SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Newspaper publisher Helen K. Copley was released from a hospital Thursday, less than a week after undergoing open heart surgery.

The surgery was performed Dec. 17 at Sharp Memorial Hospital. Surgeons expect Mrs. Copley, 71, to make a full recovery, said hospital spokesman Kenn Ulrich.

Mrs. Copley owns Copley Press Inc., which publishes such newspapers as The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Daily Breeze in Torrance, and The State Journal- Register in Springfield, Ill.