Glenn has heart valve replacement
Former astronaut and U.S. senator John Glenn has had a heart valve replacement as he approaches his 93rd birthday.
Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, was recuperating, a spokesman at Ohio State University said Wednesday. Glenn is strong and healthy ahead of his birthday July 18, John Glenn School of Public Affairs spokesman Hank Wilson said.
Glenn had a minimally invasive version of the valve- replacement procedure at the Cleveland Clinic in May and is recovering well, Wilson said.
Ugandan chosen to lead UN assembly
The U.N. General Assembly unanimously elected Uganda’s Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa to be its next president Wednesday amid controversy over his country’s anti-gay laws and allegations that he abused his office and accepted bribes from foreign companies.
The largely ceremonial but prestigious job of president rotates annually by region. Kutesa will take over from current president John Ashe of Antigua at the start of the 69th session of the General Assembly in September.
Critics said Kutsea didn’t deserve the job, pointing to Uganda’s aggressive law that allows jail terms of up to life for those convicted of engaging in gay sex that rights activists say he supported.
Suit challenges $15 minimum wage
A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges Seattle’s adoption of what would be the nation’s highest minimum wage as unfair to small franchises.
The Seattle City Council voted unanimously this month to raise the minimum wage gradually to $15 an hour. The plan gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least three years to phase in the increase — four if they provide health insurance. Smaller employers get seven years.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, the International Franchise Association, a Washington, D.C.-based business group, said the ordinance “unfairly and irrationally discriminates against interstate commerce generally, and small businesses that operate under the franchise business model specifically.”
Alaska biologists: Baby moose not pets
State biologists are reminding people not to touch moose calves or try to take them home as pets after a string of incidents involving people handling the animals, including one household that had a calf in the living room “as if it was a puppy.”
Moose are being born in Alaska this time of year, and biologists say people should leave the calves alone — even if they seem to have been abandoned by their mothers.
Most of the time, the mothers eventually return to their young.
Driver enters plea in Morgan crash
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.
A truck driver pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the fatal New Jersey Turnpike crash that also injured comedian Tracy Morgan as investigators look into what role his long commute to work played in the accident.
Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper lived in Georgia, but his job was based in Delaware, National Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said.
A criminal complaint alleges that the 35-year-old Roper, of Jonesboro, Ga., hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident when he purportedly swerved to avoid slowed traffic on the turnpike and plowed into Morgan’s limo Saturday morning.