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The Army has referred its findings on the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to a senior official who will determine whether Bergdahl will face criminal charges, it was announced Monday.

Michael Muskal
Under cover of darkness, three dozen U.S. commandos crept up on a walled compound in southern Yemen. Intelligence indicated that Luke Somers, an American hostage, was imprisoned inside.David S. Cloud and Zaid Ali
North Korea’s already tenuous links to the Internet went completely dark Monday after days of instability, in what Internet monitors described as one of the worst North Korean network failures in years.DAVID E. SANGER and NICOLE PERLROTH
Joe Cocker, the English soul and blues singer, died Monday “after a hard fought battle with small cell lung cancer,” Sony Music, his label, confirmed. He was 70.JOE COSCARELLI
After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, oil giant BP had to cut its worldwide portfolio significantly by selling off $43 billion in assets. Now, unexpectedly, the company finds itself in a more favorable position to weather a bear oil market than some competitors.Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle
Pope Francis excoriated the Vatican bureaucracy in his traditional Christmas address on Monday, saying that some of the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the Roman Catholic Church suffer from a “spiritual Alzheimer's."GAIA PIANIGIANI
Back in September, when oil was still selling for close to $100 a barrel, North Sea energy reserves were the big prize at stake in Scotland’s referendum on whether to secede from Britain.Stanley Reed
Supporters of Beji Caid Essebsi, a veteran statesman who served in the governments of both of Tunisia’s former dictators, celebrated his expected victory in Sunday’s presidential runoff as three exit polls showed him in the lead. His rival, the interim president Moncef Marzouki, did not concede defeat.Carlotta Gall
David Needham thought he would need to buy a car when he moved to Minneapolis-St. Paul from San Francisco in February 2013, but was pleasantly surprised to find that his adopted city has an extended transit system that meets all of his business and social needs, allowing him and his family to remain car-free.Jon Hurdle
While the Arctic in 2014 continued its long-term warming, much of the rest of the world was struck by wacky and extreme weather, and studies are underway to determine whether the trends are related, said scientists who released an annual report on the Arctic on Wednesday. Yereth Rosen