"What are you charged with, Lynette?" psychiatrist James R. Richmond asks politely.
"Attempted assassination of the president of the United States," Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme replies evenly.
Nearly 39 years after the former Manson "family" member leveled a Colt .45-caliber pistol at President Gerald R. Ford in Sacramento's Capitol Park, one of the last and most intriguing pieces of evidence from the case has been made available to the public: the audiotape of Fromme's pretrial psychiatric examination while she was being held in jail.
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^Fire rages at Wyoming natural gas plant; town's evacuation lifted<
WYOMING-EXPLOSION:LA _ Soaring flames kept a major natural gas plant in southwestern Wyoming closed Thursday, affecting fuel supplies across the West.
The fire followed an explosion Wednesday afternoon at one of the five natural gas processing units at a Williams Cos. plant near the town of Opal. About 40 workers immediately left the plant, shutting off incoming and outgoing pipes on the way out. No one was injured. The entire 88-acre town was evacuated Wednesday and some 60 residents who spent the night in hotels were allowed back into their homes at about noon Thursday, Opal Mayor Mary Hall told the Los Angeles Times.
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^Adrianne Wadewitz, scholar who helped diversify Wikipedia, dies at 37<
WADEWITZ-OBIT:LA _ When Adrianne Wadewitz became a Wikipedia contributor 10 years ago she decided to use a pseudonym, certain that fellow scholars at Indiana University would frown on writing for the "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit."
But Wadewitz eventually came out as a Wikipedian, the term the encyclopedia uses to describe the tens of thousands of volunteers who write and edit its pages. A rarity as a woman in the male-centric Wikipedia universe, she became one of its most valued and prolific contributors as well as a force for diversifying its ranks and demystifying its inner workings.
Wadewitz, who trained scores of people, particularly women, to participate in Wikipedia as editors, died April 8 in Palm Springs days after sustaining head injuries in a fall while rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park, said her partner Peter B. James. She was 37.
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^Ukrainian forces report killings, ouster of separatist gunmen<
UKRAINE:LA _ Ukrainian government troops killed at least two pro-Russia separatist gunmen in Slovyansk on Thursday and drove away others occupying key public buildings in the city of Mariupol in an operation the Kremlin condemned as the Kiev government attacking "its own people."
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the actions in eastern Ukraine and the deployment of NATO forces in member states bordering Russia to the west had "forced" the Kremlin to order more military drills of its troops amassed on Ukraine's border.
The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said that "up to five" separatists had been killed in Kiev's "anti-terrorist operation" targeting armed checkpoints set up by the Russian-speaking militants in Slovyansk.
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^Peace talks suspended over possibility Hamas will join Palestinian government<
MIDEAST-1ST-LEDE:WA _ Responding to a unity accord among Palestinian factions, the Israeli government said Thursday that it was suspending negotiations with the Palestinians, breaking off nine months of talks brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry.
Mark Regev, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the talks were "suspended now," because of pending moves by the Palestinians to establish a unity government that would be backed by the militant Islamist group Hamas as well as the more moderate Fatah faction of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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^Climbers pack up as Sherpas say they won't go up Everest<
NEPAL-EVEREST:LA _ Scores of mountaineers were departing Mount Everest on Thursday after Nepalese officials failed to break an impasse with anguished Sherpa guides who want to halt climbing following last week's devastating avalanche.
A meeting at Everest base camp between Sherpas and Nepalese government officials ended with no change in the Sherpas' position: Most don't want to scale the mountain this year out of respect for the 16 guides who were buried under the snow and ice Friday, and because of fears of more avalanches.
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^SCIENCE, MEDICINE, ENVIRONMENT<
^Early tests in on 2 new drugs aimed at preventing migraines<
MED-MIGRAINES:LA _ Two drugs given to people who suffer migraines reduced the frequency of their headaches in early trials, scientists said.
The test results "may potentially represent a new era in preventive therapy for migraine," Dr. Peter Goadsby, an author on studies of both drugs, said in a statement. One of the researchers called migraine headaches the third most common medical disorder in the world.
Both drugs must undergo larger trials to confirm the results.
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^Fresno ranks No. 1 on California pollution list<
ENV-POLLUTION-FRESNO:LA _ California's new effort to map the areas most at risk from pollution features hot spots up and down California.
But nowhere are there more of the worst-afflicted areas than in Fresno _ in particular a 3,000-person tract of the city's west side where diesel exhaust, tainted water, pesticides and poverty conspire to make it No. 1 on California's toxic hit list.
"I'm looking at this map, and all I see is red. We're right here," Daisy Perez, a social worker at the Cecil C. Hinton Community Center, said as she located the center of the red areas that represented the top 10 percent most-polluted census tracts in California. "It's so sad. Good people live here."
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