Suicides plunge at Fort Hood
Suicides at Fort Hood plummeted to the lowest level in seven years in 2013, reflecting a military-wide decline that officials and experts say is not yet well understood. At the Texas Army post where 20 soldiers took their lives in 2012, officials in 2013 recorded five confirmed suicides and two suspected suicides through Dec. 20, according to information obtained by the Austin American-Statesman. That would be the fewest suicides at the massive post since 2007, when six soldiers killed themselves. The 65 percent decline at Fort Hood was sharper than the military-wide drop. A year after setting a grim record with 349 suicides, which outpaced combat deaths, suicides in the first 10 months of 2013 dropped 22 percent throughout the U.S. military, according to numbers reported by the Associated Press. Experts say the reason for the declines isn't clear.
Barbara Bush STILL in hospital
Former first lady Barbara Bush was "doing great and responding well" to treatment at a Houston hospital Thursday for a respiratory-related issue, a family spokesman said. The wife of former President George H.W. Bush has been at Methodist Hospital since Monday. No time was set for her release, family spokesman Jim McGrath said, adding that doctors may be exercising extra caution by keeping her at the hospital. "She is 88," he said. "She is a national treasure."
Jeb Bush has new granddaughter
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a grandfather again, the Huffington Post reports. Jeb Bush Jr. and his wife, Sandra Algudady Bush, welcomed daughter Vivian Alexandra Columba Bush, the elder Bush tweeted on Thursday. She is his third grandchild, joining a sister born in 2011. Bush's elder son, George P. Bush, became a father in June.