By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing sexual assault evidence against Bill Cosby, a county official said Thursday, pushing forward a case that could result in the first criminal charges against the comedian. Model Chloe Goins, 24, brought allegations to Los Angeles police that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her in 2008 when she was aged 18, at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said the sex crimes division is reviewing the material handed over Wednesday by detectives who were investigating Goins's case.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has disclosed that his record property tax hike plan entails significant cuts for nearly 300,000 homeowners, leaving Chicago businesses predicting they will face hikes of up to 50 percent. The second-term mayor last week proposed a $544 million property tax increase, the city's biggest ever, to help fix one of the worst-funded city pension systems in America and vowed “struggling” homeowners, whose residences are worth $250,000 or less, would not see an increase. For the first time, the mayor’s office is saying those homeowners actually would profit from his dramatic city-wide tax increase plan.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's foreign minister criticized the United States and other countries trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday, warning that U.S.-led campaigns that got rid of Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi brought those countries turmoil, not peace.