By Melody Vallieu
February 19, 2014
AP, others seek access to Bieber arrest video
MIAMI (AP) — The Associated Press and other media outlets are urging a judge to grant access to police videos made shortly after singer Justin Bieber’s arrest last month.
The news organizations said in a motion filed Tuesday in Miami-Dade County court that the 19-year-old pop singer has no legal basis to prevent their release. Nine videos were made at the Miami Beach police station after Bieber was booked Jan. 23. One was previously released. Bieber’s attorneys have asked a judge to allow them to review the others before their potential release.
A hearing is scheduled Thursday.
Bieber has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. Police say he and singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were involved in an illegal street drag race in Miami Beach.
Fallon’s ‘Tonight’ debut gets 11.3 million viewers
LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Fallon’s start as host of “The Tonight Show” is a ratings winner for NBC.
Nielsen company figures released Tuesday show 11.3 million people tuned in to watch Fallon’s New York debut on Monday night.
It was the second-biggest audience for “Tonight” since May 2009, when Jay Leno stepped down for Conan O’Brien’s brief run as host.
Fallon’s “Tonight” debut fell short of the 14.6 million who tuned in Feb. 6 to see Leno sign off, again, after 22 years as host in Burbank.
Enjoying a post-Winter Olympics time slot, Fallon drew 2 million-plus viewers more than O’Brien’s June 2009 “Tonight” opening audience of nearly 9.2 million.
NBC says Fallon’s “Tonight” debut, with guests Will Smith and U2, was up 71 percent over his Feb. 6 “Late Night” farewell’s audience of 6.6 million,
Man trying to scare, kills girl
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Little Rock police say a man charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl told investigators he was just trying to scare some teenage vandals when he fired his pistol at their car.
Police say 48-year-old Willie Noble opened fire early Saturday after finding his car spattered with eggs, mayonnaise, toilet paper and leaves.
The driver fled to a convenience store. That’s where police found Adrian Broadway with a gunshot wound to the head. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police said in a news release Tuesday that Noble told investigators he saw his car was vandalized and waited for the teens. He fired when they came back.
Jail records don’t list an attorney for Noble or say when he will appear in court.
Kellogg to use environmentally friendly palm oil
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Kellogg Co. says it will buy palm oil only from companies that don’t destroy tropical rainforests to produce it.
The Battle Creek, Mich.-based cereal giant says it will require suppliers to trace their palm oil to plantations that have been independently verified as complying with the law and meeting standards for protecting the environment and human rights.
The policy was announced last week and sets a compliance deadline of Dec. 31, 2015.
Palm oil is added to many processed foods. Environmental groups have long pressured the industry not to deal with companies that clear rainforests for plantations, destroying habitat for endangered species such as orangutans and the Sumatran tiger.
Activist groups that staged a rally about the issue at Kellogg’s headquarters in November praised the company’s announcement.
Baby named in honor of paramedics who saved him
OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A baby boy born prematurely in the back of an ambulance has been named in honor of the Southern California paramedics who saved his life.
U-T San Diego reports the new parents brought the 2-month-old baby to an Oceanside fire station Monday to announce the honor.
The mother, 37-year-old Melissa Wells-Pestana, went into labor seven weeks early, and the baby wasn’t breathing and had no pulse after he was born. Rescuers gave the baby CPR as the ambulance raced about 4½ miles to the hospital.
The parents honored the fire crew by naming the child Zavier Stephan Morgan Pestana, with the middles names coming from firefighter-paramedic Steven Choi and fire Capt. Glen Morgan.
The newspaper reports Zavier slept through most of his visit to the fire station.