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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. soldier who was held by the Taliban for nearly five years after leaving his post in Afghanistan will be facing charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy at a general court martial. That word comes from an attorney for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who says a high-ranking military officer decided not to follow the advice of a preliminary hearing officer. That officer had recommended that the case be moved to a misdemeanor-level court.
WASHINGTON (AP) — "You are next." President Barack Obama says that's the message being sent to leaders of the Islamic State group, as key figures in the group's leadership have been eliminated. Speaking at the Pentagon after meeting with national security advisers, Obama said leaders of the extremist group "cannot hide." He said progress is being made against the militants in both Iraq and Syria.
CHICAGO (AP) — A former Illinois National Guard soldier has pleaded guilty to charges he conspired to provide material support to the Islamic State group. Hasan Edmonds of Aurora, Illinois, entered the plea in Chicago federal court today, a week after his cousin pleaded guilty to similar charges. They are accused of plotting to attack the Joliet Armory with assault rifles and grenades. Charges alleged the pair hoped to kill as many as 150 people.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio hospitals and abortion providers would have to dispose of fetal remains by burial or cremation under legislation being introduced by Republican state lawmakers. The proposal comes after a state attorney general's investigation into Planned Parenthood. Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office found no evidence that Planned Parenthood made money from aborted fetuses, but his report instead criticized Planned Parenthood facilities for disposing of fetal remains in landfills.
BOSTON (AP) — Bill Cosby is firing back at seven women who are suing him for defamation, accusing them of making false accusations of sexual misconduct for financial gain. Cosby filed counterclaims in federal court today, alleging the women made "malicious, opportunistic, and false and defamatory accusations" of sexual misconduct against him. Cosby is seeking unspecified monetary damages. The women claim Cosby defamed them by allowing his representatives to brand them as liars after they went public with allegations of rape and other sexual misconduct dating back decades.