U.S. soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan
After being held captive for five years in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is finally back in American hands. Bergdahl's release Saturday came after dozens of U.S. special operations troops faced off with 18 armed members of the Taliban in Afghanistan, according to a senior Pentagon official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not officially cleared for release. President Obama made the decision to trade five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl. Bob and Jani Bergdahl thanked Americans for their support Sunday and added that their son faces a long recovery. "Trust them. It's OK, and give yourself all of the time you need to recover and decompress," Jani Bergdahl said to her son. "There is no hurry. You have your life ahead of you." She continued: "You've made it ... You are free."
'Philadelphia Inquirer' co-owner among 7 killed in plane crash
Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz and six others were killed in the fiery crash of a small business jet shortly after takeoff from an airfield outside Boston on Saturday night. Katz, 72, was killed four days after he and an associate and close friend, H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, put together an $88 million deal to gain control of the media company that owns theInquirer with an eye toward restoring the paper's stature. A federal investigator told reporters Sunday that the aircraft never left the ground, but instead traveled off the end of the runway for 2,000 feet. No one survived the crash. Witnesses said they heard an explosion and saw a fireball spew 60 feet into the air. The cause of the crash remains unknown.
6 climbers feared dead on Mount Rainier
Six climbers, including two guides, are missing and presumed dead on Mount Rainier, officials said Saturday. Park rangers said they believe the climbers fell about 3,000 feet and could not have survived. A ground search spotted camping and climbing gear at the 9,000-foot Carbon Glacier. A helicopter was able to fly low enough that it detected a beacon signal in the area where the gear was found. The climbers had indicated on Wednesday that bad weather was moving in, and it's believed they most likely hunkered down at that time.
Jack White apologizes for comments on Black Keys, Adele
Nashville rocker Jack White has offered "an apology and explanation" for statements he made in a recent Rolling Stone cover story, perceived by many readers as critical of fellow Nashville rock act The Black Keys, pop singers Adele, Duffy and Lana Del Rey and his former bandmate Meg White. In the interview, White referred to the Black Keys as a "watered-down" version of his former band, The White Stripes, and made a similar analogy between late retro-soul singer Amy Winehouse and current pop successes Adele, Duffy and Lana Del Rey. A statement posted Saturday on White's official site titled "An Apology and Explanation from Jack White" finds him changing - or clarifying - his tone.
Spurs and Heat to face off in NBA finals
The Heat hammered the Pacers 117-92 in Game 6 on Friday to advance to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive time. They'll face the San Antonio Spurs, which ousted the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 in overtime in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals Saturday night. This meeting is the 12th NBA Finals rematch but only the fifth since the NBA-ABA merger of 1976. The first game is Thursday, June 5, at 9 p.m. ET.
Report: FBI, SEC probe Icahn, Mickelson and Walters
Federal investigators have launched what the Wall Street Journal is calling "a major insider-trading probe involving finance, gambling and sports" that involves the trading of activist investor Carl Icahn, pro golfer Phil Mickelson and Las Vegas bettor William "Billy" Walters. According to a story published on the Journal website late Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission are probing whether Mickelson and Walters illegally traded on non-public information they allegedly obtained from Icahn about his investments in public companies.