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Trump administration rescinds foreign students rule

Foereing student order rescinded

The Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a policy that would have stripped visas from international students whose courses move exclusively online amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The move comes after the policy announcement last week sparked a flurry of litigation, beginning with a suit brought by Harvard and MIT, followed by California's public colleges and later a coalition of 17 states.

Judge Allison Burroughs, a federal district judge in Boston who was expected to preside over oral arguments in the Harvard-MIT case, made the surprise announcement at the beginning of the court proceedings Tuesday.


Cuomo will fine Floridians and other visitors for Covid-19 violations

Cuomo will fine Floridians and others who violate Covid rulesVisitors to New York from states where Covid-19 infections are on the rise could face a $2,000 fine if they fail to provide information about where they plan to quarantine for two weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

In a tweet posted Monday afternoon, Cuomo wrote that out-of-state visitors from “high COVID states” must provide contact information when they arrive in New York.

“If you fail to provide it, you will receive a summons with a $2k fine,” Cuomo wrote in the tweet. “We’re serious about enforcing quarantine.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis had issued a similar quarantine order in March when New York was a hot spot for the virus. But a resurgence of infections that began in June has turned the tables on Florida, which now ranks among the country's worst-hit states.


More U.S. schools go online-only; Florida, Alabama report record rise in COVID-19 deaths

More schools go virtual onlyWith coronavirus infections and deaths rising in many parts of the country, U.S. educators from California to Wisconsin are opting for online learning rather than a return to classrooms when the school year begins in a few weeks.

Florida reported a record increase on Tuesday of 133 COVID-19 deaths, raising the state’s death toll to more than 4,500. Its previous record increase was 120 on July 9. Alabama reported a record increase of 40 deaths, bringing that state’s total to over 1,100.

Schools from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Fort Bend County, Texas, joined California’s two largest school districts, Los Angeles and San Diego, in announcing plans to keep teachers and students from the close contact that classrooms demand.


US carries out first federal execution in 17 years after Supreme Court clears the way

Daniel Lewis Lee

The federal government carried out its first execution in 17 years early Tuesday when Daniel Lewis Lee, convicted in the 1996 slaying of an Arkansas family, was put to death by lethal injection at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Lee, a once-avowed white supremacist, was pronounced dead at 8:07 a.m., following a protracted legal fight that delayed his execution by more than 16 hours.

"You're killing an innocent man," Lee said before he died.

Lee's execution had been scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, but a series of legal challenges delayed the sentence.  A 5-4 Supreme Court decision in the early hours of the morning Tuesday ultimately cleared the way for Lee's lethal injection and the scheduled executions of three other inmates. Two are scheduled to proceed this week and another in August.


Judge affirms Trump’s niece can publish her book about the president and his family

Judge affirms Mary Trump's right to publish bookA state court judge on Monday issued an eleventh-hour ruling affirming Simon & Schuster's right to publish an explosive new book by President Trump's niece, issuing a decision that prioritizes the First Amendment over a dated confidentiality agreement among members of the Trump family.

The book by Mary Trump — “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” — is slated for release Tuesday. Some copies already have been distributed, and the work is already considered a best seller.

“The court got it right in rejecting the Trump family’s effort to squelch Mary Trump’s core political speech on important issues of public concern,” her lawyer Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. said in a statement. “The First Amendment forbids prior restraints because they are intolerable infringements on the right to participate in democracy.


Google, Facebook and other tech companies join legal challenge to foreign students rule

Google  joins lawsuits to keep foreign students in USOver a dozen tech companies filed a brief Monday backing a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from stripping foreign students of their visas if the schools they attend go exclusively online this fall.

Harvard and MIT filed the lawsuit last week after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced international students whose courses move entirely online would be required to leave the country, rescinding a previous plan to grant exemptions to student visa holders.

Over 60 universities filed a brief backing that case earlier Monday, while 17 states and the District of Columbia sued separately to block the rule.

The tech companies including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Paypal are arguing the ban will "inflict significant harm" on their businesses.


Judge Blocks Federal Executions Pushed By Trump Administration

Executions put off A U.S. district judge on Monday ordered a new delay in federal executions, hours before the first lethal injection was scheduled to be carried out at a federal prison in Indiana. The administration is certain to ask a higher court to allow the executions to move forward.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said there are still legal issues to resolve and that “the public is not served by short-circuiting legitimate judicial process.” The executions, pushed by the Trump administration, would be the first carried out at the federal level since 2003.

The new hold on executions came a day after a federal appeals court lifted a hold on the execution of Daniel Lewis Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT on Monday at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was convicted in Arkansas of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.


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