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Bergdahl condition described as stable...Obama: Iraqi leaders must act before US can help...Stocks gain

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 13, 2014 at 2:42 p.m.



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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Army officials in Texas say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is in stable condition and working daily with health professionals after being held by the Taliban for five years in Afghanistan. He was flown to Texas overnight from Germany, where he'd been treated at a U.S. Army medical facility since his release by the Taliban last month. He still hasn't been reunited with his parents in Idaho -- and there's no word yet on when they might travel to Texas to see him. The Army says it's typically up to the soldier to determine when to reunite with his family.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is ready to help Iraq deal with an Islamic insurgency -- but President Barack Obama says Iraqi leaders have to reform their country's political system. He says any military action will be contingent on a "serious and sincere effort by Iraq's leaders to set aside sectarian differences" between Sunnis and Shiites. And Obama says the military action won't include any U.S. combat troops in Iraq.

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Mitt Romney is joining other Republicans in accusing President Barack Obama of being too slow to respond in Iraq. Speaking at his annual ideas summit at a Utah resort, Romney said everything the U.S. fought for in Iraq is "on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing."

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops have apparently driven pro-Russia separatists out of the buildings they had occupied in the southern port city of Mariupol. It's the second-largest city in a region where armed separatists have declared independence from the government in Kiev. Today's renewed fighting came as rebel leaders confirmed they had obtained three tanks. Government officials say the tanks were part of a column of armored vehicles that had crossed the border from Russia.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have finished the day with some modest gains, after three days of declines. Shares of technology companies got a lift today after Intel said business demand for computers had picked up. The Nasdaq ended the day 13 points higher. The Dow rose 41 points, and the S&P 500 gained six.

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