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    Sarah Ferguson reaches settlement with News Corp.

    Lawyers for Sarah Ferguson, the former wife of Prince Andrew, say that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has agreed to pay her for repeatedly intercepting her voicemail messages. The Duchess of York was one of a slew of phone hacking victims who settled on Friday with News Corp. over its campaign of illegal espionage by its British newspapers. The duchess split from Andrew in 1992. A statement from Ferguson’s lawyers said that the hacking dated back to 2000. News Corp. apologized and agreed to a ‘‘significant’’ but undisclosed settlement.

    Charity show raises $3.3m

    Fergie may have been absent — but the Black Eyed Peas were joined by another female diva onstage: Alicia Keys. Keys sang ‘‘Where Is the Love’’ with the pop-rap group at’s charity event Thursday night at The Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. British singer Estelle also sang Fergie’s portion of ‘‘The Time (Dirty Bit).’’’s TRANS4M benefit show — which assists his foundation — also featured Bobby Brown and Ludacris . said that he raised $3.3 million.

    Bryn Mawr honors Smith

    Rock musician and writer Patti Smith is being honored by Bryn Mawr College with a medal named after the late actress Katharine Hepburn. Smith received the medal, which honors women who change their worlds, on Thursday in a ceremony at the women’s school in suburban Philadelphia.

    Bad form


    “I don’t know why they would want me to come to the party in which she died, you know? Unheard of.” — Cissy Houston, to “Access Hollywood,” on being invited to Clive Davis’s Grammy party. Her daughter Whitney Houston died just before the party last year.