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Ex-President George H.W. Bush had 'good day' but remains hospitalized

Former President George H.W. Bush will remain hospitalized in Texas overnight as a precaution, according to a statement from his office.

Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution Tuesday night after experiencing shortness of breath.

Bush "had a good day" and his prognosis "remains positive," the statement said. 

This isn’t the first time Bush has been hospitalized during a holiday season. In November 2012, he went to Houston Methodist with a persistent cough. He developed a fever and stayed nearly two months.

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New details revealed in fatal Oregon hit-and-run

An Oregon woman has been charged with manslaughter after she ran over a man and drove 11 blocks with him on the roof of her car, police said. 

New details in the hit-and-run were released this week in an affidavit filed in the case against the driver's husband, who is accused of tampering with evidence.

Daniel Ortiz-Reynaga, 67, had come from Mexico to spend Christmas with his son, Julio Ortiz, 39, and his family. The men were crossing a major five-lane street in Springfield on Dec. 11 when a Honda Civic driven by Isabel McDaniel struck them, police said. 

Ortiz was sideswiped and slightly injured. But his father was launched into the air and landed on the roof of the car, shattering the windshield, Springfield Police Sgt. David Lewis told the Los Angeles Times.

"There was no way she didn’t know he was still up there," he said. "There was blood inside the dashboard."

McDaniel drove 11 blocks with Ortiz-Reynaga on her roof before she pulled onto a side road and dragged his body off her...

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Early gift to Christmas travelers: Winter storm weakens

Travelers got an early Christmas present from Mother Nature on Wednesday when a cold front that forecasters feared could have dumped up to 6 inches of snow over Chicago’s airports moved farther east and waned as temperatures rose.

Air travel across the nation did not encounter serious problems Wednesday, but not everyone has dodged the wintry weather bullet: a Christmas Day snowstorm is expected to dump 4 to 7 inches of snow in several Rocky Mountain states and may cause delays at Denver International Airport.

Earlier in the week forecasters had predicted major headaches for travelers on Christmas Eve.

The Weather Network meteorologists warned a system was expected to have a significant effect on travel, and the hashtag #SantaBomb, in reference to the ill-timed weather system, was trending on social media.

“If anything even came close to what was advertised, we would have had big problems,” said National Weather Service meteorologist David Beachler in Chicago.

Instead, weather...

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CDC monitoring worker for Ebola exposure after lab mishap

A technician at a government laboratory in Atlanta is being monitored for exposure to Ebola after material that may have contained the live virus was mistakenly moved between labs, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

In a statement emailed to reporters, the CDC acknowledged that an error had been made in moving the sample, which was from an experiment. The material was moved from a BSL-4 lab, the highest level of security for the contagious virus, to a BSL-2 lab on a sealed plate. But the move should not have been done at all, the agency said.

The CDC said one person, who has no symptoms, is being monitored for 21 days, the normal period to watch for development of illness after possible exposure. Others who entered the lab will be assessed, the agency said, but there is no indication that anyone else needs to be monitored.

“There was no possible exposure outside the secure laboratory at CDC,” and there is no danger to the general public, the...

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Police officer kills black man near Ferguson; video captured incident

The mayor of this St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, Mo., appealed for calm Wednesday, saying a white police officer appeared to have been justified when he shot to death a black 18-year-old who had pointed a gun. The shooting quickly escalated into a confrontation in which police came under physical and verbal attack by dozens of protesters who had gathered at the scene.

Much of the nation has been on edge since a string of shootings by police spawned racially charged protests across the country. In New York this week, officials had called for a truce between police and demonstrators, at least until after the funerals of two officers who were assassinated Saturday while they sat in their patrol car.

But whatever tenuous peace there was came undone at least for a few hours in Berkeley on Tuesday night when a white police officer, responding to a report of a theft at a gas station, encountered Antonio Martin outside the business.

When Martin pulled a gun on the officer, police said, the...

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Officials say man fatally shot near Ferguson, Mo. drew gun on police