,” the spokesperson said. “What I can tell you is that we are constantly evaluating our media buys to maximize the efficiency of our corporate investment and effectively reach our target audience.”

Another organization, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, responded to clarify that it “does not have a partnership or a sponsorship with Fox News.”

“Our television advertising is purchased through an advertising network where the advertisements are placed on multiple cable television channels and shows,” a CFP spokesperson said. “As our spring flight is winding down, we will no longer have any placements on Fox News.”

The dog food brand Nutrish declined to comment “on anything related to our media buy.”

Spokespeople for other companies contacted by CNNMoney said they were looking into the matter.

A spokesperson for Fox News has not responded to a request for comment.

O’Reilly is the most watched host in cable news. His nightly program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” reportedly generated $446 million in advertising revenue between 2014 and 2016. He’s also a perennial best-selling author whose books have been adapted for television.

In short, O’Reilly is a one man multi-media juggernaut, a star asset for the business associates and sponsors in his orbit.

The show has obvious appeal for advertisers. For the 14th year in a row, “The O’Reilly Factor” finished 2016 as the no. 1 program in cable news.

It’s also coming off its highest-rated quarter in history, breaking cable news records with four million viewers a night during the first three months of 2017.

O’Reilly is a similar draw in the publishing world, where he has established himself as one of the most successful non-fiction authors in the world.

Henry Holt & Company, O’Reilly’s publisher, said last year that his “Killing” franchise — a series of historic blockbusters that examine the deaths or attempted assassinations of various figures from Jesus to JFK — had sold 14.5 million copies. Some of the “Killing” books have been adapted into made-for-TV films by National Geographic, which is part of the portfolio of cable channels of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox.

Neither Henry Holt nor National Geographic responded to a request for comment.

The 2015 adaptation of “Killing Jesus” set a ratings record for National Geographic. “Killing the Rising Sun,” the latest installment of the series about the United States’ bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — has been on the New York Times’ best seller list for 28 weeks.

It’s a safe bet that O’Reilly’s new book “Old School,” a manifesto of sorts on the author’s personal beliefs, will crack that list soon. The book contrasts adherents to “traditional values” with “snowflakes,” the left-of-center forces O’Reilly believes to be too politically correct and sensitive.

At a press conference on Monday, the attorney Lisa Bloom, who is representing one of the accusers featured in the Times’ report, took issue with O’Reilly’s claim to be a “target” of lawsuits.

“Bill O’Reilly, you call out whiners as delicate snowflakes,” Bloom said in a statement. “But you’re the one whining now.”

 

http://ktla.com/2017/04/03/mercedes-benz-pulls-ads-from-the-oreilly-factor-amid-controversy-of-hosts-harassment-abuse-settlements/

Mercedes-Benz said Monday that it has “reassigned” its advertisements on “The O’Reilly Factor” following a report about five settlements with women who alleged sexual harassment or verbal abuse by the show’s host, Bill O’Reilly.

Television host Bill O’Reilly attends the Hollywood Reporter’s 2016 “35 Most Powerful People in Media” at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 6, 2016, in New York City. (Credit: Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images)

In a statement provided to CNNMoney, a spokesperson for the car company called the allegations against O’Reilly “disturbing.”

“Yes, we had advertising running on The O’Reilly Factor (we run on most major cable news shows) and it has been reassigned in the midst of this controversy,” said Donna Boland, the manager of corporate communications at Mercedes-Benz. “The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now.”

It’s not clear yet whether other companies will follow Mercedes-Benz’s lead. CNNMoney reached out to more than 20 companies and brands that have advertised on the “O’Reilly Factor” to ask for a response to a report published by the New York Times over the weekend.

The Times reported that settlements totaling $13 million had been reached with five women who accused O’Reilly of inappropriate behavior.

One of them, Lexus, provided a statement to CNNMoney in which it said, “The Lexus ads appearing on the O’Reilly Factor are part of a wide ranging media package, with ads appearing on a variety of cable television programs. We take our duties as a responsible advertiser seriously, and seek to partner with organizations who share our company culture and philosophy of respect for all people. We will continue to monitor the situation and will take any appropriate action through our media buying partners.”

A spokesperson for Jenny Craig said that the organization “condemns any and all forms of sexual harassment,” but declined to comment further.

“As a matter of corporate policy, we do not publicly comment on our advertising strategy,” the spokesperson said. “What I can tell you is that we are constantly evaluating our media buys to maximize the efficiency of our corporate investment and effectively reach our target audience.”

Another organization, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, responded to clarify that it “does not have a partnership or a sponsorship with Fox News.”

“Our television advertising is purchased through an advertising network where the advertisements are placed on multiple cable television channels and shows,” a CFP spokesperson said. “As our spring flight is winding down, we will no longer have any placements on Fox News.”

The dog food brand Nutrish declined to comment “on anything related to our media buy.”

Spokespeople for other companies contacted by CNNMoney said they were looking into the matter.

A spokesperson for Fox News has not responded to a request for comment.

O’Reilly is the most watched host in cable news. His nightly program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” reportedly generated $446 million in advertising revenue between 2014 and 2016. He’s also a perennial best-selling author whose books have been adapted for television.

In short, O’Reilly is a one man multi-media juggernaut, a star asset for the business associates and sponsors in his orbit.

The show has obvious appeal for advertisers. For the 14th year in a row, “The O’Reilly Factor” finished 2016 as the no. 1 program in cable news.

It’s also coming off its highest-rated quarter in history, breaking cable news records with four million viewers a night during the first three months of 2017.

O’Reilly is a similar draw in the publishing world, where he has established himself as one of the most successful non-fiction authors in the world.

Henry Holt & Company, O’Reilly’s publisher, said last year that his “Killing” franchise — a series of historic blockbusters that examine the deaths or attempted assassinations of various figures from Jesus to JFK — had sold 14.5 million copies. Some of the “Killing” books have been adapted into made-for-TV films by National Geographic, which is part of the portfolio of cable channels of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox.

Neither Henry Holt nor National Geographic responded to a request for comment.

The 2015 adaptation of “Killing Jesus” set a ratings record for National Geographic. “Killing the Rising Sun,” the latest installment of the series about the United States’ bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — has been on the New York Times’ best seller list for 28 weeks.

It’s a safe bet that O’Reilly’s new book “Old School,” a manifesto of sorts on the author’s personal beliefs, will crack that list soon. The book contrasts adherents to “traditional values” with “snowflakes,” the left-of-center forces O’Reilly believes to be too politically correct and sensitive.

At a press conference on Monday, the attorney Lisa Bloom, who is representing one of the accusers featured in the Times’ report, took issue with O’Reilly’s claim to be a “target” of lawsuits.

“Bill O’Reilly, you call out whiners as delicate snowflakes,” Bloom said in a statement. “But you’re the one whining now.”

 

http://ktla.com/2017/04/03/inland-empire-dentist-pleads-guilty-to-child-pornography-charges-officials/

A dentist who worked in Temecula pleaded guilty Monday to possession of child pornography, including videos of children under the age of 10 engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

A courtroom gavel is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Brian A. Jackson/Thinkstock)

Milan Irvin, 34, of Rancho Cucamonga, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and admitted in a plea deal that he possessed a sexually explicit video depicting a girl under 10, and to distributing another video involving a girl between 10 and 12, Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a released statement.

Irvin possessed about 200 images and 50 videos of child pornography on a computer in his possession, Mrozek said.

“The plea agreement calls for a prison sentence of three years to five years, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release,” Mrozek said in the statement.

United States District Judge Jesus G. Bernal will decide Irvin’s sentence on July 10.

Mrozek said if the court decides to deviate from the agreed upon sentence both parties have the choice to withdraw from the plea agreement and go to trial instead.

Following his prison sentence, Irvin will be required to register as a sex offender and will be prohibited from associating with people under the age of 18.

 

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http://ktla.com/2017/04/03/inland-empire-dentist-pleads-guilty-to-child-pornography-charges-officials/

A dentist who worked in Temecula pleaded guilty Monday to possession of child pornography, including videos of children under the age of 10 engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

A courtroom gavel is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Brian A. Jackson/Thinkstock)

Milan Irvin, 34, of Rancho Cucamonga, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and admitted in a plea deal that he possessed a sexually explicit video depicting a girl under 10, and to distributing another video involving a girl between 10 and 12, Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a released statement.

Irvin possessed about 200 images and 50 videos of child pornography on a computer in his possession, Mrozek said.

“The plea agreement calls for a prison sentence of three years to five years, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release,” Mrozek said in the statement.

United States District Judge Jesus G. Bernal will decide Irvin’s sentence on July 10.

Mrozek said if the court decides to deviate from the agreed upon sentence both parties have the choice to withdraw from the plea agreement and go to trial instead.

Following his prison sentence, Irvin will be required to register as a sex offender and will be prohibited from associating with people under the age of 18.

 

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http://ktla.com/2017/04/03/inland-empire-dentist-pleads-guilty-to-child-pornography-charges-officials/

A dentist who worked in Temecula pleaded guilty Monday to possession of child pornography, including videos of children under the age of 10 engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

A courtroom gavel is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Brian A. Jackson/Thinkstock)

Milan Irvin, 34, of Rancho Cucamonga, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and admitted in a plea deal that he possessed a sexually explicit video depicting a girl under 10, and to distributing another video involving a girl between 10 and 12, Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a released statement.

Irvin possessed about 200 images and 50 videos of child pornography on a computer in his possession, Mrozek said.

“The plea agreement calls for a prison sentence of three years to five years, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release,” Mrozek said in the statement.

United States District Judge Jesus G. Bernal will decide Irvin’s sentence on July 10.

Mrozek said if the court decides to deviate from the agreed upon sentence both parties have the choice to withdraw from the plea agreement and go to trial instead.

Following his prison sentence, Irvin will be required to register as a sex offender and will be prohibited from associating with people under the age of 18.

 

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http://ktla.com/2017/04/03/mother-of-3-dies-after-finishing-pennsylvania-half-marathon/

A mother of three died after running a half marathon in Pennsylvania over the weekend, stunning friends and family who described her as a tireless “super mom.”

Lindsay Doherty, 36, collapsed just after finishing the Scranton Half Marathon Sunday.

The Lackawanna County Coroner’s Office told WNEP that Doherty died of abdominal bleeding caused by a ruptured vein.

Coroner Tim Rowland said that the condition is rare. He noted that since Doherty collapsed at the finish line, emergency medical technicians were able to attend to her right away.

But even that could not save her life.

Doherty’s friends told WNEP she was a “super mom” who worked with multiple community groups.  She volunteered at St. Clare/St. Paul Catholic School in Scranton, where the principal says she was active in the parent-teacher association.

Her neighbors in Scranton’s Green Ridge section said they cannot believe a woman so active and athletic could die so young.

“Disbelief, at first – 36 years old, you just don’t think it can happen,” said Mark Seitzinger of the Green Ridge Neighborhood Association. “As people started talking about it a little bit more, it started to hit home a little bit more. It’s sad, just sad that it’s in the community.”

Doherty also worked for the Diocese of Scranton raising money for Catholic education.

Bishop Joseph Bambera released a statement saying: “Lindsay was a bright, energetic young woman and a devoted wife and mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband, three young children, and her family.”

 

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A mother of three died after running a half marathon in Pennsylvania over the weekend, stunning friends and family who described her as a tireless “super mom.”

Lindsay Doherty, 36, collapsed just after finishing the Scranton Half Marathon Sunday.

The Lackawanna County Coroner’s Office told WNEP that Doherty died of abdominal bleeding caused by a ruptured vein.

Coroner Tim Rowland said that the condition is rare. He noted that since Doherty collapsed at the finish line, emergency medical technicians were able to attend to her right away.

But even that could not save her life.

Doherty’s friends told WNEP she was a “super mom” who worked with multiple community groups.  She volunteered at St. Clare/St. Paul Catholic School in Scranton, where the principal says she was active in the parent-teacher association.

Her neighbors in Scranton’s Green Ridge section said they cannot believe a woman so active and athletic could die so young.

“Disbelief, at first – 36 years old, you just don’t think it can happen,” said Mark Seitzinger of the Green Ridge Neighborhood Association. “As people started talking about it a little bit more, it started to hit home a little bit more. It’s sad, just sad that it’s in the community.”

Doherty also worked for the Diocese of Scranton raising money for Catholic education.

Bishop Joseph Bambera released a statement saying: “Lindsay was a bright, energetic young woman and a devoted wife and mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband, three young children, and her family.”

 

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http://ktla.com/2017/04/03/mother-of-3-dies-after-finishing-pennsylvania-half-marathon/

A mother of three died after running a half marathon in Pennsylvania over the weekend, stunning friends and family who described her as a tireless “super mom.”

Lindsay Doherty, 36, collapsed just after finishing the Scranton Half Marathon Sunday.

The Lackawanna County Coroner’s Office told WNEP that Doherty died of abdominal bleeding caused by a ruptured vein.

Coroner Tim Rowland said that the condition is rare. He noted that since Doherty collapsed at the finish line, emergency medical technicians were able to attend to her right away.

But even that could not save her life.

Doherty’s friends told WNEP she was a “super mom” who worked with multiple community groups.  She volunteered at St. Clare/St. Paul Catholic School in Scranton, where the principal says she was active in the parent-teacher association.

Her neighbors in Scranton’s Green Ridge section said they cannot believe a woman so active and athletic could die so young.

“Disbelief, at first – 36 years old, you just don’t think it can happen,” said Mark Seitzinger of the Green Ridge Neighborhood Association. “As people started talking about it a little bit more, it started to hit home a little bit more. It’s sad, just sad that it’s in the community.”

Doherty also worked for the Diocese of Scranton raising money for Catholic education.

Bishop Joseph Bambera released a statement saying: “Lindsay was a bright, energetic young woman and a devoted wife and mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband, three young children, and her family.”

 

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http://ktla.com/2017/04/03/trump-donates-his-1st-quarters-salary-to-the-national-park-service/

President Donald Trump is donating the $78,333.32 salary he has earned so far to the National Park Service.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer displays the first quarter check of President Donald Trump’s salary, which he donated to the National Park Service during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 3, 2017. (Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

“It’s straight up. Every penny that the president received from the first quarter,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer told journalists at a White House press briefing Monday.

Spicer handed a check to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Tyrone Brandyburg, the superintendent of Harper’s Ferry historical site.

“The president is personally proud to contribute the first quarter of his salary to the important mission of the Park Service, which is preserving our country’s national security,” Spicer said.

The stated mission of the National Park Service, according to its website, is to “[preserve] unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.”

Previously, Trump has clashed with the Park Service. He called the acting director in January to complain about a department retweet that compared crowd size at his inauguration to Barack Obama’s in 2009.

But the president, it seems, is letting bygones be bygones. He is fulfilling a campaign pledge to donate his salary.

The money will go toward improving the nation’s historic battlefields, Zinke said.

“We’re about $229 million behind in deferred maintenance on our battlefields alone. … We’re excited about that opportunity,” Zinke said. He later tweeted his thanks.

The Sierra Club called the move a “publicity stunt.”

“If Donald Trump is actually interested in helping our parks, he should stop trying to slash their budgets to historically low levels,” Michael Brune, director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement.

A budget blueprint submitted by the Trump administration last month proposed an 11.7% funding cut for the Department of the Interior.

Trump is required by federal law to receive a $400,000 annual salary, which is doled out monthly.

Presidents have chosen to donate their paychecks before — though it’s certainly the exception to the rule. Herbert Hoover, a self-made millionaire with a mining consulting business, and John F. Kennedy, born to a wealthy family, also gave their salaries away.

Trump is worth an estimated $3.5 billion, according to an analysis by Forbes.

In March, Spicer said the president has asked that journalists help determine where he should send his paycheck. It’s not clear he whether Trump ultimately took press corps suggestions into consideration (many of which were on Twitter).

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