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Published: 04/3/11

Bounce House Goes Airborne, Blows Across Three Lanes of Traffic, Injuring Two Kids

By  not in system - AOL News
Bounce House Goes Airborne, Blows Across Three Lanes of Traffic, Injuring Two Kids

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Authorities in southern Arizona say a boy and a girl were seriously injured after strong wind lifted the children's bounce house they were in and deposited it on a road. Trish Tracy of the Tucson fire department told KNXV-TV the play house was blown across three lanes of traffic and landed on a median Saturday. Tracy says the children suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. The National Weather Service says the incident was caused by a weather phenomenon known as a dust devil, in which a column of air can rotate up to 60 mph. It was the second such incident...

Published: 03/3/11

Rep. Giffords Shows More Progress in Recovery

By  not in system - AOL News
Rep. Giffords Shows More Progress in Recovery

PHOENIX -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been showing emotion, good memory skills and an impressive grasp of everything from legislative business to song lyrics as she recovers in a Houston hospital from a gunshot wound to the head. The Democratic congresswoman has been undergoing extensive therapy in the nearly two months since she was shot at a political event in Tucson, and has been receiving frequent visits from her astronaut husband Mark Kelly as he trains to be the commander of the next shuttle mission. Handout/Getty Images Mark Kelly, husband of U.S. Rep....

Published: 02/24/11

Woman Becomes First to Pitch at Major League Training Camp [VIDEO]

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Woman Becomes First to Pitch at Major League Training Camp [VIDEO]

Justine Siegal has become the first woman to throw batting practice in a major league spring training game, "NBC Nightly News" reports. Siegal, who is also the first female coach of a professional baseball team (the minor league Brockton Rox in Massachusetts), pitched for the Cleveland Indians' batting practice at the team's spring training in Arizona this week. As she threw BP, Siegal wore a patch paying tribute to Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old baseball player and fan who was killed Jan. 8 in Tucson....

Published: 02/16/11

Colorado Congressman to Hold Public Meeting for First Time Since Giffords' Shooting

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
Colorado Congressman to Hold Public Meeting for First Time Since Giffords' Shooting

Colorado U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter will hold a public meeting at a Safeway store on Saturday for the first time since Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot at a similar event Jan. 8. Perlmutter, a Democrat, started his "Government in the Grocery" event after taking office in 2007, holding more than 70 open meetings at supermarkets. He postponed an event earlier this month because of the Giffords' shooting. A news release by said the congressman and Safeway have consulted with law enforcement to ensure the safety of everyone involved. As Giffords held a similar meeting at a Tucson Safeway, a lone...

Published: 02/9/11

Giffords Asks for Toast for Breakfast as Recovery Continues

By  Dana Kennedy - AOL News
Giffords Asks for Toast for Breakfast as Recovery Continues

It may be the simplest of requests, but for family and friends of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, it represents a milestone in her recovery. Giffords asked for a piece of toast for breakfast Monday morning, Politico reported. It's just part of what the Arizona congresswoman's doctors and husband call her "rapid progress" and "lightning-speed" recovery after being shot in the head last month when a lone gunman went on a rampage in Tucson. Pia Carusone, Giffords' chief of staff, confirmed that Giffords made the verbal request on Monday when hospital workers at TIRR Memorial Hermann...

Published: 01/27/11

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the State of the Union, and the Empty Chair

By  Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the State of the Union, and the Empty Chair

On display during the State of the Union speech was the vacant chair that would have been occupied by Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who could not attend because she was in a hospital recovering from a bullet wound to the head. Recuperation could take as long as a year. The empty chair got to everyone, myself included. What got to me even more was the photograph of her husband, Mark Kelly, holding her hand in the hospital as the couple watched the speech on television. I could imagine what might be on the left side of that cropped photo. Nine years ago I lay in a hospital bed with a...

Published: 01/27/11

Soldiers Seize Drug Slingshot on US-Mexico Border

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Soldiers Seize Drug Slingshot on US-Mexico Border

In what seems like a scene straight out of a Monty Python movie, Mexican soldiers seized a giant catapult believed to have been used to fling drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. Acting on a tip from the U.S. Border Patrol, the Mexican military confiscated 45 pounds of marijuana, an SUV and a metal-framed catapult just south of the border with Arizona last Friday. The U.S. tip was based on surveillance video of the border region, recorded by National Guard troops deployed to help U.S. border guards. In one clip, a group of men appeared to be testing the huge device, pulling down its metal...

Published: 01/25/11

State of the Union: Obama Calls Investment in Innovation 'Our Sputnik Moment'

By  Alex Wagner - Politics Daily
State of the Union: Obama Calls Investment in Innovation 'Our Sputnik Moment'

President Obama outlined an ambitious plan Tuesday to "win the future," urging renewed investment in American technology, infrastructure and education, while simultaneously calling for a more streamlined federal government and a reduction of the deficit. In his State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress -- some of whose members crossed the aisle in a symbolic show of bipartisanship -- Obama emphasized a common purpose and a shared future. "We will move forward together, or not at all," he said, "for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics." Early...

Published: 01/25/11

Daniel Hernandez Celebrates 21st Birthday at State of the Union Address [VIDEOS]

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Daniel Hernandez Celebrates 21st Birthday at State of the Union Address [VIDEOS]

How did you spend your 21st birthday? Daniel Hernandez, the man credited with saving the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is celebrating his 21st in the U.S. House chamber, where he'll be sitting with first lady Michelle Obama as a guest of honor at tonight's State of the Union address. Related Stories State of the Union Address [LIVE FEED] Hernandez, a University of Arizona student, worked as an intern in Giffords' office. When Giffords was shot on Jan. 8, Hernandez rushed to her side and applied pressure to her wounds until emergency responders arrived. Watch...

Published: 01/25/11

Dr. Peter Rhee: 5 Facts About Obama's State of the Union Guest

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Dr. Peter Rhee: 5 Facts About Obama's State of the Union Guest

In keeping with tradition, President Barack Obama invited several special guests to attend tonight's State of the Union address. Among those joining first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in the president's box is Dr. Peter Rhee, the Arizona trauma surgeon who oversaw Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' care after she was shot in Tucson. Surge Desk has five facts about the celebrated physician. 1. He has battlefield experience A 24-year veteran of the Navy, Rhee provided casualty care in high-risk areas of Iraq and Afghanistan. After the U.S. established Camp Rhino, its first land base in...

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