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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby is now facing criminal charges that could land him behind bars for five to ten years. Prosecutors in Pennsylvania today charged the 78-year-old comedian with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago. Cosby had acknowledged under oath a decade ago that he had sexual contact with the woman, but said it was consensual. Prosecutors say he gave the woman pills and wine, and that she was drifting in and out of consciousness.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Major rivers in flood-prone areas of Missouri and Illinois are creeping toward milestone or near-record crests. Forecasters say the Mississippi River in St. Louis is expected to crest tomorrow evening at 13 feet above flood stage — six feet below the 1993 record. Meanwhile, authorities have confirmed a 14th Missouri flooding victim. They say the victim, whose body was found today, died when a vehicle was swept off a roadway in Crawford County.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors say a woman charged with plowing a car into crowds of pedestrians on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk had marijuana in her system at the time. They've released blood tests showing that Lakeisha Holloway had more than the Nevada legal limit of pot in her blood when she was arrested Dec. 20. But a defense attorney says the levels are low and don't prove Holloway was impaired in any way. Holloway is accused of having her 3-year-old daughter with her in the car that struck and killed an Arizona woman and injured more than 35 pedestrians outside the Planet Hollywood and Paris Las Vegas resorts.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are asking people who celebrate the New Year in Las Vegas to leave their bags, backpacks and strollers at home or in hotel rooms. Authorities are getting ready to deal with hundreds of thousands of people in the streets between the city's casinos. They say nearly 1,000 uniformed officers will be visible along the four-mile-long Strip.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's attorney general says the state cannot exclude Syrian refugees from resettlement in the state or deny them federally funded benefits. In an official opinion, he wrote that there's no law allowing a state to single out refugees from a particular country for exclusion from the refugee resettlement program. Gov. Nathan Deal had asked for the opinion on an executive order he issued in November directing state agencies to "halt any involvement" in the acceptance of Syrian refugees.

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