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  • The judge concluded Officer Edward Nero played little role in the arrest and wasn't responsible for the failure by police to buckle Gray in  
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  • Bill Cosby faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday to determine if his criminal sex-assault case in suburban Philadelphia goes to trial.Prosecutors had declined to charge the comedian-actor over the 2005 complaint, but arrested him in December after his explosive deposition in the woman's lawsuit became public. In the testimony given in that deposition, Cosby is grilled about giving drugs and alcohol to women before sex; making secret payments to ex-lovers; and hosting Andrea Constand at his home. They knew each other through Temple University, where he was a trustee and she managed the women's basketball team. Bill Cosby's wife refused to answer dozens of questions during a combative deposition in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who say the comedian branded them liars after they accused him of sexually assaulting them, according to a transcript released Friday. Camille Cosby was subjected to intense questioning by the women's lawyer, who repeatedly pressed her to say whether she believes her husband "acted with a lack of integrity" during their 52-year marriage. The lawyer also asked if her husband used his position and power "to manipulate young women." Camille Cosby didn't answer those questions and many others after her lawyer cited marital privilege, the legal protection given to communications between spouses. She repeatedly said she had "no opinion" when pressed on whether she viewed her husband's behavior as dishonest and a violation of their marriage vows. About 50 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of forcing unwanted sexual contact on them decades ago. Cosby has denied the allegations. He faces a criminal case in Pennsylvania, where prosecutors have charged him with sexually violating a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand. He has pleaded not guilty. Camille Cosby answered questions in the deposition Feb. 22 and again April 19 after her lawyers argued unsuccessfully to stop it. A judge ruled she would have to give a deposition but said she could refuse to answer questions about private communications between her and her husband. Camille Cosby's lawyer, Monique Pressley, repeatedly cited that privilege and advised her not to answer many questions asked by the women's lawyer, Joseph Cammarata. The exchanges between Cammarata and Cosby became testy at times, and she admonished him: "Don't lecture me. Just keep going with the questions." Using a transcript of a deposition Bill Cosby gave in a civil lawsuit filed by Constand in 2005 and a transcript of an interview she gave to Oprah Winfrey in 2000, Cammarata asked Camille Cosby about extramarital affairs her husband had. "Were you aware of your husband setting up trusts for the benefit of women that he had a sexual relationship with?" Cammarata asked. She didn't answer after her lawyer cited marital privilege. Cammarata asked her about Shawn Thompson, a woman who said Bill Cosby fathered her daughter, Autumn Jackson, in the 1970s. Jackson was convicted in 1997 of attempting to extort money from Bill Cosby to prevent her from telling a tabloid she's his daughter. He acknowledged he had an affair with her mother and had given her money. "Was it a big deal when this came up in the 1970s that your husband had — big deal to you that your husband had an extramarital affair and potentially had a daughter from that extramarital affair?" Cammarata asked. "It was a big deal then, yes," Camille Cosby replied. She said she had "no opinion" on whether her husband's admission he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex violated their marriage vows. Her lawyer objected and instructed her not to answer when Cammarata asked her if she ever suspected she had been given any type of drug to alter her state of consciousness when she had sex with her husband. A spokesman for the Cosbys declined to comment on her deposition. The Cosbys have a home in Shelburne Falls, an hour's drive from Springfield, where the lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages, was filed. An attorney handling a separate lawsuit against Bill Cosby revealed Friday that Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner provided sworn testimony Wednesday. In the sexual battery lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, Judy Huth says Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was 15. Bill Cosby's former lawyers have accused Huth of attempting to extort him before filing the case and have tried unsuccessfully to have it dismissed. Huth's attorney, Gloria Allred, said Hefner's testimony will remain under seal for now. Hefner also was named as a defendant in a case filed Monday by former model Chloe Goins, who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.   The Associated Press generally doesn't identify people who say they're victims of sexual abuse, but the women accusing Cosby have come forward to tell their stories.___AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report from Los Angeles.
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  • Some hope killing will bring peace in Afghanistan     
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Investigators are trying to determine whether former CIA Director David Petraeus used any of the resources of the agency he once led to carry out an extramarital affair with his biographer, a U.S. official told CNN.

The news of the internal investigation came on the eve of Petraeus' scheduled closed-door testimony Friday before the U.S. House and Senate intelligence committees over the September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.

Petraeus will probably face questions about the timing of his resignation. It occurred just as congressional committees convened hearings on the attack, which has been the focus of Republican claims that President Barack Obama's administration either misled or lied about the events surrounding it.

Among other things, the CIA is investigating Petraeus' "general conduct," according to an official with knowledge of the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity.


The CIA confirmed it was reviewing Petraeus' performance but did not characterize the nature of its investigation.

"At the CIA, we are constantly reviewing our performance. If there are lessons to be learned from this case, we'll use them to improve," CIA spokesman Preston Golson said.

"But we're not getting ahead of ourselves; an investigation is exploratory and doesn't presuppose any particular outcome."

Petraeus told Kyra Phillips, from CNN's sister network HLN, that his resignation was not linked to the Benghazi attack and that he never passed classified information to the woman at the center of the scandal over his affair.

"In our first conversation," Phillips said Thursday, Petraeus "told me he had engaged in something dishonorable. He sought to do the honorable thing in response -- and that was to come forward. He was very clear that he screwed up terribly ... even felt fortunate to have a wife who is far better than he deserves."

Phillips, who has interviewed Petraeus in war zones, initially reached out to the retired Army general to express shock about the news of the affair, which derailed a highly decorated career in the military and CIA.

Among other things, Petraeus said he had not talked with Paula Broadwell, his biographer and the woman with whom he had an affair, since word of the affair broke.

"He insisted to me that he has never passed classified information to Paula Broadwell," Phillips said. "He said this has nothing to do with Benghazi, and he wants to testify. He will testify."

Broadwell spent a year with Petraeus in Afghanistan as research for her book, "All In: The Education of David Petraeus."

The FBI uncovered the affair while investigating e-mails that Broadwell allegedly sent to a Petraeus family friend, Jill Kelley, according to administration officials and friends of Petraeus.

The e-mails, according to those familiar with the investigation, questioned Kelley's friendship with U.S. Marine Gen. John Allen.

The investigation into the e-mails connected to Allen and Kelley led to the discovery of the affair between Petraeus, 60, and Broadwell, 40.

Petraeus said the extramarital relationship ended months ago. But it continues to make waves in Washington, sparking collateral investigations.

The pending nomination of Allen as NATO's supreme allied commander has been put on hold, until the nature of his e-mail exchange and relationship with Kelley has been clarified.

Reports by officials familiar with the e-mail messages between Kelley and Allen give conflicting impressions about their potentially inappropriate nature -- with one U.S. official saying "John Allen would be very embarrassed by them" and a senior official close to the general saying they don't point to a sexual or romantic relationship.

That Allen remains in command in Afghanistan suggests that there is no criminal issue, a U.S. official told CNN. But the official said the Defense Department's inspector general could still find evidence of criminal conduct.

"I am not aware of any others that could be involved in this issue at the present time," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters.

"Obviously, as this matter continues to be investigated both on Capital Hill and by the inspector general, I'm sure that we'll have to wait and see what additional factors are brought to our attention."

The FBI investigation was triggered by Frederick Humphries, a veteran agent for the Tampa FBI field office, who is a friend of Kelley, said Lawrence Berger, general counsel for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

Kelley, who was a volunteer at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, contacted Humphries about anonymous e-mails that questioned her character, a U.S. official and a source close to Kelley said.

Humphries took the information in the e-mails to the "appropriate components," Berger said. "He reported it to the proper channels and had no further part in the case."

Humphries is now the subject of an FBI investigation into whether he followed proper procedures in speaking to members of Congress about his concerns about how the FBI was handling Kelley's case.

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