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California teen leads lawsuit to keep hundreds of thousands of immigrants in U.S.

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| A California teen has become an outspoken advocate to preserve Temporary Protected Status, becoming the lead plaintiff in a landmark class-action lawsuit.

Joshua Tree National Park Will Close After Visitor Damage During Government Shutdown


Park officials said few rangers are on hand to prevent off-road driving, which causes destruction of the park's namesake trees. Volunteers have been cleaning the nearly 800,000-acre park.

After Patient In Vegetative State Gives Birth, Facility's CEO Resigns


Hacienda HealthCare is facing investigations after the birth. Staff at the Phoenix facility reportedly hadn't noticed she was pregnant.

Using Genetic Genealogy To Identify Unknown Crime Victims, Sometimes Decades Later


DNA combined with the study of family history has been used to solve high-profile cold cases such as the Golden State Killer. Now, volunteers are using the technique to identify crime victims.


Australia Will Consider Granting Asylum To Saudi Woman Who Fears For Her Life


The 18-year-old fled her family and was detained in Thailand en route to Australia. Australia's Department of Home Affairs says her application for a humanitarian visa will be "carefully considered."

After Botching 2020 Census Contract, Officials Pick New Printer For $115 Million


The original contract awarded by the Government Publishing Office was cancelled after the printer filed for bankruptcy. An internal watchdog plans to investigate the new contracting process.

Florida Law Restoring The Vote To Former Felons Takes Effect


Approved by referendum, the measure overturns a 150-year-old ban. It applies to those who have completed their sentences, except those convicted of murder or a felony sex offense.

Spacey Appears In Court Over Sexual Assault Case Involving Busboy In Nantucket


"A not guilty plea was entered on the defendant's behalf," the district attorney's office says. Spacey is accused of sexually assaulted an 18-year-old man in the summer of 2016.

As American Sits In Moscow Jail, Russia Says U.S. Has Detained One Of Its Citizens


A top Russian official has dismissed suggestions that Paul Whelan would be traded for any Russian in U.S. custody.