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Otto Warmbier's parents sue North Korea for his death

The family of Otto Warmbier, who died days after being returned to the US from detention in North Korea, said in an emotional day in court Wednesday that they are suing Kim Jong Un's regime because they want "closure" and "justice" for their son.

Judge strikes down Trump administration's asylum policy

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration's policy that makes it difficult for victims fleeing domestic and gang violence to qualify for asylum in the United States and ruled that some people deported under the policy have to be returned.

Republicans question Lynch on Comey, tarmac meeting

House lawmakers on Wednesday questioned former Obama administration Attorney General Loretta Lynch over her tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey's decision to leave her out of his announcement on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, in what is likely to be the final interview of the Republican-led investigation into the FBI.

Trump sensitive to border wall promise criticism

President Donald Trump has become increasingly sensitive to criticism that he's backing off his signature promise to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, three sources familiar with his concern tell CNN, as aides fear the administration's chances for securing funding for it have sunset.

'Justice' is Merriam-Webster's word of the year

Robert Mueller's investigation of US President Donald Trump; Brett Kavanaugh's tense hearings in Congress; the fight for social, racial and gender equality: the past year has seen an absorbing and tumultuous news cycle.

SC GOP could forgo 2020 primary in support of Trump

South Carolina Republicans could forgo their 2020 presidential primary in a show of support for President Donald Trump, the party chairman told CNN, a move that could frustrate efforts of possible GOP challengers.

Top Dem sends 51 letters to Trump administration demanding info

In a preview of the aggressive oversight Democrats plan to unleash in the next Congress, the incoming Democratic chairman of the House Oversight Committee sent more than 50 letters Wednesday to the Trump administration demanding answers about everything from family separations at the border to the Flint water crisis to security clearances and Cabinet secretary travel.

Dinosaur's 'hands' offer clues to evolution of modern bird wings

It has taken more than 20 years to extract, assemble and interpret a mysterious find from a famed marble quarry about 50 miles north of Milan, Italy. Now, with the investigation finally complete, Italian paleontologists say the fossils discovered in 1996 by an amateur fossilist, Angelo Zanella, are from a new species of dinosaur with four-fingered hands that offer clues to how modern bird wings evolved.

Ryan reflects on 'great and lasting difference' in farewell address to Congress

Outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that under his watch, the US House of Representatives "made a great and lasting difference in the trajectory of this country" in his farewell address at the Library of Congress, a final capstone in a series of events marking his departure after more than two decades on Capitol Hill.