Bergdahl spared from prison; Trump calls it a ‘disgrace’


Bergdahl spared from prison; Trump calls it a ‘disgrace’

FORT BRAGG, N.C.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked away from his post in Afghanistan and triggered a search that left some of his comrades severely wounded, was spared a prison sentence by a military judge Friday in what President Donald Trump blasted as a “complete and total disgrace.”

The judge gave no explanation of how he arrived at his decision, but he reviewed evidence that included the five years Bergdahl was held captive by the Taliban and the wounds suffered by troops who searched for him, including one who now uses a wheelchair and cannot speak.

The case was politically divisive. President Barack Obama traded Taliban prisoners to bring Bergdahl back, drawing sharp Republican criticism. As a presidential candidate, Trump called for the soldier to face stiff punishment.

Rockwell painting fetches more than $900K at auction

PHILADELPHIA

A Norman Rockwell painting recently returned to a family after it was stolen from their New Jersey home has sold for more than $900,000 at auction.

The 1919 painting is known as “Taking a Break” and “Lazybones,” and was featured on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

FBI agents returned the painting to the Grant family in Philadelphia last March, after it was stolen in a break-in more than 40 years ago.

The family knew the painting belonged to them because it still had damage from where their father had struck it with a pool cue.

‘Mockery’ of Holocaust museum exhibits probed

SIDMAN, Pa.

A Pennsylvania school district is investigating complaints that students on a class trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum posted pictures making light of some exhibits.

Superintendent Ed Bowser of the Forest Hills School District said Friday officials are looking into social media posts from the senior class trip Wednesday to the Washington, D.C., museum.

Senior class president Gage Singer tells The Associated Press that most students were respectful, but a small number “made a mockery of what they saw,” including in a Snapchat post of shoes confiscated from concentration camp prisoners.

5th W.Va. jail guard suspended after inmate’s escape

CHARLESTON, W.Va.

West Virginia corrections officials said Friday that they have suspended a fifth jail guard without pay after an inmate escape early Oct. 25 that wasn’t noticed for about 36 hours.

Inmate Todd Wayne Boyes, 44, of Caldwell, Ohio, escaped from the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston, two days before his scheduled sentencing on charges including fleeing and possession of a stolen car. He was facing up to 20 years in prison. Boyes initially was charged with attempted murder after a Charleston police officer was hurt during a pursuit to arrest him, but that charge was dropped in a September plea deal.

The state’s Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority said it doesn’t expect to comment further on the suspensions until its internal investigation is complete. Four guards were suspended last week.

Boyes was apprehended Sunday in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and turned over by Mexican immigration officers to their U.S. counterparts, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Associated Press

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