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He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Jeralie Mae Chandler, eight children, 27 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are set for Saturday in Salt Lake City.

PENTAGON

Sexual assault reports drop

The Pentagon says sexual assaults in the military declined slightly last year.

The Defense Department’s annual report, released Thursday, said the service branches received 3,158 reports of assaults in the budget year that ended last September, ranging from rape to unwanted touching, a 2 percent decrease from the previous year. The incidents involved assaults on people in uniform by fellow military members and by civilians.

The report says 4.4 percent of active-duty women and just less than 1 percent of active-duty men reported experiencing unwanted sexual contact.

Acknowledging that there is still work to do on the issue, officials credited the improvement to more training and other prevention efforts started in 2005. They said the trend over the past few years shows more victims are coming forward to report the assaults.

NORTH CAROLINA

TSA: Report never ordered sealed

CHARLOTTE | A federal agency says it didn’t order police to seal a report about a teen who died after apparently stowing away in Charlotte in the wheel well of a jet that flew to Boston.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe had said police recently completed a probe into the November death of 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale, whose body was found in a Boston suburb after it apparently fell from the plane. Monroe said the report couldn’t be released for security reasons.

Jon Allen of the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that the federal agency only advised Charlotte authorities that the report contained information that could be sensitive to security.

From wire dispatches and staff reports