HOUSTON

- Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to a Houston hospital last night after experiencing a shortness of breath.

Spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement that Bush was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution.

McGrath said Bush, 90, "will be held for observation, again as a precaution."

Bush spent nearly two months in the same hospital and was discharged in January 2013 after treatment for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues.

Bush, who can no longer use his legs, most recently appeared seated in a wheelchair at an event in November at Texas A&M University with his son, former President George W. Bush.

In June, the elder Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in Maine.

- Associated Press