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WASH­ING­TON» The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is seek­ing to close a le­gal win­dow opened for tens of thou­sands of refugees to en­ter the United States, ap­peal­ing a fed­eral judge’s or­der di­rectly to the Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge Der­rick Wat­son had ordered the gov­ern­ment to al­low in refugees for­mally work­ing with a re­set­tle­ment agency in the United States.

His or­der also vastly ex­panded the list of U.S. fam­ily re­la­tion­ships that refugees and vis­i­tors from six Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries can use to get into the coun­try, in­clud­ing grand­par­ents and grand­chil­dren.

In its ap­peal Fri­day night, the Jus­tice Depart­ment said Wat­son’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Supreme Court’s rul­ing on what fam­ily re­la­tion­ships qual­ify refugees and vis­i­tors from the six Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries to en­ter the U.S. “emp­ties the court’s de­ci­sion of mean­ing” be­cause of the broad def­i­ni­tion of fam­ily.

Only the Supreme Court can de­cide these is­sues sur­round­ing the travel ban, the Jus­tice Depart­ment said.

On Satur­day, the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment asked the Ninth Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals to put Wat­son’s rul­ing on hold while the Supreme Court con­sid­ers its ap­peal.

Mccain has blood clot re­moved above eye. PHOENIX» Sur­geons in Phoenix say they re­moved a blood clot from above the left eye of Sen. John Mccain.

Mayo Clinic Hos­pi­tal doc­tors said Satur­day that Mccain un­der­went a “min­i­mally in­va­sive” pro­ce­dure to re­move the nearly 2-inch clot, and that the surgery went “very well.” They said the 80year-old Repub­li­can is rest­ing com­fort­ably at his home in Ari­zona. Pathol­ogy re­ports are ex­pected in the next sev­eral days.

Mccain’s of­fice said in a state­ment that on the ad­vice of his doc­tors, the se­na­tor will be re­cov­er­ing in Ari­zona next week.

Baby gi­raffe dies in Bal­ti­more. BAL­TI­MORE» The Mary­land Zoo says a young gi­raffe that has been strug­gling since birth has died.

Julius was born to first­time mother Kesi on June 15, but he was not able to learn to nurse ef­fec­tively and had in­suf­fi­cient an­ti­bod­ies to pro­tect him from dis­ease.

To boost his im­mune sys­tem, he was given two trans­fu­sions of gi­raffe plasma, one from the Colum­bus Zoo in Ohio and another from the Cheyenne Moun­tain Zoo in Colorado.

Michi­gan po­lice of­fi­cers de­liver baby. KALAMAZOO,

Two po­lice of­fi­cers in south­west­ern Michi­gan have helped safely de­liver a baby af­ter the mother started giv­ing birth while headed to a hos­pi­tal.

Author­i­ties say the mother was be­ing driven in a car shortly af­ter mid­night Satur­day when her wa­ter broke. The driver pulled along­side a street.

Sgt. Kristie Hofer was one of the first to ar­rive and could see the head of the baby boy begin­ning to crown.

Hofer and another of­fi­cer de­liv­ered the baby as paramedics ar­rived.

In­mate slain af­ter Bi­ble verse dis­pute. CHARLESTON,

A West Vir­ginia man has pleaded guilty to killing a fel­low prison in­mate af­ter a dis­pute over a Bi­ble verse.

WCHS-TV re­ports Ti­mothy Par­sons pleaded guilty to the stab­bing death of Eu­gene An­der­son. Pros­e­cu­tors say Par­sons de­feated An­der­son in a game of Bi­ble knowl­edge at the Mount Olive Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tute.

Af­ter the game, author­i­ties say An­der­son tried to set up a prison hit on Par­sons. But pros­e­cu­tors say Par­sons stabbed An­der­son 20 times.

Par­sons was al­ready serv­ing a life sen­tence for killing his wife and mother-in-law in 2012.

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