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Rumsfeld undergoes shoulder surgery

From Jamie McIntyre
CNN Washington Bureau
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld underwent elective surgery Tuesday morning for a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, Pentagon officials said.

Officials described the problem as an old athletic injury that was causing Rumsfeld trouble.

He underwent the two-hour operation under local anesthetic and briefly transferred power to Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, officials said.

Rumsfeld is resting comfortably at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, where he is expected to remain overnight, they said.

The defense chief is expected back on the job Wednesday.

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