Manson Family killer granted parole for fourth time, but release not assured
Bruce Davis, an associate of 1960s mass murderer Charles Manson, was granted parole on Thursday for the fourth time, although previous such decisions have all been reversed. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, reversed Davis' first grant of parole in 2010, and the state's current governor, Jerry Brown, a Democrat, reversed the next two.

Exclusive - Trump on Icahn: most top dealmakers are miserable but Carl is nice

Republican presidential candidate Trump gestures and declares "You're fired!" at a rally in ManchesterBy Emily Flitter and Jennifer Ablan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Donald Trump had to do a bit of damage control on Thursday after repeatedly dropping Carl Icahn's name in a campaign speech and then saying most good business negotiators were "vicious, horrible, miserable human beings." Icahn, the billionaire investor, called Trump, the real estate mogul turned U.S. presidential candidate, to ask for an explanation after Trump made the comments in a speech. After that conversation, Trump told Reuters in a phone interview that he did not mean to include Icahn in his characterization. Trump, who is leading the Republican field in the polls by a wide margin, was telling the audience at a rally in Greenville, South Carolina, that the U.S. needed strong negotiators in key government roles.

Clinton likens GOP's views on women to those of terrorists

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, during a 'Commit to Vote' grassroots organizing meeting. (AP Photo/David Richard)CLEVELAND (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between terrorist organizations and the field of Republican candidates for president when it comes to their views on women, telling an Ohio audience her potential GOP rivals were pushing "out-of-date" policies.

Trump proposals risk deepening GOP rift on immigration

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens during a news conference after speaking at the TD Convention Center, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country's future the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win back the White House.

Democratic Party lags in money before presidential year

FILE - In this Jn. 24, 2015 file photo, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. speaks during a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa. The Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican counterpart. Its $24 million debt from the 2012 presidential election, only recently paid down, has squeezed investments in the next White House race. Underdeveloped party resources such as voter data files could become a serious disadvantage for the eventual nominee, particularly if that person is not front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who would enter a general election contest with her own outreach network. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor.

Politics as blood sport: Trump looks to kick Bush when he's down

Republican Presidential candidate Trump reacts as he speaks at the 2015 FreedomFest in Las VegasBy James Oliphant and Emily Flitter WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - At almost every turn lately, Donald Trump has tried to get under Jeb Bush’s skin. In interviews and on social media, Trump relentlessly needles and mocks Bush, almost to the exclusion of his many other rivals in the Republican presidential field. Trump's incivility is unusually raw and personal for any modern presidential campaign, particularly at this early stage, when most of the contenders are busy blasting Democrats, not each other.

Deal to develop parkland near dunes riles conservationists

In this Aug. 10, 2015, photo, visitors relax at The Dunes State Park pavilion beach front in Chesterton, Ind. A deal with investors to privatize and refurbish the pavilion, an aging-yet-iconic structure with sweeping views of Lake Michigan, is raising questions about the privatization of public resources. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The parkland surrounding Indiana's towering dunes was intended to keep industry away from a geological marvel molded over thousands of years at the southern tip of Lake Michigan.

Connecticut political staffer gets year in prison for kickback scheme
A former Connecticut legislative staffer was sentenced on Thursday to a year and a day in federal prison for using his role administering a state program intended to prevent political corruption to generate $117,000 in kickbacks. Republican George Gallo, 47, pleaded guilty in April to using his position as chief of staff to the former state house minority leader to steer first-time political candidates receiving public campaign grants to a Florida direct-mail company in return for 10 percent of the revenue it collected. "While some saw the CEP as a way to clean up elections, Mr. Gallo saw it as a personal money maker," Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Mattei wrote in a memo ahead of sentencing.

Trump lead grows, Clinton slips: poll

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets guests gathered for a campaign event at the Grand River Center on August 25, 2015 in Dubuque, IowaBillionaire Donald Trump extended his lead yet again atop the Republican presidential field, with front-running Democrat Hillary Clinton slipping and Vice President Joe Biden faring better than her against Republicans, poll results revealed Thursday. Trump, the combative real estate mogul, leads the 16 other Republican candidates with 28 percent support among registered voters nationwide, up from 20 percent in a similar July 30 survey by Quinnipiac University. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson placed a distant second with 12 percent, followed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Marco Rubio, each with seven percent.

Trump vows never to eat Oreos again, citing move to Mexico

Trump vows never to eat Oreos again, citing move to MexicoRepublican candidate Donald Trump repeated his claim Tuesday evening that he would stop eating Oreos, citing the cookie maker's decision to close a plant in Chicago and move it to Mexico.

Trump: 'I swear' my hair is not a toupee

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump supporter Mary Margaret Bannister checks to see if his hair is real during his speech at the TD Convention Center, Thursday, Aug, 27, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. Trump says his trademark hairdo is for real. He told 1,800 people in South Carolina Thursday: "It's my hair ... I swear." (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says his trademark hairdo is for real.

Planned Parenthood report says fetal tissue videos were distorted

A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen in Vista, CaliforniaPlanned Parenthood told U.S. congressional leaders on Thursday that manipulations and deletions used in the editing process of secretly recorded videos slamming the organization rendered the tapes unreliable for government inquiries. In an 11-page letter to Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, the reproductive healthcare group's president, Cecile Richards, detailed the findings of an analysis conducted by research firm Fusion GPS and commissioned by Planned Parenthood. In recent weeks, the Center for Medical Progress has released eight videos showing Planned Parenthood technicians gathering fetal tissue from abortions.

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