Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Arrested for Assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hip-hop music mogul Diddy was arrested on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles Monday afternoon, where his son is on the football team. Campus police say he was arrested at UCLA’s Acosta Athletic Training Complex on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon shortly after 12:30 p.m. Diddy’s real name is Sean Combs. No one was seriously injured and campus police are investigating. Officials did not identify the victim of the assault, or say what led to it. The deadly weapon was identified as a kettlebell, which is used by athletes in weight training. Continue Reading

Supreme Court Overturns Synthetic Drug Conviction

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court says people accused of selling synthetic drugs can’t be convicted unless prosecutors show they knew the substance was prohibited by law. The justices ruled Thursday in favor of Stephen McFadden, a New York City man convicted of supplying bath salts to a store in Virginia. Law enforcement officials consider bath salts part of a new wave of synthetic drugs that are designed to produce a high but have slight chemical modifications that keep them off state and federal banned drug lists. An appeals court ruled it was enough for a jury to find McFadden intended the bath salts for human consumption. McFadden argued that the government had to prove he knew the bath salts were similar in both chemical structure and effect to a controlled substance. Continue Reading

Nine Killed in South Carolina Church Shooting

Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen says the suspect in a shooting that killed nine people was at a historic black church attending a meeting and stayed for almost an hour before gunfire erupted. Mullen gave the details at a Thursday morning news conference. He didn’t elaborate. At the news conference, he also identified the victims of the Wednesday church night shooting as six females and three males. He says names won’t be released until families are notified. Continue Reading

Five Irish Students Killed in Berkeley, California Balcony Collapse

Police say they received a noise complaint about a loud party about an hour before a balcony collapsed at a Berkeley, California, apartment building, killing five Irish students in the U.S. on work visas. Eight other people were injured in the incident that occurred during a 21st birthday party. Officer Byron White, a spokesman for the Berkeley Police Department, says officers had not yet responded to the complaint before the collapse at 12:41 a.m. PDT

The balcony, estimated to have been 5 feet by 10 feet, separated completely from the building and landed on a lower balcony. Continue Reading

Bird Flu Started With Wild Bird Populations, USDA Report Says

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bird flu that’s devastated Midwestern farms likely spread by several means, including on machinery and workers, by rodents and possibly even by the wind. That’s according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Monday. The agency studied genetic properties of virus samples on more than 80 turkey and chicken farms.

USDA scientists say wild birds introduced the virus onto farms, but it appears the virus spread in other ways once there. The scientists found lapses in biosecurity on farms and environmental factors likely contributed to the spread of the disease. More than 49 million birds died or were euthanized in 15 states this spring as the virus spread from the Pacific Northwest into Midwest farms. It’s the nation’s worst outbreak of bird flu. Continue Reading