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On Monday, the US Senate will begin hearing testimony from a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by the Cosby family’s entertainment mogul in the late 1980s.
During the hearing, Andrea Constand, the mother of a man who died in 2015, will describe the harrowing assault that occurred when she was a high school student in Pennsylvania.
“When I was 12 years old, I was sexually abused by a family friend and I think it was a priest, but I don’t know for sure,” Constand will testify.
She will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee about her alleged assault by Cosby while she was at Penn State University in 2002.
Cosby was then a graduate assistant and was known for his lavish parties.
He and his family also owned the Temple of Seton Hall, which houses Temple University’s basketball arena.
Constand says she was in the bathroom with Cosby, who was at the dining hall, when he asked her to perform oral sex on him.
She said she did not resist.
She said Cosby began fondling her, then stopped.
“He pulled down my pants, put his hands on my breasts, and pushed his penis into my mouth,” Conseville said.
She says she pulled away and he continued to kiss her, and that she tried to stop him but he continued.
She told the Senate committee that she began vomiting and was in a coma for four days.
After that, she said, Cosby called her and asked if she wanted to go back to his apartment.
She called his parents.
Cosby told her that she could stay in the apartment, but she was to stay in bed and stay in contact with his mother.
She went back to sleep and woke up to the sound of her father yelling.
She had no idea what was happening.
“I didn’t know what was going on,” Conte said.
“We’re going to get justice.
We’re going for what we want to get,” Conwell said.
Her testimony will be followed by testimony from her ex-husband, Jerry.
He will also testify about the time he and Constand were dating, the alleged rape, and the relationship that ended.
Jerry said in an interview with The Associated Press that he is willing to testify to protect Constand.
He said he was shocked by the allegations and the timing.
Jerry’s ex-wife said the two are not a married couple.
Jerry has not been charged with a crime.
The trial is expected to last two weeks.
The AP contributed to this report.
The pressure is on for Italian football fans to stay up late this weekend to watch their nation beat Wales at Wembley, with the last four matches taking place between now and the end.
But, despite the festive spirit, a study of medical outcomes in England suggests the pressure is not the same as at the start of a football season.
“We found that after a match, the risk of serious and persistent poisoning was significantly higher in England than Italy,” the researchers wrote.
The researchers from the University of Warwick, in collaboration with the British Association of Poison Control Centres, also analysed the health of players, staff and fans in England.
“This is consistent with previous reports that the risk for severe poisoning in England is higher than in Italy,” they wrote.
“A recent analysis of football games in England in 2021 found that the probability of serious poisoning in football matches in 2021 was approximately four times higher in Wales than in England, with a mean incidence of poisoning of 6.3 per 100,000 fans in 2021 compared to 1.6 per 100 100,00 fans in Italy.”
They added: “Our study found that at the peak of the season, there was a significant difference between the two countries in the number of confirmed and suspected cases.”
The most pronounced difference was in the case of serious poisonings, with in England 0.5 cases per 100 000 fans compared to 0.2 per 100 thousand fans in Wales.
“Although our analysis does not establish causality, the difference in incidence between Italy and England may reflect the greater exposure of fans to the game, particularly among younger fans.”
The researchers found that in 2021 there were more than 500,000 cases of acute poisoning in Italy compared to just under 1.1 million cases in England – an increase of 4.5%.
They said the difference may have been caused by an increase in the use of anti-venom in Italy.
“We do not know why this was the case in 2021.
However, the increased use of antivenom may have resulted in a larger number of cases being recorded,” they concluded.
The study is published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Clinical Investigation.
A woman who had to take a prescription medicine for breast cancer last year is suing the city and the health department for denying her a prescription.
Amy Zajicek, a 36-year-old mother of two from Tacoma, Washington, says she received her first prescription for a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, from a doctor in August.
But, she said, her request for a second was turned down by her doctor, because of a policy that requires patients to request the drug if they are experiencing side effects.
Zajiceks case is one of at least 12 similar cases involving women who say they were denied access to medication for their breast cancer in recent months.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington state on Monday, Zajices lawyers argue that Washington state has violated the federal Controlled Substances Act by denying access to NSAIDs to women who need them most.
The suit seeks class-action status for women like Zajics who say the state has “misled” them into believing they cannot use NSAIDs.
“Washington State has been a leader in advancing access to prescription drugs for breast and ovarian cancer patients and their families, but the federal government has failed to enforce its own laws to protect these women from the harm caused by these drugs,” Zajiciks lawyers wrote in the lawsuit.
“Women are not only denied the medication that they need for their cancer, they are denied the right to know what they need and how to use it.”
A spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Health said in a statement: “The department continues to work with state and local governments and community partners to promote access to medical treatment for breast, ovarian and cervical cancer patients.”
The state of Washington has been the focus of much attention after an Associated Press investigation last year revealed widespread opioid use among some Washington residents and hospitals.
State officials have acknowledged that opioid abuse is on the rise and have instituted several strategies to help curb the problem, including new opioid monitoring sites in hospitals and doctors’ offices.
However, the state health department has acknowledged that it has struggled to control the number of opioid prescriptions dispensed to patients, as well as the drug’s use in the state.
“The opioid epidemic is not just a problem for Washington state.
The nation is facing an opioid crisis of similar magnitude,” said Dr. David Wegman, medical director of the National Cancer Institute.
“It’s an epidemic that affects everyone in this country.
So, as we approach the first anniversary of the opioid crisis, we need to do more to make sure we’re addressing the underlying issues and not just focusing on one area.”
The AP investigation found that in the three months between the AP investigation and the state’s most recent annual report, the number for the month was down more than 50% compared to the same period in 2016.
In the Washington state case, the suit says the city denied Zajiciaks request for the medication because it didn’t think she could afford it.
The suit also says the state told Zajicys doctors she needed to go to the emergency room and pay for a test.
Zajjiceks lawyers argue the state also denied her request because of its own policy that prohibits doctors from prescribing NSAIDs if they were diagnosed with a “specific medical condition.”
Zajicks lawyers also say that the city’s policy violates the federal National Labor Relations Act by preventing women from organizing and organizing for higher wages and benefits.
The AP said the city declined to comment on the suit.
For the first time in four years, MTV News is featuring a transgender voice on its “Voice” series.
For Rachel Nichols, it was the only way to “keep her sanity” in the wake of the “Bachelor” season, which she described as “a complete joke” and “a total lie.”
In a new interview with Vulture, Nichols told the outlet she had “not seen myself as a woman” since the beginning of the season, and had been battling depression for the last two months.
Nichols said she wanted to make sure that she wasn’t a “man in a dress,” but that she “didn’t want to be the one with a wig” for the show, since “I was not allowed to wear a wig at all.”
Nichols also explained why she decided to quit the show: “I think it was more about being able to not let that be me anymore.
I don’t want that to be me in the world anymore.
There are so many things that can happen in a day.
I wanted to stop being me.”
Nicholas, who recently received the 2016 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Human Rights Award for her work as a trans advocate, is now in the process of transitioning back to female, but said she still struggles with the “hormones and things.”
Nicholls said that she had felt the “most powerful and supportive” moments of her career, and that she felt “fantastic” when “the whole world saw how I was really coming out.”
She added that her journey to gender reassignment “is one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”
The Voice premieres Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.