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November 20, 2017 08:22 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the summer of 1969, a scruffy ex-convict with a magnetic hold on young women sent some of his disciples into the night to carry out a series of gruesome killings in Los Angeles. In so doing, Charles Manson became the leering face of evil on front pages across America and rewrote the history of an era. Manson, the hippie cult leader who died of natural causes Sunday at age 83 after nearly half a century behind bars, orchestrated the slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people, butchered at two homes on successive August nights by intruders who scrawled "Pigs" and "Healter Skelter" (sic) in the victims' blood.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first time I saw Charles Manson being led into a courtroom in 1969 at the old Los Angeles Hall of Justice, I was shocked — not because of the mythology that preceded him, but because of just how small he was. The cult leader, accused of the most notorious murders in decades, arrived amid stories of mystical powers and hypnotic eyes. Now, he was shuffling down a hallway in handcuffs, wearing fringed buckskins, surrounded by deputies. At just over 5-foot-3, Manson was not much taller than me. His shaggy brown hair hung across his face, and he appeared dazed by the hysteria surrounding him.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Longtime President Robert Mugabe ignored a midday deadline set by the ruling party to step down or face impeachment proceedings, while Zimbabweans stunned by his defiance during a national address vowed more protests to make him leave. The ruling party's Central Committee was meeting to discuss impeachment of the 93-year-old Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, after 37 years in power. Amid the political confusion, the government urged Cabinet ministers to pursue business as usual. "Arrogant Mugabe disregards Zanu PF," one newspaper headline said. Opposition activists and the influential liberation war veterans association announced more demonstrations to pressure Mugabe to go.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CHARLES MANSON, WHOSE CULT SLAYINGS HORRIFIED WORLD, DIES The imprisoned hippie cult leader, who orchestrated the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, was 83. 2. MUGABE WON'T GO QUIETLY; MORE PROTESTS VOWED The longtime authoritarian president ignores a midday local deadline set by Zimbabwe's ruling party to step down or face impeachment proceedings. 3. WASHINGTON MAY NOT HAVE SEEN THE LAST OF 'THE MOOCH' Anthony Scaramucci, the short-lived White House communications chief, tells AP he remains in close touch with the Trump administration and sees himself working with the president again in the future.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of initiating sexual contact when she was 14 said Monday she was "absolutely not" paid to tell her story publicly. The declaration by Leigh Corfman comes after Moore's supporters claimed without evidence that reporters were offering thousands of dollars to women for accusations. The state election is being closely watched, as several GOP senators have called Moore to drop out, and President Donald Trump remains mostly quiet on the issue. "My bank account has not flourished," Corfman told NBC's "Today" show. "If anything it's gone down because I'm not working." Corfman said Moore's stature in Alabama — he was a noted attorney who went on to become a powerful judge — prevented her from coming forward years ago.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it's willing to strike a health-care provision from Senate legislation to cut taxes and overhaul the tax code if the provision becomes an impediment to passing one of President Donald Trump's top legislative priorities. The provision would repeal a requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance or pay a fine, but has emerged as a major sticking point for Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, whose vote the White House needs. Collins said Sunday that the issue should be dealt with separately. Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, said the White House is open to scrapping the provision, which would repeal a key component of the Affordable Care Act health law enacted by President Barack Obama.
Leigh Corfman says she was "absolutely not" paid to speak publicly now about her sexual encounter with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore when she was 14. Corfman was the first woman to publicly accuse Moore of sexual misconduct since his GOP nomination to Alabama's U.S. Senate seat. Moore has denied the allegations. Corfman tells NBC's "Today Show" Monday that she decided against going public previously because she was afraid that her children would be shunned in Alabama, where Moore became a state judge. Corfman says she agreed to share details only after The Washington Post sought her out and gave her assurances she wasn't the only one accusing Moore of misconduct.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Theo Ramos learned how to cut himself when he was in fifth grade, when his body seemed to revolt. Exploring online was easy, with hashtags like #scars, #hurt and #brokeninside. Nothing made sense back then, but Theo absorbed what he saw on websites like a religion. All he could focus on was how the exterior he was born with — that of a girl — didn't look or feel right. That was six years ago, when he had another name and a different gender. Back then, Theo felt that his body was rebelling in disturbing ways. He developed breasts and got his period.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Anthony Scaramucci may be out at the White House, but the short-lived former communications director says his political career is not over. Scaramucci said in an interview that although he has not spoken to Trump in over a month, he talks to members of the president's inner circle "regularly" and sees himself working for Trump in the future. "I have very good relationships there still, and you have to remember we were a team for 18 months, and so we all had different roles. And so I'm still playing my role frankly. I'm an advocate for the president, media surrogate when I need to be," Scaramucci said.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It's hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his father's cancer pain medicine. For straight-talking ex-trucker Jeff McCoy, it was when he grabbed a gun and threatened to blow his brains out if his mother didn't hand over his fentanyl patches. For newly minted lawyer Bianca Knight, it happened after hitting the street to find pills when her opioid prescription ran out, as she envisioned her career dreams crumbling.
Updated: November 20, 2017 08:22 AM
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