Obama orders US flags at half-staff for Specter

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Arlen Specter, U.S. Senator of Pennsylvania

Arlen Specter, U.S. Senator of Pennsylvania (AP photo)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – President Barack Obama has ordered U.S. flags lowered to half-staff on the day of former Sen. Arlen Specter’s funeral.

Specter died Sunday at his home in Philadelphia after a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday in Penn Valley, Pa.

Obama said Monday that he was ordering U.S. flags lowered at the White House and other public buildings on the day of the funeral.

Specter served 30 years in the Senate and is remembered as a pugnacious and prominent former moderate who played starring roles in Supreme Court confirmation hearings. He also is credited with the single-bullet theory in President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

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