WAX STATUE ATTACK: Police say someone attacked a statue of Sean "Diddy" Combs at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York, shoving the rap impresario's likeness so forcefully it lost its head.

Investigators were continuing Monday to look for a suspect in the strange episode Saturday night.

Police say a man entered the museum near Times Square around 8:45 p.m., went to the statue and knocked it to the ground. The head fell off as the figure toppled.

Madame Tussauds New York says artists will fix the damage as quickly as possible to get the figure back to the museum's A-List Party Room.

General Manager Tom Middleton notes that Madame Tussauds doesn't rope off its statues so "guests can interact respectfully" with them.

Combs attended his statue's unveiling in 2009.

NOVELIST DIES: W.E.B. Griffin, the prolific and best-selling author of military novels, has died.

Griffin, whose real name was William E. Butterworth III, died Feb. 12 at 89. His death was confirmed Monday by his publisher, Putnam, which did not immediately provide additional details.

Himself a military veteran who served in the Korean War, he wrote more than 200 books under W.E.B. Griffin and other names and sold millions of copies. His many popular series included "Badge of Honor," ''Clandestine Operations" and "Presidential Agent." More than 20 novels, including the upcoming "The Attack," were written with his son, William E. Butterworth IV.

Griffin started out writing books under his own name, but worried that libraries wouldn't accept multiple works by the same author in a given year and began using other names.

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SWIPING 'PEANUTS': Thieves broke into a Southern California gallery last week, pilfering artwork depicting Charlie Brown and other characters from the iconic comic strip "Peanuts."

The Los Angeles Times reports a security guard patrolling an open-air mall in Costa Mesa discovered a glass door smashed at the Chuck Jones Gallery on Thursday morning.

Scott Dicken, vice president of retail sales for the gallery's parent company, says the break-in occurred when the mall was closed. He says no other art was taken.

The gallery's owner has priced the three stolen pieces at $7,900.

The stolen artwork includes "Wishful Thinking No. 8" that shows Charlie Brown slipping, and "Rats!" a limited-edition print of Snoopy unsuccessfully flying his doghouse.

The third piece, "Hey Linus, Guess Who's Back?" depicts the blanket-toting character fending off Snoopy.

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