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Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized

Former President George H.W. Bush poses for photographs 2007 Ronald Reagan Freedom Award galdinner held his honor Tuesday Feb. 6

Former President George H.W. Bush poses for photographs at the 2007 Ronald Reagan Freedom Award gala dinner, held in his honor, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

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Updated: November 29, 2012 10:58AM



HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston for treatment of a lingering cough.

Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, says the 88-year-old former president is being treated for bronchitis at Houston’s Methodist Hospital. She says he was admitted last Friday and is expected to be released by the weekend.

Becker told the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/X4y5iF ) on Thursday that the illness was not life-threatening but there had been concerns it could have developed into pneumonia.

Becker’s office referred questions to Bush’s spokesman, who did not immediately respond to calls from The Associated Press.

Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush, has been among visitors.



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