Delaware Senate rejects school redistricting plan

By Associated Press 11:27pm, June 30, 2016 - Updated 10:31am, July 1, 2016
The Delaware State Senate has refused to endorse a controversial school redistricting plan aimed at helping low-income minority students in Wilmington.

The Senate on Thursday rejected a House joint resolution formally endorsing the boundary changes, as required by state law for the plan to be implemented.

The Senate instead passed its own joint resolution noting that there is no funding for the plan this year but encouraging the commission that developed the plan to provide details for its implementation.

The Senate passed a related bill clarifying that legislative support of the redistricting plan does not constitute approval of any particular revenue or spending measure. The bill also provides $200,000 to study the costs and funding options for moving Wilmington students from the Christina School District to the Red Clay school district.

New Castle County Police issue wanted bulletin for alleged fraudulent home contractor

By DJ McAneny 11:18am, July 1, 2016 - Updated 11:53am, July 1, 2016
Mario Mareno
On Friday, New Castle County Police issued a wanted bulletin for a contractor who would allegedly receive money up-front for work he never completed.

According to authorities Mario Mareno, 49, with a most recent address in the Misty Vale Farm community of Middletown, has so far evaded re-apprehension following a previous arrest.

Mareno is wanted on felony-level home improvement fraud charges in multiple jurisdictions while working under the Tradesmen Services moniker. Most recently, the Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Unit sought victims of Mareno they believe have yet to come forward.

Mareno would typically solicit and correspond with victims via Facebook, texting, or emails, according to authorities, and get victims to make large, up-front payments in order to "obtain required permits and purchase materials," then never complete the work for which he was hired.

Mareno was in taken into police custody in Dover on Friday, May 13, 2016, but was released after posting $4,000 secured bond.

He's described as being 5'10" and 217 lbs., with greying-black hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone who believes they may have been victimized by Moreno or Tradesmen Services is urged to contact CPU Special Investigators Jose Ortiz at 302.577.8421 or Alan Rachko at 302.577.8309.

Anyone with information on Mareno's whereabouts is urged to contact New Castle County Police Det. Scott Pluta at 302.573.2800 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

Wilmington's Crossroads of Delaware to close its doors for good a year after rape charges brought against counselor

By DJ McAneny 11:43am, July 1, 2016
Rebecca Adams was charged with raping a juvenile patient/WDEL file
Just a month shy of a year after a 30-year-old drug and alcohol counselor was charged with rape and sexual abuse of a child for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old patient, Crossroads of Delaware announced it will be closing its doors for good.

In August 2015, Rebecca Adams was charged with conducting a sexual relationship with a juvenile male patient from June 1 to August 15 of that year. She was charged with 12 counts fourth-degree rape, 12 counts sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust, two counts providing alcohol to a minor, and continuous sexual abuse of a child.

The website for the rehabilitation center in Wilmington said it was celebrating more than 20 years of providing behavioral healthcare.

"Perhaps that is where our choice lies -- in determining how we will meet the inevitable end of things, and how we will greet each new beginning."

Elana K. Arnold

With a mixture of anticipation and fond memories I am announcing the closing of Crossroads of Delaware effective 7/15/2016. And I am very excited to announce the same quality of service we have always provided will be available at Gaudenzia. I am looking forward to a future with this company that shares my vision of helping those with addictions. As always you can reach me on my cell phone at 302-420-6565. And please look for postings with more information regarding Gaudenzia. And look for us at

Middletown man charged after police say they found 100 grams of cocaine on him

By DJ McAneny 1:56pm, July 1, 2016
Nakia Wiggins and the drugs and cash Delaware State Police said they confiscated off his person
A 41-year-old Middletown man was charged following a traffic stop that led Delaware State Police to the discovery of almost 100 grams of cocaine, police said Friday.

According to authorities, a silver Chrysler 300 being operated by a man police identified as Nakia Wiggins committed a number of traffic violations in front of state troopers at approximately 9:50 p.m. on June 30, 2016.

Wiggins had been operating the vehicle with a suspended license, police said, and a black digital scale was observed in plain view within the car.

Wiggins was removed from the vehicle and a search was conducted on his person, authorities said, adding it was at this point he was found to be in possession of 95 grams of cocaine and $558 in suspected drug proceeds.

Wiggins was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance-Tier V quantity, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-Tier II quantity, possession of a controlled substance-Tier II quantity, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to signal a lane change, and failure to remain in a single lane. He was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Center in lieu of $250,000 cash bond.

Wilmington brothers sentenced to 16, 4 years in prison for shotgun shooting in June 2015

By DJ McAneny 2:32pm, July 1, 2016
A pair of Wilmington brothers convicted of shooting three individuals with shotguns outside a Lancaster Court Apartments residence have been sentenced to prison.

Nathaniel Gonzalez, 21, and his brother Isaiah, 19, were convicted of shooting Gabriel Jaurez Sr., 50, Gabriel Juarez Jr., 26, and Felipe Cruz-Flores, 26, in June 2015.

Nathaniel was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment, while Isaiah was sentenced to four years.

Pennsylvania angler makes record-setting catch in Delaware

By DJ McAneny 2:08pm, July 1, 2016
Tim Parrill, left, and a friend hoist his record-setting catch/Courtesy DNREC
A Pennsylvania angler set a new Delaware catch record for his 20.5-pound false albacore take, officials announced Friday.

According to DNREC officials, Tim Parrill, of Wellsville, Pennsylvania, caught on June 29, 2016, a false albacore in Masseys Canyon that measured 30.75", had a 22" girth, and weighed 20.5 lbs.

Parrill was in the fishing boat Get Bent about 35 miles offshore in the Indian River Inlet off the Atlantic Ocean, near Lewes, when he made the catch. The new record was confirmed by the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament, and outweighed the previous record, set by Christian Anderson in 2008, by a half-pound.

Wilmington man pleads guilty to assault in July 2015 robbery-turned-shooting

By DJ McAneny 2:41pm, July 1, 2016
Chayee Doe/WDEL File
A 28-year-old Wilmington man pled guilty to first-degree assault charges after shooting an individual during a July 2015 robbery.

According to Department of Justice officials, Chayee Doe shot a 37-year-old man in the area of 6th and North Madison streets in the West Center City section of Wilmington.

Doe was prohibited from possessing a weapon at the time due to a motor vehicle theft conviction in 2007.

Doe pled guilty to first-degree assault an weapon possession charges in connection to the case. He faces a five-year minimum mandatory term when he's sentenced in September.

ANGELs hope to help save lives of Dover addicts, freely and with compassion

By Rob Petree/WXDE 3:27pm, June 30, 2016
Officials announcing the partnership initiative ANGEL in Dover/(Rob Petree/WXDE)
A new program introduced by Dover Police is hoping to help addicts beat their addiction and receive drug rehabilitation, free of charge.

The department partnered with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative to launch a program called ANGEL.

If an addict is seeking help, all they would have to do is go into a police station or approach an officer in the field, and the road to recovery would begin.

"Anybody can come in and tell us that their an addict," said Dover Chief of Police Paul Bernat. "If they have heroin on them, or paraphernalia, we're not going to arrest them. We will take that and put it into evidence, and we will have an officer come to them right away and be compassionate and understanding--anybody that's not wanted, and they're not strung out, or deeply going through detox...anybody can come in."

Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Health and Social Services Rita Landgraf said Delaware had a drug epidemic.

"We anticipate that there's been a hundred deaths due to overdose. We work closely with the medical examiners office. I'm starting to see an uptick... which means, when I get my death investigation reports, I'm seeing more right away that are occurring in Kent and Sussex counties."

The objective of the program is to dramatically reduce the number of overdoses in Delaware.

Bill that toughens penalties for texting while driving motors to Governor's desk

By Associated Press 10:46pm, June 30, 2016 - Updated 6:40am, July 1, 2016
Delaware lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that toughens penalties for texting or otherwise using a hand-held phone while driving.

The legislation cleared the Senate on a 14-to-7 vote Thursday after winning unanimous approval in the House two weeks ago. It now goes to Gov. Jack Markell.

The bill increases the penalty for a first offense from $50 to $100. It also increases the penalty for subsequent offenses from between $100 and $200 to between $200 and $300.

Lawmakers amended the bill to delete a provision calling for points to be assessed on a person's driver's license for second or subsequent offenses.

Supporters say many drivers, particularly young people, are ignoring the current prohibition on texting while driving and that existing penalties are not enough to discourage such behavior.

Dover Police ask for public's help in breaking open assault case

By DJ McAneny 10:54am, July 1, 2016
Dover Police are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect in an assault from earlier in June.

Authorities said the victim was in the "common area" of Lamplighter Lane at 2:34 p.m. on June 11, 2016, when a suspect assaulted the individual.

Police said a heavy-set black male with a brown bandana covering part of his face, a large nose, a white T-shirt, and black pants.

The suspect fled on foot toward Independence Boulevard after causing multiple facial fractures and lacerations. He may have fled in a tan SUV.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Dover Police at 302.736.7130.

AAA: Fourth of July travel will set new record

By Andrew Sgroi 1:40pm, June 30, 2016 - Updated 6:24am, July 1, 2016
The mid-summer holiday is nearly here and the forecast is spectacular.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) has revealed its Independence Day travel projections for 2016 and, with 43 million Americans expected to travel 50 miles or more away from home, it's anticipated to be the highest volume on record.

"We're seeing more people traveling for July 4th than we saw for Memorial Day this year," calculated AAA Mid-Atlantic's Jim Lardear.

Nearly 5 million more Americans, in fact, are expected to take a trip when compared against this past Memorial Day, with more than 10,000 Delawareans comprising that number. Overall, more than 115,000 Delawareans will set off like a firecracker for the holiday.

"We've got some really great opportunities for vacation here in the First State," Lardear promoted. "Fantastic beaches, easy access to get there."

The growth in holiday travel is aided by several factors, notably the value Americans are enjoying at the pump.

"Depends where you're filling up, (but) you can be saving about 50 cents per gallon compared to the same time last year. (And) lower crude oil prices means lower airfare. That is what's prompted the growth."

The robust Independence Day travel forecast notches the sixth time in the last seven years for an increase and, with 2016 as the fourth consecutive year for a five-day holiday travel period, there's little wonder for the expectations.

Hotel costs have fallen slightly, too, since last Independence Day, according to the auto club. AAA Three Diamond Rated hotels will average $185, while a AAA Two Diamond Rated hotel will set you back $144 nightly.

Another benefit for road travelers is the typical suspension of construction projects on major highways.

"The departments of transportation, whether it's here in Delaware or other states, taking down there projects and any choke points, allowing that traffic to move. We know that there's going to be a lot of people on the roads (so that's) very helpful to those that are going to be in the car."

The benefits aren't just limited to those traveling, however. State coffers are also propped up considerably with increased travel.

"The toll plazas in Delaware get a bump of motorists going through it," Lardear acknowledged. "And the I-95 (Newark) Toll Plaza is going to see increased volume, especially on the getaway day--which could be Friday night or Saturday."


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Bill scrapping requirement for ex-felons to pay financial obligations before getting voting rights passes

By Frank Gerace 11:22pm, June 30, 2016
The General Assembly Thursday passed a bill eliminating a requirement that convicted felons who served their sentences had to pay off all financial obligations before getting their voting rights back.

Senate Bill 242's passage means Delaware joins 39 other states in enabling felons who've served their time to vote again.

Delaware had been one of three states requiring payment of financial obligations before voting rights were restored, and the only state to require full payment before restoration of rights.

In 2013, the General Assembly passed House Bill 10, eliminating a 5-year waiting period for felons who'd paid their debt to society to regain their voting rights.

Common Cause of Delaware hailed Senate Bill 242's passage, calling it "an important step to strengthen justice and democracy in our state."

Markell signs bills dealing with women's issues

By Associated Press 10:53pm, June 30, 2016 - Updated 9:53am, July 1, 2016
Governor Jack Markell has signed a series of bills regarding pay equity and other women's issues.

Lilly Ledbetter, an Alabama woman whose fight for equal pay led to Congress passing a 2009 law that bears her name, was the featured guest at Thursday's bill signing ceremony.

One new law makes it illegal for employers in Delaware to prohibit employees from talking about how much they are or their co-workers are paid.

Another reinforces the right to workplace privacy regarding reproductive health care decisions, while a third prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on their obligations as family caregivers.

Markell also signed bills ensuring that sexual violence victims on college campuses are told of their rights and legal options, and that health care providers give patients information about post-partum depression.

Needle exchange bill passes House, goes to Governor

By Associated Press 10:53pm, June 30, 2016
The state House has given final approval to a bill authorizing the statewide expansion of a needle exchange program aimed at reducing the spread of HIV, hepatitis and other diseases.

The bill cleared the House on a 32-7 vote Thursday night after passing the Senate earlier this month.

Gov. Jack Markell praised lawmakers for approving the measure, which will expand a needle exchange program currently confined to the city of Wilmington, where drug addicts can exchange used needles and syringes for clean ones provided by the Division of Public Health.

Supporters of the bill contend it will help prevent the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B and other blood-borne diseases, while encouraging drug addicts to seek substance abuse treatment.

Senate OK's $46M in grants for FY 2017

By Associated Press 10:16pm, June 30, 2016
The state Senate has approved roughly $46 million in grants for community groups and nonprofit agencies in Delaware for the fiscal year starting Friday.

The grants package cleared the Senate unanimously Thursday night and was sent to the House on the final night of this year's legislative session.

Lawmakers have already approved a $4 billion operating budget but must still sign off on a capital budget for roads, schools and other construction projects.

Meanwhile, the Senate on Thursday refused to formally endorse a controversial school redistricting plan for Wilmington backed by Gov. Jack Markell, citing concerns about the potential costs.

The Senate instead passed and sent to the House a resolution calling for further study on the plan, including how much it will cost and how funds would be spent.

Payday loan interest cap bill introduced in House

By Frank Gerace 11:27pm, June 30, 2016
Some Democratic state lawmakers have introduced a bill designed to cap interest rates on payday loans.

House Bill 446 would limit the annual rate of interest for short-term loans with repayment periods of fewer than 60 days to 100 percent.

Current rates on such loans can be more than 800 percent.

The legislation would also prohibit lenders from using automated withdrawals for delinquency or accelerated default payments, and would ban borrowers from making repeated attempts to make automated withdrawals for at least 5 days after a payment is declined, so the borrower won't be charged for overdrafts or declined withdrawals.

House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, Representatives Helene Keeley and Mike Ramone and Senators Harris McDowell and Ernie Lopez are sponsors of the bill, which was assigned to the House Administrative Committee.

Are you doing your best to control mosquitoes?

By Joe Irizarry 10:30pm, June 30, 2016 - Updated 10:32pm, June 30, 2016
Tom Moran with the Delaware Mosquito Control Section explains the best way to prevent mosquito bites.
Controlling mosquitoes and in the process preventing mosquito-borne viruses should be a joint effort according to officials and experts.

The state's mosquito control section along with Wilmington's L&I department want residents to do their part by making sure there is no standing water around their homes to stop the breeding of mosquitoes.

The state and council members are interested in the city going to an aerial application of a safe insecticide instead of the truck-mounted sprayer.

Tom Moran is the Program Manager with the Delaware Mosquito Control Section, and he says you should remember the three D's to control mosquito exposure.

"Dress, defend and drain," said Moran. "Dress meaning wear long sleeve lightweight clothing to protect yourself from mosquito bites, or if you can't do that because it will be too hot, wear your repellent would be the defend part of it. And to drain all habitats that may contain standing water around your home that could possibly breed mosquitoes."

If you have any questions about controlling mosquitoes, you can call the Wilmington Licenses and Inspections Department at (302) 576-3030, or you can call the Delaware Mosquito Control Section at (302) 836-2555 in New Castle County and Kent County through Dover.

If you're south of Dover, you can call (302) 422-1512.

Wilmington man ID'd, charged in Brandywine Park rape

By DJ McAneny 10:47am, June 30, 2016 - Updated 2:54pm, June 30, 2016
A 31-year-old Wilmington man was identified and arrested by city police in connection to a Brandywine Park rape that occurred on Tuesday morning.

Wilmington Police released an image Wednesday of a man they identified as Dequan Rodriguez on Thursday after police said he was spotted by Downtown Unit officers in the area of 14th and King streets.

On June 28, 2016, Rodriguez--armed at the time--forced a victim to a secluded area along South Park Drive near the Brandywine River and assaulted that individual, authorities said. They released a surveillance image of him Wednesday with the hope the public might help identify him.

Police said the suspect provided a full confession following the issuance of his Miranda Rights, and was charged with two counts first-degree rape, first-degree robbery, and three counts possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony.

There was no bond information available as Rodriguez continued to await arraignment, police said.

Anyone with information relative to this investigation should contact Det. James Tobin at 302.576.3643.

Large Michael Jackson memorabilia collection on display for Wilmington trade school's grand opening

By Tom Lehman 6:16am, June 30, 2016 - Updated 1:07pm, June 30, 2016
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A private collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia that's believed to be the largest one on the East Coast will be on display in Wilmington through the weekend at a new trade school opening in the city.

The exhibit, which includes 5,000 items connected to the late King of Pop like records, posters, books and other collectibles, will be on display to mark the grand opening of the ACT Generation Global Technology School on North Orange Street. It opens on Thursday at 3 p.m.

ACT Generation is intended to teach adults how to use audio and video technology and social media so they can be employed in communications jobs.

The collection is owned by a man from Sicklersville, New Jersey. It will be on display through Sunday.


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Two new cases of Zika confirmed in New Castle County

By DJ McAneny 2:56pm, June 30, 2016
Two new cases of Zika have been confirmed in men from New Castle County, bringing the total number of cases confirmed in the state to seven.

According to the Delaware Division of Public Health, the men were tested in June following recent travel abroad; each case in Delaware has been caused by mosquito bite following international travel.

None have involved the disease being transferred sexually, and none of the confirmed cases involve pregnancy.

However, while 95 of the 120 individuals being tested in Delaware have returned negative results, two indeterminate case involve pregnant women, officials said.

There are 820 confirmed cases of Zika nationwide. None of the cases involved transmission of the disease by local mosquito bite.

"DPH has chosen to take nothing that could be Zika-related for granted," said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. "There has been no transmission of Zika via mosquito in the continental U.S., but it is almost inevitable in the future. We have to take every opportunity to remind people to prevent mosquito bites and to use condoms with a male partner who recently traveled to an affected area or has tested positive for the disease."

More information regarding Zika and precautionary measures can be found at the DHSS website.

Police: Man fatally shot by trooper had lighter, not gun

By Associated Press 3:59am, June 30, 2016 - Updated 3:14pm, June 30, 2016
A Maryland man fatally shot by a Delaware State Police trooper was carrying a cigarette lighter that looked like a gun, authorities said.

State police spokesman Sgt. Richard D. Bratz on Wednesday identified the man shot Monday night as 25-year-old Raymond A. Hutson of Greensboro.

Hutson was shot after Caroline County, Maryland, sheriff's deputies pursued a stolen pickup truck into Delaware, where troopers joined the chase.

Officials initially said that Hutson, who was wanted for burglaries in both states, displayed a gun during the pursuit and ignored commands after stopping his vehicle to drop it.

In a news release, Bratz said what police thought was a small-caliber handgun was in fact a gun-shaped cigarette lighter.

The incident remains under investigation. The trooper who fired at Hutson has been placed on administrative leave per state police policy.

NJ Senate not planning vote on Christie's gas tax proposal

By Associated Press 2:44pm, June 30, 2016
The New Jersey Senate is not set to take any action Thursday on legislation to hike the gas tax by 23 cents while cutting the sales tax, a top Democratic lawmaker said.

Sen. Paul Sarlo, the budget committee chairman, said June 30, 2016, lawmakers are continuing to work on a deal that is acceptable to the Assembly and Republican Gov. Chris Christie but there won't be a vote Thursday.

The Assembly approved a measure that pays for road and bridge work for eight years and hikes the gas tax by from 14.5 cents to 37.5 cents while cutting the sales tax from 7 percent to 6 percent over about two years.

Sarlo and Senate President Steve Sweeney support a competing plan that also raises the gas tax but included other tax cuts.

Ocean City again tops vote on best NJ beaches

By Associated Press 1:11pm, June 30, 2016
Ocean City, NJ ranks number 1 among people's favorite Jersey shore town.
Ocean City has once again taken top honors in a contest that lets people choose their favorite New Jersey shore beach.

The Cape May County resort topped this year's vote as best overall beach in the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium survey, followed by Wildwood Crest.

The group changed the rules this year, allowing voters to select top beaches in each of the state's four coastal counties.

In Monmouth County, the winners were: Sandy Hook; Asbury Park; Spring Lake; Belmar and Long Branch.

Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant Beach, Beach Haven, Island Beach State Park, and Surf City led Ocean County.

In Atlantic County, winners were: Brigantine; Atlantic City; Margate; Longport, and Ventnor.

In Cape May County, winners were: Ocean City; Wildwood Crest; North Wildwood; Wildwood, and Sea Isle City.

Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

By Amy Cherry 2:44pm, June 30, 2016
The Pentagon will let transgender individuals serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the change Thursday. Carter says it's the right thing to do. He says only a person's qualifications should matter, and that there should be no other unrelated barriers to service.

Carter's announcement comes despite concerns from senior military leaders that the department is moving too fast and that more time is needed to work through the changes.

The changes will be phased in over a year. But by October 1, transgender troops should be able to receive medical care and begin formally changing their gender identification in the Pentagon's personnel system.

FDA warns against eating raw dough amid E. coli fears

By Associated Press 2:39pm, June 30, 2016
In a warning that's sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, the federal Food and Drug Administration said people shouldn't eat raw dough or batter of any kind due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some batches of flour.

The FDA said some of those who got sick ate or handled raw dough that contained flour made at a General Mills plant in Kansas City, Missouri. General Mills has voluntarily recalled 10 million pounds of flour sold under the Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature Kitchen brands.

The agency also warned against using dough for play clay or homemade ornaments.

The CDC is advising restaurants not to give kids raw dough to play with while waiting for meals.

Google Calendar outage leaves users frustrated

By Associated Press 2:39pm, June 30, 2016
Google Calendar is back up and running normally following widespread reports of an outage.

Google said Thursday that users had been seeing "server error" messages when opening the app. It later said that service had been restored for some users already and it expected a resolution for all users in the near future.

Exasperated users took to Twitter to voice their frustration during the outage for the popular scheduling service. One user noted that Google Calendar going down "is like a snow day for adults."

Suicide rates highest in farmers, lumberjacks, fishermen

By Associated Press 2:39pm, June 30, 2016
In a study of suicide rates by occupation, the workers that killed themselves most often were farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen.

Researchers found the highest suicide rates in manual laborers who work in isolation and face unsteady employment. High rates were also seen in carpenters, miners, electricians and people who work in construction. Mechanics were close behind.

Dentists, doctors and other health-care professionals had an 80 percent lower suicide rate than the farmers, fishermen and lumberjacks.

The lowest rate was in teachers, educators and librarians.

Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only covers 17 states so it is not comprehensive. The researchers analyzed about 12,300 of the more than 40,000 suicide deaths reported in the entire nation in 2012.

Scarlett Johansson ranked Hollywood's top-grossing actress

By Associated Press 2:39pm, June 30, 2016
Scarlett Johansson has taken the crown as Hollywood's highest-grossing actress ever.

A website called Box Office Mojo that tracks how much money movies make lists Johansson as the top-earning actress . It says her films have made more than $3.3 billion. Cameron Diaz is the second-highest-grossing actress, at just over $3 billion.

Johansson's status on the list is no doubt helped by her recurring role as Black Widow in the Avengers series and other Marvel blockbusters, including this year's "Captain America: Civil War."

Despite being tops among actresses, Johansson sits in just 10th place overall. Box Office Mojo lists Harrison Ford as the all-time champion. It says his movies have earned nearly $4.9 billion in theaters.

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