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Cosby free on bail...Mayor says officers need more training on when to use a gun...Fireworks canceled in Brussels



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ELKINS PARK, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby will remain free on $1 million bail, after his arraignment today on a sexual assault charge in Pennsylvania. The charge involves a woman with whom Cosby has said he had consensual sexual contact. But prosecutors say he had given the woman drugs and wine, and she wasn't able to respond to his advances. The encounter took place in 2004 in Cosby's home outside Philadelphia. The charge comes just days before the statute of limitations would run out.

ELKINS PARK, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby seemed at ease during today's court appearance, laughing and chatting with his attorneys. When the judge said, "Good luck, Mr. Cosby," he shouted, "Thank you!" Cosby had no comment for reporters outside as he entered and left.

CHICAGO (AP) — Just because a police officer can use a gun, it doesn't mean he should do so -- and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago officers must be better trained in knowing the difference. Emanuel today announced changes in Chicago police training and the use of force. He also says the department will double the number of Tasers available to officers, from 700 to 1,400. Over the weekend, Chicago police shot and killed two people -- a 19-year-old man they said was "combative" toward officers and a 55-year-old neighbor who was accidentally hit by gunfire.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The New Year's Eve fireworks display is being canceled in Belgium's capital due to threats of an extremist attack. The city's mayor says the decision was made in consultation with government officials. Brussels was home to four of the radical Islamic attackers who killed 130 people in Paris Nov. 13. The week, Belgian authorities arrested two people in connection with another suspected plot to attack police, soldiers and popular Brussels sites during the holidays.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel will look into a report that the U.S. spied on the Israeli prime minister -- and, in the process, swept up some communications with Congress. A report in the Wall Street Journal said that even after President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would limit spying on friendly heads of state, the National Security Agency kept watch on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top Israeli officials. In the process, according to the report, the agency caught some conversations with U.S. lawmakers.

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