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Lady Bird Johnson out of hospital

Lady Bird Johnson was at home and feeling better Monday after being treated for bronchitis at an Austin, Texas, hospital over the weekend. The 92-year-old widow of President Lyndon Johnson was rushed to a hospital Saturday after she almost fainted when she tried to stand. She received intravenous antibiotics at Seton Medical Center and was released a few hours later. "She's doing great, she really is," spokeswoman Betty Tilson said. "She has low blood pressure and if she gets up too fast she kind of sinks. I wouldn't call it a full faint."

THE UNUSUAL

Spain to Basques:

No, no, no secession

Spain's prime minister condemned an initiative by Basque lawmakers to make their region virtually independent, deriding it Monday as secessionist, unconstitutional and anomalous in a Europe seeking to become more united. In his first public remarks concerning Thursday's passage of the plan by the Basque regional parliament, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the initiative is doomed to failure when it reaches Parliament for debate, probably in a month or two. Zapatero said he would meet soon with the mastermind of the plan, Basque President Juan Jose Ibarretxe, but only to hear him out _ not to negotiate _ and to tell him firmly that the government rejects his blueprint.

UPDATE

Border screening

Foreign visitors at the 50 busiest land border crossings in 10 states are being fingerprinted as part of the government's new biometric screening system, the Homeland Security Department announced Monday. The system, called US-VISIT, scans photographs of the visitor's face and index fingers into a computer and compares them with federal agencies' criminal databases. Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson said officials have arrested or denied admission to 372 criminals or immigration violators since the system began last year at 15 seaports and 115 airports. US-VISIT still has to be expanded to another 115 land border crossings by the end of this year.

Peru police station

Soldiers carrying automatic weapons moved closer to a police station seized by paramilitary nationalists over the weekend in Andahuaylas, Peru, after the Interior Ministry said Monday that it was preparing to storm the building, and a police sharpshooter killed one rebel on the roof of the station. The troops closed in on the station and about 100 rebels holed up inside as sporadic gunfire crackled in the background. The paramilitary group's commander said one civilian was killed.

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