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Ohio attorney general released from hospital

CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorney General Mike DeWine headed home Saturday after spending the night in a Cincinnati hospital where he was taken because he felt ill while at a speaking engagement.

DeWine is feeling "much better" after what was described as a bout of vertigo Friday afternoon, spokeswoman Lisa Hackley said.

The 67-year-old attorney general and longtime Ohio public figure was at a "First Friday" luncheon of business and public policy leaders when he felt ill before his scheduled talk. An ambulance took him from a downtown restaurant near Fountain Square to The Christ Hospital. He was kept there overnight for observation.

DeWine left the hospital Saturday morning to go home to Cedarville, in western Ohio, Hackley said. He is expected to resume his normal schedule next week.

"Mike and Fran (his wife) would like to extend their thanks to the caring staff of The Christ Hospital, and to all who expressed their good wishes," Hackley said.

DeWine had to cancel another scheduled speech Friday evening at a Lincoln Day dinner in Delaware County.

A Republican, he is seeking re-election in November. Cincinnati Democrat David Pepper is challenging him for the office.

DeWine is a former U.S. senator, U.S. representative, lieutenant governor and state senator. After losing his U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Sherrod Brown in 2006, DeWine ran successfully for attorney general in 2010 against incumbent Democrat Richard Cordray.

DeWine is a native of Greene County in western Ohio, where he was a prosecutor.

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