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In brief: Bush better, no longer in intensive care unit

Sun., Dec. 30, 2012, midnight

HOUSTON – Former President George H.W. Bush’s condition continued to improve Saturday, prompting doctors to move him out of intensive care, a spokesman said.

“President Bush’s condition has improved, so he has been moved today from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital to continue his recovery,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said Saturday. “The Bushes thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes.”

Bush was hospitalized Nov. 23 for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough. He was moved to intensive care at the Houston hospital on Dec. 23 after he developed a fever.

Two wounded officers released from hospital

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Two of three police officers shot and wounded by an arrested man inside a police station have been released from a hospital.

The third officer, Sgt. James Garber, who underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to his abdomen, remained hospitalized in stable condition Saturday.

The shooting occurred early Friday inside a station in Gloucester Township, a Philadelphia suburb.

Authorities said the arrested man, Eddie Jones III, overpowered and disarmed Officer Ruth Burns after his handcuffs were removed during processing. They said Jones then fired multiple times at Burns and two other officers, Garber and Sgt. Kevin Thine, who had been in a nearby room and went to help her.

Garber and Thine returned fire, killing Jones, a state Department of Corrections civilian employee who had been accused of stalking a former girlfriend, police said.


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