This photo of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (left) and her mother, Gloria Giffords, was posted on her Facebook page June 12, 2011.
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TIRR Memorial Hermann's chief medical officer said in a statement that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been given the OK to return home and continue her therapy as an outpatient. Giffords has spent five months at the hospital, rehabilitating after she was shot in the head in January.
Here's today's feel-good story: Two months shy of his 100 birthday, Leo Plass of Oregon received his associates degree from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Plass had dropped out of college in 1932.
On Wednesday, the National Trust for Historic Preservation released its latest list of places the trust considers the most endangered in the country. The list of 11 includes a Chicago hospital; a jazz musician's home; and a plant in Minneapolis that was once the world's most advanced flour mill.
The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency faced the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today to discuss the EPA’s proposed air rules. Lisa Jackson also talked about the new air standards’ impact on public health. In March, after a 20-year political and legal battle, the EPA proposed its first-ever national standards for regulating mercury and other air pollution from power plants. Jackson told the committee that when power plants have to comply with the new standards, it’ll have an incredible effect on Americans’ health.
In an effort to show journalists in Tripoli that the Libyan government is still in control of its territory, officials organized trips for separate groups of foreign press. They took one group to the east of Tripoli, the other to the west and one to the south.
NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson was in the group that headed east to the city of al Khoms, some 80 miles east of Tripoli. Soraya reports that their media bus was escorted by police across the check points and she saw no traffic. What she did see were cars lined up along the side of the road, waiting to get gas.
Humberto Leal Jr., a Mexican citizen, has been on death row since 1995 for the rape and bludgeoning of a 16-year-old San Antonio girl. He's slated to be executed in three weeks. But the Mexican government says he wasn't informed of his rights.
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A planned execution in Texas has the state at odds with the federal government and the International Court of Justice.
The dispute involves Humberto Leal Jr., a Mexican national who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
When he was arrested, Leal was not informed of his right to notify his embassy or consulate. Mexico cried foul, the International Court of Justice agreed, and the U.S. government asked Texas to review the case.
But the state has refused and plans to execute Leal in three weeks.
In the current glut of superhero movies — we've had Thor and X-Men: First Class, this Friday brings Green Lantern, with Captain America due July 22 — even the most casual observer might begin to notice a few, ah, familiar elements.
Tropes, you might call them. Or, to the less generously inclined among you: cliches.