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    Jackson Denies Son's Suicide Rumors

    FILE In this Oct. 16, 2011 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., is  seen during the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. Jackson came to Congress already a rising star, with designs on higher office and one who sought to transcend the more polarizing figure cut by his father, the famous civil rights leader. But that careful cultivation has been damaged the last three years by allegations of corruption and embarrassing personal disclosures. Now, for the first time, he will face serious competition for his House seat.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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    Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. denied reports that his son, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., had attempted suicide. The congressman has not been seen on Capitol Hill since June 10, and his office said in a June 26 statement that he would take a “medical leave of absence” to treat a health condition. The mystery has deepened since then, and sources say it may be months before his return, if he comes back at all. But his father pushed back on rumors that the congressman had tried to kill himself. “No, it’s not true,” he said. “He’s with his doctor and getting treatment, regaining his strength. That’s all I really want to say at this point.”

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