MIAMI (AP) — Pop singer Justin Bieber's guilty plea to charges of careless driving and resisting arrest puts an end to a legal saga that began seven months ago inside a rented Lamborghini at what police called an illegal drag race. The judge who accepted Bieber's plea Wednesday said it's time for the 20-year-old singer to stop his misbehavior — especially for his millions of young fans.
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than a foot of rain hit parts of New York's Long Island on Wednesday, enough to set a preliminary state record, triggering flash floods and swamping cars on major roads that were turned into rivers during the morning rush hour. A total of 13.26 inches (33 cm) of precipitation was measured at MacArthur Airport in Islip. Heavy rainfall coupled with the morning commute is a problem." The stormy weather contributed to at least one fatality, when a tractor-trailer and a Jeep collided on the Long Island Expressway, killing the Jeep's driver at about 5 a.m. during heavy rains, the Suffolk County highway patrol said in a statement. Parts of major commuter routes including the Long Island Expressway, the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway, the Sunrise Highway and other roadways were closed due to flooding, police said.
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to destroying a $10,000 vase by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei in February, agreeing to make an apology and pay restitution for the cost of the artwork, according to court documents. Dominican-born Maximo Caminero, a local artist, also agreed to 100 hours of community service teaching art classes, according to the plea deal with the state attorney's office. Caminero, who was 51 at the time of the crime, was charged with criminal mischief after picking up one of 16 brightly painted vases at the Perez Art Museum Miami and throwing it to the ground when confronted by security, according to a police report. He told police he broke the vase to protest that the museum "only displayed international artists," according to the police report.