Celebrity news

Justin Bieber’s bus searched

Swedish police said Thursday that they had found drugs and a stun gun on pop singer Justin Bieber’s tour bus. No arrests were made since the bus was empty at the time. Police said they decided to act after smelling marijuana coming from inside the bus while it was parked outside the hotel where Bieber was staying in the capital, Stockholm. Drug officers searched the bus during the concert while Bieber was onstage. Police said a small amount of drugs and a stun gun were discovered during a search of the bus, which had been parked under the Globen concert venue. Bieber, who arrived in Helsinki later Thursday, tweeted after his arrival: ‘‘some of the rumors about me . . . where do people even get this stuff. whatever . . . back to the music.’’ (AP)

Focus on Duchess photos

French prosecutors have placed the publisher and photographer of unauthorized topless snaps of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, under formal criminal investigation, they said Thursday. Mondadori Magazines France and local photographer Valerie Suau were placed under investigation earlier this month over possible criminal exploitation of the images, which appeared in the French Closer magazine last September, according to Caroline Chassain, Nanterre prosecutor spokeswoman. Chassain added that Suau’s employer, local newspaper La Provence, was also placed under formal criminal investigation Monday. Though the development, which moves the investigation one step toward a full-blown trial, is likely to please royal officials, it will probably take several months before the investigating judge decides whether or not to fully charge the parties on a possible breach of the Duchess’s privacy. (AP)

Library honors DeLillo

Don DeLillo has won the first Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Widely acknowledged as a master chronicler of American dread and secrecy, DeLillo, 76, was praised in a statement by the library Thursday for his narratives ‘‘into the sociopolitical and moral life’’ of the United States. DeLillo’s novels include ‘‘Underworld,’’ ‘‘Libra,’’ and ‘‘White Noise,’’ among others. He will be presented with the award in September during the library’s annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. (AP)

Margulies, Rudd team up


Julianna Margulies and Paul Rudd will team up as lovers for a one-night only benefit reading of Neil LaBute’s play ‘‘The Mercy Seat.’’ The off-Broadway company MCC Theater said Thursday that the reading will be held June 17 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. “The Mercy Seat’’ is set on the day after the 9/11 attacks in which a World Trade Center worker contemplates using the tragedy to run away and start a new life with his lover. The event celebrates MCC’s collaboration with LaBute, who has had seven plays produced there over the last decade, including this spring’s ‘‘Reasons to Be Happy.’’ (AP)