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April 11, 2019

DALAI LAMA HOSPITALIZED

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Dalai Lama has almost recovered from a chest infection and is likely to leave a New Delhi hospital in a day.

His spokesman says the 83-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader is feeling much better.

The Dalai Lama flew to New Delhi for consultations with doctors on Tuesday. And his rep says the spiritual leader is likely to return soon to the north Indian hill town that has been his headquarters since he fled Tibet in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

The Dalai Lama usually spends several months a year traveling the world to teach Buddhism and highlight the Tibetans’ struggle for greater freedom in China. But he has cut down on travel in the past year.

TRUMP TO BECOME GRANDDAD FOR 10TH TIME

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is sending best wishes to son Eric and daughter-in-law Lara over the news that they’re expecting their second child.

Trump tweeted yesterday: “CONGRATULATIONS to @EricTrump and @LaraLeaTrump on the great news. So proud!”

Lara Trump posted a photo on Twitter earlier in the day with Eric Trump, their 1½-year-old son, Luke, and their two dogs.

She wrote: “Baby number two coming this August!! All of the boys are excited to become big brothers!!”

It will be the 10th grandchild for the president. His eldest son Donald Trump Jr. has five children with his ex, Vanessa Trump, and daughter Ivanka Trump has three children with husband Jared Kushner.

CONCUSSIONS - CTE

UNDATED (AP) — Researchers may be closing in on a way to check athletes while they’re alive for signs of a degenerative brain disease that’s been linked to frequent head blows.

Experimental scans found higher levels of an abnormal protein tied to the disease in a study of former National Football League players who were having mood and thought problems.

It’s the first time a major study has tested these scans for detecting chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which is only diagnosed now after death.

Doctors are searching for a way to tell when players, veterans or others with concussions are at risk for permanent damage. The scans can’t be used yet to say a player does or does not have CTE.

The New England Journal of Medicine published the results yesterday.

MILLIONS AWARDED TO PARENTS OF 2 TEENS KILLED IN WRONG-WAY CRASH

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A federal jury in Florida has awarded $10 million to the parents of two teenagers killed in a head-on crash with an RV driven by a 99-year-old Michigan man, bringing the total to $11 million.

The Palm Beach Post reports the verdict came back yesterday, following a two-day trial. Authorities say trucking executive and developer Walter Roney was driving the wrong way on a Fort Pierce divided highway in February 2018 when he crashed into 17-year-old Britney Poindexter and 18-year-old Santia Feketa’s pickup truck.

The girls died in the crash. Roney died three days later.

Besides the $10 million from Roney’s estate, the parents previously reached a $1 million settlement with Roney’s girlfriend, 75-year-old Carolyn Bruns. The lawsuit asserted she was acting as Roney’s caregiver and could’ve saved the girls.

ARIZONA - HIV EDUCATION

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House has approved the repeal of a 1991 law barring HIV and AIDS instruction that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle” following the filing of a lawsuit by LGBT groups.

Yesterday’s action sends the measure to the Senate and comes a day after Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich declined to join in defending a suit filed last month against the state’s Board of Education and schools chief.

The 1991 law also prohibits HIV and AIDS instruction that “portrays homosexuality as a positive alternative lifestyle” or “suggests that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex.”

The lawsuit says the law stigmatizes LGBT students.

Gay legislators celebrated the legislation in emotional, sometimes deeply personal speeches.

BLACK LIVES MATTER FLAG T0 FLY AT VERMONT HIGH SCHOOL

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont public school board has voted to fly the Black Lives Matter flag at a high school.

The Rutland Herald reports that the Rutland City Public Schools Board of Commissioners reaffirmed the plan during a vote Tuesday.

Board member Kam Johnston says he moved to rescind the board’s previous decision to raise the flag to allow for more student input and address concerns. Students at Rutland High School had initiated the effort to raise the flag and brought it to the board.

The Black Lives Matter flag will fly at the school for 400 days starting April 12 to mark 400 years since the British slave trade started in the Americas.

People opposed to flying the flag say the board shouldn’t be taking a political stance and that the flag may be divisive.