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Former US President George H.W. Bush has been transferred out of intensive care and could be released from the hospital Friday or over the weekend, doctors said on Monday. The former first couple were admitted to Houston Methodist hospital on Wednesday. The 41st president, who is 92, was suffering from bacterial pneumonia, while Barbara Bush, 91, had viral bronchitis, doctors said.
A U.S. federal judge blocked on Monday health insurer Aetna Inc's proposed $34 billion merger with rival Humana, and Aetna said it was considering an appeal. Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said the proposed deal would "substantially lessen competition" in the sale of some Medicare Advantage plans in 364 counties that the Justice Department identified in their complaint and in individual insurance on the Obamacare exchange in three Florida counties. "We're reviewing the opinion now and giving serious consideration to an appeal after putting forward a compelling case," Aetna spokesman T.J. Crawford said.