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The ACLU is suing Jeff Sessions over the Trump administration’s asylum policies

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Charles Krupa/AP

The American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Gender and Refugee Studies filed suit Tuesday in federal court in Washington, D.C., contesting the Trump administration’s evisceration of protections for asylum seekers.

The lawsuit, Grace v. Sessions, specifically calls into question policies enacted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in June that seek to ramp up deportations and expedite removal proceedings for immigrants.

The Oscars will introduce a new category for “achievement in popular film”

One of the best picture Oscar statuettes appears off stage at the Oscars in February 2017.
One of the best picture Oscar statuettes appears off stage at the Oscars in February 2017. Matt Sayles/AP

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a series of new changes to the Oscars on Wednesday, including “a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast,” moving the date of the awards show up to Feb. 9 for 2020 and, perhaps most notably, “a new category ... designed around achievement in popular film.”

Missouri voters just killed the state’s “right-to-work” law in a landslide

The Gateway Arch is seen over the Old Cathedral the Basilica in St. Louis, Missouri
The Gateway Arch is seen over the Old Cathedral the Basilica in St. Louis, Missouri Paul J. Richards/Getty Images

In a sharp rebuke of anti-labor policies, Missouri residents on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted down Proposition A, a ballot question that would have prohibited private-sector workers from being forced to pay union dues.

A common bacteria spread in hospitals is becoming resistant to some hand sanitizers, study says

A new study found that some strains of a harmful gut bacteria could be resistant to alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
A new study found that some strains of a harmful gut bacteria could be resistant to alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Pixabay

The global hand sanitizer market was worth $919 million in 2016. But dousing our hands in these alcohol-based products may not be as effective as we think, according to a new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

At Greyston Bakery, no resumes or interviews are required to land a job

An employee at the manufacturing facility within Greyston Bakery
An employee at the manufacturing facility within Greyston Bakery Greyston Bakery

In 2004, Dion Drew was sentenced to four years in prison for selling drugs. “Everyone was doing it in my neighborhood,” Drew said in a phone interview. “I did it to help my mom because she couldn’t support my brothers. But when I came home, I decided I wanted a better life. I immediately looked for work, but no one would give me the opportunity — everybody was talking about my past.”

Eventually, Drew got a job at Greyston — and he’s been there for nearly a decade.

Tim Mulkerin
Reporter and Social Media Editor, Hype