CHINO, Calif. (AP) — Leslie Van Houten sat before the California panel that would soon recommend her parole as a slight woman with shoulder-length gray hair, a wrinkled face and glasses, a far cry to from the rebellious teen she was when she joined the cult of Charles Manson more than 40 years ago and helped kill a wealthy grocer and his wife.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday called for a citywide vote in November to make the nation's capital the 51st U.S. state, the Washington Post reported. Bowser, speaking at an event that included residents and some Democratic members of Congress, called for a ballot measure that, if passed, would also give Washington a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, the Post said. A push for statehood would follow a process modeled on the admission of Tennessee as the 16th state, the Post said, citing aides to Bowser.
Michigan officials and water experts on Friday proposed the state adopt what would be the nation's strictest lead-testing rules in response to a water crisis in city of Flint that has fueled widespread public outrage. A committee put in place by the state to respond to the Flint crisis recommended a lowering of the level of lead in water at which action is required by public water systems. Any implementation would be through a combination of statutory, rule and other changes, said Ari Adler, a spokesman for Governor Rick Snyder.
Attendance at the company's parks has been falling amid negative publicity and criticism from animal rights activists upset about the treatment of captive marine mammals. The company, which operates marine parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio, said last month it would stop breeding killer whales and that those in its care would be the last. SeaWorld said on Friday that Ron Bension, the president of House of Blues Entertainment at Live Nation, would replace former chief executive Jim Atchison on its board.
Mars Food plans to tell customers to eat some of its Dolmio pasta sauces and macaroni cheese only once a week to maintain a balanced diet because of the products' high levels of salt, sugar or fat. Products that are particularly high in salt, sugar or fat, including Dolmio lasagne meal kits and lasagne sauces, will come with a label advising "occasional" consumption, meaning once a week. Products with lower levels of salt, sugar or fat will be considered "everyday" products.
A California panel recommended parole Thursday for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten more than four decades after she and other cult members went to prison for the notorious killings of a wealthy grocer and his wife.
Opening arguments are slated to begin on Friday in the trial of an Ohio man who may face a death sentence after being charged with killing three women and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags. Jury selection in Cuyahoga County Court in downtown Cleveland has taken nearly two weeks, and prosecutors plan to call 50 witnesses in the trial, which is expected to last for an additional three weeks.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has for the first time publicly confirmed Malaysia's claim that $681 million in Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts was a donation from the Saudi royal family, countering accusations that the money was siphoned from heavily indebted state investment fund 1MDB.