U.S. Army via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived in the United States Friday morning, Pentagon officials confirmed, marking another step in his reintegration process following nearly five years spent in captivity.

The former POW’s plane landed in San Antonio, where he’ll continue his reintegration process at Brooke Army Medical Center, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

“Our focus remains on his health and well-being,” Kirby said.

Bergdahl, 28, was released from captivity on May 31 after nearly five years as a prisoner of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army soldier was freed in exchange for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees. He has been at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since shortly after his release from captivity.

The Idaho man’s post-captivity reintegration process entails three phases, starting with recovery. The program was developed from lessons learned after the release of prisoners of war following the Vietnam War.

The second phase of reintegration has taken place at Landstuhl, where Bergdahl has been receiving medical care and briefings with psychologists. Pentagon officials have said in recent days that his health has continued to improve and that he has been “engaging with hospital staff more and more each day.”

Officials had said that there was no specific timetable for how long Bergdahl would remain at Landstuhl.

“Nobody is going to push it any further or any faster than Sergeant Bergdahl and his caregivers are willing to take it,” Kirby said at a Tuesday briefing. “This soldier was held captive for nearly five years in what we must assume were harsh conditions. He’s going to need time to reassimilate, time to heal mentally and physically.”

It was also up to Bergdahl to decide when he might make contact with his parents, and, as of Thursday, Defense officials said he had still not spoken with his family. The third phase of reintegration in San Antonio includes a reunion with family members.

The Obama administration has come under fire for not giving U.S. lawmakers a heads up about the release, but Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told a House committee Wednesday that the exchange was too delicate, too uncertain and too fast-moving for him to have alerted Congress beforehand, as some have said the law requires.

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MIAMI, Fla.) — Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 14 rebounds while playing tremendous defense against LeBron James to help San Antonio dominate the Heat in a 107-86 win in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

The Spurs now take a 3-1 lead in the series and are one win away from a world championship.

“I’m pleased that they performed as well as they did while we’ve been in Miami, and that’s about as far as it goes,” said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. “Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well or better.”

For the second straight game, San Antonio dominated, leading by as many as 24 points in the third quarter. The Spurs shot 57.1 percent from the floor as a team, including 9-for-21 from three-point distance. Miami, who had not lost at home this postseason prior to Game 3 on Tuesday, shot just 45 percent in the loss.

Despite 28 points from LeBron James, 19 of which came in the third quarter, the Heat were unable to find an answer defensively. Now they must do what no team has ever done, win an NBA Finals after trailing 3 games to 1.

Tim Duncan surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most career playoff minutes (8,869) as well as Magic Johnson’s all-time record for double-doubles in the postseason (158). Duncan has helped bring San Antonio all four world titles in franchise history, the most recent of which in 2007. He can add a fifth to his resume on Sunday when the team returns to San Antonio.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OAK LAWN, Ill.) — Ten jagged screws were drilled into the ends of two children’s slides at an Illinois park, endangering those who zoomed down the plastic ride.

The sabotage at Memorial Park in Oak Lawn was discovered before any children used the slides. Police are investigating.

The screws were exposed and the heads were intentionally snapped off, officials said.

After a park patron reported the incident, officials removed the screws from the slides using a hole punch before anyone was injured, said Oak Lawn Park Superintendent Joel Craig.

The park district stated they would be examining the equipment daily. The Oak Lawn Police Department has increased patrols in the area and is encouraging parents to take precautions.

“Parents should look for any loose equipment, or for actual damage, and if they see anything, to call 911,” said Michael Kaufmann, division chief at the Oak Lawn Police Department.

A similar incident occurred earlier this year when a 2-year-old boy was cut on his hand by one of nearly a dozen razor blades that were glued to playground equipment at a park in Moline, Illinois. Craig explained there was no indication the two cases are connected.

“It doesn’t seem to be the same kind of incident. That one took a little more effort to do,” he said.

Kaufmann also stated that the person responsible would face charges of both criminal damage and felony battery if anyone had been injured by the screws.

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Cincinnati Reds 4 (31-34) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (35-33)

Philadelphia Phillies 7 (28-36) – San Diego Padres 3 (28-38)

Colorado Rockies 10 (31-35) – Atlanta Braves 3 (34-31)

San Francisco Giants 7 (43-24) – Washington Nationals 1 (35-30)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (34-31) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (39-29)

Boston Red Sox 5 (30-36) – Cleveland Indians 2 (33-34)

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PINEHURST, N.C.) — Martin Kaymer shot an opening round 5-under 65 at the U.S. Open championship on Thursday, to take a three-stroke lead over Graeme McDowell, Kevin Na, Fran Quinn and Brendon de Jonge.

Kaymer had six birdies and just one bogey on the day. He seized the lead on the back nine with birdies on the 14th, 16th and 17th hole.

Phil Mickelson, in search of his first U.S. Open championship, finished the day at even-70, five shots behind Kaymer. The five-time Major championship winner had three birdies and three bogeys on the day.

Defending champion Justin Rose completed the first round at two-over 70, after bogeying the 8th, 13th, 14th, 17th, and 18th hole.

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Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Two long-range Russian bombers flew within 50 miles of the northern California coast Monday, but stayed out of U.S. airspace, a defense official said Thursday.

The incident began much further north when four Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber planes and a refueling tanker entered the outer Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) near Alaska. The ADIZ extends for 200 miles and is considered international airspace, but if military aircraft enter the ADIZ, the U.S. NORAD sends fighter jets to get a visual identification, NORAD spokesperson Capt. Jennifer Stadnyk said.

That’s what happened Monday afternoon when two American F-22 Raptor fighter jets went up to keep an eye on the Russian aircraft.

At some point the bombers left the ADIZ — two headed west back towards Russia and the other two headed south. Those heading south once again entered the ADIZ off the northern California coast. This time they were picked up visually by a pair of American F-15 fighters.

Officials said that at no time did any of the aircraft enter U.S. airspace. There were no communications with the Russian aircraft.

The incident was first reported by The Washington Free Beacon.

Stadnyk said that the last five years there have been 50 intercepts of Russian military aircraft entering North American ADIZs. One of the new stealth F-22 Raptors’ first missions reportedly was such an interception back in 2007.

The last time the Russian bombers came close to the California coast was July 4, 2012.

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Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit a two-run home run as Cincinnati (31-34) dodged the Los Angeles Dodgers (35-33) on Thursday, 4-1.

With a runner on first and nobody out, Frazier took the first pitch from Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (8-3) and sent it over the right field wall for his 14th homer of the year.

Greinke finished the day allowing two earned runs on four hits across six innings. He struck out three while walking just one.

Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon (9-3) went eight scoreless innings, scattering seven hits and no walks, while striking out five.

The Dodgers were without All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez because of a sore throwing shoulder.

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Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit a two-run home run as Cincinnati (31-34) dodged the Los Angeles Dodgers (35-33) on Thursday, 4-1.

With a runner on first and nobody out, Frazier took the first pitch from Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (8-3) and sent it over the right field wall for his 14th homer of the year.

Greinke finished the day allowing two earned runs on four hits across six innings. He struck out three while walking just one.

Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon (9-3) went eight scoreless innings, scattering seven hits and no walks, while striking out five.

The Dodgers were without All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez because of a sore throwing shoulder.

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George Frey/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) — Two members of the Mormon Church are being threatened with excommunication after rallying their church to ordain women to the priesthood and accept openly gay members to the church.

Kate Kelly, a human rights lawyer, founded the group Ordain Women, which advocates gender equality within the Mormon Church. According to its website, the group’s goal is to “call for the ordination of women and their full integration into the governance of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Kelly was informed of the disciplinary hearing shortly after she had moved to another city, and will be unable to attend her hearing on June 22.

“Convening a council in my absence, after I have moved, is both cowardly and unchristlike,” Kelly said in a letter online.

Activist John P. Dehlin was also facing excommunication from the church after creating an online forum addressing issues for Mormons questioning their faith, including dealing with homosexuality. Dehlin received a letter from the president of his church region whom he had not met calling on him to either resign from the church or face a disciplinary council.

“It feels awful to be told that your church wants to reject you,” Dehlin told ABC News. “It makes me feel sick to my stomach.”

Both members were being charged with “apostasy,” meaning a total desertion or departure from the religion.

Mormon Church leaders hold trials in confidence and, therefore, had no comment outside of an issued press release. Although Kelly and Dehlin were contacted by the local leaders of their church region, one in Virginia and the other in Utah, each received their letter within days of the other.

“I don’t believe it’s a coincidence,” said Dehlin. “I believe it’s an orchestrated effort coming from the leadership of the church.”

The church states online, “Local leaders have the responsibility to clarify false teachings and prevent other members from being misled. Decisions are made by local leaders and not directed or coordinated by church headquarters.”

Although Kelly has moved from Virginia, the church placed a restriction on her records, meaning she was unable to handle her excommunication from her current location in Utah and was only able to submit a written response.

“For me, it’s just devastating,” said Kelly. “I’ve compared it to being invited to your own funeral.”

This is the first time since 1993 that the church has taken such drastic measures to silence members of the congregation.

“The church is experiencing a wave of members leaving, and I don’t think they know how to deal with it,” said Dehlin. “It’s a desperate act of shooting the messenger.”

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ABC News(MIAMI) — A devastated mother embraced her daughter’s killer in court this week, a moment of forgiveness amid personal anguish.

Jordyn Howe pleaded guilty in court Tuesday for the 2012 shooting death of his friend, Lourdes “Jina” Guzman-DeJesus, 13. Howe had brought his stepfather’s gun on the school bus, firing it once at the ground.

Nothing happened.

He pointed the weapon at Guzman-DeJesus — and this time, when he pulled the trigger, the gun fired, killing her.

The victim’s mother, Ady DeJesus, spoke about her daughter’s death in court.

“It’s such a painful experience,” she said, still visibly shaken. “Two parents should never…I can’t.”

Howe, now 16, confessed immediately to the crime, pleading guilty to three charges — including manslaughter with a deadly weapon.

“I’m just sorry for her loss and I apologize for doing what I did,” he said.

Howe faced up to 22 months in prison, and Ady DeJesus initially demanded a harsh punishment.

But after DeJesus met with the teen and a judge, she came up with a different plea deal, and the court agreed. Howe will spend one year in a juvenile detention center and will also spend time touring Florida with DeJesus, talking about the dangers of guns.

If he fails to follow through, he will go back to court.

Judge Ellen Venzer expressed optimism that Howe will make the most of the situation. “I hope and pray that you do not squander this opportunity that you’ve been given,” she said.

For DeJesus, the ruling has helped to bring her peace. “I forgive him because I’ve found peace because I feel like my daughter now is in peace,” DeJesus said. “It won’t bring my daughter back, but at least it will keep her name alive.”

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