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First Ladies Unite Against Separating Children At Border

Updated at 1 p.m. ET First ladies have a long history of advocating for issues important to them, often issues related to children. But what's unusual is to have all the living former presidents' wives speaking out in one voice. America's current and former first ladies are pushing back against the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the border in an effort to curb illegal crossings. And they've largely been out in front of their husbands in doing so....

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First ladies have a long history of advocating for issues important to them, often issues related to children. But what's unusual is to have all the living former presidents' wives speaking out in one voice.

America's current and former first ladies are pushing back against the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the border in an effort to curb illegal crossings.

New genetic tools are making it easier and cheaper to engineer viruses and bacteria, and a report commissioned by the Department of Defense has now ranked the top threats posed by the rapidly advancing field of "synthetic biology."

One of the biggest concerns is the ability to recreate known viruses from scratch in the lab. That means a lab could make a deadly virus that is normally kept under lock and key, such as smallpox.

Kansas cannot require people to prove their U.S. citizenship before they can vote, a federal judge says, ruling that the state's election law is unconstitutional. The judge sharply criticized Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has based much of his political career on worries about voter fraud.

If you've written off women's wrestling, you're missing out.

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Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's inspector general, returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to take questions from lawmakers hoping to put their spin on the report his office released last week. The DOJ watchdog testified before a joint hearing of the House Oversight Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

A record number of people have been forcibly displaced by war, violence and persecution, according to a new report from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. 68.5 million people were forcibly displaced in 2017, setting a new record for the fifth straight year. 138,700 unaccompanied and separated children sought refuge and asylum in 2017, according to the agency.

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The FBI says former Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish has been indicted on charges of accepting nearly 100 thousand dollars in bribes from drug dealers and others while in office. 

The Columbus police firearms review board has clared an officer of wrongdoing for firing at a suspect in a March 2017 stabbing that injured the suspect's roommate. 

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The Columbus Board of Education last night laid out a timetable to hire a new superindentent. 

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Columbus City Council last night voted to amend three tax abatements for Short North developers who failed to created the number of jobs the deals required. 

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