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UNDATED (AP) — Flooding from days of rain is wreaking havoc on the transportation systems in several Midwestern states. Officials in Missouri are preparing for the possible closure of I-55 south of St. Louis overnight or later in the day. And in Kentucky, there are plans to close U.S. 51 at two locations in the western part of the state in response to flooding forecasts.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's attorney 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 came as no surprise. Cosby was arraigned today and released on $1 million bail. The charges relate to an alleged assault at his home in 2004.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The New Year's Eve fireworks display is being canceled in Belgium's capital. There've been threats of an extremist attack. Brussels was home to four of the Islamic extremists who carried out the Paris attacks in November. Belgian authorities recently arrested two people in connection with another suspected plot to carry out attacks in Brussels during the holidays.

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's leader says his government still is open to negotiating with Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') extremists for the release of 209 schoolgirls kidnapped in April 2014. President Muhammadu Buhari (moo-HAH'-mah-doo boo-HAH'-ree) says they must first identify a credible leadership to engage. Boko Haram is very fragmented.

SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) — A 2-year-old cancer survivor with an amputated arm is getting a special gift: A kitten that suffered an amputated leg. Matt and Simone Tipton of Orange County, California, were searching for a kitten for their daughter Scarlette, who was born with a rare form of cancer, when they found Holly, who suffered a traumatic injury. Doctors say Scarlette is now cancer free.

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