Judges block green card denials over using public aid

NEW YORK — Federal judges in three states on Friday temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s policy to deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other government benefits.

The rulings in California, New York and Washington came in quick succession four days before the new rules were set to take effect. The judges ruled in favor of 21 states and the District of Columbia, which challenged the policy almost immediately after it was announced in August.

On average, 544,000 people apply for green cards every year, with about 382,000 falling into categories that would be subject to the new review, according to the government.

ISS crew informed of death of first spacewalker

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronauts replaced oversized batteries outside the International Space Station on Friday, as news broke of the death of the world’s first spacewalker.

NASA interrupted live TV coverage of its second spacewalk this week to announce Lexei Leonov’s death at age 85. The Russian cosmonaut’s 12-minute spacewalk on March 18, 1965, preceded the first U.S. spacewalk by Ed White by less than three months. He also was the Soviet commander of the Apollo-Soyuz joint space mission in 1975.

As U.S. astronauts Andrew Morgan and Christina Koch wrapped up a seven-hour spacewalk, the rest of the station crew paid tribute to Leonov.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

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