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Cosby is charged...All Chicago patrol cars will have Tasers...Stocks fall

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 30, 2015 at 2:51 p.m.



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ELKINS PARK, Pa. (AP) — After months of allegations by women who say Bill Cosby drugged them and sexually abused them -- the first criminal case has been brought against the comedian. Cosby was arraigned today near Philadelphia on a sexual assault charge involving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. He has admitted having sexual contact with her, but prosecutors say it was without her consent -- saying she was in and out of consciousness because of the pills and wine Cosby had given her.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says every Chicago police patrol car will now be equipped with a Taser. The move follows a series of high-profile shootings by officers. Emanuel says public trust in Chicago police is "frayed to the point that it's broken." And he says he's trying to make changes to rebuild that trust. But the mayor adds that Chicago is not unique in having issues between its police department and the community.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is the latest country to announce that it's foiled an attack plot around the holidays. Authorities say they've detained two suspected Islamic State militants who were believed to be planning suicide bombings during New Year celebrations in Turkey's capital. Prosecutors say police seized a suicide vest, a second explosive device and bomb-making equipment.

PACIFIC, Mo. (AP) — With no additional rain in the immediate forecast, Missouri's governor is hoping that the rivers that are above flood stage will quickly subside. The Meramec River is cresting today at more than 18 feet above flood stage in the St. Louis area, just short of a record. Fourteen deaths in Missouri have been blamed on flooding since last Friday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks today have given back some of the gains from yesterday's broad rally. Energy companies led today's slide as crude oil and natural gas prices fell. The Dow finished the day down 117 points. The S&P 500 fell 15, and the Nasdaq composite declined 42 points. The price of oil fell 3 percent to just under $37 a barrel. Oil is down almost 40 percent this year.

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