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Bergdahl due to be sentenced for endangering comrades

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will appear Monday before the judge deciding his punishment for endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty last week to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He pleaded guilty without striking a deal with prosecutors to cap his …

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US pushes Saudi Arabia, Iraq on united front to counter Iran

Rex Tillerson, Haider al-Abadi

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday pressed the Trump administration’s case for isolating and containing Iran in the Middle East and beyond as he pushed for Saudi Arabia and Iraq to unite in common cause to counter growing Iranian assertiveness. He called for the removal of Iranian and Iranian-supported militias from Iraq and urged …

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Mom: Cub Scout kicked out of group after asking about guns

DENVER (AP) — A Cub Scout was kicked out of his group after he questioned a Colorado state lawmaker about gun control and previous contentious comments she made about African-Americans. It’s the latest political flashpoint for the Boy Scouts, of which the Cub Scouts is a part. The organization faced harsh blowback after President Donald Trump used his speech at …

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Oregon day care shuttered after 2nd death in 2 years

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Regulators in Oregon have shuttered a day care facility after a second baby died there in as many years, an unprecedented number of deaths at a single day care center for the state. Authorities have not said what caused the 10-month-old boy’s death earlier this month at Broadway Children’s Center in Portland. The Oregonian reports no …

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Pliskova beats Williams for 1st win at WTA Finals

SINGAPORE (AP) — Third-seeded Karolina Pliskova cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over fifth-seeded Venus Williams at the WTA Finals on Sunday. “I felt really good,” Pliskova said. “I think everything was fine with my game today. I think I was just a little bit better, even from the baseline, even on my service games, so there was no need …

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Slovenia’s president looks to be first re-elected in decades

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenians voted in a presidential election Sunday that is expected to be an easy re-election for President Borut Pahor, a veteran politician and former model known for his use of social media. Nine presidential candidates — including five women — were competing for the largely ceremonial but still influential post in the European Union member country …

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Egypt’s el-Sissi vows to quash terrorism after police ambush

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi

CAIRO (AP) — In his first remarks after a deadly attack on the country’s police force, Egypt’s president vowed on Sunday to press ahead with the country’s war against terrorism, secure its borders and hunt down militants. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi El-Sissi’s remarks came nearly 48 hours after authorities officially announced that at least 16 policemen were killed in a brazen …

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Dramatic sentencing hearing expected in Bergdahl case

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fate of Bowe Bergdahl — the Army sergeant who pleaded guilty to endangering his comrades by leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009 — now rests in the hands of a judge. A sentencing hearing for Bergdahl starts Monday at Fort Bragg and is expected to feature dramatic testimony about soldiers and a Navy SEAL …

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Georgia town to honor graves of more than 1,100 blacks

Discriminated against in life, they were forgotten by their community in death, buried in unmarked graves in the back of the Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville, Georgia. The final resting places of the 1,146 black souls who once lived and worked there were anonymous. Though loved ones may have initially marked the spots with a homemade wooden cross or only …

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Japanese Prime Minister Abe heads to impressive election win

Shinzo Abe

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s ruling coalition appeared headed to an impressive win in national elections on Sunday, in what would represent at least a partial comeback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. A victory would boost Abe’s chances of winning another three-year term next September as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party. That could extend his premiership to 2021, giving him …

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