Hundreds of migrant children held in U.S. tent city for months: filings

Hundreds of migrant children held in U.S. tent city for months: filingsMore than 500 children have been housed in tents near Tornillo, Texas since August, and 46 have been held there since June, according to a Friday court filing in Los Angeles federal court by civil rights organizations and advocacy groups representing migrant children. The filing opposes a government request to exempt the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which runs the tent city as a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), from oversight by a court-ordered monitor.



U.S. top court blocks questioning of Ross in census suit

U.S. top court blocks questioning of Ross in census suitThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked a judge's order forcing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to give a deposition in a lawsuit by 18 states challenging a planned question in the 2020 census that would ask respondents whether they are U.S. citizens. The justices issued a stay of the Sept. 21 order by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan requiring Ross to face questioning by lawyers for the states while litigation over the politically charged dispute continues. It represented only a partial win for President Donald Trump's administration as the justices declined to halt Furman's orders compelling a top Justice Department official, John Gore, to sit for a deposition and for the administration to hand over more documents on the matter.



Trump says transgender policy seeks to 'protect the country'

Trump says transgender policy seeks to 'protect the country'Asked about a campaign promise to protect the LGBT community, Trump said: "I'm protecting everybody. The move would remove recognition of and protections for transgender people under U.S. civil rights laws promoted by the prior administration of President Barack Obama in health care, schools and the military. The reported proposal comes little more than a week after New York City created a gender-neutral "X" option for birth certificates, joining California, Oregon, Washington state and New Jersey in offering a third gender category on the government-issued identity documents.



U.S. Bible museum says five Dead Sea Scrolls fragments fake

U.S. Bible museum says five Dead Sea Scrolls fragments fakeGerman-based researchers tested the fragments and found five "show characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin and therefore will no longer be displayed," the museum said in a statement. Academics have long questioned the authenticity of Dead Sea Scroll fragments sold by antiquities dealers. The museum established by the Green family of Oklahoma, who own U.S. craft-store chain Hobby Lobby, funded research over the past two years into whether its 16 Dead Sea Scroll fragments were genuine.



Guard shoots man trying to break into Washington TV station office

Guard shoots man trying to break into Washington TV station officeA security guard shot and wounded a man who kicked in the front doors of the offices of the Fox 5 channel in Washington on Monday afternoon, the television station and police said. "The man was reportedly confronted by a FOX 5 contracted security guard who shot the suspect in the upper torso," the channel, owned and operated by Fox Television Stations, reported. No one else was hurt, according to Fox 5 and the police.





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