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macon.com MIDDAY UPDATE: Kennedy released from hospital, heads to Cape Cod; former White House aide Jordan dies at 63; oil prices pass $132

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy walked out of the hospital today after being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, giving a thumbs up to well-wishers and kisses to his relatives before driving off for his Cape Cod home.

A square bandage at the back of his head marked the spot where doctors performed a biopsy Monday that led them to conclude the 76-year-old Massachusetts Democrat suffered from a malignant glioma. Experts say such tumors are almost always fatal.

Kennedy’s dogs greeted him at the hospital door. Hospital workers and well-wishers greeted Kennedy with applause, which he acknowledged with a thumbs up. Before he and his wife, Vicki, got into a dark Chevrolet Suburban, he kissed his daughter, Kara, and his niece Caroline Kennedy.

Doctors announced Kennedy ‘‘has recovered remarkably quickly’’ from the brain biopsy. They said he will recuperate at his home over the Memorial Day weekend while the doctors await further test results and determine his treatment plan.

– Associated Press

Former White House aide Hamilton Jordan dies at 63

In planning Jimmy Carter’s climb to the White House, Hamilton Jordan pushed a strategy still popular with lesser-known candidates today: start campaigning years in advance and target early voting states to build support from early upsets.

As Carter’s chief of staff, Jordan, who died Tuesday, exercised his gift for strategy on a global scale. He was closely involved in the Camp David talks and efforts to end the Iranian hostage crisis.

Jordan, 63, died at his home in Atlanta, said Gerald Rafshoon, who was Carter’s chief of communications.

‘‘He was a great strategist. He just couldn’t strategize his way out of this,’’ Rafshoon said from his home in Washington.

Jordan’s fight with cancer began 22 years ago, when he was diagnosed with lymphoma, followed by bouts with melanoma and prostate cancer.

Rafshoon said a memorial service was planned Friday at The Carter Center in Atlanta and Carter would attend.

Carter said in a news release that he and his wife, Rosalynn, ‘‘are deeply saddened.’’

‘‘Hamilton was my closest political adviser, a trusted confidant and my friend. His judgment, insight and wisdom were excelled only by his compassion and love of our country.’’

Associated Press

Oil prices pass $132 after government reports supply drop

Oil prices bolted to a new record above $132 a barrel today after the government reported that supplies of crude oil and gasoline fell unexpectedly last week. And crude’s rise in the futures market again pressured consumers by pulling prices at the pump higher — a gallon of regular gas rose overnight to a new record above $3.80 a gallon.

In its weekly inventory report, the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said crude oil inventories fell by more than 5 million barrels. Analysts had expected a modest increase. Gasoline inventories also fell and took the market by surprise.

Light, sweet crude for July delivery was up more about $3, rising as high as $132.08 a barrel in late morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

At the pump, the average national price of a gallon of regular gas rose 0.7 cent overnight to a record $3.807 a gallon, according to a survey of stations by AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.

Prices are 60 cents higher than a year ago, and many forecasters believe they’ll hit $4 on a national basis at some point over the next month. Prices are already that high in many parts of the country, and the number of stations charging $4 or more rises each day.– Associated Press

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