U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former prisoner of war in Afghanistan held for five years before being swapped in 2014 for five Taliban leaders, was a model soldier who needed help with combat stress, a fellow soldier told a military hearing on Friday. Bergdahl is facing a probable cause hearing at a military post in San Antonio. If convicted of misbehavior, the most serious charge, Bergdahl, 29, could be sentenced to life in prison.
"One thing is clear to me, regardless of what we did, no matter what decision was made, there would've been people who agreed with it and people who disagreed with it," police Chief Larry Boyd told CNN. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Ahmed Mohamed, 14, is Muslim and the case was an example of the climate of hate and manufactured fear around the religion. The bespectacled ninth grader in a NASA T-shirt was led away in handcuffs from MacArthur High School on Monday after school officials discovered the clock.
Even as the U.S. moved on Friday to ease travel and other restrictions to Cuba, Americans will still not be allowed to go to the Communist nation for "tourist activities," a U.S. official said. Speaking to reporters, senior Obama administration officials said such travel remains prohibited even as the regulations expand to allow family members to travel alongside authorized travelers for a wider variety of activities. Overall, the U.S. officials also said that the full impact of latest easing of all Cuba restrictions will depend on whether the Cuban government makes reforms, including on imports.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York prison worker who helped two murderers escape from a maximum-security lockup says she played along when they talked about their plan and never intended to pick them up.