REFUGEE CASE APPEAL DIRECT TO HIGH COURT
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.