While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 3 edition

A woman identified in media reports as Ashley Hasti (left) is said to have dated and been shot by UCLA shooter Mainak Sarkar (right).
A woman identified in media reports as Ashley Hasti (left) is said to have dated and been shot by UCLA shooter Mainak Sarkar (right).PHOTO: FACEBOOK

UCLA shooter had ‘kill list’, woman on list found dead

A former University of California, Los Angeles, graduate student shot dead a woman at her home in Minnesota before he drove almost 3,200km to his alma mater, killed a professor and took his own life, police said.

Mainak Sarkar, 38, had intended to kill a second professor in addition to engineering professor William Klug, 39, at a small office on the campus, police said. The shootings prompted a two-hour long lockdown on Wednesday.

Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck told reporters on Thursday that a search of Sarkar’s St Paul, Minnesota, home turned up a “kill list” that included the name of the woman found dead nearby, as well as the name of the other UCLA professor, who was not harmed.


Singer Prince died of accidental painkiller overdose

Music superstar Prince, who was found dead in his home in a Minneapolis suburb in late April, died of an accidental, self-administered overdose of an opioid painkiller, the county medical examiner said in a death report.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County, Minnesota, had been investigating the 57-year-old singer’s death since he was discovered in an elevator in his home and studio on April 21.

“The decedent self-administered fentanyl,” the medical examiner’s report said, listing cause of death as “fentanyl toxicity” and noting it was accidental.


Louvre to evacuate artworks as Paris flood waters rise

The Louvre museum in flood-hit Paris said it would close on Friday (June 3) to evacuate artworks held in its underground reserves as the River Seine began to burst its banks.

The riverside museum – the most visited in the world, home to everything from the Mona Lisa to priceless Egyptian artefacts, took the radical action after days of torrential rain in the French capital.

The Musee d’Orsay, which faces the Louvre on the opposite bank of the river, closed early on Thursday to put its own “protection plan” into place.


Football: Lionel Messi says ‘knew nothing’ at tax fraud trial in Spain

Argentina football star Lionel Messi said he trusted his father with his finances and “knew nothing” about how his wealth was managed as he took the stand at his tax fraud trial.

“I was playing football. I had no idea about anything,” the five-time World Player of the Year told the Barcelona court hearing the case.

“I trusted my dad and my lawyers,” the 28-year-old, who wore a black suit and tie, added during the roughly 20 minutes he was questioned.


Tennis: Unseeded Kiki Bertens to face Serena Williams in French Open semis

Kiki Bertens became the first Dutchwoman in 45 years to reach the French Open semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Swiss eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky.

Bertens, the world number 58, will be playing in her maiden Grand Slam semi-final where she will on Friday face world number one Serena Williams.

Victory for Bertens was her 12th successive victory having arrived in Paris from Nuremburg where she had won the title as a qualifier.