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Kennedy's office disputes health report

Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., arrives for the ceremony where President Barack Obama was sworn-in as the 44th president of the United States at the Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2009. (UPI Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/Pool)
Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., arrives for the ceremony where President Barack Obama was sworn-in as the 44th president of the United States at the Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2009. (UPI Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/Pool) | License Photo

BOSTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy's office disputed a Boston newspaper's report regarding the senator's health, with the office saying the senator is "doing well."

Kennedy, D-Mass., was diagnosed last year with an inoperable brain tumor. He has made appearances in Washington since then, including for the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama. But Kennedy collapsed at a lunch for the new president.

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He also returned recently to vote for the economic stimulus bill.

The Boston Herald quoted unnamed sources Friday saying that Kennedy is unlikely to return to the Senate.

"He's someplace sunny, near the water, where he can rest and sail," one person described as a friend told the Herald. "Time is of the essence. It's very sad."

Kennedy's office issued a statement saying the Herald's item was "made up out of whole cloth."

"It is absolute tabloid trash," the e-mailed statement said." None of these sources could possibly be close to the senator because those who are understand that he's doing well. He may not physically be in Washington but he's burning up the phone lines discussing healthcare reform and other Senate business and is keeping his staff as busy as ever."

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Kennedy, who turns 77 Sunday, was elected to the Senate in 1962.

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