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    BOSTON (AP) -- Bill Cosby fought it. But a federal judge in Massachusetts will allow it. The judge has ruled the comedian's wife, Camille, must submit to a deposition in a lawsuit against the comedian. In the suit, seven women claim Cosby defamed them by calling them liars after they publicly accused him of sexual assault. The judge ruled that while Camille Cosby must answer questions under oath, some subjects remain off-limits. The judge says she can refuse to answer questions about private marital conversations. The plaintiffs say Camille Cosby was her husband's manager, so she'd have important information to offer in the lawsuit. An attorney for Camille Cosby has praised the ruling, noting that it upheld that she won't have to answer questions about their discussions as a married couple.

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    DENVER (AP) -- The Bill Cosby scandal has promoted an effort to change the law in Colorado. A Colorado House committee has unanimously approved a bill that would double the 10-year statute of limitations for seeking charges in sexual assault cases. Two Colorado women are among the dozens who claim Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago. Supporters of the bill say it would give traumatized victims more time to come forward. It isn't the first time the Cosby case has had a legislative effect. Last year, Nevada extended its statute from four to 20 years after testimony by a woman who claimed Cosby sexually assaulted her decades ago. Several other states have removed limits to seek criminal charges in child sex-abuse cases. Those efforts were made in response to the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

    NEW YORK (AP) -- We already know that some prominent black artists are staying away from the Oscars. But a question that's yet to be answered is: will black viewers also boycott the ceremony? For the second straight year, the Motion Picture Academy has trotted out an all-white field of nominees for its acting honors. That has led Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith to declare they will skip the Feb. 28 show. Typically, relatively few blacks tune in to watch the Oscars as it is. The highest percentage was in 2005, when Chris Rock hosted and Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman won the top male acting awards. Rock hosts again this year.


    BERLIN (AP) -- Comments by Meryl Streep are raising new questions about how well Hollywood "gets" diversity. She's heading an all-white film jury at the Berlin International Film Festival. An Egyptian reporter asked her if she understands the Middle East and North Africa. Streep said she did, in part, because she'd "recently seen Timbuktu." Eventually, Streep acknowledged she knew little about the region, but said she has "played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures." Then she added: "we're all Africans, really." Streep's publicists did not respond yesterday to requests for additional comment about what she meant by all that.

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Gwyneth Paltrow stalking case is close to going to the jury. Both sides did closing arguments in court yesterday. Prosecutors asked the panel to convict Dante Soiu because he's a calculating, crazy stalker. Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall noted Soiu got what he wanted out of the trial: "to spend hours in a room with the object of his desire." His defense claims Soiu is a lonely man in search of a pen pal or marriage partner in the much younger Oscar-winning actress. Soiu faces up to three years in prison if convicted.


    NEW YORK (AP) -- It looks like Ken Watanabe's return to acting will be sooner, rather than later. He says he expects to be back at his role in "The King and I" on Mar. 17. Watanabe announced earlier this week that he had been treated for stomach cancer -- and would have to delay his scheduled Mar. 1 return to the theater.


    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The ladies have the numbers after the latest round of cuts on "American Idol." All this season, the judges have said the gals outclass the guys. Last night, the judges cut five contestants from the round of 12 who performed this week. Five of the women move on while only two of the guys make the grade. La'Porsha Renae is among those going through to the next round. She's been a favorite of the judges. Jeneve Rose Mitchell also gets to sing again. At 15, she's one of the youngest Idol hopefuls this season. Next week, the second half of the Top 24 will perform, with the judges again thinning the field.

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    January 11, 2016 15:15 GMT

    Today in History



    Today in History

    Today is Tuesday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2016. There are 347 days left in the year.

    Today's Highlight in History:

    On Jan. 19, 1966, Indira Gandhi was chosen to be prime minister of India by the National Congress party. (Gandhi, a powerful as well as polarizing figure, served as India's prime minister from 1966 to 1977, and again beginning in 1980 until she was assassinated in 1984.)

    On this date:

    In 1807, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

    In 1853, Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premiered in Rome.

    In 1861, Georgia became the fifth state to secede from the Union.

    In 1915, Germany carried out its first air raid on Britain during World War I as a pair of Zeppelins dropped bombs onto Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn in England.

    In 1937, millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.

    In 1942, during World War II, Japan invaded Burma (Myanmar).

    In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television and newsreels for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    In 1960, the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the United States of America was signed by both countries in Washington, D.C.

    In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon nominated G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court; however, the nomination was defeated because of controversy over Carswell's past racial views.

    In 1977, in one of his last acts of office, President Gerald R. Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino, an American convicted of treason for making wartime broadcasts for Japan.

    In 1981, the United States and Iran signed an accord paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.

    In 1992, German government and Jewish officials dedicated a Holocaust memorial at the villa on the outskirts of Berlin where the notorious Wannsee Conference had taken place.

    Ten years ago: Osama bin Laden, in an audiotape that was his first in more than a year, said al-Qaida was preparing for attacks in the United States; at the same time, he offered a "long-term truce" without specifying the conditions. Vice President Dick Cheney defended the administration's domestic surveillance program, calling it an essential tool in monitoring al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations. An unmanned NASA spacecraft, New Horizons, blasted off on a 3-billion-mile journey toward Pluto (the spacecraft flew by Pluto in the summer of 2015). A fire at a Massey Energy Co. mine in West Virginia killed two workers. Death claimed soul pioneer Wilson Pickett at age 64 and actor Anthony Franciosa at age 77.

    Five years ago: Chinese President Hu Jintao, visiting the White House, declared "a lot still needs to be done" to improve his country's record on human rights; the exchange with President Barack Obama over human rights was balanced by U.S. delight over newly announced Chinese business deals expected to generate about $45 billion in new export sales for the U.S.

    One year ago: As he headed home from a week-long trip to Asia, Pope Francis upheld church teaching banning contraception, but said Catholics didn't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice responsible parenting. The NFL confirmed to The Associated Press a report by WTHR-TV Indianapolis that it was investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Colts. (After an investigation, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for four games of the upcoming regular season for his alleged role in the controversy, but had that sanction overturned by a federal court.)

    Today's Birthdays: Former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar is 96. Actor Fritz Weaver is 90. Actress Tippi Hedren is 86. Former PBS newsman Robert MacNeil is 85. Movie director Richard Lester is 84. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 74. Actress Shelley Fabares (fab-RAY') is 72. Country singer Dolly Parton is 70. Former ABC newswoman Ann Compton is 69. TV chef Paula Deen is 69. Rock singer Martha Davis is 65. Singer Dewey Bunnell (America) is 64. Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 63. Actress Katey Sagal is 62. Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 61. Conductor Sir Simon Rattle is 61. Reggae musician Mickey Virtue (UB40) is 59. Rock musician Jeff Pilson (Foreigner) is 58. Actor Paul McCrane is 55. Actor William Ragsdale is 55. Basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy is 54. International Tennis Hall of Famer Stefan Edberg is 50. Rock singer Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) is 48. Singer Trey Lorenz is 47. Actor Shawn Wayans is 45. Rock singer-musician John Wozniak (Marcy Playground) is 45. Actress Drea (DRAY-uh') de Matteo is 44. Comedian-impressionist Frank Caliendo is 42. Actor Drew Powell is 40. Actress Marsha Thomason is 40. Actress Bitsie Tulloch is 35. Actress Jodie Sweetin is 34. Actor Logan Lerman is 24. Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson is 24. Rapper Mac Miller is 24.

    Thought for Today: "Love without passion is dreary; passion without love is horrific." -- Abraham Cowley, English poet (1618-1667).

    (Above Advance for Use Tuesday, Jan. 19)

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