December 19th, 2012
01:22 PM ET

Army sergeant could get death penalty in Afghan killings

The U.S. military has referred the case of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales to a court martial that would be authorized to consider the death penalty. Bales is accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a shooting rampage in March.

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Connecticut school shooting
December 19th, 2012
12:06 PM ET

Obama announces gun policy initiative

[Updated 12:06 pm ET] With the shock and horror from Newtown giving way to anger and calls for action, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday his first concrete steps in addressing the raging debate about gun policy.

Obama said that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an interagency process to develop policy in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school massacre.

Obama said he wants proposals on his desk quickly.

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Park to be South Korea's first woman president
Park Geun-hye in November
December 19th, 2012
10:14 AM ET

Park to be South Korea's first woman president

Conservative candidate Park Geun-Hye is the president elect for South Korea after liberal candidate Moon Jae-in conceded victory Wednesday,
the YTN network reported. Park will become the first woman South Korean president.

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Former federal judge Robert Bork dies
Robert Bork in 2005
December 19th, 2012
10:09 AM ET

Former federal judge Robert Bork dies

Conservative judge Robert Bork died early Wednesday at the age of 85 at his home in Virginia, two sources close to his family tell CNN today.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated Bork as a Supreme Court justice, only to have the nomination fall apart in a contentious confirmation battle after left-leaning groups opposed Bork's conservative judicial philosophies.

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Obama is Time's Person of the Year
President Barack Obama
December 19th, 2012
07:59 AM ET

Obama is Time's Person of the Year

President Barack Obama has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year.

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December 19th, 2012
07:36 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the investigation and fallout from the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Affleck testifies on Congo - Ben Affleck is more than just an actor and director.  He's also concerned about the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and he will testify on the ongoing crisis there before the House Armed Services Committee.

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