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Pink Floyd member's son charged in protest

London -- The son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour was arrested Sunday for grabbing the Union Jack to climb a monument during protests in London.

Police told the BBC Charlie Gilmour, 21, tried to damage the flag on the Cenotaph war memorial Thursday and was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and attempted criminal damage.

Gilmour, a student at Cambridge, apologized Friday, saying he was "mortified by his moment of idiocy."

He added, "I would like to express my deepest apologies for the terrible insult to the thousands of people who died bravely for our country that my actions represented."

Soccer mayhem injures 250 in Jordan

Amman, Jordan -- Some 250 people were injured in violence after a soccer match in the Jordanian capital of Amman, officials said.

The incident began in the final minutes of a game between the Bedouin-backed al-Feisali team and the Palestinian-based al-Wehdat squad, when fans in the upper decks of the stadium began throwing bottles down into the crowd Friday night, the BBC said.

As the King Abdallah Stadium emptied, police said stone-throwing mobs surged over metal barricades and a stampede ensued, CNN reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi said at least 25 of the injured were police and security officers and an official inquiry was under way.

Woman demands more fudge, bites cop

Edmonton, Alberta -- A Canadian woman accused of biting a police officer during an incident over the hot fudge on her sundae pleaded guilty and received a conditional discharge.

Elaine Emter, 33, of Edmonton, Alberta, pleaded guilty Wednesday to causing a disturbance and resisting arrest, yielding her 18 months of probation with 40 hours of community service, the Edmonton Sun reported Thursday.

The incident will be removed from Emter's record if she successfully completes the conditions of her discharge, Judge Donna Groves ruled.

Crown prosecutor Laura Marr said Edmonton became disruptive at a McDonald's drive-through March 15 and insisted there was not enough hot fudge on her sundae. However, workers would not exchange the item without a receipt.

Police: Chasen slaying started as robbery

Los Angeles -- Harold Martin Smith most likely killed celebrity publicist Ronni Chasen in a robbery gone bad, police in Beverly Hills, Calif., said Wednesday.

Chasen, 64, was gunned down Nov. 16 as she drove home after a party celebrating the Cher-Christina Aguilera movie "Burlesque." Smith fatally shot himself Dec. 1 as police attempted to serve a search warrant in the lobby of a Los Angeles apartment building.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Beverly Hills Police Chief David Snowden as describing the investigation as "open and active" in a press conference Wednesday.

UConn football player arrested on kid porn

Storrs, Conn. -- A University of Connecticut freshman football player surrendered Wednesday to face child pornography charges.

Police said Gregory McKee was being held on $75,000 bail, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported. The offensive tackle was suspended from the football team Tuesday night.

A second student, Steven Donald Lewis, 21, of Plainville, Conn., was also charged Wednesday, WVIT-TV reported.

McKee was a redshirt player with the team who practiced during the spring and summer but had not played in any games, the Courant said.

Car burglars get only 'Jesus'

Elyria, Ohio -- An Ohio family says the burglars who broke into their car outside a restaurant only made off with Bibles, Sunday school lessons and holy communion supplies.

Noel and Pam Cash said their family went out to eat in Medina Township, near Elyria, with friends after church Sunday and they emerged from the restaurant to find a back window had been smashed out of their sport utility vehicle, Cleveland's WKYC-TV reported Wednesday.

However, they said the burglars missed Pam's purse, which was under a seat, and left the GPS unit in place. Instead, Noel said, "they got Jesus."

The couple said the burglars only took shopping bags from the back of the vehicle and the bags contained Bibles, Sunday school lessons and materials used for holy communion.

Police: Convicted burglar hits same house

Bolingbrook, Ill. -- Police in Illinois said a man on probation for burglary returned to the same home and took many of the same items.

Bolingbrook police Lt. Mike Rompa said "a laptop computer, camera, Wii and Xbox video game systems, a platinum and diamond engagement ring, other jewelry, stocks, bonds and $50 in change -- roughly $20,000 worth of property" was stolen during the Nov. 30 break-in, The (Joliet, Ill.) Herald reported Tuesday.

Investigators said similarities to a May 28, 2009, burglary at the same residence led them to interview Robert Osewski, 20, who was on probation for the crime.

Police: Woman bit off hubby's tongue

Sheboygan, Wis. -- Police in Wisconsin said they arrested a woman who bit her 79-year-old husband's tongue off during a kiss.

Investigators said the Sheboygan man called 911 at about 11 p.m. Monday and an ambulance and police were dispatched to the home when operators had difficulty understanding the man, the Sheboygan (Wis.) Press reported Tuesday.

Officers said they arrived to find the man and his wife, 57, singing Christmas carols outside of their home. Sgt. Doug Teunissen said the man revealed half of his tongue had been bitten off by his wife while they were kissing inside shortly earlier.

Florida city's snails targeted by vandals

Miami Beach, Fla. -- Police in Florida said at least eight of the 45 giant pink snails in Miami Beach for an art event were targeted by vandals, including one thrown into the water.

Gloria Porcella, co-owner of Galleria Ca' d'Oro, which is backing Italy's Cracking Art Group in the project, which involved pink snails made from recycled plastic being placed around town, said nearly every day since the Art Basel festival began Dec. 2 has been marked with reports of more vandalized snails, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

Porcella said one snail was damaged by a "punch," two were tagged with graffiti, multiple snails were tipped over and one was "launched in the water" at Biscayne Bay.

Police said they are investigating the incidents.

Drug dealer busted after wrong-number text

Muskego, Wis. -- Wisconsin State Police said a man was arrested after a wrong-number text about hashish for sale went to a trooper's 10-year-old grandson.

Sgt. Nate Clarke said he received a call Sunday night from a colleague who told him his 10-year-old grandson had received a wrong-number text offering to sell him hash, and troopers used the phone to set up a buy, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday.

Clarke said troopers arranged to buy 5 grams of hash for $15 per gram and troopers watched as the man showed up at the arranged Muskego-area location for the 10 p.m. buy and left after no buyers showed up to purchase his wares.