WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress needs to "bring order to the chaos" in Puerto Rico and prevent U.S. taxpayers from having to eventually bail out the territory, which is facing a $70 billion debt.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Thursday chalked up an incident in which he was booed off a stage for his tepid stance on a transgender rights bill as "part of my job." "My job is to meet with everybody and anybody and sometimes that means I am going to spend time with audiences who don't agree with me. Baker had angered attendees at the Boston Spirit LGBT Executive Networking Night when he declined to say whether he would sign a bill the state Senate plans to take up next month that would prohibit discrimination against transgender people in public, including in bathrooms. Baker said on Thursday he does not comment on pending legislation, but will consider the bill when it comes to his desk.
Leslie Van Houten, a follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson, planned to seek parole for the 21st time on Thursday for her role in the group's infamous 1969 killing spree, state records show. Van Houten, 66, has been serving a life sentence for the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, who were stabbed to death in their Los Angeles home on Aug. 9, 1969. The hearing for Van Houten, whose previous requests for parole have been denied, was set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday.