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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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ISTANBUL (AP) -- Jesse Owens was posthumously made an inaugural member of the IAAF Hall of Fame on Thursday, more than 75 years after he won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and showed up Adolph Hitler's idea of Aryan supremacy.

Owens joined Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and nine others as the first athletes to be honored by the IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) in the newly created Hall of Fame. The announcement is to mark the 100-year anniversary of the organization on July 17.

Joining Owens is Abebe Bikila, Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zatopek, Al Oerter, Adhemar da Silva, Ed Moses, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Betty Cuthbert and Wang Junxia.

Another 12 athletes will make up the inaugural class, with those names announced throughout the year. The official induction ceremony will take place at the IAAF Centenary Gala on Nov. 24 in Barcelona.

"The creation of the IAAF Hall of Fame ... is an excellent way not only to honor the lifetime achievements of our greatest athletes, but also to heighten public awareness of our sport and its rich history," IAAF President Lamine Diack said in a statement, one day before the start of the world indoor championships.

Owens excelled at his only Olympics, which are also called the "Nazi Olympics," by winning the 100 meters, 200, 4x100 relay and the long jump. His success as a black athlete became a symbol of racial equality in sports during the days when Hitler promoted white Aryan supremacy.

Owens, who died in 1980, is also remembered for his amazing day on the track while still a student at Ohio State.

In one incredible afternoon, Owens set six worlds records, including in the 100-yard dash and the long jump. In the 220 yards and the 220-yard hurdles, he set records in both those events and in their metric equivalents.

For the IAAF, gold medals and world records are a prerequisite for induction into the Hall of Fame. The requirements for enshrinement include winning at least two Olympic or world championship gold medals and setting at least one world record. Also, athletes must be retired for 10 years before becoming eligible.

Lewis certainly has the numbers. The American sprinter won nine Olympic gold medals in his career, and equaled Owens' feat at the 1984 Los Angeles Games by winning the 100, 200, 4x100 relay and long jump. He also won the long jump gold at the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Games.

Americans dominated the opening list of 12 athletes with five representatives. Joyner-Kersee, a heptathlon and long jump gold medalist, and 400 hurdles great Moses each excelled at their respective sport for years.

And Oerter, a four-time Olympic discus gold medalist, was the first man to win the same event in four straight games.

Zatopek, who won the 10,000 meters at the 1948 London Games, may have pulled off the greatest individual achievement in track history at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. The Czech distance runner, known as "The Human Locomotive," defended his 10,000 title and added the 5,000 and the marathon gold medals to his haul.

Bikila became known for winning the 1960 Olympic marathon in Rome while running barefoot. Four years later in Tokyo, with shoes on, he became the first to defend the gold medal at running's longest Olympic distance.

Nurmi and Wang were also distance runners. The Finnish great won golds at three straight Olympics in the 1920s, while Wang was the best of the Chinese runners that excelled in the 1990s.

Da Silva, a Brazilian triple jumper, won back-to-back gold medals at the 1952 and 1956 Games, and Cuthbert was an Australian sprinter that won the 100 and 200 at the 1956 Melbourne Games.

Blankers-Koen was a star at the 1948 London Olympics. "The Flying Housewife" from the Netherlands won 100, 200, 4x100 and the 80-meter hurdles, 12 years after her first Olympics in 1936 when she was 18.

One notable exception from the opening list was pole vaulter Sergei Bubka. The Soviet-Ukrainian great won six world titles, one Olympic gold medal and set dozens of world records.

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