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Bergdahl to face general court martial...Palestinian leader says attacks are justified...Jury deliberates

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 14, 2015 at 1:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army confirms that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be facing charges including desertion at a general court-martial. This, even though a hearing officer recommended that the case be handled at a misdemeanor-level forum. Bergdahl was held by the Taliban for five years, before he was freed in exchange for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay. He had walked off his post in Afghanistan in June of 2009.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — As Palestinian attacks on Israelis continue, the president of the Palestinian Authority is referring to the three months of violence as a "justified popular uprising." He spoke as a new poll shows widespread Palestinian support for the attacks. Later today, a Palestinian from east Jerusalem rammed his car into a crowded bus stop, injuring nine people before being shot and killed by bystanders.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in Freddie Gray's death have started their deliberations and the judge has told them they can deliberate as long as they want. The jury began deliberating after hearing closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case against Officer William Porter. He faces charges including manslaughter and assault in connection with the death of Gray, who was injured while in police custody.

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for a man who accused a Chicago police commander of shoving his pistol down the man's throat say they believe the evidence is strong enough to win a lawsuit against the city. Ricky Williams' lawyers issued a statement shortly after Cmdr. Glenn Evans was acquitted on battery and misconduct charges today. They point out that Williams' DNA was found on Evans' service weapon. But a judge said she didn't find Williams' version of events believable.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has released a letter from his physician declaring the Republican presidential candidate is in excellent health. The letter states that Trump has suffered no significant medical problems over the last 39 years. Trump has acknowledged eating a less-than-healthy diet and said that his primary form of exercise consists of speaking at campaign events.

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