Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Sixteenth NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Sixteenth NewsWatch-

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(US-Bill-Cosby) (Audio: 119)

The jury at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has asked for the testimony of the police officer who took the initial report from Cosby's accuser.

The 79-year-old comedian is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting Toronto native Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.

Detective Dave Mason testified last week that Constand told him she was semi-conscious from the pills Cosby gave her when he began to touch her.

He also testified that Constand said she'd waited about a year to come forward because she felt embarrassed and was daunted by Cosby's standing at his alma mater -- Temple University -- where she worked for the basketball program. (16)

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(US-Trump-Russia Probe) (Audio: 116)

U-S Attorney General Jeff Sessions says it is a "detestable and appalling lie'' to suggest that he participated in or was aware of any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Sessions testified before the Senate intelligence committee, where he vowed to defend his honour against what he called scurrilous and false allegations.

The former Alabama senator defended himself against accusations that he misrepresented himself during his confirmation hearing by saying he hadn't met with Russian officials during the campaign, arguing his answer was fair and correct to the charge as he understood it. (16)

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(Doctors-Referral-Challenge)

A group of Ontario doctors and professional organizations is going to court to demand the right to refuse to provide medical services that are against their moral or religious beliefs, and the right to refuse to refer the patient to a non-objecting, available health-care professional.

The group says the policy goes against their Charter rights to freedom of religion and conscience.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario argues the policy is meant to ensure the public has access to care, and says requiring a doctor to refer patients seeking an abortion, contraception or medically assisted death to another doctor is not the same as forcing them to participate. …

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