Governor Jerry Brown on Friday denied parole for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted of the 1969 killings of grocers Leno and Rosemary La Bianca at their Los Feliz home.
The decision comes a month after Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey urged Brown to deny her parole.
A state parole board panel ruled on April 14 that Van Houten, now 66, was suitable for parole. She had previously been denied parole 19 times between 1979 and 2013. Van Houten was convicted of murder and conspiracy for participating with fellow Manson family members Charles "Tex" Watson and Patricia Krenwinkel in the Aug. 9, 1969, killings of Leno La Bianca, 44, and his 38-year-old wife, Rosemary, who were each stabbed multiple times.
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Three South Florida men have been arrested in connection with a plan one of them made to travel overseas to join ISIS, U.S. officials confirmed to NBC News.
The Virginia Supreme Court has overturned Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive orders that allowed more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in the state.
In an order posted on the court's website late Friday, the court said the orders were unconstitutional and ordered election officials throughout the state not to enforce them.
The orders in April by McAuliffe, a Democrat, had been challenged by Republican state lawmakers. They had ordered that voting rights could not be restored to a group, but had to be restored individually.
McAuliffe had said his actions would help undo Virginia's long history of trying to suppress votes.
A federal judge said Friday that he is inclined to deny a request by Donald Trump's lawyers to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the Republican presidential nominee of defrauding customers at the now-defunct Trump University.
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel did not elaborate on his thinking during a lengthy hearing in San Diego — one day after Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president of the United States.
Trump's attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, urged the judge to reconsider, calling the lawsuit a "gross overreach" of federal civil racketeering statutes.
Donald Trump doubled down on his baseless insinuation that a photograph published by the National Enquirer shows Ted Cruz’s father with “crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast.”
A day after accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Trump touted the national tabloid as a credible source worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, and said the newspaper would not have run the photo if it was “wrong.” Moreover, Trump said, the Cruz camp “never denied” that it was Rafael Cruz in the photo with the man who assassinated President John F. Kennedy.
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A woman sought for murder in the death of her 9-month-old grandson has been arrested outside Atlanta. Police believe she killed the baby by forcing methamphetamine into his body.
Local news media say 45-year-old Tonya Monroe has a history of drug abuse, and the baby had been born with brain damage. His parents, Taylor and Hayden Shaw, thought he died in his sleep.
Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her 2016 running mate, NBC News has learned.
Kaine, a former Virginia governor, has represented the state in the Senate since his election in 2012.
The United Nations counter-terrorism chief says the Islamic State group committed or indirectly inspired at least 393 attacks in 16 countries during the month of Ramadan.
Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate Jean-Paul Laborde said Friday that despite having their territorial expansion halted or reversed, such attacks are likely to continue as IS continues to transform itself from military organization into a "real terrorist organization."
The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed a complained with the Iowa Civil Right Commission Wednesday on behalf of a state corrections employee who wasn’t allowed to use the bathroom associated with his gender identity, NBC News reported.
Jesse Vroegh was told to use a unisex restroom after being denied access to the men’s bathroom and locker rooms at work. According to an ACLU statement, the unisex facility doesn’t have a shower and would isolate Vroegh from his co-workers.
Vroegh said he hopes his complaint sends a message.
A spokesperson for the corrections department told The Associated Press "the department strongly focuses to protect and treat with respect the public, staff and offenders," though he would not comment specifically on Vroegh's complaint.
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When protests erupted here over a black man's killing during a struggle with two white police officers, Baton Rouge police officer Matthew Gerald made a promise to an old friend who urged him to be careful.
"I'm going to do what I got to do to keep you all safe, old boy," Gerald told Dave Mulkey, his childhood friend and former roommate.
That text message was the last Mulkey received from Gerald before a lone gunman enraged by recent police shootings killed the 41-year-old rookie.
New ads are popping up on Craigslist nearly every day from people who say they will log on to your "Pokemon Go" account and effectively run up your score while you are stuck at work or sitting in class.
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Police in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, are looking for the owner of a package of marijuana mistakenly left at the wrong resident’s home.
Earlier this week, a resident called the police department when they received a package they were not expecting, police said.
With no name on the box, officers checked the package for any indication of ownership.
"What we found was surprising to say the least. Two-kilos of high (get it?) quality marijuana,” a Facebook post by the department reads.
When Thomas Matthews noticed North Miami police officers responding to a commotion a block from his usual outdoor sitting spot, he grabbed his binoculars and saw a middle-aged black man and a younger man with autism sitting in an intersection.
The officers, he said, grabbed rifles from the patrol cars' trunks and crept toward the men. The man with autism was holding something in his hand. Peering through his binoculars, he could see the object was a toy truck. Matthews said he tried to tell an officer who had stayed behind for crowd control, but she told him to back up.
"If she would have told the other officers, maybe they wouldn't have shot," said Matthews, a 73-year-old African-American. He ran a North Miami flower shop before retiring and has lived in the area for years. He said he has never had a problem with North Miami police.
Officials told residents of a small Colorado town not to shower or drink tap water Thursday because wells have been contaminated with marijuana's intoxicating chemical.
Hugo, about 100 miles southeast of Denver on Colorado's plains, prohibits marijuana cultivation, product manufacturing, testing facilities and retail marijuana stores that are legal in the state, so it's not known how THC appeared in the water supply.
A day after accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump pivoted back to the GOP primaries on Friday, choosing to re-litigate a pair of months-old battles with rival Ted Cruz. In what should have been a feel-good victory lap the morning after his thundering acceptance speech, Trump instead defended his decision to retweet an unflattering photo of Cruz's wife, Heidi, and returned to wondering about possible links between Cruz's father and President John F. Kennedy's assassin. He also declared that, two days after Cruz was loudly booed at the Republican National Convention for not endorsing the new nominee, he would never accept the Texas senator's backing.