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NASA names backup for Giffords' husband

NASA names backup for Giffords' husband

HOUSTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- NASA named a backup commander Thursday for the last shuttle mission in case Mark Kelly, husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is unable to carry on.
GOP: Healthcare repeal vote next week

GOP: Healthcare repeal vote next week

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on a bill that would repeal the healthcare reform law, the majority leader's office said Thursday.
Bag believed linked to Loughner found

Bag believed linked to Loughner found

TUCSON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Sheriff's officials said Thursday a black bag containing ammunition believed to have belonged to Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner has been found.
Doctors: Giffords sitting up, more alert

Doctors: Giffords sitting up, more alert

TUCSON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Doctors in Tucson Thursday began performing "aggressive physical therapy" on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, calling her recovery miraculous.
Friends say they saw miracle in Giffords

Friends say they saw miracle in Giffords

TUCSON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said they felt awed seeing Rep. Gabrielle Giffords open her eyes in her Tucson hospital room.
Obama's remarks at Tucson memorial

Obama's remarks at Tucson memorial

TUCSON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The following are U.S. President Barack Obama's remarks at the memorial rally for victims of Saturday's Tucson shooting:
Church won't picket two Tucson funerals

Church won't picket two Tucson funerals

TUCSON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- An anti-gay church will not picket Thursday's funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed in the Tucson shooting rampage because it got radio airtime, the church said.
Obama: Giffords opens her eyes

Obama: Giffords opens her eyes

TUCSON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., has opened her eyes for the first time since she was critically wounded in Tucson, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

Obamas to attend Tucson memorial service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend a memorial service in Tucson Wednesday for the shooting spree victims, the White House said.
Polls: Shooting spree not due to rhetoric

Polls: Shooting spree not due to rhetoric

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Most Americans don't blame the shooting rampage in which Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded on violent political language, two poll released Tuesday indicated.
Rep. Giffords can breathe on her own

Rep. Giffords can breathe on her own

TUCSON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is being kept on a ventilator at a Tucson hospital even though she is able to breathe on her own, doctors said.
9-year-old Ariz. victim related to TV star

9-year-old Ariz. victim related to TV star

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Actress Sophia Bush says Christina Green, the 9-year-old shot and killed in Saturday's shooting rampage in Arizona, was her second cousin.
Ariz. shooting followed history of tension

Ariz. shooting followed history of tension

TUCSON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., may be an isolated act, but tension in her Arizona district is not new, a supporter says.
Obama, Sarkozy discuss tragedies, economy

Obama, Sarkozy discuss tragedies, economy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- As details of the tragedy in Arizona unfold, Americans should focus on the courage people displayed during the shooting spree, President Obama said Monday.
Doctor: No change in Giffords' condition

Doctor: No change in Giffords' condition

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The condition of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, shot in an attack at a Tucson political event, was unchanged Monday, and a doctor said that was positive news.
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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (in red scarf) is the center of attention at a vigil honoring the victims and survivors of the shootings one year a year ago in Tucson, Arizona, January 8, 2011. The vigil was held on the University of Arizona Mall. UPI /Art Foxall
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Gabrielle Dee "Gabby" Giffords (born June 8, 1970) is an American politician. A Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, she has represented Arizona's 8th congressional district since 2007. She is the third woman in Arizona's history to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Giffords is currently serving her third term in the United States House of Representatives, having been re-elected in the 2010 midterm elections. Considered a "Blue Dog" Democrat, her stances on health care reform and illegal immigration were sources of attention for those opposed to her candidacy and have made her a recipient of criticism from various conservative groups. She has described herself as a "former Republican."

Giffords is a native of Tucson, Arizona, and a graduate of Scripps College and Cornell University. Prior to her election to Congress, Giffords served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001 until 2003 and the Arizona State Senate from 2003 until 2005, when she resigned to run for the seat held by then-Congressman Jim Kolbe. She also worked as an associate for regional economic development in New York City and as CEO of El Campo Tire Warehouses, a local automotive chain owned by her grandfather. She is married to astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Mark E. Kelly.

On January 8, 2011, Giffords was a victim of a shooting near Tucson, which was reported to be an assassination attempt on her, at a supermarket where she was meeting publicly with constituents. She was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head; thirteen people were injured and six others were killed in the shooting, among them conservative federal judge John Roll. Giffords was later brought to a rehabilitation facility in Houston, Texas, where she recovered some of her ability to walk, speak, read and write. On May 16, 2011, Giffords traveled to Kennedy Space Center to watch the launch of STS-134, the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, which was commanded by her husband Mark Kelly.

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