OFFICIAL - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/OFFICIAL News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Vending firm ex-official sentenced in Pepsi fraud http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58238547-79/pepsi-official-prison-sentenced.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58238547-79/pepsi-official-prison-sentenced.html.csp">Vending firm ex-official sentenced in Pepsi fraud</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T17:24:01.407-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 05:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Newark, N.J. • A former official of a New Jersey-based vending company has been sentenced to prison time for his role in a scheme that defrauded the Pepsi Bottling Group of $2.9 million over a 10-year period. Cedar Grove resident Joseph Belasco was ordered Tuesday to serve six months in prison and six months of home confinement. He also will pay $1 million in restitution and must serve two years of supervised release once he’s freed from prison. The 65-year-old Belasco pleaded guilty last Novemb...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582385472014-07-29T17:24:01.407-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-29T17:24:01.407-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58238547@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:24:01 MDT Big 12 commissioner gives dire warning about pending changes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58207944-77/bowlsby-conti-official-commissioner.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58207944-77/bowlsby-conti-official-commissioner.html.csp">Big 12 commissioner gives dire warning about pending changes</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By STEPHEN HAWKINS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T17:36:25.658-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 05:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Dallas • Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now. “You’re going to hate it going forward,” Bowlsby said. “There’s a lot of change coming.” During his opening address at Big 12 football media days, Bowlsby talked about growing financial constraints athletic programs face going forward and the “strange environment” that exists with class-action lawsuits against the NCAA and its member schools. Bowlsby said he’s doesn’...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582079442014-07-22T17:36:25.658-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-22T17:36:25.658-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58207944@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:36:25 MDT Big 12 assigns 1st female football official http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58208045-77/conti-official-bowlsby-assigned.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58208045-77/conti-official-bowlsby-assigned.html.csp">Big 12 assigns 1st female football official</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T17:36:25.503-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 05:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Dallas • The Big 12 Conference has assigned a female official to work one of its games for the first time in league history. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday that Catherine “Cat” Conti will be on the crew for Kansas’ season opener at home Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State. While calling this a good opportunity for Conti and the league, Bowlsby says Big 12 officiating supervisor Walt Anderson assigned Conti “because she is just a darned good official.” Bowlsby says Conti, a Southland C...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58208045@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:36:25 MDT Israeli strike kills 4 Gaza youths on coastal road http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190244-68/gaza-israel-hamas-fire.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190244-68/gaza-israel-hamas-fire.html.csp">Israeli strike kills 4 Gaza youths on coastal road</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By IBRAHIM BARZAK</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and DANIEL ESTRIN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T20:16:20.568-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 08:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gaza City, Gaza Strip • Israel and Hamas agreed to a five-hour U.N. brokered “humanitarian” pause to their 9-day-long battle, offering the most encouraging sign yet that the fierce fighting could come to an end. Israel’s bombardment of Gaza has killed more than 200 Palestinians, including four boys struck on a beach Wednesday by shells fired from a navy ship. Israel said it would hold its fire Thursday from 10 a.m. (0700 GMT, 3 a.m. EDT) under a plan to allow Palestinians to restock food, water...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581902442014-07-16T20:16:20.568-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-16T20:16:20.568-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190244@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:16:20 MDT Thousands of Gazans flee homes as Israel promises to press the fight against Hamas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58180914-68/hamas-israel-gaza-israeli.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58180914-68/hamas-israel-gaza-israeli.html.csp">Thousands of Gazans flee homes as Israel promises to press the fight against Hamas</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By William Booth </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Griff Witte</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-13T20:51:02.11-06:00">Updated Jul 13, 2014 08:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gaza City, Gaza Strip • Tens of thousands of panicked residents fled their homes in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday after the Israeli military dropped leaflets from the sky warning those who stayed behind that they were risking their lives because a large, intense operation was imminent. Residents in Gaza were whipsawed by growing anxiety and frustration. More than 17,000 people poured into makeshift shelters as Israeli commandos entered the coastal enclave early Sunday to knock out a Hamas r...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58180914@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:51:02 MDT TSA: Some passengers flying to U.S. must turn on phones http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58154960-68/security-airports-tsa-devices.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58154960-68/security-airports-tsa-devices.html.csp">TSA: Some passengers flying to U.S. must turn on phones</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By WILL LESTER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-06T21:30:02.566-06:00">Updated Jul 6, 2014 09:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights, the Transportation Security Administration said Sunday. The TSA said it is requiring some overseas airports to have passengers turn on devices such as cellphones before boarding. It says devices that won’t power up won’t be allowed on planes, and those travelers may have to undergo additional screening. “As the traveling public kno...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581549602014-07-06T21:30:02.566-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-06T21:30:02.566-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58154960@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Jul 2014 21:30:02 MDT Unfinished overpass in World Cup project collapses http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58147243-68/overpass-cup-collapsed-official.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58147243-68/overpass-cup-collapsed-official.html.csp">Unfinished overpass in World Cup project collapses</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T14:43:02.318-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 02:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sao Paulo • An overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in a World Cup host city, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car, Brazilian authorities said. Nineteen people were reported injured. The incident took place on a main avenue, the expansion of which is one of the infrastructure improvement projects planned for the World Cup but like most urban transportation projects related to the tournament was not finished on time for the event. A ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581472432014-07-03T14:43:02.318-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-03T14:43:02.318-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58147243@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:43:02 MDT U.S. seeks more security at some foreign airports http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58144043-68/security-official-foreign-qaida.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58144043-68/security-official-foreign-qaida.html.csp">U.S. seeks more security at some foreign airports</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KEN DILANIAN </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and EILEEN SULLIVAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-02T19:48:38.212-06:00">Updated Jul 2, 2014 07:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Intelligence officials are concerned about a new al-Qaida effort to create a bomb that would go undetected through airport security, a counterterrorism official said Wednesday, prompting the U.S. to call for tighter security measures at some foreign airports. The counterterrorism official, who would not be named because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, declined to describe the kind of information that triggered this warning. But officials in the past have raised...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581440432014-07-02T19:48:38.212-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-02T19:48:38.212-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58144043@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:48:38 MDT Benghazi suspect pleads not guilty in U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58126759-68/abu-khattala-attack-attacks.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58126759-68/abu-khattala-attack-attacks.html.csp">Benghazi suspect pleads not guilty in U.S.</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARK SHERMAN, PETE YOST and ERIC TUCKER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-28T20:53:33.119-06:00">Updated Jun 28, 2014 08:53PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Libyan militant accused of masterminding the deadly Benghazi attacks that have become a flashpoint in U.S. politics appeared briefly for the first time in an American courtroom on Saturday, pleading not guilty to a terrorism-related charge nearly two weeks after he was captured by military special forces. In a 10-minute hearing held amid tight security, Ahmed Abu Khattala spoke just two words, both in Arabic. He replied “yes” when asked to swear to tell the truth and “no” when ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581267592014-06-28T20:53:33.119-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-28T20:53:33.119-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58126759@www.sltrib.com Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:53:33 MDT Letter: Don’t missionaries do what Kate Kelly is doing? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58109091-82/kelly-missionaries-letter-given.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58109091-82/kelly-missionaries-letter-given.html.csp">Letter: Don’t missionaries do what Kate Kelly is doing?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-24T16:51:04.939-06:00">Updated Jun 24, 2014 04:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Based upon the reasons given by Vienna, Va., bishop Mark Harrison for the excommunication of Kate Kelly, as given in the official letter to Ms. Kelly that was quoted in the Tribune, all Mormon missionaries should also be excommunicated. The wording of the accusation against Kelly: “you have persisted in an aggressive effort to persuade other(s) .... to your point of view and that your course of action has threatened to erode the faith of others.” ... “You are not entitled to promote (your views...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58109091@www.sltrib.com Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:51:04 MDT High court says whistleblower testimony protected http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58089023-68/court-lane-public-college.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58089023-68/court-lane-public-college.html.csp">High court says whistleblower testimony protected</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SAM HANANEL</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-19T11:33:46.764-06:00">Updated Jun 19, 2014 11:33AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The First Amendment protects public employees from job retaliation when they are called to testify in court about official corruption, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The unanimous decision cheered whistleblower advocates, who said it could encourage more government workers to cooperate with prosecutors in public fraud cases without fear of losing their livelihoods. The justices decided in favor of Edward Lane, a former Alabama community college official who says he was fired afte...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580890232014-06-19T11:33:46.764-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-19T11:33:46.764-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58089023@www.sltrib.com Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:33:46 MDT Obama considering selective airstrikes against Sunni rebels http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58081428-68/official-iraq-militants-obama.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58081428-68/official-iraq-militants-obama.html.csp">Obama considering selective airstrikes against Sunni rebels</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARK LANDLER</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and ERIC SCHMITT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-17T21:34:01.681-06:00">Updated Jun 17, 2014 09:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • President Barack Obama is considering a targeted, highly-selective campaign of airstrikes against Sunni militants in Iraq similar to counterterrorism operations in Yemen rather than an aerial bombardment, a senior administration official said Tuesday. Such a campaign, using either unmanned drones or fighter jets, could last for a prolonged period, the official said. But it is not likely to begin for days, until the United States gathers adequate intelligence about the location of th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58081428@www.sltrib.com Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:34:01 MDT Obama to sign order extending LGBT protections http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58074137-68/obama-president-gay-order.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58074137-68/obama-president-gay-order.html.csp">Obama to sign order extending LGBT protections</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JULIE PACE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-16T11:10:17.689-06:00">Updated Jun 16, 2014 11:10AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation, a White House official said Monday. The move follows years of pressure from gay rights groups for Obama to act on his own while a broader employment non-discrimination measure languishes on Capitol Hill. The Senate passed the legislation last year but the bill stalled in the Republican-led House and there is little sign t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580741372014-06-16T11:10:17.689-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-16T11:10:17.689-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58074137@www.sltrib.com Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:10:17 MDT Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58062189-68/bergdahl-officials-taliban-army.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58062189-68/bergdahl-officials-taliban-army.html.csp">Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ROBERT BURNS a</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">nd LOLITA C. BALDOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-12T18:57:56.352-06:00">Updated Jun 12, 2014 06:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, is returning to the United States on Friday, but he will not receive the promotion that would have been automatic had he still been held prisoner. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said Thursday that Bergdahl had left Germany on board a U.S. military aircraft and was expected to arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, early Friday morning. A U.S. offic...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580621892014-06-12T18:57:56.352-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-12T18:57:56.352-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58062189@www.sltrib.com Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:57:56 MDT Bowe Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58060920-68/bergdahl-center-medical-army.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58060920-68/bergdahl-center-medical-army.html.csp">Bowe Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ROBERT BURNS </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-12T13:26:35.791-06:00">Updated Jun 12, 2014 01:26PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A U.S. defense official says released captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is scheduled to arrive at a military medical center in Texas on Friday. The official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been publicly announced, declined to provide details. Officials had previously said the intention was for Bergdahl to be reunited with his family at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity on May 31 and has been r...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580609202014-06-12T13:26:35.791-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-12T13:26:35.791-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58060920@www.sltrib.com Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:26:35 MDT Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban captors http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58042672-68/bergdahl-taliban-military-official.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58042672-68/bergdahl-taliban-military-official.html.csp">Bergdahl says he was tortured by Taliban captors</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LOLITA C. BALDOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-08T22:09:09.751-06:00">Updated Jun 8, 2014 10:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">PARIS • U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told people treating him at an American military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape, a senior U.S. official said Sunday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss what Bergdahl has revealed about the conditions of his captivity. The New York Times first reported on the matter. The official said it was difficult to...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580426722014-06-08T22:09:09.751-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-08T22:09:09.751-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58042672@www.sltrib.com Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:09:09 MDT Letter: Let’s rediscover our roots and go Ute http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58017497-82/language-official-state-bears.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58017497-82/language-official-state-bears.html.csp">Letter: Let’s rediscover our roots and go Ute</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-04T07:34:03.558-06:00">Updated Jun 4, 2014 07:34AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Now that we have cut down the Colorado blue spruce as official state tree, it is time to speak of our official language. The spruce is graceful and grown widely, but bears the name of another state. Our current official language is a pretty tongue, widely spoken in these parts, but bears the name of a foreign country, a European one at that. No, the official language of this state should be Ute. It has been used here longer than European speech and bears the name of our state. Some fear that o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58017497@www.sltrib.com Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:34:03 MDT Pentagon in 2010: Soldier walked away from his unit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58019794-68/bergdahl-official-taliban-pentagon.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58019794-68/bergdahl-official-taliban-pentagon.html.csp">Pentagon in 2010: Soldier walked away from his unit</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KEN DILANIAN </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and DEB RIECHMANN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-02T22:08:22.105-06:00">Updated Jun 2, 2014 10:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Pentagon concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military curbed any high-risk rescue plans. But the U.S. kept pursuing avenues to negotiate his release, recently seeking to fracture the Taliban network by making its leaders fear a faster deal with underlings could prevent the freedom they sought for five of their top officials, American officials told The Associated Press. The U.S. government kept t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580197942014-06-02T22:08:22.105-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-02T22:08:22.105-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58019794@www.sltrib.com Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:08:22 MDT U.S. concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away from his unit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58017256-68/bergdahl-military-monday-official.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58017256-68/bergdahl-military-monday-official.html.csp">U.S. concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away from his unit</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LOLITA C. BALDOR</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and CALVIN WOODWARD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-02T19:01:05.086-06:00">Updated Jun 2, 2014 07:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him, according to a former senior defense official who was involved in the matter. Instead, the U.S. government pursued negotiations to get him back over the following five years of his captivity — a track that led to his release over the weekend. Bergdahl was being checked and t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580172562014-06-02T19:01:05.086-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-02T19:01:05.086-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58017256@www.sltrib.com Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:01:05 MDT Idaho soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58011318-68/bergdahl-taliban-afghanistan-officials.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58011318-68/bergdahl-taliban-afghanistan-officials.html.csp">Idaho soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JULIE PACE and LOLITA C. BALDOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-01T09:42:59.781-06:00">Updated Jun 1, 2014 09:42AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special operations forces by the Taliban Saturday evening, local time, in an area of eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border, officials said. In a statement, the Taliban said Bergdahl was handed over on the ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580113182014-06-01T09:42:59.781-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-01T09:42:59.781-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58011318@www.sltrib.com Sun, 01 Jun 2014 09:42:59 MDT