Chicago rapper Twista (real name Carl Mitchell) was injured, and one of his security guards was killed, when a van in which they were riding veered off a Pennsylvania highway and crashed in the median early Monday morning, state police said. The rapper was on his way home from Syracuse, N.Y. No charges have been filed against the driver. Police are investigating the cause of the accident . . .

System of a Down, Bad Religion, Jill Scott, Jurassic 5, Thievery Corporation and Yoko Ono are just a few of the artists donating tracks to "Genocide in Sudan," a benefit compilation CD due in November on Waxploitation Records. The album is intended to raise awareness of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in that country. Label honcho Jeff Antebi said the CD project has two goals: to urge the United Nations to declare a genocide in Sudan, and to benefit relief organizations working there. All proceeds from the CD will go to the United Nations Refugee Agency and UNICEF . . .

Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand picked up the Mercury Music Prize for its self-titled debut at an awards ceremony in London last night. The quartet beat out 11 other nominees -- including Joss Stone, the Streets and Belle & Sebastian -- for the $35,500 award, which honors the best British or Irish album of the year.

-- Compiled by K. Wilcox

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