Charles Manson cult member recommended for parole
Former Charles Manson follower, Leslie Van Houten, was recommended for parole after more than forty years she and other cult members were accused of killing Leno La Bianca and his wife, the Seattle Times reports. The decision, which came at a hearing at the California Institute of Women in Chino, will be reviewed by the board. Van Houten, the youngest follower, joined the cult in the 1960s.
Tennessee Gov. blocks making Bible state’s official book
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that designates the Bible as the state’s official book, ABC News reports. In a letter to the speaker of the state house, Haslam said that the bill “trivializes the Bible.”
“In addition to the constitutional issues with the bill, my personal feeling is that this bill trivializes the Bible, which I believe is a sacred text,” the letter says.
Military vehicle overturns on NJ turnpike, four soldiers injured
Four soldiers were injured in an incident that involved their Humvee overturning on the New Jersey turnpike, 6acbc.com notes. Among those injured was a female soldier who appeared to have an amputated leg, one who suffered a deep gash on his head and two others who were carried away on stretchers. The Humvee was part of a two vehicle caravan; the other vehicle was not involved in the crash.
Thousands protest across US calling for $15 per hour minimum wage
Calling for minimum wages to be increased to $15 an hour, thousands of protestors were seen marching across the United States including in cities like New York and Los Angeles, Reuters reports. While states like California and New York have recently signed a bill that will escalate the minimum wage to $15 an hour, people say that the changes will take time to be phased in.
Suspects of Slender Man case to appear in court seeking release pending trial
Two girls, now 13 and 14 years old, charged of killing a man in the Slender Man case, will appear in court to ask to be released pending trial. If convicted of attempted first degree intentional homicide, the girls could face up to 65 years of prison time, NBC News reports.