Rehnquist says he'll stay

19:48 -- This just came over the wires from the AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist says he's staying on Supreme Court. "I am not about to announce my retirement," he said in statement obtained by The Associated Press.

In a statement obtained by The Associated Press, Rehnquist says: "I want to put to rest the speculation and unfounded rumors of my imminent retirement."

Rehnquist goes on to say: "I will continue to perform my duties as chief justice as long as my health permits."

Rehnquist released the statement hours after being released from an Arlington, Virginia, hospital after being treated for two days with a fever.


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