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Soldier's legal choice...Hospital discharge death...Wacky warm weather

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2015 at 10:01 p.m.



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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Bowe Bergdahl and his legal team have major decisions to make. The U.S. Army sergeant who went missing from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 was arraigned Tuesday at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was held by the Taliban for five years until being freed in a controversial prisoner swap. He has the option of having his court-martial heard by a jury or a judge.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a woman who refused to leave a hospital when doctors discharged her died after she was forcibly removed by police. Barbara Dawson, who was 57, collapsed Monday while being escorted in handcuffs from the Liberty Calhoun Hospital, in Blountstown. An officer arrested Dawson for disorderly conduct. The NAACP held an emergency meeting on Tuesday to consider the incident.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An ongoing federal investigation of a New Jersey medical laboratory has netted guilty pleas from more than two dozen doctors. Prosecutors say Biodiagnostic Laboratory bribed doctors to make referrals for unnecessary tests. The firm is said to have made millions. The investigation has recovered more than $12 million so far in forfeitures.

UNDATED (AP) — Weather experts say the record-breaking warmth and rain across much of the eastern half of the nation is being caused by El Nino and a weather pattern that has cold air bottled up in the Arctic. Wednesday's forecast calls for severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes in Arkansas, northern Alabama, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee.

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Nicolas Cage has agreed to give back a national treasure from Mongolia, a 32-inch fossil. A publicist for the star of the "National Treasure" adventure films says Cage was the unwitting buyer of a dinosaur skull that federal prosecutors in New York say was stolen. His agent says Cage bought the item at an auction house and received a certificate of authenticity.

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