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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyer says a sexual assault charge is unjustified and that the comedian will be exonerated. Monique Pressley says the charge by the Montgomery County district attorney's office in Pennsylvania was no surprise. The 78-year-old Cosby was arraigned today and charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 inside his home.

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago police officers must be better trained in knowing the difference between when they can use a gun and when they should use a gun. And he has announced changes in police training and use of force. He also says every patrol car will be equipped with a Taser following a series of high-profile shootings by officers.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says several historic sites have been temporarily shut down because rising water are making the sites and nearby roads unsafe. All three sites are in Randolph County, south of St. Louis. Meanwhile, business owners in the historic riverfront city of Alton are scrambling to keep out rising water from the Mississippi River.

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says it's doubtful that either Ethan Couch or his mother will return to the U.S. any time soon. This, after a Mexican judge granted an injunction blocking his deportation from Mexico. Couch, who used "affluenza" as a defense, was on probation after a fatal drunken-driving wreck in Texas in 2013.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The New Year's Eve fireworks display is being canceled in Belgium's capital due to threats of an extremist attack. The decision was taken this evening after consultation with government officials. This week, Belgian authorities arrested two people in connection with another suspected plot to attack police, soldiers and popular Brussels sites during the holidays.

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