If we can't laugh at the misfortune of others, WHO CAN WE LAUGH AT?Ashcroft Hospitalized With Pancreatitis
By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - Attorney General John Ashcroft (news - web sites) has been hospitalized in an intensive care unit for a severe case of gallstone pancreatitis, a painful condition that usually clears up within a week with treatment.
Ashcroft, a 61-year-old former Missouri senator who has been free of health problems, canceled an appearance Thursday afternoon at which he was to have announced verdicts in a terrorism case.
Justice Department (news - web sites) spokesman Mark Corallo said Friday the attorney general initially believed he had a stomach flu.