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Judge: Only 1 accuser may testify at Cosby trial...Trump blames FBI for leaks...Dakota pipeline may be open in 2 weeks

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 24, 2017 at 7:56 a.m.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial to support charges the comedian drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia. Today's ruling means prosecutors cannot call 12 other women as "prior bad act" witnesses. The 79-year-old comedian is set to go on trial in June over the 2005 complaint by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. The one witness who can testify says she was assaulted by Cosby in 1996.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is blaming the FBI for failing to stop leaks to the media. In a tweet today, Trump says "classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S." His tweet follows reports that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) had asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election.

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline says oil could be flowing in less than two weeks. Energy Transfer Partners says in court documents that it has finished drilling under Lake Oahe (oh-WAH'-hee) in North Dakota and will soon be laying pipe under the Missouri River reservoir. That's the last stretch of the 1,200-mile pipeline. Yesterday police and soldiers cleared a protest camp in North Dakota where pipeline opponents had gathered for the better part of a year.

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — About 500 people have filled a hotel ballroom in New Jersey as regulators prepare to vote on whether a natural gas pipeline should run through the state's federally protected Pinelands region. The Pinelands Commission is expected to make a final determination on the controversial proposal. Supporters say it will increase energy reliability. Environmentalists fear damage to the pristine Pinelands region, which includes more than a million acres of farms, forests and wetlands.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are lower in early trading on Wall Street, led by declines in banks and energy companies. Banks moved lower as bond yields fell, which will force interest rates lower on loans such as mortgages. Traders are also looking over company earnings. Hewlett Packard Enterprises slumped 8 percent after the company said it's facing "significant headwinds" that will slow its profits this year.

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