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A federal judge has ruled that the parents of Otto Warmbier, a U.S. student who died after being taken hostage by North Korea and released by the country in a coma in 2017, should receive about $240,000 seized from a North Korean bank account. The amount would be a partial payment toward the more than $501 million Fred and Cindy Warmbier of Wyoming, Ohio, were awarded in 2018 by a federal judge in Washington, D.C. The couple have claimed their son was tortured by North Korea after being convicted in 2016 of trying to steal a propaganda poster. The 22-year-old suffered severe brain damage and died shortly after being returned.

International airlines have canceled some flights heading to or departing from the U.S. The cancellations Wednesday were less dramatic than feared, but represented the latest complication in a dispute over concerns that 5G mobile phone service could interfere with aircraft technology. Airlines said they received warnings from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration or Boeing that the plane maker’s 777 was particularly vulnerable to interference from 5G service. Airlines for America, a trade group, said cancellations were limited because telecom providers agreed to temporarily reduce the rollout of 5G near airports while industry and the government work out a longer-term solution.

Suspicions that a University of Michigan sports doctor was committing sexual assault went back decades, long before a $490 million settlement with victims. But no one stepped forward to ensure that Robert Anderson would be kicked off campus. The many missed opportunities were described in detail last May when a law firm hired by the university released its findings about Anderson, who died in 2008 after working at U-M for nearly 40 years. The WilmerHale law firm found many significant events that could have made a difference if someone had intervened, but no one did, leaving Anderson with “countless occasions” to harass, abuse and assault patients.

The 44th annual Sundance Film Festival is back, and entirely online once more. The festival starts Thursday with nine packed days of high profile documentaries about everyone from Kanye West and Princess Diana to Lucille Ball and Bill Cosby, buzzy first films from knowns and unknowns, virtual gatherings and filmmaker Q&As. The experience of 2021 taught the programmers that not only could they run a successful festival online, but that films could still break through. Opening night selections include “Emergency,” a darkly comedic look at issues like race and assault, as well as Eva Longoria’s documentary “La Guerra Civil,” about Oscar De La Hoya and Julio César Chávez’s 1996 fight.

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A new study that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19. The study examined infections in New York and California last summer and fall. They found people who were both vaccinated and had survived a prior bout of COVID-19 had the most protection. But unvaccinated people with a prior infection were a very close second. By fall, when the more contagious delta variant had taken over but boosters weren’t yet widespread, those people had a lower case rate than vaccinated people who had no past infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the study Wednesday.

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The University of Michigan has agreed to a $490 million settlement with more than 1,000 people who say they were sexually assaulted by a sports doctor during his nearly four-decade career at the school. The university confirmed the settlement Wednesday. Dr. Robert Anderson died in 2008. The university had been in mediation to resolve multiple lawsuits by mostly men who said Anderson sexually abused them during routine medical examinations. Anderson worked at the university from 1966 until his 2003 retirement and was director of the university’s Health Service and a physician for multiple athletic teams, including football.

The man accused of pushing a woman to her death in a New York City subway station has been arraigned on a murder charge and ordered held without bail. Martial Simon was charged Wednesday in the death of Michelle Alyssa Go. She was pushed in front of a train Saturday in the Times Square station. A mental fitness exam was ordered for Simon. Go is Asian American, and prosecutors are trying to determine whether the attack was racially motivated. A defense agency says “it would be a shame if Mr. Simon was sacrificed at the altar of vengeful public opinion.”

New Mexico is asking National Guard troops and state bureaucrats to volunteer to serve as substitute teachers as preschools and K-12 public schools struggle to keep classrooms open amid surging COVID-19 infections. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced an unprecedented effort to reopen classrooms in the capital city of Santa Fe and shore up staffing across the state. Her administration says school districts and preschools are seeking as many as 800 substitute teachers and day care workers for shifts ranging from one classroom period to the entire day. School districts will decide whether military personnel appear in uniform or casual dress.

The infant endangered Sumatran orangutan at the zoo in New Orleans is being bottle-fed because his mother wasn't producing enough milk. An Audubon Zoo spokeswoman says the still unnamed baby was being tube-fed as well, but the tube was removed Jan. 13. Twelve-year-old Menari gave birth to the baby on Christmas Eve. Days later, he was showing signs of weakness and lack of nursing. Veterinarians examined the first-time mother and discovered the lactation problem. Zoo staffers care for the baby round-the-clock — sometimes in front of the other orangutans so they can get to know him. A zoo statement says the others appear most interested when the baby is fed or his diapers are changed.

Authorities say investigators are working to determine whether some small bone fragments found during the search for a 91-year-old woman who tried to save her dogs from a wildfire in suburban Denver could belong to her. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that scientific testing is underway to determine if the fragments are human as part of the search for Edna Nadine Turnbull. The process can take weeks or months. The sheriff's office said Turnbull entered her home to try to save her dogs after being told she needed to evacuate. She has not been seen again. Last month's wildfire destroyed over 1,000 homes and buildings.