PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers hope to prescreen potential jurors to weed out those with opinions about the sex-assault case before jury selection begins in earnest.
A defense motion filed Monday says the "inflammatory" worldwide coverage of the case makes it likely that some potential jurors have opinions about the actor's guilt or innocence.
The 79-year-old Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a young woman who went to his house to discuss a career change in 2004. Cosby calls the sex acts that followed consensual.
He is set to go on trial June 5 in suburban Philadelphia. The jurors will be chosen from the Pittsburgh area because of pretrial publicity.
Cosby's lawyers want to send a pretrial questionnaire to 1,500 to 2,000 potential jurors.
The judge has ruled that one other accuser can testify.
President Trump's son Eric to become father
President Donald Trump is about to become a grandfather for a ninth time.
Trump's son Eric announced on Twitter Monday that he and his wife Lara are expecting their first child.
The baby boy is due in September.
Eric Trump, who lives in New York, wrote "it's been an amazing year" and said that he and his wife were "blessed" by the pregnancy.
Eric, 33, and his brother Don Jr. are now running the Trump Organization after the president said he cut ties with his business to take office.
The two brothers and their sister Ivanka are from Trump's first marriage to Ivana Trump. Don Jr. has five kids while Ivanka has three.
'Beauty and the Beast' becomes biggest box office opener of 2017
LOS ANGELES — Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” brought so many guests to movie theaters over the weekend that the live-action remake became the biggest box-office opener so far of the year, and the seventh-best debut of all time.
The film brought in an impressive $170 million, well above analyst expectations of $130 million to $150 million. It’s the highest domestic debut ever for a Disney live-action title and the seventh Walt Disney Studios release to open at more than $150 million. The picture also brought in $180 million internationally.
“It’s incredible. It’s amazing,” said Dave Hollis, the studio’s distribution chief. “There are almost no words to fully capture how gratifying it is to see a result like this from a team that has been working on telling stories like this for years.”
The picture, which cost $160 million to make, stars Emma Watson of the “Harry Potter” franchise as Belle and Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) as the cursed prince. The story stays fairly close to the beloved 1991 animated original, a box-office smash that became the first animated movie to earn a best picture Oscar nomination. Directed by Bill Condon, known for “The Twilight Saga” and the musical “Dreamgirls,” the new film is well on its way to following in its predecessor’s history-making footsteps.
Pink diamond worth millions shown in London ahead of auction
Sotheby's is displaying the startling "pink star" diamond in London before it's being auctioned in Hong Kong next month.
The company says the gem should fetch more than $60 million when put on the block on April 4, which would represent a record for a pink diamond sold at auction.
It said Monday that the 59.60-carat gem is the largest flawless fancy pink diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America.
Sotheby's jewelry division chief David Bennett said the gem's size and color "surpassed any known pink diamond recorded in history." It was mined in Africa in 1999.
The company sold the "Blue Moon of Josephine" diamond for $48.5 million in Geneva in 2015.
Slobbery kisses: Romania hosts show for 1,600 exotic pets
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A tabby feline with big furry claws, bald cats with shell-like ears and skinny tails, and slobbery wrinkled pugs were the stars as Bucharest hosted a show featuring over 1,600 exotic pets.
The pet show in the Romanian capital kicked off with a free dog handling session for some of the 1,500 dogs. Owners proudly paraded their pets at the March 10-12 event or entered them into beauty contests.
Rare breeds of dogs, cats and exotic animals are status symbols in Romania — but there was plenty of affection too, as owners cuddled or performed with their dogs.
The array of pets included coiffed canines and bright-eyed cats. Exotic bald cats with webbed paws vied for attention with dogs like pugs or basset hounds.
One boy visiting the show got into a cage to hug a dozing cognac-colored dog about the same size as him.
Dogs took part from Romania, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
Three pugs with tightly coiled tails stood on their hind legs seeking their owner's attention. Two basset hounds had silver scarves wrapped around their necks.
Lali the greyhound trotted along the red carpet with an alert expression, watching its owner toss a tennis ball in her hand.
She's 100! Britain marks singer Vera Lynn's landmark day
LONDON (AP) — Britain has taken a nostalgic trip into the past to celebrate the 100th birthday of patriotic songstress Vera Lynn by projecting her image onto the white cliffs of Dover.
The unusual tribute Monday is a reference to her World War II classic "(There'll be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Dover."
Lynn was known as the "Forces Sweetheart" for her optimistic wartime anthems, including "We'll Meet Again."
"As we look to the white cliffs on Monday, I will be thinking of all our brave boys," she said. "The cliffs were the last thing they saw before heading off to war and, for those fortunate enough to return, the first thing they saw upon returning home."
Like all Britons who reach 100, Lynn will receive congratulations from Queen Elizabeth II.