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Bergdahl recounts 'horrible mistake,' apologizes at sentencing

Bowe Bergdahl recounts "horrible mistake" and apologizes at sentencingArmy Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl took the stand at his sentencing hearing, becoming emotional while recalling his 5 years as a prisoner of the Taliban.

Bergdahl gave sworn testimony for 2 hours at his hearing Monday in Fort. Bragg, N.C. -- testimony that can only be offered by the accused or victims in the military justice system.

Bergdahl walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009, prompting many service members to become wounded to search for him. The sergeant was caught and held captive by the Taliban for nearly 5 years. Later, the former captive pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, possibly facing a lifetime in prison.

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Jewish Canadian sues over wines labelled 'Product of Israel'

Grapes harvested in West Bank settlement

A Canadian university lecturer and radio broadcaster has filed a suit in federal court challenging the inaccurate labelling of wines made in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and exported to Canada as a "Product of Israel".

David Kattenburg, a 62-year-old Winnipeg resident and son of Holocaust survivors, had previously submitted a complaint in late March to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) about its labelling procedures, indicating that the grapes used were grown in the occupied West Bank and processed in wineries outside of Israel's formal borders.

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Facebook: Russia-linked posts distributed to 126M users

Russia-linked posts reached 126m readersFacebook says a Russian group posted more than 80,000 times on its network during and after the 2016 election, potentially reaching as many as 126 million users.

The company plans to disclose these numbers to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the testimony. The person declined to be named because the committee has not officially released the testimony. Facebook, Twitter and Google will testify at three hearings Tuesday and Wednesday.

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ABA deems another Trump judicial nominee ‘not qualified’

Leonard GraszAnother one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees — this time, to the powerful appellate courts — has been deemed "not qualified" by the American Bar Association.

Leonard Steven Grasz was nominated in August to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and has his confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. But in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee obtained by POLITICO, the American Bar Association says members of its standing committee unanimously concluded, with one person abstaining, that he was not qualified to serve as a federal judge.

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Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe

Tony Podesta

Democratic power lobbyist Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group, is stepping down from the firm that bears his name after coming under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Podesta announced his decision during a firm-wide meeting Monday morning and is alerting clients of his impending departure.

Podesta is handing over full operational and financial control to longtime firm CEO Kimberley Fritts, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the meeting. Fritts and a senior group of the Podesta team will be launching a new firm in the next one or two days. Sources said the transition has been in the works for the past several months.

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Court blocks Trump's ban on transgender troops

Judge blocks Trump order on transgender troopsA federal court on Monday blocked parts of President Trump’s ban on transgender service members, preventing the Pentagon from overturning policies initiated by the Obama administration to allow transgender troops from serving openly.

The order in Washington by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly temporarily prevents to the Pentagon from enacting the ban that Trump announced by tweet in July.

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Nearly Every Texans Player Kneeled During Today’s National Anthem

Texan team members kneel during anthem after owner insult

Across the NFL this season, players protesting racism and police brutality have chosen to kneel during pre-game national anthems instead of standing in salute to the flag. The ongoing protest has set off a flurry of conservative criticism, notably from President Donald Trump.

The protests, initiated by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year, recently escalated after Trump characterized any player who kneeled during the anthem as a “son of a bitch” during a September speech in Alabama.

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WMO: Atmospheric CO2 surged to record high in 2016

WHO: Atmospheric CO2 highest ever in 2016Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations set new records in 2016. According to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization, CO2 levels reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from a high of 400 ppm in 2015.

An increase in atmospheric CO2 levels isn't new, but last year's rise was 50 percent larger than the average increase during the last decade. The dramatic increase was caused by a combination of human activities and an especially strong El Niño climate pattern.

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Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos pleads guilty in Mueller probe

Former Tump aide Papadopoulos pleads guiltyA former campaign aide to President Donald Trump has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents working for special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to one count of lying to FBI agents about the nature of his interactions with "foreign nationals" who he thought had close connections to senior Russian government officials. The plea was unsealed Monday.

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