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George H.W. Bush

taken to hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush has been taken to a Houston hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath.

Spokesman Jim McGrath said in statement that Bush was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday evening 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 in November at Texas A&M University with his son, former President George W. Bush.

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

- AP


Crack at candy store

An Iowa man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for selling crack cocaine at a candy store. The U.S. Attorney's Office said 36-year-old Dwayne Howard of Dubuque was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in October to one count of distribution of crack cocaine near a playground.

- AP

'Zombie Nativity'

A township near Cincinnati ordered a man to take down his large "Zombie Nativity" scene. Sycamore Township sent Jasen Dixon two notices of zoning violations. Officials said they received complaints about debris at the home and upon inspection concluded the nativity violates rules on size and placement of yard structures. Dixon manages a haunted house and decided to create a zombie nativity, which he considers a holiday decoration. It has a white-eyed creature in the manger where the baby Jesus would be in traditional Christmas nativities. - AP