Bill Cosby accuser’s mother says he apologized

Andrea Constand, left, returns to the courtroom after a lunch break during Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Philadelphia on April 16, 2018. (Dominick Reuter/Pool Photo via AP)
Updated 16 April 2018
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Bill Cosby accuser’s mother says he apologized

  • Accuser testified Cosby knocked her out with pills and sexually assaulted her at his home in 2004
  • Lawyers tried to show her as an opportunist who feigned romantic interest in Cosby
NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania: A woman says Bill Cosby described in graphic detail his sexual encounter with her daughter and then apologized.
Gianna Constand told the jury at Cosby’s suburban Philadelphia sexual-assault retrial she called him demanding to know the medication he’d given her daughter and what he’d done to her.
She said Cosby told her he gave Andrea Constand a prescription drug but didn’t give her the name. She said he described their sexual encounter and apologized for his behavior.
Gianna Constand testified Monday she was concerned because her daughter hadn’t been the same since leaving Temple University in Philadelphia in March 2004, about two months after the alleged assault, and moving back to Canada.
The 80-year-old comedian is charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand. He said it was consensual.
Constand testified Cosby knocked her out with pills and sexually assaulted her at his home in 2004.
During cross-examination Monday, Cosby’s lawyers tried to show her as an opportunist who feigned romantic interest in Cosby so she could later make a false accusation against him and file a lawsuit. Cosby settled the case for about $3.4 million.
Constand denied setting Cosby up.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.


Armored dinosaur with spiky head unveiled at Utah museum

This undated photo from the Natural History Museum of Utah shows the heavily ornamented skull of an ankylosaur, a squat plant-eater that was covered in bony armor from its spiky head to its clubbed tail, before its unveiling at the museum in Salt Lake City. (AP)
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Armored dinosaur with spiky head unveiled at Utah museum

  • Paleontologists believe the animals migrated to North America several times over the eons when lowered sea levels allowed them to cross a land bridge
  • The fossil was discovered on the Kaiparowits Formation, a thick layer of sandstone that also has vast coal reserves inside a sprawling national monument

SALT LAKE CITY: A dinosaur that was covered in bony armor from its spiky head to its clubbed tail has been unveiled at a museum in Utah.
The species of ankylosaur was a squat plant-eater that roamed southern Utah on four legs about 76 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous Period. At that time, the desert state was hot and humid, covered with slow-moving streams and rivers as well as large conifer trees, paleontologist Randall Irmis said.
It was about as long as a large alligator and stood at a height that would have been about waist-high for a tall human. It likely used its distinctive clubbed tail and armor for protection, though they could also have been used for display.
The fossil unveiled Thursday at the Natural History Museum of Utah was first discovered in 2008 in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a rich dinosaur repository in southern Utah.
The fossil was discovered on the Kaiparowits Formation, a thick layer of sandstone that also has vast coal reserves inside a sprawling national monument that was one of two President Donald Trump ordered downsized last year. The spot where the fossil was found remains within Grand Staircase-Escalante boundaries, though areas that are now outside the boundaries also have fossil potential, Irmis said.
Researchers were expecting it to have smooth bony armor on its skull like other North American ankylosaurs, but were surprised to find evidence that it instead had spiky armor on its head and snout, similar to fossils found in Asia.
Paleontologists believe the animals migrated to North America several times over the eons when lowered sea levels allowed them to cross a land bridge.
The species was dubbed Akainacephalus johnsoni to recognize Randy Johnson, a retired chemist and museum volunteer who spent hundreds of hours painstakingly freeing the skull from rock and debris.
Along with a complete skull, the fossil also includes the distinctive tail club, large parts of its spinal vertebral column and parts of its body armor, including two neck rings and spiked armor plates, the museum said in a statement.