While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 23 edition

Armed man arrested at entrance to LA business Biden scheduled to visit

A man with a loaded handgun was arrested on Wednesday as he tried to drive through a security checkpoint outside a Los Angeles business where US Vice-President Joe Biden was scheduled to speak a few hours later, police said.

Biden was not at the venue when the man was taken into custody at about 9.15am, said Los Angeles police sergeant Kyle Kirkman.

The man was driving a car into a secured area at the site when he was stopped at a checkpoint and a loaded handgun was discovered in his vehicle, Kirkman said.


Chattanooga shooter acted alone: FBI

The man who killed five US troops in Tennessee was acting alone, the FBI said on Wednesday, adding it is too early to tell if he was "radicalised" or motivated by mental illness.

Four US marines and a sailor were killed after Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, opened fire on two military centres in Chattanooga before dying in a shootout with police on Thursday.

Authorities have said they are treating the case - reminiscent of other shooting rampages at US military installations - as an "act of terrorism."


Chelsea football fans banned over Paris racism incident

Five Chelsea fans who were banned from all football matches for up to five years over an incident of racism in Paris in February, in court proceedings that concluded on Wednesday have also been barred for life from attending fixtures at the English champions’ Stamford Bridge ground.

The men, including former police officer Richard Barklie, were involved in an incident in which a black Frenchman was repeatedly shoved off a metro train carriage ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League match against Paris Saint Germain.

“This was an abhorrent, nasty, offensive, arrogant and utterly unacceptable behaviour and cannot be allowed in modern, civilised society,” district judge Gareth Branston said at Stratford Magistrates Court in east London. “It must be stamped out.”


Football: Belgian striker Benteke signs for Liverpool

Liverpool signed Belgian international striker Christian Benteke from Premier League rivals Aston Villa, the Merseyside club announced Wednesday.

Although neither the length of the contract nor the fee were disclosed, several British media organisations said Benteke had signed a five-year deal worth £32.5 million (S$69 million) - which was the cost of the buy-out clause in his contract.

The 24-year-old's 12 goals in as many games at the business end of last season played a key role in helping Villa avoid relegation from the lucrative top flight of English football.


50 Cent says flashy lifestyle is fake

50 Cent may put on the lavish lifestyle of a rap tycoon, but he says the bling-bling is all returned to the store.

The rapper, who has filed for bankruptcy as he faces potentially huge penalties in a lawsuit over a sex tape, has testified in court that his ostentatious displays of wealth are all a show.

50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, said that his flashy cars and jewellery were all borrowed and that his own possessions included a Casio rather than Rolex watch, according to reports from Tuesday's court session in New York.