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California Gov. Brown reverses decision to parole Manson family killer

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California Gov. Jerry Brown has reversed a parole board's decision to free Manson family killer Leslie Van Houten.

In September, the Board of Parole Hearings found Van Houten, 68, suitable for release. At 19, Van Houten had taken part in the brutal slayings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 1969.

"The question I must ...Read more

For some immigrants, a wrenching dilemma: Stay or leave?

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WASHINGTON -- When the Trump administration decided to end protected status for people from El Salvador, Hector Soriano faced a wrenching decision and a big gamble.

In the 17 years since he gained protection from deportation -- giving him the right to work legally in the U.S. -- Soriano established a successful landscaping business and fathered...Read more

Democrats energized by intraparty 'Resistance'

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WASHINGTON –– Jennifer Mosbacher cried in a doctor's office the morning after Donald Trump's election, unable to control herself during a routine physical. The Atlanta suburbanite had avoided politics her entire life but was overcome with shock by an outcome she never saw coming.

She decided to act on her anger. In the year since, a woman ...Read more

Lawyer for man suing ex-Sheriff David Clarke over airport incident is forced off case on eve of trial

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MILWAUKEE -- Just days before he takes on former Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. in federal court, the plaintiff who says Clarke infringed on his free speech rights after an airport encounter has lost his lawyer.

William F. Sulton has represented Dan Black since he sued Clarke in February, claiming several violations of his civil ...Read more

Members of Congress with most to gain or lose from a shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- Voters have made it clear for years they're fed up with Washington's chaos, and nothing better illustrates the capital's disarray than a down-to-the-wire fight over government spending.

That's why this week's votes to keep the federal government running were tough votes, votes that vulnerable congressmen and senators will be ...Read more

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Rand Paul's neighbor to plead guilty in assault case

WASHINGTON -- The neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul who allegedly assaulted the Kentucky Republican while he was mowing his lawn has now signed a federal plea agreement.

The U.S. attorney in Indianapolis made the announcement Friday. His office was assigned the case following the recusal by the U.S...Read more

In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

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JOHANNESBURG -- Cape Town, South Africa's second-largest city, is facing its worst drought in a century, with its water supply expected to run dry April 21.

They're calling it "Day Zero." In this city of 4 million, people will have to line up in the streets at just 200 water stations. The police and army will enforce a limit of 6.6 gallons per ...Read more

US and Somali troops free 30 children from al-Shabab school

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MOGADISHU, Somalia -- At least 30 children have been rescued from a school run by the terrorist militia al-Shabab during a raid by Somalian troops and U.S. special forces, a senior Somali intelligence officer told dpa on Friday.

"Among the dead were six Islamist militants and four children," he added.

Al-Shabab was using the school in the ...Read more

Twitter finds 1,062 more accounts linked to Russian agency

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter Inc. said it found another 1,062 accounts linked to the Russian government-backed Internet Research Agency accused of trying to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The social media company said it is emailing notifications to 677,775 people in the U.S. who followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked ...Read more

In picking next police chief, LA mayor faces pivotal choice tinged with politics, race and gender

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LOS ANGELES--Shortly after Charlie Beck announced he will retire as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, City Councilman Joe Buscaino declared on Twitter that it was time for a woman to take his place.

Others speculated Friday about whether the department should be led by an insider or an outsider, someone who will keep the department on...Read more

Executive privilege, while not invoked, colors Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- There's no mention of executive privilege in the Constitution. Nor was it discussed at the Constitutional Convention, when delegates gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft the country's governing principles.

But executive privilege -- the president's right to keep some communications and records secret -- has been part of ...Read more

He killed a 9-year-old girl the same day his son was born. Now he's going to prison for 22 years

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CLAYTON, Mo. -- A man left the maternity ward and his own baby boy to fire shots that killed a 9-year-old Ferguson girl, Jamyla Bolden, in 2015, prosecutors said after the man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday.

De'Eris Brown, 23, pleaded guilty in St. Louis County Circuit Court to second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon-shooting at...Read more

Vice President Pence heads to the Middle East with prospects for peace deal all but dashed

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence arrives in the Middle East on Saturday, launching a high-stakes tour that was delayed after President Donald Trump's decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparked protests across the region.

He will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel over four days but won't meet with Palestinians, reflecting the...Read more

US will retry Menendez on corruption charges

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Federal prosecutors said Friday that they would retry U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., two months after a jury in Newark deadlocked on bribery charges against him.

The Justice Department said it would also retry Menendez's co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.

After an 11-week trial, a judge in November declared a mistrial when ...Read more

Rand Paul's neighbor to plead guilty in assault case

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WASHINGTON -- The neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul who allegedly assaulted the Kentucky Republican while he was mowing his lawn has now signed a federal plea agreement.

The U.S. attorney in Indianapolis made the announcement Friday. His office was assigned the case following the recusal by the U.S. attorney in the western part of Kentucky.

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US criticizes Turkey over military offensive in Kurdish-held northern Syria

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration on Friday branded as "destabilizing" a Turkish military offensive against a Kurdish-held region in neighboring Syria, threatening to further inflame tensions between the two NATO allies.

But U.S. officials also scrambled to backtrack from a U.S. military plan to recruit and train a 30,000-member local ...Read more

Prosecutors to seek death penalty for kidnapping, killing of Chinese scholar at University of Illinois

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CHICAGO -- Federal prosecutors announced Friday they will seek the death penalty for a former University of Illinois graduate student accused of kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting scholar from China in June.

In making the announcement, prosecutors alleged for the first time that Brendt Christensen "choked and sexually assaulted" ...Read more

Sheriff: Las Vegas shooter kept child porn and amassed stockpile of weapons

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LAS VEGAS -- Stephen Paddock, the mass shooter who killed 58 people in Las Vegas in October, kept child pornography on his computer and amassed large stockpiles of weapons leading up to the crime, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Friday.

Paddock's brother, Bruce Paddock, 58, was arrested in October in Los Angeles for possession of child ...Read more

Instagram video of pot party sends rapper Kodak Black back to jail on gun and child neglect charges, police say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Instagram video of an alleged pot party at Kodak Black's Pembroke Pines home -- when a guest held a handgun while an infant was present -- led to the performer's return to jail Thursday, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

Black, 20, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, did not take the baby away from the group on Saturday...Read more

After a year, top Trump staffers still working without certified financial disclosures

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WASHINGTON -- A year into Donald Trump's presidency, records show five of his top staffers still have not secured final approval of their financial reports -- disclosures that are required by law to ensure Americans that these senior officials aren't personally benefiting from their White House jobs.

Another four staffers received certification...Read more