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Trying to retake Ramadi.... Bergdahl arraigned... Newtown parents to split settlement

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2015 at 10:51 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces say they're making progress in their fight to retake the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State group. The loss of Ramadi last May was a major blow to Iraq's government. It was also the government's biggest defeat since IS militants captured Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul in the summer of 2014.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — No plea yet from Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant who went missing from his post in Afghanistan in 2009. He was arraigned today at Fort Bragg on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was held by the Taliban for five years until being freed in a controversial prisoner swap. He could get life if convicted.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The families of more than a dozen victims of the 2012 Newtown school shooting in Connecticut will split a $1.5 million settlement. The money will come from the estate of gunman Adam Lanza's mother. She was shot to death by her son, who also killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School before committing suicide.

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, New York City's non-union employees will get six weeks of paid parental leave. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he will sign an executive order adding the benefit for about 20,000 workers. To cover the $15 million cost, the non-union employees will give back two vacation days and the city will rescind a small portion of a planned 2017 raise.

LONDON (AP) — A central London church is displaying a pointed reminder of the human toll of the European migrant crisis. A salvaged dinghy is hanging in the nave of St. James's Church in Picadilly along with three life jackets. The partially deflated boat was used earlier this year to carry 62 migrants from Turkey to Greece. It was designed for a much smaller number of passengers.

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