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Breaking News: Rudy Giuliani hospitalized in Missouri

December 19, 2007 | 11:16 pm

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani aborted a campaign flight from Missouri to New York late tonight because of illness.

A spokesman said the former New York mayor developed flu-like symptoms earlier Wednesday, but persevered with his campaigning in one of the later-voting states that he has focused on. However, the symptoms worsened and shortly after takeoff for New York this evening, the plane was ordered turned around and returned to Chesterfield, Mo. There, Giuliani consulted by phone with his personal physician in New York.

Shortly after, the GOP candidate entered Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis for observation and at least an overnight stay. A spokesman said further decisions on his travels would be postponed until Thursday and the return of test results.

Earlier in the day Giuliani's airplane experienced mechanical difficulties and an overflow crowd of several hundred waited in Columbia while Giuliani was driven across the state.

--Andrew Malcolm

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