Bergdahl, facing sentencing, says Taliban treated him better than Army

The sentencing hearing begins Monday at Fort Bragg for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has pleaded guilty to desertion and says the Taliban who captured him treated him better than the U.S. Army. “At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, ‘I’m the guy who’s gonna cut your throat,’ ” Bergdahl told British journalist Sean Langan for a story published in The Sunday Times of London. Bergdahl pleaded guilty last week to one count of "desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty" and one count of "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place." He could face life in prison for his crimes.

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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after walking away from his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty this month rather than face trial for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson, File) ORG XMIT: WX101

Record heat, fierce Santa Ana winds to fuel wildfire threat in California

Record-breaking heat and fierce Santa Ana winds are forecast for portions of southern California on both Monday and Tuesday, which would help fan and exacerbate any wildfires that might flare up. "The duration, strength, and widespread nature of this Santa Ana wind event combined with extreme heat will bring dangerous fire weather conditions to Southwest California through Tuesday," the National Weather Service warned. Red flag warnings have been posted all the way from Santa Barbara to San Diego, meaning that weather conditions are ideal for the spread of wildfires. 

Suspect in Nashville church shooting in court 

The man accused of opening fire on an Antioch church in late September will return to court Monday for a preliminary hearing. Emanuel Kidega Samson has been charged with one count of criminal homicide in the Sept. 24 shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch. Melanie Crow, a 38-year-old mother of two, was killed as Sunday worship services came to an end. Seven others were injured, including the church's preacher, his wife and other church members.

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Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, of Smyrna, Tenn., is accused of opening fire on Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in the Nashville neighborhood of Antioch.

A deadline for Flint to find clean water

A judge gave Flint city officials until Monday to choose a long-term drinking water supply source for the city that provides residents with safe water. City council members have pushed to treat raw water from the Karegnondi Water Authority, a mid-Michigan agency, but a U.S. district judge noted the city's water treatment plant hasn't proved up to the task. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Flint administrators favor a long-term deal for water supplies from the city of Detroit.

President Trump to award Medal of Honor to Vietnam commando for valor in Laos

President Trump will recognize Vietnam medic Gary Rose, 69, with the Medal of Honor on Monday. During four days of fighting for survival in the jungles of Laos in 1970, Rose dolled out doses of morphine to keep the walking wounded moving to avoid capture. He saved dozens of lives by risking his own, hobbling around on one foot with a hole blown through it. Here's more on his astonishing heroism.  

 

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Sgt. Gary Rose was an Army medic who was involved in secret operations in Laos during the Vietnam War. After years of lobbying from members of his unit, he will receive Medal of Honor in an October 23 ceremony.