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Charles Manson follower seeks parole 47 years after killings

Patricia Krenwinkel
Patricia Krenwinkel

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Patricia Krenwinkel, once a devout follower of cult killer Charles Manson and now the longest-serving female inmate in California, appeared again Thursday before a parole board — 47 years after she helped kill pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people.

Krenwinkel, 69, has been denied parole 13 times since her conviction in the 1969 slayings.

She acknowledged during her trial that she chased down and repeatedly stabbed Abigail Ann Folger, the 26-year-old heiress of a coffee fortune, at Tate’s home and helped kill grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, the following night.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say Krenwinkel carved the word “war” into Leno LaBianca’s stomach, then wrote “Helter Skelter” in blood on the couple’s refrigerator.

Krenwinkel’s attorney, Keith Wattley, successfully petitioned the state to hold the hearing a year early at the California Institution for Women, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, where Krenwinkel is imprisoned.

“Ms. Krenwinkel is fully aware of the difficulty she faces,” Wattley told The Associated Press in an email. “But California law officially recognizes a person’s capacity to change and to address the factors that contributed to their previous behavior so that they can safely be paroled.”

Krenwinkel contended at her previous parole hearing in 2011 that she is a changed woman. She has a clean disciplinary record, earned a bachelor’s degree behind bars, taught illiterate inmates to read and trained service dogs for disabled people.

Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra Tate, said before Thursday’s hearing that killers such as Krenwinkel cannot be rehabilitated.

“She was a very prolific killer,” Debra Tate said recently. “They may behave well in a controlled environment, but we cannot trust that, given the pressures of life, that they will be able to remain straight” outside prison.

US election 2016: Clinton demands details of new email probe

Hilary Clinton said: "The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately"
Hillary Clinton said: “The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately”

Hillary Clinton has urged the FBI to explain without delay why it is carrying out a new investigation into her use of emails.

Americans “deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately,” she said.
The FBI says it has new emails linked to her use of a private server when she was secretary of state.
Republican presidential rival Donald Trump said the move, announced 11 days before the election, was the “biggest political scandal since Watergate”.
The latest emails were discovered as part of a separate investigation into the estranged husband of top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.
Devices belonging to her and Anthony Weiner, a former high-flying congressman, were seized in an investigation into whether he sent sexually explicit emails to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

Poll: Trump leads Clinton by 2 in Florida

Donald Trump is especially popular with Florida’s rural residents, who prefer him over Hillary Clinton by 31 points. | Getty
Donald Trump is especially popular with Florida’s rural residents, who prefer him over Hillary Clinton by 31 points. | Getty

Louis Nelson writes:
A new poll puts Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton by 2 percentage points in Florida, good news for the GOP nominee, whose campaign has been starved for positive headlines in recent weeks.
The Manhattan billionaire leads the former secretary of state among Floridians likely to vote, 45 percent to 43 percent, according to the Bloomberg Politics poll, released Wednesday. Libertarian Gary Johnson polled at 4 percent, and Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, polled at 2 percent.
In a head-to-head matchup with Johnson and Stein removed, Trump leads Clinton by only a single point, 46 percent to 45 percent.
Trump is especially popular with Florida’s rural residents, who prefer him over Clinton by 31 points. He polled 14 points ahead of Clinton in Florida’s Panhandle and 10 points better than her among Floridians without a college degree.
Clinton polled especially well with nonwhite likely voters in Florida, who favored her by 33 points in the poll, and among those with a college degree, who preferred her by a 10-point margin. Geographically, she was especially strong with Miami-area voters, who favored her by 30 points.
Florida is one of a handful of must-win swing states for Trump if he is to thread the needle of his relatively narrow Electoral College path to victory on election night. Generally speaking, Clinton has polled better in the state, and the RealClearPolitics polling average for Florida, which includes the Bloomberg poll, puts her ahead there by 1.6 points.
In the state’s Senate race, incumbent GOP Sen. Marco Rubio holds a 10-point lead over Democratic challenger Rep. Patrick Murphy, 51 percent to 41 percent. Like Trump, Rubio polled well in Florida’s Panhandle, where he leads by 26 points, and among respondents without a college degree, who preferred him by 13 points. Catholic likely voters who responded to the poll favored him by 24 points.
Hispanic voters were equally split between Murphy and Rubio, while nonwhite voters preferred the Democrat by 14 points. Rubio, a former GOP presidential candidate who dropped out after badly losing Florida’s primary to Trump, leads among Florida men by 11 points and women by 8 points.
The Bloomberg Politics poll was conducted Oct. 21-24, reaching 953 likely voters in Florida with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. The poll oversampled Hispanic voters by 148.
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US playwright Edward Albee dies aged 88

Edward Albee
Edward Albee

US playwright Edward Albee, the author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, has died aged 88.

Albee’s assistant said he died on Friday at his home on Long Island near New York. No cause of death was given.
A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he was arguably America’s greatest living playwright after the deaths of Arthur Miller and August Wilson in 2005,
Albee was awarded Pulitzers for A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women.
His best-known work, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, was denied the 1963 Pulitzer Prize after debuting on Broadway the previous year.
The prize’s advisory board ruled that the work was not sufficiently “uplifting” because of its profanity and sexual themes.
A few years ago, before undergoing surgery, Albee wrote a short statement to be published at the time of his death: “To all of you who have made my being alive so wonderful, so exciting and so full, my thanks and all my love.”
Often bleakly humorous, his plays explored the darker sides of marriage, religion, raising children, and American life.