'Justice for J6' rally, migrant expulsion plan, Emmy Awards: 5 things to know this weekend

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Police brace for rally supporting Capitol riot defendants

Local and federal police officials in Washington, D.C., have been preparing for a right-wing rally planned for the Capitol Saturday. The Department of Homeland Security has projected 700 people could attend the "Justice for J6" rally, which was organized by a campaign aide to former President Donald Trump to support people charged in the Capitol riot Jan. 6. On Wednesday, Capitol Police erected another chain-link fence to limit access to the building. "I believe that they are well equipped to handle what may or may not occur," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said officials are "better prepared than people were before Jan. 6."

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Official: US to expel Haitian migrants from Texas border city

The Biden administration plans the expulsion of Haitian migrants from the Texas border city of Del Rio by putting them on on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official told the Associated Press Friday. The move represents a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly crossed the border from Mexico and gathered around a bridge. Details are yet to be finalized but will likely involve five to eight flights a day, the source said. Another administration official expected two flights a day at most and said all migrants would be tested for COVID-19. Val Verde County Sheriff Frank Joe Martinez estimated the crowd gathered at the bridge at 13,700 and said more Haitians were traveling through Mexico by bus. It is unclear how such a large number amassed so quickly, though many Haitians have been assembling in camps on the Mexican side of the border to wait while deciding whether to attempt to enter the United States.

Late new twist in the Gabby Petito case: Her fiancé may be missing too

As the search for Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito, who didn't return home after a cross-country trip in August, extends into the weekend, investigators say her fiancé and those around him are withholding critical information. In the case's latest twist, North Port, Florida, police said late Friday they are working with the FBI to locate Petito's fiancé, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie. He is a person of interest in Petito's disappearance after he drove back to the couple's primary residence in Florida on Sept. 1 without her. The North Point Police said in a statement Friday that Laundrie's family told officers they haven't seen him since Tuesday. Also, police said that while Laundrie is a person of interest in Petito's disappearance, "he is not wanted for a crime." Attorneys for the Petito family also released a statement saying the family "wants the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing."

The Emmys celebrate the best of TV

Television's biggest night comes to small screens Sunday. The Emmys will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and will air at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and stream on Paramount+. The ceremony will be broadcast from outside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and will include "a limited audience of nominees and their guests," according to the TV Academy. This year's race has been full of predictable frontrunners ("Ted Lasso," Jean Smart from "Hacks") and some surprises ("The Boys," Bowen Yang of "Saturday Night Live,"). With many perennial Emmy winners not in contention this year – "Succession," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "The Morning Show," "Better Call Saul" and "Killing Eve" among them – there are many more chances for newer and lesser-known series to triumph.

Ken Burns' Muhammad Ali doc premieres

PBS will air Ken Burns' four-part documentary "Muhammad Ali" for four consecutive nights starting Sunday. "It's obvious he's one of the most important Americans in the history of the United States. He certainly is the greatest athlete of the 20th century," Burns, who also executive produced the film, told USA TODAY Sports. Incorporated are interviews with Ali's family, including daughters Rasheda and Hana, two of his ex-wives, and younger brother. Biographer Jonathan Eig and former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, who sparred and lived with Ali and later defeated him in a 1980 bout, were just some of the voices who were brought in to add perspective.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Justice for J6' rally, migrant plan: 5 things to know this weekend