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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- We now know there will be a criminal trial for Bill Cosby. But what we don't know is what evidence will end up being presented at the trial. Those matters will be hashed out over a series of pre-trial hearings. And the decisions will have a big say in whether Cosby walks out of court a free man -- or ends up in prison. Prosecutors want to use Cosby's testimony from the civil lawsuit filed by accuser Andrea Constand. Also expected to be bitterly fought over in court -- whether any of the other women who accuse Cosby of sexual assault will be allowed to testify.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The teams are set for the Super Bowl. And those who will be entertaining at halftime are also ready. And like the game itself -- which marks the 50th time teams have battled for NFL supremacy -- the halftime entertainment will represent the past, present and future. Coldplay's lead singer says his group will be joined by BeyoncT and a youth orchestra to represent past halftime shows and future ones, with them in the middle. Chris Martin says the band has looked over the other halftime shows multiple times and says "most of them are fantastic." As for the game itself, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland says they are "firmly split down the middle between those of us who know absolutely nothing about football and those of us who know almost absolutely nothing about football."

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Check this out: there will be almost as many cameras covering this year's Super Bowl as there are players. CBS will have 70 cameras trained on the big game -- not quite one per player, but close with each team fielding a 46-man roster for the contest. One of the biggest upgrades for the game is EyeVision 360 -- which provides a full perspective of what goes on down on the field. There are also cameras embedded in each side of the four pylons that mark the end zone boundaries. The 16 cameras in the pylons alone are more than the 11 cameras that captured the action in the first of the 50 Super Bowl games, played in 1967.


PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- There will be lots of talk about diversity in Hollywood at tonight's NAACP Image Awards. But organizers say the host, presenters and recipients of the awards won't be preoccupied with the latest "white-out" at the Oscars. Executive producer Phil Gurin says: "The Oscars are their show, and we're our show." At the opening of last year's Image Awards, host Anthony Anderson did a song poking fun at other award shows' lack of diversity set to the tune "Uptown Funk." Anderson hosts again this year.


PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- They were dissed by the Oscars. But several black actors and filmmakers may end up being kissed tonight at the NAACP Image Awards. Among those up for honors: "Creed" star Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler. Also nominated is Idris Elba for his work on "Beasts of No Nation." And for those who think the NAACP Awards are only for black artists, think again. This year's nominees include Latina actress Gina Rodriguez, Indian-American actor-writer Aziz Ansari and "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway -- who is white.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Back in 2000, a coalition of groups called on the TV industry to step up its game when it came to minority hiring. Now the same organization is trying to get Hollywood to follow suit. The Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition has asked Sony, Warner Bros., Fox, Universal, Paramount and Disney to join talks aimed at bringing diversity to the big screen. The effort is to increase the number of blacks and other minorities in acting gigs. And organizers hope to increase minority ranks in off-camera jobs like working on soundstages and in the executive suites.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The ladies have a slight edge in "American Idol's" Top 24. Eleven guys make it compared to 13 women. The judges have been saying all along this season the women in the auditions were better than the men. Among those who make it are Trent Harmon, who suffered through Hollywood Week with a full-blown case of mono, and 15-year-old Jeneve Rose Mitchell, who lives in a remote Colorado cabin with no electricity or running water. Last night, the final Idol slot went to La'Porsha Renae, a single mom who lived for a time in a homeless shelter with her baby daughter. She was in tears when the judges told her she makes it through. Next week, 12 of Top 24 will perform before five are cut.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- That didn't take long. No sooner than authorities in Mexico announced they were issuing an order for actress Kate del Castillo to come forward and tell what she knows about her secret meetings with drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman -- her reps are saying she's willing to do that. Her attorney says del Castillo is "not hiding anything." Mexican officials want to interview her as part of a probe of possible money-laundering. She helped broker a meeting between Guzman and American actor Sean Penn.

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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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