Attorney General Hospitalized

WASHINGTON (February 27, 2014) U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was taken to a hospital Thursday as a precaution after he experienced faintness and shortness of breath during a regular morning meeting with senior staff, the Justice Department said.

A department statement described him as alert and communicating with his doctors during his hospital stay.

Holder was discharged later in the day and was sent home to rest, his office said.

Holder, 63, is known inside the Justice Department for bypassing the elevator and taking the stairs at a brisk pace to reach his 5th-floor office.

He also plays basketball.

The White House says President Barack Obama was notified and wished Holder a "speedy recovery."

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