NATION IN BRIEF: Police in brief standoff in Staples Center

Police in brief standoff in Staples Center

LOS ANGELES — Police engaged in a roughly one-hour standoff with a knife-wielding man on the arena floor of Staples Center before the Los Angeles Clippers hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon.

About 25 arena security guards descended on the man shortly after he was spotted walking onto the court with a knife and kept him surrounded until police arrived.

He eventually made his way to the visiting bench, which he stood in front of while talking to three Los Angeles police officers who had their guns drawn on him from approximately 20 feet away, at different angles.

Police tackled and detained the man at 11:20 a.m. after he made a move toward a tunnel leading off the court. He was placed in handcuffs and escorted out of the area by the police.

Day care owner charged in fatal fire turns self in

DALLAS — A woman accused of fleeing the U.S. after a fire at her Texas day care center killed four children has turned herself in to authorities in Nigeria, her brother said Saturday.

Ron Tata told The Associated Press that relatives in Nigeria informed him early Saturday that Jessica Tata went to the U.S. consulate because “it would be the right thing to do.”

U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Jeff Carter said the 22-year-old woman wasn’t in the agency’s custody. E-mails sent to the U.S. consulate in Nigeria weren’t immediately returned.

Authorities believe Jessica Tata fled to Nigeria two days after a fire erupted Feb. 24 at her home day care center in Houston. Four children were killed and three were injured.

Mom forces son to stand on road for bad grades

TAMPA, Fla. — Wearing a sign around his neck that read, “Honk if I need an education,” 15-year-old James Mond III stood for nearly four hours on a Tampa, Fla., street corner.

Fed up with his bad grades, his mother sent him there hoping to teach him a lesson about the importance of an education.

Ronda Holder never finished high school and doesn’t want the same for her son. So she sent him out Wednesday with a sign telling the world about his 1.22 GPA.

His middle school has since enrolled him in after-school tutoring.