Bergdahl guilty pleas leave room for drama at sentencing

Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after leaving his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009, pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, a rare charge that carries a potential life sentence.

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Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 10 policemen

In southern Ghazni province, the insurgents stormed a security compound, using a suicide car, and killed at least seven policemen. In western Farah province, police chief Abdul Maruf Fulad says the Taliban attacked a government compound in Shibkho district, killing three policemen.

Exact cause of fatal Honolulu high-rise fire remains mystery

“The HFD fire investigators have completed an extensive and scientifically based investigation in full collaboration with other agencies and have classified the fire cause as undetermined,” Fire Chief Manuel Neves said at a news conference Monday.

Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleading guilty to desertion, misbehavior

“I understand that leaving was against the law,” said Bergdahl, whose decision to walk off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009 prompted intense search and recovery missions, during which some of his comrades were seriously wounded.

1 missing, after oil rig explodes on Louisiana lake

An oil rig explosion on a lake north of New Orleans, apparently caused when cleaning chemicals ignited, injured seven people and left authorities searching for another who was missing.

California firefighters say they finally ‘turned a corner’

With the winds dying down, fire officials said Sunday they have apparently “turned a corner” against the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home.

‘I’m intact,’ Tillerson says, brushing off drama with Trump

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday ducked, danced and sidestepped the question of whether he truly called President Donald Trump a “moron,” dismissing the brouhaha as the “petty stuff” of Washington. Though they keep coming, Tillerson insisted the persistent queries aren’t hindering his mission as the nation’s top diplomat.

Collins urges Trump to back effort to restore health subsidy

A key moderate Republican urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to back a bipartisan Senate effort to shield consumers from rising premiums after his abrupt decision to halt federal payments to insurers, calling the move “disruptive” and an immediate threat to access to health care.