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Sen. Kennedy briefly hospitalized

Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has been in treatment for brain cancer, was taken by ambulance to a hospital near his Cape Cod vacation home Friday after complaining of feeling ill. He was released after several hours and was back at home Friday night.

A statement issued by his office attributed the episode to a change in medications. Sen. John Kerry said his fellow Massachusetts Democrat was well and hoped to be home for the evening's presidential debate.

A 911 call from the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port came about 5 p.m., said Barnstable police Sgt. Ben Baxter. Kennedy was taken to Cape Cod Hospital and was “alert and responsive” during the trip, Baxter said.

Kennedy, 76, had a seizure in May and underwent surgery in June for a malignant brain tumor. After undergoing six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, he has been steadily increasing his public activity.

He received a visit Tuesday from Chilean President Michelle Bachelet at his Hyannis Port home in his first public appearance since he gave a surprise speech last month at the Democratic National Convention.

Bachelet presented the senator with her country's highest civilian award – in recognition of his opposition to the country's 1973 government overthrow and his work to cut off military aid to dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Kennedy has announced he would not return to the Senate until January, but he has since held videoconferences with his staff. He surprised colleagues in July when he made a surprise return to Capitol Hill to vote on a Medicare bill.

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