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Manson follower Leslie Van Houten denied parole by governor
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The governor of California once again denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting him control her life....

Baltimore's new police leader faces numerous challenges
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Deputy Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, who has steadily risen through the ranks during a 30-year career with Baltimore's police department, will take the helm of the force in a city struggling with a feverish pace of killings....

Records: Las Vegas gunman was germophobe, possibly bipolar
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- After three months of investigation, police have learned more about Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock: He was a high-stakes gambler on a losing streak, obsessed with cleanliness, possibly bipolar and was having difficulties with his live-in girlfriend....

Mom, wife who had 2nd online life found slain
CALERA, Ala. (AP) -- Kathleen Dawn West described herself as a full-time wife and mom on Facebook but lived another life on other social media platforms, calling herself an exhibitionist and posting risque photos with a chance for subscribers to see sexier images for $15.99 a month....

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Tom Petty died last year because of an accidental drug overdose that his family said occurred on the same day he found out his hip was broken after performing dozens of shows with a less serious injury....

Olympic gymnast abused by ex-doctor wants him to suffer
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman on Friday confronted her former doctor who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults, warning him that the testimony of the "powerful army" of 140 survivors at his sentencing will haunt him in prison....

'Watching my family burn': Woman frantic after copter crash
RATON, N.M. (AP) -- Andra Cobb was frantic when she called for help, telling an emergency operator that a helicopter she was riding in with her father, longtime partner and others had crashed in a remote part of New Mexico and that she was watching her "family burn."...

Women will march again with aim to become a political force
Activists are returning to the streets a year after a million people rallied worldwide at marches for female empowerment, hoping to create an enduring political movement that will elect more women to government office....

Border wall tests find heights should keep out crossers
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that's likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage....

Congestion pricing: Driving in Manhattan could cost $11.52
NEW YORK (AP) -- A proposal to charge motorists nearly $12 to drive into the busiest parts of Manhattan provoked protests and complaints even before it was released Friday, though there are signs the idea of congestion pricing is quietly gaining momentum in the nation's largest city....

 
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Governor denies parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

Records: Las Vegas gunman was germophobe, possibly bipolar

Serial stowaway arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare airport

Baltimore's new police leader faces numerous challenges

Alaska Native group slams planned shamanism event

California community makes recovery strides after mudslide

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Boat explosion in Kentucky leaves 3 dead

Court in Chicago hears arguments on sanctuary cities

Prosecutors: Woman mad at US actions abroad set campus fires