SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel voted unanimously Friday to suspend an order it issued earlier in the day to block a central pillar of the Trump administration’s policy requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts. The three-judge panel told the government to file written arguments by the end of Monday and for the plaintiffs to respond by the end of Tuesday. The Justice Department said at least 25,000 asylum seekers subject to the policy are currently waiting in Mexico and expressed “massive and irreparable national-security of public-safety concerns.” Government attorneys said immigration lawyers had begun demanding that asylum seekers be allowed in the United States.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has picked Rep. John Ratcliffe again to be the nation's top intelligence official. His announcement comes just months after Trump abandoned an earlier attempt to place Ratcliffe in the post in the face of bipartisan criticism that the Texas Republican wasn't qualified for the job. Since then, Ratcliffe played a prominent role as a vocal Trump defender during the House's impeachment proceedings against him late last year. Democrats are already criticizing Ratcliffe and his fate in the Senate seems uncertain.
NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak is starting to look more like a worldwide economic crisis. Anxiety about the disease emptied shops and amusement parks, canceled events, cut trade and travel and dragged already slumping financial markets even lower on Friday. The outbreak is infecting economies well beyond the countries touched by the illness. More employers told their workers to stay home, and officials locked down neighborhoods and closed schools. Those steps threatened to take an even greater toll on jobs, paychecks and profits. If the disease known as COVID-19 becomes a global pandemic, economists say the U.S. and other global economies could fall into recession.
SAN JOSE (AP) — Health officials have confirmed the second case of novel coronavirus in the United States believed to have been transmitted to a person who didn’t travel internationally or come in close contact with anyone who had it. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that officials are “aware of a second possible instance of community spread of COVID-19 in California." Santa Clara County health officials said the patient is an older adult woman with chronic health conditions. She is not known to have traveled to an area with many infections or to Solano County where Thursday's case originated.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for stronger anti-virus efforts to guard against COVID-19, saying there will be “serious consequences” if the illness spreads to the country. The North has yet to report its first infection from the new coronavirus, but it has been pushing a tough campaign it has described as a matter of “national existence.” The country has shut down nearly all cross-border traffic, banned tourists, intensified screening at entry points and mobilized tens of thousands of health workers to monitor residents and isolate those with symptoms. In a separate report, state media said Kim supervised a military drill that simulated an attack on an island target
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