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In a memorandum released Monday evening, President Trump directed Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan to issue new regulations within 90 days to help overhaul the asylum process — including charging fees on asylum applications.

Details: Trump wants immigration courts to adjudicate all asylum applications within 180 days of filing, a move the memo said would "safeguard our system against rampant abuse of our asylum process." The memo would also charge filing fees for asylum seekers applying for work permits while waiting for their cases to be heard, and prohibit those who entered the country illegally from being able to receive work permits while their asylum cases are pending.

The backdrop: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services charges a range of fees depending on the type of immigration program someone is applying for. But asylum applications, which are adjudicated in immigration court instead of by USCIS officials, do not require fees.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 18,752,917 — Total deaths: 706,761— Total recoveries — 11,308,298Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 4,821,296 — Total deaths: 158,249 — Total recoveries: 1,577,851 — Total tests: 58,920,975Map.
  3. Public health: Florida surpasses 500,000 confirmed casesFauci calls U.S. coronavirus testing delays "totally unacceptable."
  4. Business: America's next housing crisis.
  5. States: Virginia launches contact tracing app using specs from Apple and Google.
  6. Cities: L.A. mayor authorizes utilities shut-off at homes hosting large gatherings
  7. Politics: White House, Democrats remain "trillions of dollars apart" on stimulus talks.

L.A. mayor authorizes utilities shut-off at homes hosting large gatherings

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a January event in Los Angeles. Photo: Sarah Morris/Getty Images

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday he's authorized the city's Department of Water and Power (DWP) to shut down utilities at locations that host large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Driving the news: Garcetti's announcement follows a fatal shooting at a house party attended by roughly 200 people last Monday, the Los Angeles Times notes.

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Facebook, Twitter take down Trump post saying kids are immune to coronavirus

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Facebook removed a video post from President Trump Wednesday in which he claimed in an interview with Fox News that children are "almost immune" to COVID-19.

Why it matters: It’s the first time that Facebook has removed content from Trump's account for violating policies on coronavirus-related misinformation.