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Rapper Combs arrested on traffic charges

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. Rapper Sean Combs was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license after police pulled him over while he was riding a scooter along a South Beach strip.

Police stopped Mr. Combs Saturday night for making an illegal lane change, said Miami Beach Police Sgt. Peter Bitume.

A driver's license check showed Mr. Combs' license was suspended, so he was arrested and released 20 minutes later after he signed a promise to appear in court, Mr. Bitume said.

The charge is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and possible jail time, Mr. Bitume said.

Bar shooting suspect obsessed with guns

ELGIN, Ill. The man accused of shooting 18 persons in a crowded bar was an ex-con obsessed with guns and the movie "Natural Born Killers" who shaved his head and donned fatigues before the attack, acquaintances and witnesses said yesterday.

Police said 42-year-old Luther "Luke" V. Casteel returned to the bar early Saturday after being asked to leave. Bar patron Michael York, who huddled inside a garbage can behind the bar during the shooting, said he heard Casteel shout, "I'm the king how do you like me now?"

Two persons were killed and 16 others wounded by gunfire. Five patrons suffered cuts, bumps and bruises as they tried to escape, police said.

Casteel was wearing military-style fatigues and carrying two handguns, two shotguns and 200 rounds of live ammunition, police said.

Yesterday, Casteel described by acquaintances as a divorced construction worker was ordered held without bond. He faces first-degree murder, attempted murder, firearms and assault charges.

Three found dead in wreckage of plane

TUCSON, Ariz. Three bodies were found Saturday in the wreckage of a small plane missing since Tuesday on a flight to Milwaukee, authorities said.

The single-engine Cirrus CR20 was destroyed on impact and burned after the crash in a mountainous area 30 miles east of Tucson, said Jerry Johnston, regional operations officer for the Federal Aviation Administration in Lawndale, Calif.

Mr. Johnston said three bodies were recovered at the crash scene but their identities were being withheld until relatives could be notified.

The plane left Tucson for General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. It stopped in Albuquerque, N.M., shortly after taking off but was not heard from again, the FAA said.

The Arizona Civil Air Patrol search crew spotted the wreckage about noon Saturday.

Gunman kills 2, self at apartment complex

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas A gunman killed two persons at his apartment complex early yesterday, then shot at police before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities hadn't determined a motive for the shootings yesterday afternoon.

One of the victims, a 26-year-old woman, called police to report she had been hit. Police found a teen-age boy who had been shot from behind, but could not save him.

The suspect appeared to be in his late 20s or early 30s, police said. No names were released.

Red River recedes, but Mississippi on rise

GRAND FORKS, N.D. The swollen Red River dropped slowly yesterday along the Minnesota-North Dakota state line, where cities have frantically reinforced dikes against flooding.

However, the river is expected to stay high and above flood stage for several days, said Lynn Kennedy, a senior hydrological technician for the National Weather Service.

Elsewhere across the Midwest, communities in wide areas of Minnesota waited to see if their sandbag levees would hold as the Minnesota, St. Croix and other rivers continued rising.

The Red River dropped 3 inches yesterday at Fargo and by an inch at Grand Forks to 44.7 feet. The Mississippi had covered boat landings and parks in Wisconsin and is forecast to crest Wednesday at nearly 17 feet at La Crosse.


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