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_1 Bergdahl plea: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will ap­pear in court next week to en­ter an ex­pected guilty plea to charges that he en­dan­gered com­rades by walk­ing off his re­mote post in Afghanistan in 2009. The Army an­nounced that Bergdahl will en­ter a plea Mon­day at Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl is ex­pected to plead guilty to de­ser­tion and mis­be­hav­ior be­fore the en­emy. Pros­e­cu­tors aren’t say­ing whether they have agreed to limit Bergdahl’s pun­ish­ment. The mis­be­hav­ior charge car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of life in prison, while the de­ser­tion charge is pun­ish­able by up to five years.

_2 U.S. cen­sus: The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion ac­knowl­edged that bil­lions more dol­lars are “ur­gently needed” to en­sure a fair and ac­cu­rate count of peo­ple liv­ing in the U.S. dur­ing the 2020 cen­sus. Com­merce Sec­re­tary Wil­bur Ross told a House panel Thurs­day that new es­ti­mates show the 2020 cen­sus will cost $15.6 bil­lion, about 27 per­cent more than ear­lier pro­jec­tions. Ross says some of the fac­tors be­hind the higher cost es­ti­mates in­clude in­creased con­cerns about pri­vacy and se­cu­rity, tight­en­ing la­bor mar­kets and overly op­ti­mistic pro­jec­tions from the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion about the sav­ings new tech­nol­ogy would pro­vide.

_3 ID law­suit: Nine pas­sen­gers on a do­mes­tic flight for which im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties made ev­ery­one show iden­ti­fi­ca­tion be­fore they could de­plane are su­ing the govern­ment, al­leg­ing they were sub­jected to an un­con­sti­tu­tional search, an at­tor­ney for the group said. The pas­sen­gers, rep­re­sented by the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union, asked a fed­eral judge Thurs­day to bar the govern­ment from re­quir­ing peo­ple to pro­duce ID be­fore de­board­ing a do­mes­tic flight, with­out a war­rant or in­di­vid­u­al­ized rea­son to do so. ACLU Deputy Le­gal Di­rec­tor Ce­cil­lia Wang said that even though pas­sen­gers are re­quired to show iden­ti­fi­ca­tion be­fore be­ing al­lowed into the area where flights are boarded, those on board the flight were “shocked” to be asked to do so be­fore they could leave. The in­ci­dent oc­curred in Fe­bru­ary on Delta Flight 1583 from San Fran­cisco to New York. Au­thor­i­ties said they had been search­ing for an im­mi­grant who had re­ceived a de­por­ta­tion or­der to leave the United States.

_4 For baby’s sake: An ap­peals court says a Penn­syl­va­nia judge was jus­ti­fied in deny­ing pa­role to a preg­nant addict to safe­guard her un­born child from her drug abuse. A Su­pe­rior Court panel on this week agreed Le­high County Judge James An­thony was right to deny pa­role to Brit­nee Becker last year. The 28-year-old Catasaqua wo­man had ar­gued the judge dis­crim­i­nated against her be­cause she was preg­nant by deny­ing her pa­role af­ter she fin­ished her min­i­mum jail sen­tence on a theft case pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion last year. But the ap­peals court says the judge was right to con­sider Becker’s un­born child, es­pe­cially since Becker ac­knowl­edged us­ing heroin when she was five months preg­nant. She was ar­rested for the vi­o­la­tion in May 2016.

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