Rapper charged with inciting riot at SXSW

Rapper Tyler, the Creator, was arrested Saturday for allegedly inciting a riot during a show at the South by Southwest music festival, authorities said.

Travis County sheriff’s spokesman Roger Wade said the Odd Future rapper, whose name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was likely to be arraigned later Saturday. If convicted of inciting a riot, which is a misdemeanor, he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

His bond was set at $3,500. The rapper’s publicist declined to comment about the arrest.

Police say the 23-year-old Los Angeles resident incited a large crowd of fans at the annual event to push their way past employees controlling access to a Thursday show that was at full capacity.

— Associated Press

Charges dropped against 1 in hazing

An attorney for one of the remaining defendants in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major said Saturday that prosecutors will not pursue charges against his client.

Zachary White, attorney for Henry Nesbitt, 27, said the state’s attorney is dismissing manslaughter and felony hazing charges against the former FAMU band member in Robert Champion’s November 2011 death after a hazing on a bus outside an Orlando hotel.

A message left with the state attorney’s office was not immediately returned, but a “nolle prosequi” declaration was filed Friday in Nesbitt’s case. The Latin phrase means the charges are not being pursued.

Champion collapsed and died after prosecutors said he walked down the aisle of a bus as band members beat him with fists and instruments.

Nesbitt was not implicated by witnesses as being heavily involved in Champion’s hazing, according to investigation documents.

— Associated Press

’05-’10 Odyssey vans recalled by Honda

Honda is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the United States because a fuel pump cover can deteriorate and cause a fuel leak.

Odysseys from the 2005 through 2010 model years are involved. The recalled minivans were made between June 23, 2004, and Sept. 4, 2010.

Documents posted Saturday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the cover on the fuel pump strainer can wear down from exposure to high heat and acidic chemicals such as those found in fertilizers. Fuel leaks can cause a vehicle fire.

Honda says no fires or injuries have been reported.

Honda dealers will repair the vehicles for free, but replacement parts may not be available until summer. Honda will notify owners of the recall next month.

— Associated Press

New Goodyear blimp unveiled: The first of a new generation of Goodyear blimps, assembled at a hangar near Akron, Ohio, was unveiled there Friday. The helium-filled blimp is bigger, quicker and more maneuverable than earlier models, Goodyear said. The 246-foot airship carries 12 passengers and can travel 73 mph. The company said it plans to build two more. Goodyear is holding a contest on its Web site until April 4 to name the new blimp, and the winner will get to use the blimp for a day.

Life insurance policy worth $201 million: An unidentified Silicon Valley billionaire has purchased the world’s most valuable life insurance policy. The San Jose Mercury News reported Saturday that Guinness Book of World Record officials say the $201 million policy is more than double the previous record set in 1990 by an unidentified entertainment-industry figure. A company that helped with the deal declined to identify the buyer. “We don’t want hit men running around Palo Alto trying to find him — or members of his own estate,” said Dovi Frances of Santa Barbara, Calif.-based SG, a financial services company.

Fugitive freed after arrest: Charges were dropped against a woman who escaped from a Michigan prison in 1977 after authorities discovered she had surrendered decades ago and had been sentenced to time served. Judge Michael Smyth on Friday ordered that Judy Lynn Hayman, 60, be released immediately. Hayman was arrested Feb. 4 after Michigan authorities, who thought she was still wanted, learned she was living in San Diego, U-T San Diego reported.

— From news services