District of Columbia

Assault charge filed against singer Brown

Chris Brown was charged with assault after a fight broke out early Sunday near a Washington hotel, the latest problem for the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer with a snarled legal history.

Brown and another man were charged with felony assault in the altercation that started just before 4:30 a.m., D.C. police spokesman Paul Metcalf said. They were being held pending a court hearing today, Metcalf said.

The man who was attacked received treatment for his injuries at a local hospital and was released Sunday. Police wouldn’t elaborate on his injuries but said the felony charge was based in part on the extent of the injuries. The victim’s name wasn’t released.

Christopher Hollosy, 35, was also charged with felony assault, police said. Police wouldn’t say how Brown and Hollosy may have known each other.

Neither Brown’s publicists nor his attorney Mark Geragos responded to messages left Sunday.

Brown was in Washington to perform Saturday night at an event billed as a “Homecoming Weekend” party at a downtown club. Howard University was celebrating its homecoming, though a university spokeswoman said the party was not sponsored by or affiliated with the school.

Brown remains on probation for assaulting his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the Grammy Awards in 2009. The photos of Rihanna’s bruised face caused outrage among many fans.


Firm ordered to end ‘Made in USA’ claims

LOGAN — The Federal Trade Commission has ordered a Logan-based manufacturing company to stop making claims that many of its products are “Made in the U.S.A.”

According to the FTC’s complaint, EK Ekcessories actually imports many of its products and components.

The company issued a statement to Logan’s Herald Journal saying “a few new lines of products” have had some components made offshore, but it is now following FTC guidelines as part of a proposed settlement.

EK markets products such as iPhone accessories, lens cleaners, dog collars and leashes. Under the settlement terms, the company is prohibited from claiming that any product is made in the United States unless that product is all or virtually all made in the U.S.


‘Bad Grandpa’ opens atop box-office list

LOS ANGELES — Paramount’s “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” topped the weekend box office with $32 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, sinking three-week champ “Gravity” to second place.

“Bad Grandpa” stars Johnny Knoxville as an accident-prone grandfather in the hidden-camera comedy.

“Gravity,”  which debuted three weeks ago, added $20.3 million to its haul over the weekend, bringing its domestic ticket totals to nearly $200 million. Sony’s high-seas thriller “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks, held on to third place with $11.8 million.


Boy, 6, shoots girl, 12, at birthday party

ANCHORAGE — A 6-year-old boy fatally shot a 12-year-old girl with a pellet gun at a birthday party in Delta Junction on Saturday, Alaska state troopers say.

The Anchorage Daily News reported that another child at the party had gotten hold of the gun and given it to the boy. State trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said the boy didn’t know the gun was loaded and was carrying it back to the house when it went off and struck the girl in the neck. She died at the hospital.

New York

Troubled immigrant charged in kin’s deaths

NEW YORK — A Chinese immigrant who neighbors said struggled to survive in America was arrested Sunday on five counts of murder in the stabbing deaths of his cousin’s wife and her four children in their Brooklyn home using a butcher knife.

The suspect, 25-year-old Mingdong Chen,

 who came to the United States in 2004, speaks only Mandarin Chinese and has never been able to hold down a job, his neighbors said.

The Associated Press