Rapper shot dead Police in north Louisiana are investigating the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old rapper known as Lil Snupe. The Winnfield Police Department said the entertainer, whose real name was Addarren Ross, died yesterday after he was shot twice in the chest at an apartment building in the city. He had recently signed a record deal. Brand tour safety fear
COMIC Russell Brand has cancelled several gigs in the Middle East after promoters said they could not guarantee his safety.
The controversial star's 'Messiah Complex' world tour includes routines inspired by historical figures including Malcolm X and Gandhi and originally included dates in Abu Dhabi and Lebanon, but they have now been scrapped.
PARISIENNES GET POLITER
ONE of the world's most visited cities but also famous for its rudeness, Paris has embarked on a campaign to improve its reputation and better cater to the needs of tourists.
Waiters, taxi drivers and sales staff in the French capital all too often come off as impolite, unhelpful and unable to speak foreign languages say tourism chiefs, who are handing out a manual with guidelines on better etiquette.
A CALIFORNIAN developer says an underground shelter he is creating in a vast limestone cave in eastern Kansas could be the human race's best chance to survive a nuclear attack.
Robert Vicino recently bought a former US Army storage facility where he says there is room inside for more than 1,000 recreational vehicles and up to 5,000 people to ride out any potential catastrophe.
A US governor can deny the execution of a death row inmate who wants to die, a court has ruled.
Oregon governor John Kitzhaber opposes the death penalty and intervened weeks before Gary Haugen was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in 2011. Mr Kitzhaber has vowed to block any execution during his term in office and urged a state-wide vote on abolishing the death penalty. More than half of US states still have the death penalty.
FREAK CRASH IN WALES
A SCHOOLGIRL remains in intensive care after a freak car accident at a primary school in South Wales, apparently caused by a driver's coughing fit. Eight others – a lollipop lady, the driver of the car, two other adults and four children – were injured in the incident.