U.S. Military to Charge Bowe Bergdahl with Desertion

Posted by Associated Press on March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years will be court-martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will also be charged with misbehavior before the enemy, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the announcement on …

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Plane Crash Kills 150 People in French Alps

Posted by Associated Press on March 24, 2015

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — A black box recovered from the scene and pulverized pieces of debris strewn across Alpine mountainsides held clues to what caused a German jetliner to take an unexplained eight-minute dive Tuesday midway through a flight from Spain to Germany, apparently killing all 150 people on board.

The victims included two babies, two opera singers and 16 German high …

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Portland Veterinarian Returns Home from East Timor

Posted by Associated Press on March 5, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — A globe-trotting veterinarian held for six months in a Southeast Asian country has returned to Portland, Oregon, landing Wednesday night at Portland International Airport.

Stacey Addison told reporters she’s thrilled to be back and thankful for all the support she received.

Addison’s mother, Bernadette Kero, Oregon lawmakers and U.S. officials worked to win her release from East Timor.

The 41-year-old …

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Netanyahu Assails Iran-Nuclear Talks in Congress Address

Posted by Associated Press on March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a speech that stirred political controversy in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that negotiations underway between Iran and the United States would “all but guarantee” that Tehran would get nuclear weapons, a step he said the world must avoid at all costs.

“Iran has proven time and again that it cannot be …

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Purported Islamic Video Shows Jordan Pilot Burned to Death

Posted by Associated Press on February 3, 2015

Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh standing in a cage just before being burned to death by his captors

CAIRO — A video released online Tuesday purportedly showed a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group in Syria being burned to death by his captors following a weeklong drama over a possible prisoner exchange.

The military confirmed the death of Lt. Muath Al-Kaseasbeh, 26, …

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