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Bergdahl deserted his post, military says; he could get life behind bars

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl dodged a legal bullet Wednesday when the Army charged him with desertion but avoided accusing him of a crime that carries the death penalty. The Army also accused Bergdahl of endangering the safety of other soldiers and improper conduct with the Taliban, which captured him shortly ...

Report: DEA prostitutes paid by cartel

By The Washington Post 12:01 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas over a period of several years, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s watchdog. The report does not specify the ...

Jackson Jr. leaves prison for halfway house

By The Associated Press
CHICAGO — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. left an Alabama federal prison early Thursday bound for a halfway house, where he will begin his transition back into society two years after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on ...

Damaged Jersey shore pier to be rebuilt

By The Associated Press
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — The New Jersey shore amusement pier that became an iconic image of Superstorm Sandy when the storm knocked its roller coaster into the ocean will be rebuilt — on dry land and not over the surf. The ...

Tractor-trailer hits construction beams over Interstate 35 in Texas

By The Associated Press
SALADO, Texas — A tractor-trailer slammed into construction beams Thursday along a major interstate in central Texas, killing one person and halting traffic in both directions, authorities said. The truck hit a beam being used to build a bridge across Interstate ...

Indiana governor defends religious objections bill signed into law

By The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vigorously defended the state religious objections bill that he signed into law Thursday as businesses and organizations, including the NCAA, pressed concerns that it could open the door to legalizing discrimination against gay people. The ...

$140M Picasso likely to set auction record

By Reuters
NEW YORK — Records look set to tumble at the big spring art auctions with Christie’s’ announcement of a Picasso oil poised to set the mark for the most expensive work of art in auction history. “Les femmes d’Alger (Version “O”),” ...

Oklahomans devastated, yet grateful, amid twister cleanup

By The Associated Press
SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — Oklahomans salvaged soggy belongings Thursday from the Plains’ first tornado outbreak of 2015, expressing gratitude that casualties were low but understanding that nature’s next punch could be far worse. One person died, and dozens of people were ...

Special operations troops are denied commercial intelligence analysis software for missions

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by ...

Feds arrest guardsman, cousin for terror plot on military facility

By The Associated Press
CHICAGO — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring “the flames of war to the heart” of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged ...

Watchdog: Policy over visas broke, but not law

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A senior Obama administration official violated agency ethics policies but did not break any laws when he intervened in three visa cases involving foreign investors with ties to prominent Democrats, a government watchdog told Congress on Thursday. The Homeland ...

World News

Saudi-led attacks seen as escalating violence in Yemen

By Betsy Hiel 12:02 a.m.
CAIRO — Saudi Arabia-led attacks on Iran-backed Yemeni rebels will escalate a long-running war between competing regional spheres of influence, experts say. But it could ...

Middle East

Saudi-led attacks seen as escalating violence in Yemen

By Betsy Hiel 12:02 a.m.
CAIRO — Saudi Arabia-led attacks on Iran-backed Yemeni rebels will escalate a long-running war between competing regional spheres of influence, experts say. But it could ...

Betsy Hiel

Saudi-led attacks seen as escalating violence in Yemen

By Betsy Hiel 12:02 a.m.
CAIRO — Saudi Arabia-led attacks on Iran-backed Yemeni rebels will escalate a long-running war between competing regional spheres of influence, experts say. But it could ...