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Nation in brief: Limbaugh hospitalized


Honolulu – Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh was taken to a hospital after suffering chest pains Wednesday, his radio program said in a statement.

“Rush was admitted to and is resting comfortably in a Honolulu hospital today after suffering chest pains,” the statement said.

Kit Carson, Limbaugh’s chief of staff, said he had no further information on Limbaugh’s condition.

He said the 58-year-old left for his usual Christmas vacation on Dec. 23 and is due to return to his show on Jan. 4. Carson didn’t have any information on whether that schedule would change.

Honolulu television station KITV reported Wednesday that paramedics took Limbaugh to The Queens Medical Center in serious condition from the Kahala Hotel and Resort.

Megachurch asks for donations

Lake Forest, Calif. – Evangelical pastor Rick Warren is asking parishioners at his Southern California megachurch to donate $900,000 before Jan. 1 to keep the parish out of the red.

In an urgent letter posted on the Saddleback Church Web site on Wednesday, Warren said expenses are up because parishioners are out of work and “the bottom dropped out” when year-end donations dropped dramatically.

He asked parishioners to donate before the new year to keep the Orange County church out of debt.

Quake strikes Mexicali area

San Diego – A magnitude-5.8 earthquake rocked the U.S.-Mexico border region Wednesday.

The main quake was centered about 20 miles southeast of Mexicali, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed quickly by a 4.8 quake and dozens of other aftershocks.

In Mexicali, five hospitals were briefly evacuated, 90,000 customers lost electricity for 14 minutes and cell phones failed to work for 20 minutes. There was minor damage to several buildings in Mexicali, a city of 750,000 people and capital of Baja California state.

Taser ruling against officer

San Francisco – A federal appeals court has set down strict guidelines for when police officers may use Tasers.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that a Coronado, Calif., police officer used excessive force when he used his Taser on an unarmed, nonviolent suspect. The unanimous three-judge panel upheld a trial court’s decision allowing the suspect, Carl Bryan, to pursue his lawsuit against the city, police department and officer.

The appeals court says police should use a Taser only in threatening situations because it inflicts more pain than other so-called nonlethal weapons at an officer’s disposal.