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Rivers finally cresting...Chicago releases emails related to police shooting...Cosby lawyer: Charge politically motivated

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 31, 2015 at 9:40 a.m.



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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Swollen rivers and streams in the St. Louis area are at levels not seen in nearly a quarter of a century, after more than ten inches of rain fell this week. But the worst may soon be over. The Missouri, Meramec (MEHR'-uh-mehk) and Mississippi Rivers are cresting throughout the region. And it appears that the Mississippi will be about seven and a-half feet below the 1993 record in St. Louis, where a floodwall offers solid protection. But points in southern Missouri and Illinois are still awaiting the crest.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has released hundreds of emails related to a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. The city's law department released the emails to reporters this morning. Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting, which has prompted a federal civil-rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department.

ELKINS PARK, Pa. (AP) — It's political. That's what Bill Cosby's lawyer is saying about the sexual assault charge that was filed against the comedian yesterday in Pennsylvania. Monique Pressley told morning network shows that prosecutor Kevin Steele made Cosby's case a focal point of his campaign for district attorney, and that he had to "make good" on his campaign promise in the final days before the statute of limitations ran out.

BAGHDAD (AP) — According to an official in the region, some families are still trapped in parts of the Iraqi city of Ramadi that remain in the hands of the Islamic State group. He says they are being used as human shields. But the militants have been driven out of the city center, where Iraqi troops are removing bombs and debris.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Powerball jackpot has risen to $334 million, the 12th largest in the game's history. No one won the jackpot yesterday, and the next drawing is set for Saturday. The lump-sum cash prize for the winner is $205 million.

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