WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is speaking out for the first time on the deteriorating situation in Iraq. The president told reporters in the Oval Office that the U.S. has a stake in not allowing the insurgents to gain a "permanent foothold." Obama is considering a range of short-term military options, including airstrikes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is due to arrive back in the United States early tomorrow after five years as a captive of the Taliban. He's scheduled to be admitted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Bergdahl was freed in exchange for five Taliban prisoners in a deal that's sparked an uproar.
WASHINGTON (AP) — And then there was one. Texas Congressman Pete Sessions is dropping his bid to become House majority leader. That clears the field for California Rep. Kevin McCarthy to succeed Eric Cantor, who's quitting his leadership post after his stunning defeat in the Virginia Republican primary. The election for majority leader is slated for June 19.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new trial has been ordered for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge in New Orleans threw out Kurt Mix's obstruction-of-justice conviction, saying that remarks a jury forewoman overheard outside of the courtroom influenced the verdict.
NEW YORK (AP) — Harrison Ford is being treated for an ankle injury he suffered on the set of "Star Wars: Episode VII," which is being filmed at Pinewood Studios outside of London. The 71-year-old actor apparently ran afoul of the door to the Millennium Falcon. Disney says shooting will continue as planned while Ford recuperates.
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