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colum­bus, ohio» An Ohio State of­fi­cial says for­mer as­tro­naut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has been hos­pi­tal­ized for more than a week.

Hank Wil­son with Ohio State Uni­ver­sity’s John Glenn Col­lege of Pub­lic Af­fairs said Wed­nes­day that the 95-year-old Glenn is at the James Can­cer Hospi­tal, but that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean he has can­cer. Wil­son said he didn’t have other in­for­ma­tion about Glenn’s con­di­tion, ill­ness or prog­no­sis.

Glenn be­came the first Amer­i­can to or­bit the Earth in 1962. He served as a U.S. se­na­tor from Ohio from 1974 to 1999.

Re­port: Pub­lic schools hos­tile to LGBT stu­dents

B sioux falls, s.d» Many pub­lic schools are still hos­tile en­vi­ron­ments for LGBT stu­dents, an in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights or­ga­ni­za­tion con­cluded in a re­port re­leased Wed­nes­day.

The lengthy re­port from Hu­man Rights Watch was based on in­ter­views pri­mar­ily with cur­rent and for­mer high school stu­dents, par­ents, ad­min­is­tra­tors and teach­ers in Alabama, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Utah. It doc­u­mented sev­eral chal­lenges les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual or trans­gen­der stu­dents face, in­clud­ing in-per­son and on­line bul­ly­ing, lim­its on LGBT stu­dent groups and dis­crim­i­na­tion by class­mates and school per­son­nel.

Shooter at large af­ter killing of­fi­cer, wound­ing another B

amer­i­cus, ga.» A man fa­tally shot one Ge­or­gia po­lice of­fi­cer and wounded a sec­ond be­fore flee­ing an apart­ment com­plex near a col­lege cam­pus that went on lock­down as a pre­cau­tion, au­thor­i­ties said. They said the sus­pect is be­lieved to be armed and dan­ger­ous.

The shoot­ing took place when the two of­fi­cers were re­spond­ing to a do­mes­tic dis­pute in Amer­i­cus, about 130 miles south of At­lanta, Amer­i­cus po­lice Chief Mark Scott said.

Amer­i­cus po­lice Of­fi­cer Ni­cholas Smarr, 25, died and Ge­or­gia South­west­ern State Uni­ver­sity Of­fi­cer Jodi Smith was air­lifted to a hospi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, Scott said.

Vat­i­can: Gay men should not be pri­ests. Peo­ple

who have “deep-seated ho­mo­sex­ual ten­den­cies” or who “sup­port the so­called ‘gay cul­ture’ ” can­not be pri­ests in the Catholic church, the Vat­i­can said in a new doc­u­ment on the priest­hood.

The doc­u­ment said that the church’s pol­icy on gay pri­ests has not changed since the last Vat­i­can pro­nounce­ment on the sub­ject in 2005. The Church’s Con­gre­ga­tion for the Clergy, in a doc­u­ment ap­proved by Pope Fran­cis, de­clared that bish­ops and clergy who over­see sem­i­nar­ies should judge can­di­dates’ sex­u­al­ity, and should ban them from be­com­ing pri­ests on that ba­sis.

U.S. life ex­pectancy rates drop B A

new york» decades-long trend of ris­ing life ex­pectancy in the U.S. could be end­ing: It de­clined last year and it is no bet­ter than it was four years ago.

In most of the years since World War II, life ex­pectancy in the U.S. has inched up, thanks to med­i­cal ad­vances, pub­lic health cam­paigns and bet­ter nu­tri­tion and ed­u­ca­tion.

But last year it slipped, an ex­ceed­ingly rare event in a year that did not in­clude a ma­jor dis­ease out­break. Other one-year de­clines oc­curred in 1993, when the na­tion was in the throes of the AIDS epi­demic, and 1980, the re­sult of an es­pe­cially nasty flu sea­son. In 2015, rates for 8 of the 10 lead­ing causes of death rose. Even more trou­bling to health ex­perts: the U.S. seems to be set­tling into a trend of no im­prove­ment at all.

Iraq forces push into Mo­sul B

mo­sul, iraq» Sig­nif­i­cant Is­lamic State group coun­ter­at­tacks in south­east­ern Mo­sul in­flicted heavy losses on Iraqi forces overnight af­ter a new push deeper into the city this week, ac­cord­ing to an Iraqi Army of­fi­cer.

De­spite the coun­ter­at­tacks, the fresh Iraqi push ap­pears to have re­lieved pres­sure on Iraq’s spe­cial forces who have been largely lead­ing the fight in­side the city on the east­ern front. Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, the spe­cial forces an­nounced new gains. The troops re­took another neigh­bor­hood bring­ing them closer to the Ti­gris River that di­vides Mo­sul’s east from west, ac­cord­ing to the com­man­der of a joint op­er­a­tions cen­ter that over­sees the Mo­sul cam­paign.

Pak­istani plane crashes af­ter take­off; 48 killed

B ab­bot­tabad, pak­istan» A plane be­long­ing to Pak­istan’s na­tional car­rier crashed and burst into flames on Wed­nes­day with 48 peo­ple on board, killing all of them, the air­line chair­man and po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer Khur­ram Rasheed, the plane crashed in a vil­lage in the district of Ab­bot­tabad, 45 miles north­west of the cap­i­tal, Is­lam­abad. The small twin-pro­pel­ler air­craft was trav­el­ling from the city of Chi­tral to Is­lam­abad when it crashed shortly af­ter take­off.

Two Aus­tri­ans and a Chi­nese cit­i­zen were among the dead, an of­fi­cial said.

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