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RFK Jr. Cheated on Actress Fiancée: Sources

Kennedy accused of having affair behind Cheryl Hines' back

(Newser) - Another day, another Kennedy accused of cheating on his significant other : Sources tell the Daily Mail that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. cheated on his actress fiancée Cheryl Hines—and their wedding at the Kennedys' Hyannis Port compound is just weeks away. The sources say Kennedy met Chelsea Chapman Kirwan,... More »

Jackie O's Private Letters Pulled From Auction

They'll apparently go to Kennedy family instead

(Newser) - Personal letters written by Jackie Kennedy won't be going up for auction after all, reports the BBC . All Hallows College in Ireland has called off the sale after a barrage of criticism and is now talking with the Kennedy family on "how best to preserve and curate this... More »

Kennedy Cousin Granted Bail

Michael Skakel expected to be released shortly

(Newser) - The Kennedy cousin convicted of murdering his neighbor in 1975 will soon be free on bail. Michael Skakel was granted bail of $1.2 million today, and he was expected to be freed shortly, the AP reports. He'll have to stay in Connecticut and wear a GPS tracker, the... More »

Kennedy Relative Skakel Wins New Trial in 1975 Killing

Now 52, he was convicted of murdering a 15-year-old girl

(Newser) - A judge today granted a new trial for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, ruling his attorney failed to adequately represent him when he was convicted in 2002 of killing his teenage neighbor in 1975 with a golf club. The ruling marked a dramatic reversal after years of unsuccessful appeals by Skakel,... More »

Joe Kennedy III Wins Mass. Primary

RFK grandson seeks House seat being vacated by Barney Frank

(Newser) - For the last two years, Congress has been Kennedy-free for the first time since 1946, but that looks set to change this fall. Joseph Kennedy III has won the Democratic primary for Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District by an overwhelming margin, reports AP . The 31-year-old lawyer, who has worked as a... More »

Mary Kennedy Begged RFK for Help Before Suicide

Details of final days revealed

(Newser) - The day before she committed suicide, Mary Richardson Kennedy told estranged husband Robert Kennedy Jr. that "she was sorry for everything," RFK Jr. told police. "She said I was right about everything, and everything was her fault. She then told me she needed me to take care... More »

Taylor Swift Sucked Into Kennedy Feud?

Singer banned from spending the night in historic mansion

(Newser) - Unlikely headline of the day: "Taylor Swift Caught in Kennedy Feud." Yep, America’s Sweetheart has managed to get herself involved in some drama surrounding the storied family, reports the Huffington Post , which rounds up reports from various local papers. Swift was rumored to be dating Patrick Schwarzenegger,... More »

Mary Kennedy Reburied Away From Kennedys

And best friend Kerry Kennedy charged with DUI

(Newser) - Mary Kennedy didn't get to rest in peace for long: The coffin of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife was dug up earlier this month and moved to a new site some 700 feet away, reports the AP , and RFK Jr. apparently requested the move. Mary Kennedy,... More »

Mary Kennedy on Antidepressants, But Sober at Death

Autopsy finds 3 antidepressants in Kennedy's blood

(Newser) - Mary Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife who committed suicide in May , had three kinds of antidepressants in her system at the time of her death, but no alcohol, according to a toxicology report released yesterday. The medical examiner found Trazodone, Desmethylvenlafaxine, and Venlafaxine in Kennedy's... More »

Secret Tapes Peer Into JFK's Final Days

45 hours of recordings cover politics, family

(Newser) - Some 45 hours of newly-released private recordings offer an intimate look at John F. Kennedy's last months. The taped material ranges from discussions of Vietnam to planning his re-election bid and chats about Kennedy's family, MSNBC reports. Kennedy made some 260 hours' worth of recordings; the latest release... More »

New Kennedy May Reclaim Massachusetts for Dems

Joseph III exploring a run for Congress

(Newser) - Capitol Hill has been without a Kennedy a full year now after a six-decade run, but that has a decent chance of changing in September: Joseph P. Kennedy III is formally "exploring" a run for Barney Frank's House seat. "A hail and hearty 31, JPK3 has got... More »

RFK Granddaughter Gets Big Hollywood Break

Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy scores role in Sorkin pilot

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter has nabbed her first big acting break: Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy has scored a role in Aaron Sorkin's HBO pilot. More As This Story Develops, a show about cable news, also stars such boldface names as Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn, and Dev... More »

Sirhan: I Was Brainwashed Into Killing RFK

Assassin says he doesn't remember killing, didn't act alone

(Newser) - It might have been a more convincing story 43 years ago, but Sirhan Sirhan now says he was brainwashed into assassinating Robert F. Kennedy, has no memory of the 1968 shooting, and did not act alone. "There is no question he was hypno-programmed," Sirhan lawyer William F. Pepper... More »

FBI: In '61, Ted Kennedy Rented Out 'Entire Brothel'

Classified memo describes decadent partying in Chile

(Newser) - While John F Kennedy sat in the most powerful office on Earth, little brother Ted was off renting out an entire Chilean brothel during a 1961 tour of Latin America, reports the Boston Globe . A previously redacted FBI memo, which Judicial Watch says it obtained despite a battle from the... More »

The Kennedys Finds a Home

Controversial miniseries will air in April

(Newser) - Good news for those of you who really, really wanted to watch JFK (or at least, Greg Kinnear’s version of him) discussing his need for “strange ass” : The Kennedys has found a home. After getting booted from the History Channel (reportedly by two of the Kennedys themselves ),... More »

Star-Studded Farewell for Sargent Shriver

Kennedy in-law honored for life of service

(Newser) - His 19 grandchildren read short remembrances, U2 frontman Bono led mourners in singing "Forever Young" and fond memories and laughter filled a funeral service for R. Sargent Shriver, the 95-year-old statesman laid to rest this weekend. Shriver, who served as the Peace Corps' first director for brother-in-law John Kennedy... More »

Sargent Shriver, Founder of Peace Corps, Dead at 95

Kennedy in-law ran as George McGovern's VP candidate in 1972

(Newser) - Sargent Shriver, a Kennedy in-law who was the first director of the Peace Corps, is dead at age 95, CNN reports. He had suffered from Alzheimer's for years and had been hospitalized for the last several days. Shriver entered political life through his 1953 marriage to Eunice Kennedy after having... More »

Sargent Shriver in Critical Condition

95-year-old Kennedy in-law admitted to hospital

(Newser) - Former Peace Corps director and vice-presidential nominee R. Sargent Shriver was in critical condition this morning after being admitted yesterday to a Maryland hospital, a family spokeswoman said. No other details about the 95-year-old's ailment were released, but Shriver announced in 2003 that he had Alzheimer's disease. More »

50 Years After Inaugural, JFK's Archive Goes Online

Includes a handwritten draft of his 'Ask not' speech

(Newser) - It's been a half-century since John F Kennedy admonished his fellow citizens to ask not what their country could do for them, and his presidential archive is going online today, just ahead of the anniversary, reports the Boston Globe. The $10 million project took four years to complete, but Camelot... More »

Who Killed The Kennedys? Caroline, Maria Shriver

The cousins lobbied strongly for its demise, sources say

(Newser) - The Kennedys themselves were behind the History Channel’s eleventh-hour yanking of The Kennedys, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter. No advertisers or sponsors complained about the controversial miniseries, which was called "vindictive" and "malicious" by a former JFK aide, but both Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver have close... More »

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