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Eric Holder hospitalized after faintness, shortness of breath

Attorney General Eric Holder.
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Attorney General Eric Holder.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder has been taken to the hospital as a precaution after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath at work.

A statement from the department says Holder is ‘‘resting comfortably and in good condition’’ at a Washington hospital after feeling the symptoms during a Thursday morning meeting with senior staff.

The department said he was alert, talking with his doctors and undergoing further evaluation.

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Holder, a trim 63-year-old, is known inside the 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.’’