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Lawyer: Manson Family Member 'Thrilled' at Latest News
Manson Follower
Freed After 53 Years

Manson Follower Freed After 53 Years

Leslie Van Houten is now in transitional housing, lawyer says

(Newser) - Leslie Van Houten has been released from a California prison after serving more than 50 years for her role in some of the most notorious murders in American history. Attorney Nancy Tetreault says the 73-year-old former Charles Manson follower left the California Institution for Women in Corona Tuesday morning and...

California's Newest Lake Is a Surprise Visitor

Ancient Tulare Lake returns thanks to heavy rain and snowmelt, but it's not for swimmers

(Newser) - At one time Tulare Lake was the biggest freshwater lake in the West. Over time, California's agricultural needs drained it away, leaving behind verdant farmland. Then came the winter of 2022-2023 and its massive storms, piling snow on Golden State mountaintops and inundating the lowlands. Tulare Lake returned to...

Among Prominent Democrats, a 'Biden Gap' Emerges
Democrats Are
Facing a 'Biden Gap'

Democrats Are Facing a 'Biden Gap'

The bigger the name, the bigger their support of the president in 2024, writes Jonathan Martin

(Newser) - In an assessment of the 2024 race for Politico Magazine , Jonathan Martin writes of what he calls the "Biden gap" among Democrats. "The further up a Democrat is on the political food chain, the more publicly supportive and even defensive they are of the president," he writes....

Gavin Newsom Proposes 28th Amendment

Governor wants to 'enshrine fundamental, broadly supported gun safety measures into law'

(Newser) - There hasn't been a new amendment to the United States Constitution since the 27th Amendment in 1992—and that one took more than 200 years to ratify—but California Gov. Gavin Newsom is pushing for a 28th to deal with gun violence. According to a statement from the Democratic...

Gov: Manson Family Member Poses 'Unreasonable Danger'
Court Calls for Freeing
Manson Family Member

Court Calls for Freeing Manson Family Member

Decision overrules California governor on parole for Leslie Van Houten, 72

(Newser) - A California appeals court ruled Tuesday that Charles Manson's youngest follower should be released from prison, reversing Gov. Gavin Newsom. The 2-1 decision by the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles said Leslie Van Houten "has shown extraordinary rehabilitative efforts, insight, remorse, realistic parole plans, support...

Should Feinstein Resign? The Public (and Hillary) Weigh In
Big Name Pops
Up as Possible

Big Name Pops Up as Possible Feinstein Replacement

'Floated in California circle' as debate continues on whether 89-year-old senator should resign: Oprah

(Newser) - From a recent "concerning" exchange with a journalist, to the odd revelation that Nancy Pelosi's daughter is serving as her aide, Sen. Dianne Feinstein continues to spur questions on whether she should step down after a debilitating bout of shingles and related conditions . One person on the side...

Target Pulls Some Pride Merchandise, Citing Threats
Target Yanks Some Pride Merch

Target Yanks Some Pride Merch

Employees feared for safety, designer faced death threats

(Newser) - Target will remove some LGBTQ-themed merchandise from its stores and website after shoppers threatened store employees and knocked down displays. The retailer has received negative reactions to its Pride Month merchandise, including rainbow-colored clothing and decor items, in the past, but employees have been met with an aggressive response this...

In California, an 'Extraordinary Move' on Insulin

Gov. Gavin Newsom announces $50M partnership with Civica Rx to make $30 vials of diabetic drug

(Newser) - Last summer, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that his state planned to manufacture its own, more affordable, insulin for diabetics there. Now, California has moved a step closer to making that a reality. Newsom, who's on a statewide road trip to talk about his administration's policies, made a...

Musk Partially Reverses Exit From California

Tesla's engineering headquarters will be in Palo Alto, not Texas

(Newser) - After moving his residence to Texas and threatening to pull all of Tesla out of California, Elon Musk has had a change of heart. With California Gov. Gavin Newsom at his side, Musk announced Wednesday that the automaker's global engineering headquarters will be in Palo Alto. The headquarters will...

'Second Amendment Is Becoming a Suicide Pact'

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks out amid 3 mass shootings in 3 days in his state

(Newser) - California has seen three deadly mass shootings in three days , and Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered a line to CBS Evening News likely to fire up both sides of the gun laws debate. "The Second Amendment is becoming a suicide pact," said Newsom on a visit to Monterey Park,...

Californians Are Asked to Be Careful During More Storms

26M already are under a flood watch

(Newser) - California—which already has almost 26 million residents under a flood watch, the National Weather Service says—endured still more storms on Saturday. Forecasts call for another 6 inches of rain through Sunday in much of the state, an amount not so worrisome if the ground weren't already saturated,...

California Declares Emergency as 'Truly Brutal' Storm Arrives

Governor already declares an emergency while forecasters warn of dangers

(Newser) - With an atmospheric river delivering a third major storm to California in less than two weeks, the National Weather Service is warning residents to prepare, and the governor already has declared a state of emergency. "We anticipate this may be the most challenging and impactful series of storms to...

Gov. Newsom's Wife Testifies in Weinstein Trial

Jennifer Siebel Newsom gives graphic account of alleged rape

(Newser) - Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and the wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, nearly screamed through tears from the witness stand Monday when she told the court Harvey Weinstein raped her in a hotel room and spoke of the devastating effect it had on her in the 17 years...

Manson Follower Hears News on Parole Bid
Manson Follower
Gets Some Bad News

Manson Follower Gets Some Bad News

Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom blocks parole for Patricia Krenwinkel after board recommends it

(Newser) - California's governor blocked the parole of Charles Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel on Friday, more than five decades after she scrawled "Helter Skelter" on a wall using the blood of one of their victims. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Krenwinkel, now 74, is still too much of a public safety...

'Jane Doe No. 4' in New Weinstein Trial Is Known Name

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, married to Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom, will testify

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein's trial kicked off Monday in Los Angeles, with the disgraced movie producer facing down 11 counts of sexual assault spurred by allegations from five women, in incidents said to have taken place between 2004 and 2013. One of those women, who will testify as "Jane Doe...

Radio Host May Seek Top Job
Radio Host May Seek Top Job

Radio Host May Seek Top Job

Larry Elder, now off the air, says he doesn't feel like he'd be running against Trump

(Newser) - Larry Elder, longtime host of a syndicated radio talk show and one-time candidate for California governor, said he's thinking about running for the GOP nomination for president—no matter who else does. "I'm not running against anybody on the Republican side," Elder told the Des Moines ...

California Will Start Making Its Own Insulin

Governor says costs will significantly drop, plus jobs will be created

(Newser) - For diabetics in California, economic relief may soon be on the way. On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a groundbreaking initiative that will allow the state to manufacture its own insulin, reports KION-TV . Half of the earmarked $100 million will go toward developing affordable insulin products, and the other $50...

'Join Us in California,' Newsom Ad Tells Floridians
Newsom Airs
Anti-GOP Ad
in Florida

Newsom Airs Anti-GOP Ad in Florida

Fellow Democrats applaud taking the fight to Republicans

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom launched a commercial Monday attacking Republicans he's not running against—yet. The Democrat addresses Floridians in a 30-second spot that began airing Monday on Fox News stations throughout their state, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Freedom, it's under attack in your state. Republican...

Newsom Joins Truth Social to Counter 'Republican Lies'

'This could get…interesting,' governor says

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom is taking his message to the people who might be the least interested—the users of former President Trump's Truth Social network. In a tweet Thursday, the Democratic governor said he had joined Truth Social to call out "Republican lies," Deadline reports. "...

Woman Signs California Bill Into Law in a 171-Year First

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis to act as governor until Newsom returns

(Newser) - For the first time in California's 171-year history, a woman has signed a bill into state law. Gov. Gavin Newsom normally signs the laws in California, but he left the state on Wednesday night for a family vacation in Central and South America. State law requires Lt. Gov. Eleni...

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