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Top eight stories for today including Illinois told the Supreme Court it should not interfere with the state’s ban on assault rifles; The Biden administration proposed new requirements for airlines to compensate passengers for delays and cancellations; The driver of an SUV that crashed into a group of immigrants in Texas was charged with manslaughter, and more.


White House immigration policy draws fire as pandemic-era rule lapses

With just days to go before the U.S. will stop enforcing immigration limits put in place in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Republicans on social media shared images of migrants who had recently crossed the border — illustrating what they say is an emerging crisis.

A few miles west of where the Texas National Guard deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border, a few children play by the fence on the Mexican side in the desert scrub across from Sunland Park, N.M., on Dec. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)

Union for government employees sues to enjoin debt limit law

A union that represents federal employees filed suit for an injunction Monday against the federal law that gives the White House unilateral authority to cut government spending if Congress can’t compromise on stalled debt ceiling negotiations.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen listens during a House Committee on Financial Services hearing, Wednesday, April 6, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Pew survey finds similarities, nuances among Asian American community

With Asians representing just 7% of the U.S. population, it has long been difficult to reflect individuals' varied, nuanced experiences in large surveys, but data published by Pew on Monday highlights a few similarities among the many differences in views.

Los Angeles' Chinatown. (Martin Macias Jr./Courthouse News)

Rules proposed to compensate air passengers for delays, cancellations

Ahead of one of the busiest travel days of the year, the Biden administration is proposing new requirements for airlines to compensate passengers for delays and cancellations.

President Joe Biden announces new federal regulations on May 8, 2023, to require airlines to better compensate and cover expenses for stranded passengers. (Screenshot via Courthouse News)


Illinois defends its ban on assault weapons to Supreme Court

Illinois told the Supreme Court it should not interfere with the state’s ban on assault rifles, arguing Monday that its law poses no conflict with precedent because the Second Amendment does not protect AR-15s and similar weapons. 

Three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento on Aug. 15, 2012. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Prize for a cure: 4 years later, legislative push to end diseases loses steam

A former Ohio lawmaker said the death of his parents from cancer sparked the idea for a commission that would award vast sums to anyone who could cure the world's most pernicious diseases. But the effort has found few allies.

(Pixabay image via Courthouse News)

Driver charged for deadly crash outside Texas migrant shelter

The driver of an SUV that crashed into a group of immigrants Sunday, killing eight, was identified by police Monday and charged with manslaughter. Authorities said more charges are possible if they determine he intended to hit the victims.

Emergency personnel respond to a fatal collision in Brownsville, Texas, on Sunday, May 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Gonzalez)


Scientists find new asteroid belt, possible planet orbiting nearby star

In a study released Monday in the academic journal Springer Nature, astronomers announced they had discovered a previously undetected debris field – and possibly a new planet – circling a star in our stellar backyard.

This image of the dusty debris disk surrounding the young star Fomalhaut is from Webb’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI). It reveals three nested belts extending out to 14 billion miles (23 billion kilometers) from the star. (András Gáspár (University of Arizona), Alyssa Pagan (STScI) / NASA, ESA, CSA)
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