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MSNBC's Chris Matthews hospitalized with malaria

Chris Matthews, host of the MSNBC talk show Hardball, has been hospitalized with malaria, which he may have contracted during one of his recent trips to Africa or the Middle East.

He is expected to recover and leave Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington by week's end and return to the screen next week. Mike Barnicle has been filling in as host of the nightly political talk show since Matthews entered the hospital late Monday.

"He felt fatigued, sweaty and exhausted yesterday and went into the hospital," said MSNBC spokeswoman Cheryl Daly. "He's doing fine."

She said Matthews traveled to Israel in May and Africa last December, but it was unclear where he may have contracted the disease.

The fast-talking Matthews recently had his contract at MSNBC extended to 2009, and the show last week moved from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dave Carter, rising folk music artist, dead at 49

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. _ Dave Carter, a singer and songwriter who with partner Tracy Grammer was one of the fastest-rising acts in contemporary folk music, has died at the age of 49.

Carter, who had been set to perform with Grammer on Saturday at the Green River Festival in Greenfield, collapsed at a hotel Friday morning and died later at a hospital, apparently from a heart attack.

Among the Oregon-based duo's albums was Tanglewood Tree, which came out in 2000 and featured songs ranging from the ebullient Happytown to the traditional-sounding Hey Conductor and the haunting Farewell to Bitterroot Valley. They followed it up with another album, Drum Hat Buddha, released in 2001.

While their sales were modest by big-name standards, many predicted they would become important stars. The Los Angeles Times called Carter "a major lyrical talent," and the British magazine Folk Roots said his songs were "destined to become the stuff of legend."