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PHILADELPHIA

School dismisses gay teacher

A gay teacher at a suburban Philadelphia Catholic high school was fired Friday after he applied for a New Jersey marriage license. Michael Griffin was fired from Holy Ghost Preparatory School after administrators said his obtaining a license to marry his same-sex partner was a violation of his contract. Father James McCloskey, the school’s headmaster, said in a statement that faculty at the school are required to follow church teachings, NBC Philadelphia reported.

OKLAHOMA CITY

Quake, two aftershocks felt

A magnitude-4.5 earthquake recorded in central Oklahoma by the U.S. Geological Survey was followed by two smaller earthquakes Saturday. No injuries or damage were reported. The quake was recorded at 12:10 p.m. about 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

SPOKANE, WASH.

Teen’s death diverts flight

A Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Atlanta was diverted to Spokane International Airport on Saturday after a 16-year-old boy died on board. An airport spokesman said the teen suffered some kind of medical emergency and passed away, reportedly of natural causes. A Delta spokesman Michael Thomas said there were 258 passengers on the Boeing 767. They exited the aircraft at Spokane, and some were being rebooked onto other flights to get to their destinations. Delta was flying in another crew Saturday afternoon to fly the remaining passengers to Atlanta.

LOS ANGELES

Water woes plague airport

Brown water has led Los Angeles International Airport to temporarily shut off the supply at five gates in its international terminal, which is undergoing renovations. The shutdown means carriers parking planes at those gates must use bottled water to replenish their on-board supply or transport water from other terminals using tanker trucks — a lengthy process that can delay flights, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. Water inside the terminal, which is being renovated as part of a $4 billion airport overhaul, has not been affected.

Compiled from wire reports.


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