U.S. reverses policy in move to speed release of migrant children

U.S. reverses policy in move to speed release of migrant childrenThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which cares for children who cross the border alone, said on Tuesday the policy of fingerprinting all adults living with the sponsors enacted in June had increased the time children were in government custody without turning up more red flags. The number of immigrant children in government-run shelters has ballooned to a record 14,700 as of Dec. 17, according to HHS. U.S. laws limit the time migrant juveniles can be detained, so those caught crossing the border without a parent or legal guardian are often released to adult sponsors in the United States.



U.S. judicial council tosses misconduct claims against Kavanaugh

U.S. judicial council tosses misconduct claims against KavanaughThe judges said the complaints of misconduct, including accusations that Kavanaugh made false, unduly partisan and disrespectful statements to senators, must be dismissed because he has been confirmed to the Supreme Court and the federal law governing judicial conduct applies only to lower court judges. Kavanaugh was a federal appeals court judge when President Donald Trump appointed him in July.



Pittsburgh considers stricter gun laws after synagogue attack

Pittsburgh considers stricter gun laws after synagogue attackThe measure would also ban certain types of ammunition and allow courts to ban gun ownership by people deemed to pose a significant threat of violence. "As gun violence escalates across the country, it would be unconscionable for me to stand by and do nothing," Councilman Corey O'Connor, one of the legislation's authors, said in a statement. O'Connor represents Squirrel Hill, the neighborhood where the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue took place.



Trump bans 'bump stocks' used in Las Vegas mass shooting

Trump bans 'bump stocks' used in Las Vegas mass shootingPresident Donald Trump's Republican Party typically supports gun ownership, and its members have fiercely fought off perceived threats to the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment guaranteeing Americans the right to bear arms. The Justice Department's regulation follows the lead of many states and retailers that imposed stricter limits on sales of guns and accessories after a deadly shooting in February at a Florida high school. Gun Owners of America said on Tuesday that it was going to court to fight the new rule and would seek an injunction.



New Hampshire physician assistant guilty of Insys opioid kickback scheme

New Hampshire physician assistant guilty of Insys opioid kickback schemeA federal jury in Concord, New Hampshire, found Christopher Clough, 45, guilty of all charges he faced in a case that stemmed from a years-long investigation into the Arizona company's efforts to promote its opioid medication Subsys. Patrick Richard, Clough's lawyer, said he is evaluating his options, including an appeal. The verdict came a month before six former Insys executives and managers including John Kapoor, a onetime billionaire who was its founder and chairman, face trial on charges that they conspired to bribe medical practitioners to prescribe Subsys.





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