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Panel recommends parole for ex-Manson follower Van Houten

CHINO, Calif. — Leslie Van Houten stood before the California panel that would soon recommend her parole as a slight woman with shoulder-length grey hair, a wrinkled face and glasses, a far cry to from the rebellious teen she was when she joined the cult of Charles Manson more than 40 years ago and helped kill a wealthy grocer and his wife.

Navy flyer describes spotting island castaways

HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy officer in charge of a flight crew that located three castaways on a remote Pacific island said Monday he has never seen or heard of another rescue quite like it.

The stranded men, who were reported missing last Tuesday after a wave overtook their skiff, were found on a tiny Micronesian island on Thursday, officials said.

Rocky Romance: Copter saves man who scaled cliff to propose

MORRO BAY, Calif. — As marriage proposals go, Michael Banks’ was a cliff-hanger.

Banks, 27, scaled 600-foot Morro Rock just off California’s Central Coast early Thursday morning to propose to his girlfriend, who was watching via FaceTime video.

The good news: Banks’ girlfriend said yes, according to Morro Bay fire Capt. Todd Gailey.

Newly found footage shows notorious British spy Kim Philby

LONDON — The notorious British spy Kim Philby is shown in newly uncovered footage addressing East German spies about his life as a double agent secretly helping the Soviet Union.

The film of his 1981 talk was posted online by the BBC Monday after it was found in the archives of the East German Intelligence Service known as the Stasi.