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National news briefs — compiled Nov. 18

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PRINCETON, N.J.

Vaccinations planned

Princeton University officials decided Monday to make available a meningitis vaccine that hasn’t been approved in the U.S. to stop the spread of the sometimes deadly disease on campus. The university said doses of the vaccine for the type B meningococcal bacteria are to be available in December for undergraduate students, graduate students who live in dorms and employees who have sickle cell disease and other medical conditions that would make them less likely to be able to fight meningitis because of their weakened immune systems. Follow-up doses then will be available in February. The university said the plan was recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SALT LAKE CITY

Gas leak at school

A carbon monoxide leak Monday forced the evacuation of a remote Utah elementary school and sent more than 40 students and staff to medical facilities in Utah and Colorado, including two adults who were still hospitalized into the night, officials said. San Juan County spokesman Rick Bailey said three people were flown to Colorado hospitals from the school in Montezuma Creek, a town on the Navajo Reservation about 15 miles west of the Colorado border. Bailey said one female teacher was being moved from a Cortez, Colo.-hospital to a Salt Lake City-area facility Monday night. It was the closest location with a hyperbaric chamber, he said.

SPRING CITY, PA.

Church convicts pastor

A United Methodist pastor was convicted Monday of breaking church law by officiating his son’s same-sex wedding and could be defrocked after a high-profile trial that has rekindled debate over the denomination’s policy on gay marriage. The Methodist church put the Rev. Frank Schaefer on trial in southeastern Pennsylvania, accusing him of breaking his pastoral vows by presiding over the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts. The 13-member jury convicted Schaefer on two charges: That he officiated a gay wedding, and that he showed “disobedience to the order and discipline of the United Methodist Church.” The jury will reconvene this morning for the penalty phase.

Compiled from wire reports.


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