U.S. top court to decide legality of census citizenship question

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the fate of a fiercely contested plan by President Donald Trump’s administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, agreeing on Friday to an expedited review of a judge’s ruling blocking the plan.

Philadelphia beats U.S. appeal in sanctuary city case

A federal appeals court said on Friday the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia for its refusal to cooperate with immigration authorities seeking to deport immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Trump declares U.S.-Mexico border emergency; Democrats protest

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

California, New York promise legal challenges to Trump’s emergency declaration

California and New York suggested on Friday they would take legal action against President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration aimed at freeing up billions of dollars in funds to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Police have ‘potential suspects’ in alleged attack on ‘Empire’ actor

Two men being questioned in connection with an alleged racist and homophobic assault on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago are potential suspects in the alleged crime, the city’s police department said on Friday.

Russia detains prominent U.S. investor on suspicion of fraud

Michael Calvey, the U.S. founder of one of Russia’s biggest private equity firms, denied allegations of fraud in a Moscow court on Friday but a judge ordered him to be detained for 72 hours, a move that could raise concerns among foreign investors.

U.S. investigators probing years of WikiLeaks activities: sources

U.S. investigators pursuing a long-running criminal investigation into WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange have dug into the website’s activities going back years, people who have been in contact with witnesses in the case say.

Army calls base housing hazards ‘unconscionable,’ details steps to protect families

Deeply troubled by military housing conditions exposed by Reuters reporting, the U.S. Army’s top leadership vowed Friday to renegotiate its housing contracts with private real estate firms, test tens of thousands of homes for toxins and hold its own commanders responsible for protecting Army base residents from dangerous homes.

Russian court orders Baring Vostok founder to be held for 72 hours

A Russian court on Friday ordered Baring Vostok’s founder Michael Calvey to be kept in custody for 72 hours following his detention on suspicion of fraud, allegations that he denies.

Portland, Oregon, police probe texts between officer and right-wing leader

Police in Portland, Oregon, are investigating messages between a police lieutenant and a leader of a right-wing group in which the officer appears to give tips on how to avoid arrest and the location of counter-protesters, authorities said.