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Man killed in drive-by shooting following French Montana concert

A driver opened fire on a crowd of people surrounding the tour bus of rapper French Montana after a concert in Philadelphia, killing one person and injuring another, according to police.

The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Thursday as the entourage had arrived at a hotel near Penn’s Landing after the rapper had headlined a sold-out show at the Theatre of Living Arts. Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Scott Small said a crowd formed around the bus, a car pulled up and someone began shooting.

“A large crowd of fans, as well as some of the entourage, were loitering and just hanging out,” Small told reporters. He said one man may have fired back.

A 27-year-old man was hit in the abdomen and later pronounced dead at a hospital; another man was hit in the shoulder. Their names haven’t been released. READ FULL STORY

Bobby Brown sentenced to 55 days in jail for DUI

Bobby Brown has been sentenced to 55 days in a Los Angeles jail and four years of probation for a drunken driving case.

City attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan says Brown was sentenced Tuesday after pleading no contest to charges he was under the influence and driving on a suspended license when he was arrested in October.

Brown was on probation for another DUI case at the time.

The 44-year-old “New Edition” singer was ordered to report to jail March 20. He also was placed on four years of informal probation and will be required to complete an 18-month alcohol treatment program.

Brown’s attorney Tiffany Feder had no immediate comment on the sentence.

The sentence was first reported by celebrity website TMZ.

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MC Hammer arrested in California, claims racial profiling

MC Hammer suggests he was a victim of racial profiling when he was stopped and arrested by police in the Northern California city of Dublin.

The ’90s rap star tweeted on Saturday that an officer approached him in his car and asked “Are you on parole or probation?”

He says that as he handed over his ID, the officer reached inside the car and tried to pull him out.

Dublin police Lt. Herb Walters told the Oakland Tribune that Hammer, who was born Stanley Burrell, was arrested Thursday for investigation of obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer.

He declined to comment to KTVU about Hammer’s version of the arrest.

Hammer tweeted that he wasn’t bitter and considered what happened “a teachable moment.”

Rapper Ja Rule completes one jail sentence, heads to federal lock-up for tax evasion

Platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule left an upstate New York prison Thursday morning after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession and headed straight into federal custody in a tax case.

U.S. Marshals escorted the 36-year-old musician out of Mid-State Correctional Facility at 9:30 a.m. He was being held at the Oneida County Jail in central New York as he awaited word from the Federal Bureau of Prisons about where he’ll serve time in the tax case.

The rapper, who had been in protective custody because of his celebrity, has some time remaining on a 28-month sentence for tax evasion. READ FULL STORY

Judge supports Ken Burns in 'Central Park Five' lawsuit

A New York City judge has rejected the city’s attempt to subpoena outtakes from Ken Burns’s 2012 documentary The Central Park Five.

The movie follows the case of five men who were convicted for the 1989 rape of a Central Park jogger and exonerated for the crime in 2002 thanks to DNA evidence; the wrongfully accused brought a federal lawsuit against the city soon after they were vindicated. Last year, the city’s lawyers subpoenaed unreleased footage and other materials from Burns’s documentary to bolster their defense, arguing that the film had “crossed from documentary to pure advocacy.” Burns and his co-directors refused to comply, saying that the city’s request was “neither appropriate nor enforceable under the governing law for subpoenas served on professional journalists exercising their right of independent free speech.”

Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis of the United States District Court in Manhattan agreed with Burns in court yesterday, ruling that Burns is still entitled to journalistic privilege under the law — even though his film was sympathetic to the Central Park Five. “Indeed, it seems likely that a filmmaker would have a point of view going into a project,” the judge wrote.

Burns, who is currently vacationing with his family, released a statement about the decision, saying that he and his collaborators think Judge Ellis made “exactly the right ruling.” “We are also mindful that this ruling goes far beyond our current situation; this adds a layer of important protection to journalists and filmmakers everywhere,” he continued. “We recognize too that this attempt to subpoena our outtakes and notes only further delayed the nearly decade long efforts by the plaintiffs to seek redress. We hope this serves as a positive impetus to move that original suit to a resolution.”

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'Melrose' actress lands three-year jail sentence for vehicular homicide

A former Melrose Place actress who was driving drunk when her SUV plowed into a car and killed a New Jersey woman has been sentenced to three years in prison.

The victim’s husband yelled, “What a travesty!” at the judge after Thursday’s sentencing, and he and his son stormed out of the courtroom.

Amy Locane-Bovenizer faced up to 10 years in prison after a jury in November convicted her of vehicular homicide in the 2010 death of 60-year-old Helene Seeman in Montgomery Township.

The judge lowered the maximum sentence citing the hardship on Locane-Bovenizer’s two children. One has a medical and mental disability.

The actress apologized to Seeman’s family.

Locane-Bovenizer’s blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when the crash occurred as Seeman’s husband turned into their driveway.

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Court grants Alyson Hannigan a restraining order against online stalker

A judge Wednesday granted Alyson Hannigan a temporary restraining order from a man who she claims has repeatedly threatened her and her family in online postings.

The order requires John Hobbs, 43, to stay away from the How I Met Your Mother actress and her family, and it orders him to stop posting messages about her online.

Hannigan states in her petition that in the past two months, Hobbs, a New Hampshire resident, has “posted a barrage of threatening messages directed at me and my family on various websites.” READ FULL STORY

South African Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius arrested for murder

Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs.

Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the home, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said.

Hours later after undergoing police questioning, Pistorius left a police station accompanied by officers. He looked down as photographers snapped pictures, the hood on his gray workout jacket pulled up, covering most of his face. His court hearing was originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon but has been postponed until Friday to give forensic investigators time to carry out their work, said Medupe Simasiku, a spokesman for the prosecution.

South Africans were shocked at the killing but police said there was a history of problems. READ FULL STORY

'Buckwild' star arrested on drug charges

A cast member of the MTV reality show Buckwild is facing a drug charge in West Virginia.

Twenty-four-year-old Salwa Amin was arraigned Monday in Nicholas County Magistrate Court on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. She’s being held at the Central Regional Jail on $200,000 bond.

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12-year-old charged for Ashton Kutcher prank call

A 12-year-old boy accused of making a prank call that sent police racing to Ashton Kutcher’s home was charged Thursday with making that call and another that falsely reported an emergency at a bank.

Prosecutors said the boy called 911 in October reporting that armed men were inside Kutcher’s Los Angeles home. That call brought out many heavily-armed officers and prompted the actor to leave the set of Two and a Half Men to make sure his home and workers were safe.

A week later, a call reporting an emergency at a bank on Wilshire Boulevard also proved to be a hoax.

The district attorney’s office said Thursday that the boy has been charged with two felony counts of computer intrusion and making fake bomb threats. He was scheduled to be arraigned Friday in juvenile court. READ FULL STORY

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