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Published: 04/29/11

Obama Says Devastation Unlike Any He Has Ever Seen

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Obama Says Devastation Unlike Any He Has Ever Seen

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Expressing amazement at the destruction all around him, President Barack Obama on Friday stepped through the wreckage left by rampaging tornadoes and pledged help to those who survived but lost their homes in a terrifying flash. Said the president: "I've never seen devastation like this." "We're going to make sure you're not forgotten," Obama said as he and first lady Michelle Obama walked the streets of a reeling neighborhood. He said that although nothing could be done for the many who were killed - "they're alongside God at this point" - Obama assured support for resili...

Published: 04/29/11

NASA Delays Space Shuttle Endeavour's Last Launch

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NASA Delays Space Shuttle Endeavour's Last Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA abruptly called off space shuttle Endeavour's final launch Friday because of a puzzling heater failure in a critical power unit, disappointing huge crowds converging on the area for the afternoon liftoff. President Barack Obama and his family were planning to watch Endeavour blast off. It would have been the first time in NASA history that a sitting president and his family witnessed a launch. Already at Cape Canaveral for the liftoff was wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wife of the shuttle's commander. Launch commentator George Diller said the next try likely wo...

Published: 04/28/11

Excitement Builds for Next-to-Last Space Shuttle Launch

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Excitement Builds for Next-to-Last Space Shuttle Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- It's still a day before space shuttle Endeavour is set to soar one last time. But already, the excitement level is approaching an all-time high. It's the next-to-last shuttle flight, as well as Endeavour's final voyage. Add to that the presence of the commander's wounded congresswoman wife, and Friday's visit by the president and his family. Forecasters, meanwhile, were slightly more pessimistic Thursday. Still, there's a 70 percent chance of good weather for Friday's 3:47 p.m. launch. Endeavour commander Mark Kelly is married to Gabrielle Giffords, who arrived in Ca...

Published: 04/27/11

NASA Braces for Giffords, Obama, Huge Launch Crowd

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NASA Braces for Giffords, Obama, Huge Launch Crowd

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords left hospitals behind Wednesday for the first time since her tragic shooting nearly four months ago and traveled to NASA territory for the next-to-last space shuttle launch with her husband in command. "Gabby is looking forward to some time away from the rehab center & the chance to see Captain Mark Kelly launch again!" Giffords' staff posted on her Facebook page. Space shuttle Endeavour is due to blast off Friday afternoon with Kelly at the helm. It will be Endeavour's final voyage after 19 years of spaceflight, as the shuttle era nears the ...

Published: 04/25/11

Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Flight [PHOTOS]

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Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Flight [PHOTOS]

The final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour, STS-134, marks the next-to-last flight of the Space Shuttle program. Commander Mark Kelly's wife, Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was critically wounded in a January shooting. Kelly resumed training in February for the flight and is hopeful Giffords will be able to travel to Florida for the launch. The six-man crew will visit the International Space Station during a scheduled 15-day flight. http://xml.channel.aol.com/xmlpublisher/fetch.v2.xml?option=expand_relative_urls&dat...

Published: 04/25/11

Kelly: Giffords Cleared to Attend Shuttle Launch

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Kelly: Giffords Cleared to Attend Shuttle Launch

HOUSTON -- NASA astronaut Mark Kelly says doctors have given his wife, Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, approval to travel to Cape Canaveral this week to watch him fly into space Friday on the next-to-last shuttle mission. Giffords was shot in the head in a mass shooting outside a Tucson, Ariz., supermarket more than three months ago. This would be her first trip since she was flown from Arizona to a Houston rehabilitation hospital where she has been in therapy. Kelly said during an interview with CBS' Katie Couric that his wife will witness the launch of Endeavour, which is schedul...

Published: 04/24/11

Giffords Standing on Own, Trying to Improve Gait

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Giffords Standing on Own, Trying to Improve Gait

PHOENIX -- Doctors say Rep. Gabrielle Giffords can walk a little and is even trying to improve her gait. But the report Sunday in The Arizona Republic adds the congresswoman herself is planning to "walk a mountain." Giffords uses her left side and has begun making limited use of her right arm and leg, a common effect of a bullet wound on the left side of the brain, said Dr. Gerard Francisco, chief medical officer at Houston's TIRR Memorial Hermann who works with Giffords daily. "Her left side is perfect," said Pia Carusone, her legislative chief of staff. "She can do whatever you can do." ...

Published: 04/24/11

Rep. Giffords Cleared to Attend Shuttle Launch

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Rep. Giffords Cleared to Attend Shuttle Launch

HOUSTON -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will attend husband Mark Kelly's space shuttle launch in Florida on Friday, Kelly said, allowing the Arizona congresswoman to travel for the first time since she was flown from Tucson to Houston more than three months ago to recover from a gunshot wound to the head. In an interview with CBS' Katie Couric, Kelly said Giffords' doctors had given her permission to travel to Cape Canaveral, Fla., for the launch of Endeavour, which is scheduled for 3:47 p.m. Friday. Kelly is the commander of the shuttle mission. Handout / AP Rep. Gabrielle Giffords an...

Published: 04/24/11

Tragic Romance Eclipses 2nd-to-Last Space Shuttle Flight

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Tragic Romance Eclipses 2nd-to-Last Space Shuttle Flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Looking back on the horror of that Saturday in January, this seems miraculous today: that Mark Kelly would indeed command the next-to-last space shuttle flight and that his wounded wife, Gabrielle Giffords, would be here in Florida watching. Yet that is what is expected to happen Friday. Handout / AP Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, are shown in an undated file photo. Doctors have cleared the recovering congresswoman to attend her husband's shuttle launch on Friday. The Kelly-Giffords ordeal has been a national drama since...

Published: 04/20/11

White House: First Family to Attend Shuttle Launch

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White House: First Family to Attend Shuttle Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- President Barack Obama and his family will attend next week's launch of Endeavour, NASA's next-to-last space shuttle flight commanded by the husband of critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. A White House official said Wednesday that the president would be at the April 29 liftoff, along with wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha. Commander Mark Kelly will lead the six-man shuttle crew to the International Space Station. He has said he hopes his wife will be there when he blasts off, and is awaiting her doctors' final approval. Giffords, a Democrat from Ari...

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