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U.S. Supreme Court to hear ‘stay in Mexico’ immigration dispute
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear President Joe Biden’s request to reverse a sweeping immigration policy begun under his predecessor Donald Trump that has forced tens of thousands of migrants to stay in Mexico to await US hearings on their asylum claims. Judges will hear a Biden administration appeal against a lower court ruling that reinstated the so-called ‘stay in Mexico’ policy after the Republican-led states of Texas and Missouri sued for maintain the program. Biden suspended the policy, which changed longstanding American practice, shortly after taking office last year.
US FDA plans to approve second COVID-19 booster shot -WSJ
U.S. health regulators are considering authorizing a potential fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the fall, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The Food and Drug Administration has reviewed data to authorize a second booster dose of messenger RNA vaccines from Pfizer Inc and its partner BioNTech SE and vaccines from Moderna Inc, the report adds.
Oath Keepers founder will remain in jail until trial for sedition, US judge says
Oath Keepers militia founder Stewart Rhodes will remain in jail until his trial on a seditious conspiracy charge for allegedly helping plot the assault on the US Capitol, a US judge has ruled, calling him a ‘clear and compelling danger “. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta told a hearing on Friday that Rhodes spent thousands of dollars on weapons and other equipment before the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by Donald Trump supporters and also carried out “substantial purchases” of weapons thereafter.
Ex-Minnesota Police Officer Kimberly Potter Sentenced to 2 Years for Daunte Wright’s Murder
A Minnesota judge sentenced former police officer Kimberly Potter to two years on Friday for the shooting death of black motorist Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, a lighter sentence than the roughly seven years in prison sought by prosecutors . Potter, 49 – who mistook his handgun for his Taser when shooting Wright, 20, as he resisted officers who arrested him in a Minneapolis suburb last April – was found guilty by a jury in December of first degree and second- degree manslaughter.
US judge rejects Trump’s request to launch January 6 incitement lawsuit
Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday lost an attempt to dismiss a lawsuit accusing him of instigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. In a lengthy written ruling https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/legaldocs/akpezndgovr/Mehta%20order%20Jan%206%202022.pdf, Judge Amit Mehta of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia said three lawsuits filed by Democratic members of Congress and two police officers could proceed to trial.
Purdue’s Sackler owners offer up to $6 billion in opioid settlement
The Sackler family owners of Purdue Pharma LP have proposed a larger new settlement worth up to $6 billion to resolve allegations that the maker of OxyContin and its owners contributed to the deadly outbreak of opioids in the United States, an ombudsman’s report revealed on Friday. The mediator, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman, oversaw talks between members of the Sackler family and eight states and the District of Columbia. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in December blocked an earlier $4.33 billion settlement proposal that would have legally shielded family members, a move that threatened to upend Purdue’s bankruptcy reorganization.
Helicopter crashes into waves off crowded Miami beach
Federal agencies are investigating the crash of a helicopter with three passengers in the Atlantic Ocean near swimmers and sunbathers in Miami Beach, Florida on Saturday. A Robinson R44 helicopter plunged into the ocean near a crowded beach at 1:20 p.m. local time, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The agency is investigating the cause of the crash with the National Transportation Safety Board.
Trump’s exclusive Truth Social app set to hit Apple’s App Store on Monday, per executive
Donald Trump’s new social media venture, Truth Social, appears set to launch in Apple’s App Store on Monday, according to an executive’s posts on a test version seen by Reuters, potentially marking the return of the former president on social networks on the American presidents. Public holiday. In a series of posts Friday night, a verified account of the network’s product manager, listed as Billy B., answered questions about the app from people invited to use it during its testing phase. A user asked when the app, available this week for beta testers, would be released, according to screenshots seen by Reuters.
US naval engineer’s wife pleads guilty to conspiracy to sell secrets
The wife of a former US naval engineer pleaded guilty on Friday to helping her husband try to sell secrets about US nuclear submarines to an unknown foreign country. Diana Toebbe, 46,’s guilty plea was part of a deal with prosecutors that calls for a much shorter prison sentence than her husband.
Prosecution and defense remain on hold in Arbery’s hate crimes trial
The prosecution and defense closed their cases Friday in the hate crime trial of three white Georgia men who have already been convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery as the young black man ran through their neighborhood. Closing statements will be made on Monday and the case will then go to the jury, made up of nine white jurors and three black jurors. Prosecutors in the trial, which began on Monday, set out to prove Travis McMichael, 36; his father Gregory McMichael, 66; and William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, motivated by racism in the commission of their crime.
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