LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 12-year-old boy has been charged with making prank calls that sent police to the home of Ashton Kutcher and to a Los Angeles bank.
Prosecutors allege that the boy called 911 in October and said armed men were inside Kutcher's Los Angeles home. A week later, a call reporting an emergency at a bank on Wilshire Boulevard also proved to be a hoax.
The district attorney's office said Thursday that the boy has been charged with two felony counts of making fake bomb threats and computer intrusion. He is set to be arraigned Friday in juvenile court.
Authorities didn't release the boy's name because of his age.
The practice of making such hoax calls has become known as "swatting." The hoaxes often target the homes of celebrities.
HONOLULU (AP) - Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler plans to attend a legislative hearing in Hawaii on a bill named for him that would limit unwanted celebrity photos and video.
A publicist for the former "American Idol" judge told The Associated Press on Thursday that Tyler has submitted written testimony supporting a plan that would give celebrities power to sue people who photograph them in an offensive way during their private lives.
Hawaii's Senate judiciary committee plans to consider the so-called Steven Tyler Act on Friday morning.
Sen. Kalani English from Maui says he introduced the bill at Tyler's request. Tyler owns a multimillion-dollar home in Maui.
More than two-thirds of the state senators have co-sponsored the bill.
English says the bill will spur celebrity tourism.
Opponents say the bill could be unconstitutional.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Law enforcement officials are inspecting a package CNN's Anderson Cooper received from a former Los Angeles police officer who allegedly killed three in a shooting spree.
CNN spokeswoman Shimrit Sheetrit said Thursday that a parcel containing a note, a DVD and a bullet hole-riddled memento were sent by Christopher Dorner and addressed to Cooper's office.
LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith says LAPD robbery-homicide detectives will inspect the package for clues.
The package arrived Feb. 1, days before the first two killings Dorner is accused of.
It contained a note on it that read, in part, "I never lied."
Dorner was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for making false statements.
A coin typically given out as a souvenir by the police chief was also in the package, and riddled with bullet holes.
NEW YORK (AP) - The newest reality television show is in some ways like any other: mother and daughters, sibling rivalry, family gossip and talk of Big Grandpa, who is very strict but loves it when his great-grandchildren are around making a racket.
But that's where the twist comes in: Big Grandpa is Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid legend.
"Being Mandela," premiers Sunday on COZI TV, and follows the lives of Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini. They are the fashionable, 30-something granddaughters of Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
The 94-year-old former South African president, who recently was treated for a lung infection and had surgery to remove gallstones, does not appear in the series. But his controversial ex-wife does - and by all accounts relishes it.
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