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Surgery separates infant conjoined twins in Texas

FOX News

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Surgery at a South Texas hospital has separated two 10-month-old sisters born conjoined below the waist. Driscoll Children's Hospital spokesman Jeff Salzgeber says the hourslong operation began Tuesday morning. Ximena (huh-MEE-nuh) and Scarlett Hernandez-Torres shared a colon and bladders that will be reconstructed. Their identical triplet sister, Catalina, was born without serious health issues. The hospital staff has cared for the conjoined girls since they were transferred to the Corpus Christi facility hours after birth.

Arkansas Hog Farm Applies for Separate Permit Amid Appeal

U.S. News

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that C&H Hog Farms has submitted application documents for a Regulation 6 individual permit. If approved, the farm would be able to continue operating for five years.

House Puts off Decision on Separate Veterans' Department

U.S. News

Currently, resources for veterans and military personnel related to education, housing, benefits and medical care are handled by separate entities. Some lawmakers wanted to bring all of those under one roof, but the House voted Thursday to further study the idea.

Men Killed in Separate Shootings at Same Address Identified

U.S. News

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Hasan Ameen was killed early Friday in a triple shooting that also injured a 13-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man. A neighbor found Richard Brown Jr. dead the next morning inside the same unit where Ameen was shot.

Advocates Say US Still Separates Migrant Families Needlessly

U.S. News

Unaccompanied children and teenagers from Central America are generally sent to government facilities, while the adults could face detention and prosecution for illegally entering the U.S. Authorities can also separate parents and children if it considers separation to be in the child's best interest, with a parent's criminal history often being a factor.