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Heading home... Military options on table... 1 less majority leader candidate

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 12, 2014 at 7:41 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A military aircraft is en route to the U.S. carrying Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who's returning home after being held five years by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Bergdahl had been staying at a medical facility in Germany since his release May 31. He's expected to arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, tomorrow morning.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is considering various military options, including airstrikes, to quell an al-Qaida inspired insurgency in Iraq. The president says the U.S. has a stake in making sure the jihadists don't get a "permanent foothold." Officials firmly rule out putting American troops back on the ground in Iraq.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Rep. Pete Sessions is dropping his bid to succeed Eric Cantor as House majority leader. The decision clears the field for California Rep. Kevin McCarthy to secure the No. 2 job in the House. Cantor, who suffered a stunning primary loss, announced on Wednesday he would step down as majority leader at the end of July.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — In Fresno, California, a burglary defendant who won his freedom because of a jury's mistake lost his life a few hours later. The jury in the trial of Bobby Lee Pearson mistakenly signed a not-guilty form, and the judge said he had no choice but to release him. Police say Pearson got into a fight with his sister's boyfriend, and was fatally stabbed.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The city of Los Angeles will pay $215,000 to a black man who was tossed out of a city commission meeting for wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood as a form of protest. The Los Angeles Times reports the City Council voted to settle a free-speech lawsuit brought by Michael Hunt.

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