Otto Warmbier

Nearly four years after his son's death at the hands of North Korea, a Cincinnati man continues to press the brutal regime to pay for it.

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The parents of Cincinnatian Otto Warmbier are praising proposed expanded sanctions against North Korea, saying their son would approve. The college student was imprisoned there and died shortly after being returned to the U.S. in 2017.

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Senator Rob Portman, recently back from a fact-finding mission to Asia where he wore an Otto Warmbier t-shirt at the Korean border, says the U.S. doesn't owe North Korea anything. The Washington Post reports North Korea made the U.S. promise it would foot a $2 million hospital bill before it allowed the Wyoming High School graduate to return home. That bill remains unpaid.

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The parents of Otto Warmbier issued a statement Friday in response to President Donald Trump's defense of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the alleged treatment of their son while in North Korea's custody.

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Senator Sherrod Brown told WVXU today he hopes President Trump's on-again, off-again summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un takes place next month.

Brown, a Democrat running for re-election this year, says he hopes his bill to levy more sanctions on North Korea if they do not cooperate will be part of the leverage Trump can use if he sits down with the North Korean leader next month in Singapore.

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Following Friday's historic meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea, Senator Rob Portman says he still doesn't trust the north's Kim Jong Un.

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The parents of an American college student who died after more than a year in North Korean custody have sued North Korea, accusing the regime of torture and mistreatment.

Otto Warmbier was returned to the U.S. last June in a coma. He died soon afterward. A coroner concluded that his death was "due to an unknown insult more than a year prior to death."

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Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco is disputing remarks by Fred and Cindy Warmbier to Fox & Friends that their son, Otto Warmbier, was tortured.

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This week, Cincinnati Council approved a city budget totaling nearly $1.6 billon for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) board voted to put a tax levy on next year's ballot. Funeral services for Otto Warmbier were held yesterday and the jury in the Tensing trial is still in deliberation.

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Thousands of people celebrated the life of an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after being returned to Ohio. 

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It appears we might never know the exact cause of death for Otto Warmbier, a Wyoming High School grad held in North Korea for 17 months for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster.

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Update June 20, noon: A public funeral service for Otto Warmbier is scheduled for Thursday June 22 at Wyoming High School at 9:00 a.m.

Burial will be at Oak Hills Cemetery, according to Spring Grove which owns that cemetery.

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The Wyoming High School graduate imprisoned in North Korea has been in a coma for 15 months. We're following Otto Warmbier's release and his condition. Plus, FC Cincinnati wants a stadium. We'll talk about how much it could cost taxpayers.

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After a battery of tests, doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center say Otto Warmbier, recently released from a North Korean prison, is in a state of unresponsive wakefulness, meaning he shows no signs of understanding his surroundings and he has not spoken.

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Two days after Wyoming High School graduate Otto Warmbier landed in Cincinnati on a medically equipped plane from North Korea, his father spoke to the media.

Fred Warmbier says he is feeling "relief now that  Otto is home in the arms of those who love him, and anger that he was so brutally treated for so long."

Update: A small group of supporters came to Lunken Airport Tuesday night carrying signs saying, "Welcome Home Otto."

Most were family friends who say they feel terrible that the Wyoming High School grad was reportedly beaten while jailed in North Korea and has been in a coma for over a year.

Otto Warmbier's plane, a Gulfstream flying in from Alaska, landed at Lunken about 10:10 p.m. It taxied to the terminal and a couple of people carried Warmbier off the plane and into an ambulance headed for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

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Political activist, consultant and NBA agent David Sugarman first learned of Otto Warmbier's fate on the news, recognizing it was a similar situation to that of Kenneth Bae who Sugarman helped to free from a North Korean prison in 2014.

Wyoming, Ohio native Otto Warmbier was arrested in late January "while perpetrating a hostile act," according to North Korean media.