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Spokesman says Sen. Robert C. Byrd hospitalized

Sen. Byrd

Sen. Byrd

WASHINGTON

Sen. robert C. Byrd, 90, hospitalized

Sen. Robert C. Byrd's spokesman says the 90-year-old lawmaker was hospitalized Monday night at his doctor's urging after suffering from lethargy and sluggishness at his home.

Press secretary Jesse L. Jacobs says the West Virginia Democrat will be there overnight for observation.

Byrd, who is the longest-serving senator in history, voted during a 5:30 p.m. roll call Monday, then went home. Jacobs says that less than an hour later the senator began to feel ill.

He was found to have a fever, and at his doctor's request he was taken to a nearby hospital.

Byrd was hospitalized March 5 for tests after a reaction to antibiotics. A week earlier he was hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after a fall at home.

war on terror

Group says U.S. ships are secret prisons

A British human rights organization claimed Monday that the United States had used military ships to secretly detain and interrogate terrorism suspects.

The group Reprieve alleged that high-profile detainees including American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh and Australian Taliban supporter David Hicks were imprisoned on the vessels. Reprieve claims that the United States has used ships stationed off the Somali coast and the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia to detain suspects.

"The U.S. administration chooses ships to try to keep their misconduct as far as possible from the prying eyes of the media and lawyers," Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith said.

The U.S. Navy said that ships have been used to hold a small number of prisoners for short periods, but it denied that vessels were used as long-term floating prisons.

Stafford Smith claimed the United States has used as many as 17 ships as floating prisons. He said the organization believes about 26,000 people are being held by the United States in secret prisons, including land-based ones.

WASHINGTON

Report: Findings on climate were distorted

An investigation by the NASA inspector general found that political appointees in the space agency's public affairs office worked to control and distort public accounts of its researchers' findings about climate change for at least two years, the inspector general's office said Monday.

From the fall of 2004 through 2006, the report said, NASA's public affairs office "managed the topic of climate change in a manner that reduced, marginalized or mischaracterized climate change science made available to the general public." It noted elsewhere that "news releases in the areas of climate change suffered from inaccuracy, factual insufficiency, and scientific dilution."

Elsewhere

BOSTON: An MIT student who caused an airport bomb scare by wearing a blinking circuit board on her shirt was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and write a letter of apology.

TUCSON, Ariz.: A police officer shot in the head during a Sunday crosstown chase and shooting spree died Monday, officials said.

Times wires

Spokesman says Sen. Robert C. Byrd hospitalized 06/02/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 10:11am]

    

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