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Charles Manson 'left his entire estate and body to prison pen pal' 

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 16:16

Charles Manson reportedly left his entire estate, including his remains, to a prison pen pal. The murderous cult leader, who died last week aged 83, struck up a friendship with a male correspondent who first wrote to him in the 1990s, TMZ reported. The man reportedly sent 50 unanswered letters to Manson at the California State Prison until he eventually received a reply. Manson then talked to him by telephone and the pen pal started visiting him in jail starting in 2002. According to a yellowing will obtained by TMZ, and dated Feb 14, 2002, Manson left all his belongings, including his clothes and money, to the pen pal. Manson also left to the man rights to use his name and image, and control of songs he had written. The pen pal, who TMZ did not name, also had the right to claim Manson's body within 10 days of his death, and told the news website that he intended to do so. If he does not claim it then the killer will be cremated by the California prison system. According to the will Manson chose specifically to disinherit his known and unknown children, former wives, all relatives, friends, and lawyers. The pen pal said he last spoke to Manson by phone on Oct 21 The will was typed but included some scrawled handwriting, which appeared to match Manson's known style. It included the message: "I'm not in the best spot to rest in peace." The will was said to have been witnessed by one of Manson's fellow inmates. Charles Manson Credit: AP Manson spent his last 45 years in jail after sending followers known as the "Manson Family" to commit gruesome murders,  In the summer of 1969 he directed his mostly young, female followers to murder seven people in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war. Among the victims was actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski. She was stabbed 16 times by cult members. A section of the will said Charles Manson, Prisoner B33920, wished to have his body released to the custody of the pen pal who was "my one and only executor of any services, viewings, funeral arrangements, or otherwise, in his judgment OF MY WISHES only". Manson also said that he was "of a sound mind".

Militants kill more than 230 at Sinai mosque in Egypt's deadliest attack

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 16:11

By Ahmed Tolba and Patrick Markey CAIRO (Reuters) - Militants killed more than 230 people at a mosque in North Sinai on Friday, detonating a bomb and gunning down worshippers in the deadliest such attack in Egypt's modern history, state media and witnesses said. No group immediately claimed responsibility, but since 2013 Egyptian security forces have battled an Islamic State affiliate in the mainly desert region, and militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers. State media showed images of bloodied victims and bodies covered in blankets inside the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of El Arish, the main city in North Sinai.

Virginia Teen Killed Trying To Protect His Mom In Domestic Violence Incident

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 15:59

Family and friends are mourning a Virginia teen that was killed last weekend while trying to protect his mother during a domestic violence incident, according to news reports.

Women Lead Political Backlash Against Trump

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 14:56

Rachel Maddow looks at how the election of Donald Trump motivated women to action in protest and also in running for office, and replays a portion of her earlier discussion with Hillary Clinton about how America responds to a woman running for office.

Shirtless Woman in the Path of Oncoming Train Rescued by Police in Pulse-Pounding Video

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 14:41

It remains unclear how the woman wound up on the train tracks in a state of undress.

North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 14:36

North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector's rescue.

Trump calls for 'Wall' and 'Ban' after Egypt attack

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 14:31

President Trump reacted to the Sinai Peninsula mosque attack to push two of his domestic security proposals: a travel ban on certain Muslim-majority countries and a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Lebanon arrests actor over 'collaboration' with Israel

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 14:24

Lebanese authorities arrested prominent writer and actor Ziad Itani on Friday on charges of "collaborating" with Israel and gathering information on political figures, judicial sources said. Itani was detained "after several months of monitoring, follow-up and investigations within and outside" Lebanon, said the State Security Directorate General, in a statement carried by Lebanon's National News Agency. It said Itani, who is in his 40s, was being questioned "on charges of collaborating and communicating with the Israeli enemy".

Black Friday Shoppers Report Massive Credit Card System Issues At Macy's (UPDATED)

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 14:15

As if Black Friday weren’t already stressful enough for shoppers and retail employees, major department store chain Macy’s appears to be experiencing credit and debit card system failures around the United States.

Two London Underground stations reopen after terrorist-incident scare

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 13:50

Two London underground stations on Oxford Street have reopened after an incident that police initially treated as if it might be terrorist-related, the city's transport authority said on Friday.

Woman Raises Over $300,000 For Homeless Man Who Gave Her His Last $20

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 13:21

After her car ran out of gas on a dark New Jersey highway last month, Kate McClure pulled over and tried to walk to the nearest gas station on foot.

The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 13:12

The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ― but succinct ― wisdom.

The Best Chance To Defeat Roy Moore May Be For The Democratic Party To Lie Low

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 13:12

Democrats are salivating at the chance to pick up a Senate seat in the Deep South.

Man Plans To Launch Himself In Homemade Rocket Funded By Flat-Earthers

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 13:00

A self-taught rocket engineer who claims he believes the earth is flat plans to launch himself nearly 2,000 feet in the air on a homemade steam rocket this Saturday.

'We must work together,' Zimbabwe's new leader declares

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:04

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed Friday he will work to reduce crushing unemployment and return the country to prosperity after years of decline, as the nation cheered a new beginning after the extraordinary exit of Robert Mugabe.

Black Friday: another US import the French love to hate

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:01

Having adopted hamburgers, Halloween and a host of English words, some in France are worried about the latest cultural import from America: the day of rampant consumerism known as Black Friday. Unheard of only a few years ago, the cut-price deals made the television news bulletins Friday as local retailers copied their American counterparts in trying to lure in shoppers ahead of the Christmas season. According to a survey conducted for online shopping giant Amazon by the CSA polling group, 52 percent of French people said they planned to take part this year, up from just 21 percent in 2016.

'A Country Within a Country': Inside the Navajo Nation in 1948

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:00

"How can nations which differ from each other in appearance and language and culture live peaceably together?"

Dem Lawmaker: Ethics Investigation Into John Conyers Allegations Is 'Not Accountability'

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:39

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) is standing by her call for Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) to resign amid sexual harassment allegations, arguing that a congressional investigation into the matter is too little, too late.

EU blames Russia for death of 5 in eastern Ukraine

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:21

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday blamed Russia for the deaths of at least five troops in eastern Ukraine in what appears to be the worst outburst of violence in months.

Deadly mosque attack kills hundreds in North Sinai, Egypt

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:59

A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque frequented by Sufis roughly 40 kilometers west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish before gunmen opened fire on those gathered for weekly Friday prayers.