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Relative says Obama's grandmother has broken hip

Barack Obama is cutting short his campaign schedule later this week to visit his elderly grandmother, who recently fell and broke her hip.

After a morning rally in Indianapolis Thursday, he plans to leave the campaign trail and fly to Hawaii to see Madelyn Dunham. The 85-year-old helped raise Obama and is described as "gravely ill."

A relative says Dunham "has not been well for a long time." He says she was hospitalized recently, but is now back in her Honolulu apartment, where Obama's sister cares for her. He says she previously had a hip replacement.

A spokesman says Obama's wife, Michelle, will sub for the candidate at rallies in Akron and Columbus, Ohio.

Aides say Obama will likely resume campaigning Saturday, probably in a Western state, such as Nevada.

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