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In brief: The Edge sues in house battle

U2 STAR The Edge and several other property owners whose proposal to build a cluster of mansions overlooking Malibu failed to get past state regulators have filed lawsuits against the California Coastal Commission.

They argue that the basis for its decision to deny their permits in June was not legal.

The property owners say they are five separate owners each building a single home on separate lots, an argument that would have made it more difficult for the commission to reject their proposal. The majority of the commission called the project too environmentally destructive.

Concert salute to Castro at 85

Nearly two dozen singers and musicians from nine Latin American nations honoured Fidel Castro with a concert on the eve of the former Cuban leader's 85th birthday.

Dubbed the Serenade To Fidelity, the spectacle was a "homage to the life of a man, of a people, of a nation and of a revolution", the Communist Party newspaper Granma said.

Neither Fidel nor his younger brother, President Raul Castro, was at the concert.

Mum faces the

death penalty

Prosecutors in Florida are seeking the death penalty for a woman accused of killing her two teenage children in January.

Julie Schenecker is accused of the killings of her 16-year-old daughter, Calyx, and 13-year-old son, Beau.

Police said the 50-year-old Schenecker shot each child twice in the head on January 27.

Gang leader

gets 65 years

A man who led one of Florida's most violent gangs has been sentenced to 65 years in prison on racketeering charges.

A Palm Beach County judge sentenced 30-year-old Futo Charles, shortly after a jury convicted him of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and two other drug charges.