National briefs: Cousin arrested in killing of 5 in Brooklyn

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NEW YORK -- A Chinese immigrant who neighbors said struggled to survive in America was arrested Sunday on five counts of murder in the stabbing deaths of his cousin's wife and her four children in their Brooklyn home -- using a butcher knife.

The suspect, 25-year-old Mingdong Chen, implicated himself in the killings late Saturday in the Sunset Park neighborhood, police said.

Mr. Chen is a cousin of the children's father and had been staying at the home for the past week or so, said Chief of Department Philip Banks III.

Mr. Chen came to the United States from China in 2004, the chief said, but neighbors say he could never hold down a job.

The chief said Mr. Chen still speaks only Mandarin Chinese despite being in the U.S. for almost a decade.

Neighbors said they had heard loud arguments emanating from the home late on several nights before the murders.

Chris Brown faces charge

WASHINGTON -- Chris Brown was charged with assault after a fight broke out early Sunday near a Washington hotel, the latest problem for the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer with a snarled legal history.

Mr. Brown and another man were charged with felony assault in the altercation that started just before 4:30 a.m., D.C. police spokesman Paul Metcalf said.

The man who was attacked received treatment for his injuries at a local hospital and was released Sunday. Police wouldn't elaborate on his injuries but said the felony charge was based in part on the extent of the injuries. The victim's name wasn't released.

Mr. Brown and Christopher Hollosy, 35, were being held pending a court hearing Monday, Mr. Metcalf said.

Macy's race stop details

NEW YORK -- No Macy's employees were involved in the detention or questioning of a black actor who claims he was stopped because of his race while shopping at the flagship New York City department store, Macy's officials said Sunday.

Rob Brown, a black actor who works on the HBO series "Treme," has said he was detained nearly an hour by police June 8 after employees contacted authorities about possible credit card fraud. The actor has filed a lawsuit.

Fleetwood guitarist's cancer

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Fleetwood Mac has canceled the Australia and New Zealand leg of its world tour after announcing guitarist John McVie has cancer.

Mr. McVie, 67, one of the band's co-founders, will receive treatment "during that period of time," the band said in a statement on its official website.

Indiana U. knife scare

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University police urged all those on the Bloomington campus to seek safe shelter early Sunday, saying an individual armed with a knife was believed at large after a person was found with stab wounds at an on-campus apartment complex.

Police said university officers got a call to the Tulip Tree apartments about 3:30 a.m. Sunday and found a male victim with stab wounds who was subsequently taken to the university hospital. Capt. Laury Flint with the university police declined to give further details of what had happened and did not identify the wounded person further.

-- Compiled from news services



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