Gov. Greitens: 'No blackmail' in affair

In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) said Saturday that there was "no blackmail" and "no threat of violence" by him in what he described as a months-long "consensual relationship" with his former hairdresser.

Greitens told the Associated Press he has no plans to resign from office as a result of the affair, despite calls from several Republican and Democratic state lawmakers to step aside.

"I'm staying. I'm staying," he said twice for emphasis.

Grietens did not directly say yes or no when asked whether he had bound and blindfolded and taken a photo of the woman. But he firmly denied that he attempted to coerce her.

— Associated Press


Turtles harmed by cold rescued off Panhandle

More than 1,000 sea turtles stunned by unusually cold weather have been rescued from waters off the Florida Panhandle this month.

Margaret Lamont, a U.S. Geological Survey sea turtle expert, said cold-stunned sea turtles began appearing in St. Joseph Bay in early January as freezing temperatures gripped the region and water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico plummeted.

"It's now over 1,000, maybe up to 1,100," she told the Tampa Bay Times, describing the number of turtles that had been collected so far from the bay.

Usually, the number is about 30 or 40.

The reptiles are coldblooded, which means they slow down when it gets cold. But when water temperatures drop below 50 degrees, the turtles cannot swim or lift their heads above the water to breathe and can drown.

— Associated Press


Brown denies parole to Manson follower

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) once again denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson. Van Houten blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting Manson control her life.

Brown said in his decision that Van Houten still lays too much of the blame on Manson, who died two months ago at 83.

Van Houten, 68, is serving a life sentence for the murders of wealthy grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.

— Associated Press

Autopsy says Roy Halladay had drugs in his system: An autopsy says retired star pitcher Roy Halladay had evidence of amphetamine, morphine and an insomnia drug in his system when he died in a small plane crash in Florida last year. An autopsy released Friday shows that the former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies all-star died of blunt-force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor when he crashed his personal plane into the Gulf of Mexico near New Port Richey on Nov. 7.

— From news services