Hagel calls soldier's family...No surprise in Syria election...Corners are warmer

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Associated Press

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 6:01 AM

CONSTANTA, Romania (AP) — A senior defense official says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called the family of released captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The official says Hagel wished the family well and told them the Defense Department will continue to support the soldier's medical care and the process known as reintegration. Earlier today, Hagel told reporters that the rush to judgment about Bergdahl is "unfair" to his family. Bergdahl is believed to have walked away from his unit in June 2009, and the Taliban captured him. He was released Saturday in exchange for five top Taliban officials in U.S. custody.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's parliament speaker says President Bashar Assad has been re-elected by a landslide, capturing 88.7 percent of the vote. The balloting was only held in government-controlled areas, and the opposition has denounced the election amid Syria's civil war as a farce. Assad's victory was always a foregone conclusion, despite the presence of other candidates on the ballot for the first time in decades. The win boosts his support base, and provides further evidence that Assad has no intention of relinquishing power

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokeswoman for the health care rollout says the "vast majority" of cases in which there's a discrepancy in the information provided by applicants for health care coverage are being resolved in favor of consumers. According to a government document, at least two million people who enrolled for subsidized private health insurance have discrepancies that could affect what they pay for coverage -- or even whether they're entitled to benefits.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who's facing charges in an explosives case has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation while in jail in San Francisco. A public defender requested the evaluation today for Ryan Chamberlain. He was arrested Monday after the FBI launched a manhunt. Investigators say they had found components needed to make a homemade bomb in his San Francisco apartment.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is warming up most quickly at two of its corners -- the Northeast and the Southwest. That's the indication from an analysis of federal temperature records. Northeastern states -- led by Maine and Vermont -- have gotten the hottest in the last 30 years in annual temperature, gaining 2.5 degrees on average. But Southwestern states have heated up the most in the hottest months.

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