EX-ASTRONAUT JOHN GLENN IS HOSPITALIZED
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.