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Bergdahl recuperation... President considers Iraq options... Helping Native Americans

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 13, 2014 at 8:41 p.m.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is continuing his recovery at a Texas military hospital after five years as a captive of the Taliban. Officials say he's in stable condition, and "looked good" upon his arrival. In a statement, Bergdahl's parents say they "are overjoyed that their son has returned to the United States." They're asking for privacy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's weighing options for countering the Sunni militant insurgency in Iraq. But he's warning Iraqi leaders that he will not take military action unless they move to address the country's political divisions. The militants have seized large swaths of territory in Iraq.

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — President Barack Obama says there is more the U.S. can do to help Native Americans. The president made his remarks during a Flag Day Celebration at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Obama promoted the need to help reservations create jobs, strengthen justice, and improve health and education.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The parents of a teenager who fatally shot a classmate at an Oregon high school have publicly apologized for their son's actions. Michael Padgett and his ex-wife Kristina said they never promoted violence or hatred, and are at a loss to explain how and why the shooting occurred. Their son, Jared, committed suicide.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana use in Oregon could soon qualify for the November ballot. It needs a total of 87,213 valid signatures by July 3. As of Thursday, supporters had submitted more than 83,500 signatures to the Secretary of State's Office.

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