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Sep 23, 2015

White House seeks answers from China on U.S. woman detained in spy probe

BEIJING/AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The White House has contacted China’s Foreign Ministry over the detention of an American businesswoman accused of spying, a spokesman said on Tuesday, in a case that blew up just as President Xi Jinping began a visit to the United States.

Sandy Phan-Gillis of Houston, Texas, has been held by Chinese authorities for about six months under suspicion of spying and stealing state secrets, according to a statement from her family released this week.

Sep 22, 2015

U.S. woman China probes for spying cloud’s President Xi’s state visit

BEIJING/AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – As Chinese President Xi Jinping left for the United States on an official visit, Beijing said on Tuesday the country was investigating an American woman for spying, an allegation her husband in Texas said was groundless.

Sandy Phan-Gillis of Houston, Texas, has been held by Chinese authorities for about six months under suspicion of spying and stealing state secrets, according to a statement from her family released this week.

Sep 21, 2015

Bergdahl lawyers seeks public release of military report on disappearance

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl filed papers on Monday seeking the public release of the military report on the soldier who left his post in a remote part of Afghanistan and spent nearly five years imprisoned by the Taliban.

The report on Bergdahl’s disappearance and capture was put together by Major General Kenneth Dahl, who told a military hearing last week at a base in San Antonio that he did not believe the soldier should face jail time for his actions..

Sep 19, 2015

Army’s Bergdahl suffered some of the worst abuse of any U.S. POW – witness

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl endured some of the worst abuse suffered by any U.S. prisoner of war in decades while held by the Taliban for five years, a defense official testified on Friday, while another said Bergdahl should not be imprisoned for leaving his post in Afghanistan.

But a U.S. military prosecutor said at the end of a two-day pre-trial hearing that Bergdahl intended to desert his post, his actions fundamentally altered American operations in Afghanistan and that he should be held accountable for his actions.

Sep 18, 2015

U.S. Army Sergeant Bergdahl needed help, fellow soldier says

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former prisoner of war in Afghanistan held for five years before being swapped in 2014 for five Taliban leaders, was a model soldier who needed help with combat stress, a fellow soldier told a military hearing on Friday.

Bergdahl is facing a probable cause hearing at a military post in San Antonio. He was charged in March with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. If convicted of misbehavior, the most serious charge, Bergdahl, 29, could be sentenced to life in prison.

Sep 17, 2015

Military prosecutors say Bergdahl deliberately snuck off post

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – U.S. military prosecutors said in opening statements on Thursday that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former prisoner of war in Afghanistan held for five years before being swapped in 2014 for five Taliban leaders, deliberately left his post.

Prosecutors at a preliminary hearing to establish probable cause said he launched a plan that was weeks in the making and there was sufficient evidence to hold him for trial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Sep 17, 2015

Obama invites Texas student arrested for homemade clock to White House

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas teenager taken away in handcuffs this week for bringing to his Dallas-area school a homemade clock that staff mistook for a bomb won a personal invitation from President Barack Obama on Wednesday to visit the White House.

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was accused of making a hoax bomb, police in Irving said. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said he is Muslim and the case serves as an example of the climate of hate and manufactured fear around the religion.

Sep 16, 2015

White House invites Texas student arrested over homemade clock

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept 16 (Reuters) – A Texas teenager who was
taken away in handcuffs this week for bringing to his
Dallas-area school a homemade clock that staff mistook for a
bomb won a personal invitation from President Barack Obama on
Wednesday to attend an astronomy night at the White House.

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was accused of making a hoax bomb, police
in Irving said. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said
he is Muslim and the case serves as an example of religious
bigotry.

Sep 16, 2015

Texas student arrested when homemade clock mistaken for bomb

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas teenager was taken away from school in handcuffs after he brought a homemade clock to his Dallas-area school this week and the staff mistook it for a bomb, police said on Wednesday.

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was accused of making a hoax bomb. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said he is Muslim and the case serves as an example of religious bigotry.

Sep 15, 2015

Two students killed, three injured in Houston school bus crash

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – A school bus carrying four students hit another vehicle and plunged off an overpass from a Houston highway, killing two girls and injuring the others on board, officials said.

One of the students was pronounced dead at the scene and the other died at a hospital, the Houston Independent School District said.