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Trump says 7 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

FILE - In this May 1, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump waves as he walks off of the stage after speaking in the Rose Garden during an event to present the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, left, to the Army football team at the White House in Washington. Army defends its title Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, against Air Force. Air Force has won the coveted hardware, which goes to the champion of the annual series among the three service academies, a record 20 times. Army finally broke through for the seventh time last year, first stunning Air Force 21-0 at Falcon Stadium. The Black Knights then beat Navy by one point to win the trophy for the first time since 1996. (Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and they include the wife of a major Republican Party donor, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth.

Trump will also posthumously recognize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Medals are going to Miriam Adelson, a doctor and wife of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a Republican donor; Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after more than 41 years in the U.S. Senate; former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and Alan Page, who began a legal career after leaving the NFL.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest honor for a civilian.

Updated November 10, 2018

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