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The Trump administration announces new immigration rules, more wildfires erupt in California, and Google changes its sexual misconduct policies in response to walkouts.
Google employees walk off the job to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct claims, on November 1st, 2018, in Mountain View, California. Employees staged walkouts at offices around the world after a report last week that Google gave $90 million in a severance package to former executive Andy Rubin and covered up details of sexual misconduct allegations against him, which triggered his departure.

Google employees walk off the job to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct claims, on November 1st, 2018, in Mountain View, California.

This week, we brought you a wide range of stories on the outcomes of the mid-term elections, including the anti-immigrant measures voters rejected, the redistricting measures voters approved, the legal strategy behind new anti-abortion amendments.

But there's been much more going on than just the mid-terms: Jeff Sessions stepped down from his post as attorney general, a shooter opened fire in Thousand Oaks, California, and the caravan of migrants continued its long trek north, to name just a few things. Here are a few more developments we've been watching.

Trump's New Immigration Rules Will Allow Him to Deny Asylum to Immigrants Who Enter the U.S. Illegally

The Trump administration on Thursday announced new regulations that many expect President Donald Trump to use to deny asylum to migrants from Central Americans, including those in the immigrant caravan that Trump has criticized, the New York Times reports. Immigration advocates say the new laws will face legal challenges: "The law is clear: people can apply for asylum whether or not they're at a port of entry, and regardless of their immigration status," Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project, told the Times. "The president doesn't get to ignore that law, even if he dislikes it."

California Is Facing a Spate of Fast-Moving Wildfires

The Camp Fire broke out north of Sacramento on Thursday morning, and by Thursday evening it had burned about 18,000 acres, the Washington Post reports. More than 20,000 people living in towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills were ordered to evacuate, though the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the chaos of the evacuations left some people stuck inside the fire's perimeter.

Also on Thursday, two fires erupted in Ventura County. The Hill fire had burned 10,000 acres by Thursday evening, according to a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection conference, leading to evacuation orders in an area just miles from where the Thousand Oaks shooting took place the night before. The Woolsey fire, which grew to 8,000 acres by Friday morning, jumped Highway 101, causing the freeway to close in in both directions. The fire has spread to Los Angeles County, with evacuations spanning the entire city of Malibu and beyond.

Google Is Changing How It Handles Sexual Misconduct Cases

Last week, more than 20,000 Google employees participated in a walkout in protest of the company's handling of sexual misconduct cases. On Thursday, Google announced that it was changing its policies, making arbitration optional for claims of sexual harassment and assault. The employee protest was sparked by a New York Times article that revealed a senior executive had received a $90 million exit package after he'd been accused of sexual misconduct.

"Going forward, we will provide more transparency on how we handle concerns," Sundar Pichai, Google's chief executive officer, wrote in an email to staff that was made public. "We'll give better support and care to the people who raise them."