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Loughner attorneys seek another block on anti-psychotic drugs

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Lawyers for Tucson shooting rampage suspect Jared Loughner filed an emergency petition on Friday with a federal judge who already has twice refused similar requests, asking him again to halt the forcible medication of their client with anti-psychotic drugs. In a 28-page filing, Loughner’s defense team urged…

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released from hospital

LOS ANGELES — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords was released from hospital Wednesday, doctors said, five months after she was shot in the head at point-blank range in an attack which shocked America. A few days after the first photos of her since the attack were published, doctors said “her cognitive…

US shuttle Endeavour docks at space station

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US space shuttle Endeavour, with six astronauts on board including an Italian, docked at the International Space Station on Wednesday, NASA said. The docking, the next to last for the US shuttle program, took place at 1014 GMT, according to a commentator on NASA TV, which…

Astronauts board Endeavour for next-to-last shuttle flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – Astronauts boarded the space shuttle Endeavour on Monday as it prepared to blast off toward International Space Station on the penultimate flight for the US shuttle program. The 8:56 am (1256 GMT) launch is expected to draw as many as 500,000 onlookers to the area…

Astronaut hopes Giffords will be at shuttle launch

HOUSTON (Reuters) – NASA astronaut Mark Kelly said Thursday there was “a pretty good chance” his wife, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, critically injured in a shooting in January, will attend his space shuttle launch in Florida next month. Giffords was shot through the head as she met with constituents outside…

Arizona shooting suspect moved for mental tests

PHOENIX, Arizona — The suspect in a January shooting spree that severely wounded a congresswoman has been moved to a federal medical facility for a mental evaluation, court records said on Thursday. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, the prime suspect in the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was transferred to…

Washington Post suspends Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter for plagiarism

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Washington Post has suspended a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for three months for lifting material from another US newspaper. Sari Horwitz, who won America’s top journalism award with a colleague in 2002, was found to have used “substantial” parts of two articles from the Arizona Republic in…

Obama eyes ‘common sense’ US gun control

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama says it’s time for US lawmakers to tackle the divisive issue of gun control in hopes of preventing tragedies like the Tucson shooting spree that killed six people. In an opinion column published Sunday in the Arizona Daily Star, the main Tucson newspaper, Obama…

Palin defends use of ‘blood libel’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US conservative celebrity Sarah Palin has defended her use of the term “blood libel” to accuse the media of blaming her supporters after the Arizona shooting spree. The use of the term in a video statement last week has drawn criticism from some Jewish leaders because it…

High marks for Obama’s handling of Arizona shooting

WASHINGTON — The vast majority of Americans approved of President Barack Obama’s handling of the Arizona shooting but were divided on the role political rhetoric played in the attack, a poll found Monday. The ABC News-Washington Post poll found that 78 percent approved of Obama’s call for a more civil…

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