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In brief: Bush, wife, spend Christmas in hospital

Wed., Dec. 26, 2012

Houston – Former President George H.W. Bush spent Christmas in a Houston hospital with his wife, Barbara, and other relatives who planned to treat him to a special holiday meal.

Bush, 88, has been in the hospital since Nov. 23 with a lingering, bronchitis-like cough. A hospital spokesman had said Bush was likely to be released to spend Christmas at home, but then Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman, said the former president developed a fever.

Doctors remain “cautiously optimistic” Bush will recover, but want to keep him in the hospital while they help him build up his strength and balance his medications, McGrath said.

Two people killed in separate avalanches

Truckee, Calif. – A member of a Sierra ski resort’s patrol team who was injured after being caught in an avalanche has died – the second death connected to avalanches that occurred in the area on Monday.

Bill Foster, 53, died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev., where he was taken after the avalanche a day earlier at Alpine Meadows near Lake Tahoe, the resort said in a statement on Tuesday.

Foster was buried in a slide that had been intentionally set with an explosive device by a senior member of the ski patrol team. The team was doing avalanche control in an area closed to the public on the back side of the resort.

The avalanche broke much higher and wider on the slope than in past snow safety missions, according to the resort.

An avalanche at a neighboring Sierra resort on Monday also claimed a life. Steven Mark Anderson, 49, of Truckee, Calif., was buried in an avalanche while snowboarding at Donner Ski Ranch, about 90 miles northeast of Sacramento.


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