HOUSTON

Bush in intensive care

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit at a hospital “following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever,” but he was alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said Wednesday. Jim McGrath said in a brief email that Bush was admitted to the ICU at Methodist Hospital on Sunday. He said doctors were cautiously optimistic about his treatment and that the former president “remains in guarded condition.” Earlier Wednesday, McGrath said a fever that kept Bush, 88, in the hospital over Christmas had gotten worse and that doctors had put him on a liquids-only diet.

HONOLULU

Appointment to Senate

Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz of Hawaii was appointed Wednesday to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced the appointment after receiving a list of three candidates from the state Democratic Party earlier in the day. The other candidates were U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and Esther Kiaaina, a deputy director in the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. Schatz will serve until an election is held in 2014.

SALT LAKE CITY

Teachers take up arms

More than 200 Utah teachers are expected to pack a convention hall today for six hours of concealed-weapons training as organizers seek to arm more educators. The Utah Shooting Sports Council said it normally gathers a dozen teachers every year for instruction that’s required to legally carry a concealed weapon. The gun lobby decided to offer teachers the training at no charge to encourage turnout, and it worked.

ST. PAUL, Minn.

Candy cigarettes banned

Owners of an old-school soda shop were warned to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes. City inspectors threatened a misdemeanor citation and $500 fine if Lynden’s soda fountain was caught selling the fake smokes again. The Star Tribune reported Wednesday that the offering violated an ordinance barring the sale of candy smokes and cartoon character lighters. Shop owner Tobi Lynden said the white candy sticks with the red tips were her best-selling candy item.

Compiled from wire reports.