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Military jet crashes in Southern California, damages homes

(Reuters) – A U.S. military jet crashed in a Southern California desert town on Wednesday, damaging homes, according to military officials and local media. An AV-8B Harrier jet from the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, crashed at about 4:20 p.m. local time in Imperial, California, said Corporal Melissa Lee of the San-Diego based Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. As of Wednesday night, eight homes were evacuated, but no injuries had been reported, the […]

Bergdahl had left his unit before, but returned: sources

(Reuters) – A U.S. military investigation of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s capture by the Taliban found he had slipped away from his unit before but had always returned, raising questions about whether or not he was deserting when he disappeared in 2009, people familiar with the findings said on Thursday. Bergdahl, 28, was freed after five years as an Afghanistan war prisoner on Saturday when the Obama administration agreed to release five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo prison […]

Afghan president fumes at prisoner deal made behind his back: source

(Reuters) – The Afghan president is angry at being kept in the dark over a deal to free five Taliban leaders in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier, and accuses Washington of failing to back a peace plan for the war-torn country, a senior source said on Monday. The five prisoners were flown to Qatar on Sunday as part of a secret agreement to release Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who left Afghanistan for Germany on the same day. The […]

U.S. unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution

BY VALERIE VOLCOVICI AND JEFF MASON (Reuters) – The U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels under federal regulations unveiled on Monday that form the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s climate change strategy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal is one of the most significant environmental rules proposed by the United States, and could transform the power sector, which relies on coal for nearly 38 percent of electricity. It also set off a […]

Family of U.S. soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan, says son needs time to heal

(Reuters) — The U.S. soldier freed from nearly five years in captivity in Afghanistan, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, needs patience and time to heal from his harrowing ordeal, his parents told a news conference in Boise, Idaho on Sunday (June 1). Bergdahl was released on Saturday (May 31) in an exchange deal in which five Talibanprisoners were freed from Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba and flown to Qatar. Bergdahl’s parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl, said they have not yet spoken to their son and couldn’t wait to […]

Obama plans to end U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan by 2016

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined a plan to withdraw all but 9,800 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year and pull out the rest by the end of 2016, ending more than a decade of military engagement triggered by the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. The decision means that Obama will leave office in early 2017 having extricated the country from the longest war in U.S. history. He ended Washington’s […]

California man charged with kidnapping 15 year old a decade ago

(Reuters) — A California man accused of abducting a 15-year-old girl and holding her captive for a decade was charged on Thursday with rape and kidnapping, even as his lawyer suggested the young woman went with him willingly and was treated “like a queen.” Police say the woman, now 25, told detectives she endured a decade of physical and sexual abuse after being abducted by her mother’s live-in boyfriend, Isidro Garcia, from the family’s suburban Santa Ana home in 2004. […]

Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

By David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:00pm EDT (Reuters) – In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington’s imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military […]