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WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

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Democrats in the Senate are preparing to make the confirmation hearings for Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a big fight given Pruitt's skepticism of climate change.

"This is a four-alarm fire. We are going to do everything we can to stop his nomination," Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) said on a Thursday call organized by the League of Conservation Voters, according to CNN.

"This is a full-fledged environmental emergency, and we have a person who's not just a climate denier, but a professional climate denier," Schatz added, per CNN. "This is going to be a litmus test for every member of the Senate who claims not to be a denier."

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