DeMario Mayfield moved to Baghdad seeking redemption two years ago after his hoop dreams were left in tatters by a run-in with the law.
"The grace with which Mr. Coley has endured this lengthy and unjust incarceration is extraordinary," Gov. Jerry Brown wrote in his pardon.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said U.S. Capitol Police had opened an investigation after a nude photo and a salacious sext surfaced on social media.
America's roads and airports filled with Thanksgiving holiday travelers on what AAA said could be the busiest holiday travel day in more than a decade.
Eight people have been transferred to the aircraft carrier for medical assistance but are in "good condition," the U.S. Navy said in a tweet.