Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National Digest

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Hearing for Bergdahl is set for July 8

Officials have scheduled the initial hearing for the Army sergeant who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Army officials announced Thursday that his Article 32 hearing will be held July 8 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Bird flu found in South Dakota * A bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry has shown up in a commercial turkey flock in South Dakota and a fourth turkey farm in Minnesota, state and federal agencies confirmed Thursday, bringing the total number of outbreaks in the Midwest to nine and leading to the culling of 314,000 birds since early March.

U.S. citizen accused of plan to kill soldiers * A U.S. citizen who authorities say traveled from Canada to Pakistan to train with al-Qaida in order to carry out jihad has been arrested and charged with conspiring to kill American soldiers, according to court papers unsealed Thursday in New York. The suspect, Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, entered no plea during a brief court appearance Thursday afternoon before a federal judge in Brooklyn. He was ordered held without bail.

Two NY women arrested in alleged terrorist plot * Two women in New York were arrested Thursday on charges they plotted to wage violent jihad by building a homemade bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type terrorist attack, prosecutors said. One of the women, Noelle Velentzas, had been "obsessed with pressure cookers since the Boston Marathon attacks in 2013" and made jokes alluding to explosives after receiving one as a gift, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn names Velentzas and her former roommate, Asia Siddiqui, as the targets of an undercover investigation into a homegrown terrorist plot.

Ohio cracks down on lake pollution * Ohio's governor has put in place new rules that should help cut down on the pollutants feeding the algae in Lake Erie. Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that the state was committed to protecting the lake, but it would take time for it to improve. The changes are being made in response to the toxic algae that contaminated the drinking water for more than 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan eight months ago. …

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