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Posted June 20, 2018 9:48 p.m. EDT

Trump Retreats on Separating Families

President Donald Trump caved to enormous political pressure on Wednesday and signed an executive order meant to end the separation of families at the border by detaining parents and children together for an indefinite period. But ending the practice of separating families still faces legal and practical obstacles. A federal judge could refuse to give the Trump administration the authority it wants to hold families in custody for more than 20 days. And the president’s order does nothing to address the plight of the more than 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents.

Children Taken at the Border Arrive in New York Shelters

The crisis at the southern border has reached New York City, as waves of children separated from their parents have been arriving in the area. In the past two months, 350 children have been sent to one shelter in New York City, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who spoke in front of the Cayuga Centers’ building on Wednesday. The agency serves as a day care center for children and places them in foster care. De Blasio said the federal government would not tell city officials how many children were sent to New York and where they were being housed.

Bloomberg Will Spend $80 Million on the Midterms

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has decided to throw his political clout and personal fortune behind the Democratic campaign to take control of the House of Representatives this year. Bloomberg — a political independent who has championed left-of-center policies on gun control, immigration and the environment — has approved a plan to pour at least $80 million into the 2018 election, with the bulk of that money going to support Democratic congressional candidates, advisers to Bloomberg said. Bloomberg has the potential to upend the financial dynamics of the midterm campaign.

Fewer Births Than Deaths Among Whites in Majority of U.S. States

Deaths now outnumber births among white people in more than half the states in the country, demographers have found, signaling what could be a faster-than-expected transition to a future in which whites are no longer a majority of the U.S. population. The Census Bureau has projected that whites could drop below 50 percent of the population around 2045, a relatively slow-moving change that has been years in the making. But a new report this week found that whites are dying faster than they are being born now in 26 states, up from 17 just two years earlier.

Unarmed 17-Year-Old Fatally Shot as He Ran From East Pittsburgh Police

An unarmed 17-year-old boy was shot and killed by the East Pittsburgh police Tuesday night as he tried to flee a traffic stop, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh identified the teenager as Antwon Rose. He was a passenger in a car that had been pulled over because it matched the description of a vehicle that fled an earlier shooting in which a 22-year-old man was wounded, the Allegheny County Police Department said in a statement. A video that was posted on Facebook shows two people running from police vehicles as three shots are fired.

American Cardinal Accused of Sexually Abusing Minor Is Removed From Ministry

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington and a prominent Roman Catholic voice in international and public policy, has been removed from ministry after an investigation found credible allegations that he sexually abused a teenager 47 years ago while serving as a priest in New York. The New York Archdiocese said in a statement that the Vatican was informed and involved in the investigation into McCarrick, and that the cardinal has ceased his public ministry “at the direction of Pope Francis.” McCarrick, 87, said in a statement that he was innocent, but that he accepted the Vatican’s decision.

Newly Discovered ‘Limb Pit’ Reveals Civil War Surgeons’ Bitter Choices

Side by side, in a shallow pit, two soldiers were hastily buried — and along with them, 11 arms and legs. The limbs belonged to the fallen soldiers’ comrades, according to archaeologists, and were likely gathered from the amputation tables of deluged Union Army surgeons. The remains, discovered in 2014 and excavated in 2015 from Virginia’s Manassas National Battlefield Park, mark the first-ever discovery of an intact surgeon’s “limb pit,” the National Park Service announced Wednesday. Experts say the finding is a pivotal development in understanding combat injuries and medical practices in wartime in the mid-19th century.