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RICE RECOVERING AT HOME AFTER UTERINE SURGERY

National security adviser Condoleezza Rice returned home Saturday after a one-night stay at a hospital where she was treated for noncancerous growths in her uterus.

"She's out of the hospital and doing well," said White House spokesman Fred Jones.

Rice had uterine fibroid embolization Friday in Georgetown University Hospital. The procedure blocks blood flow to fibroids, which are benign tumors in the uterus. For some women, it is an alternative to hysterectomy.

Rice could return to work as early as Monday, Jones said.

President Bush announced Tuesday that Rice, 50, will succeed Secretary of State Colin Powell. Her nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

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