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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords ,in a photo posted by aides Sunday. She moved to a home owned by her husband.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords ,in a photo posted by aides Sunday. She moved to a home owned by her husband. (P.K. WEIS / Giffords Staff)
Posted: June 16, 2011

Giffords released from hospital

HOUSTON - Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was released from a Houston hospital Wednesday, five months after being shot in the head during a political event.

Giffords will move to League City, a town 26 miles south of Houston, to a home owned by her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. She will continue therapy at TIRR Memorial Hermann, where she has been undergoing intensive rehabilitation since late January.

Giffords, who was shot in the left side of her head and has been struggling to relearn how to speak and walk, will be assisted by a 24-hour home health-care provider, according to a statement from the hospital.

"Gabby has recovered well from the surgery," neurosurgeon Dong Kim said. "Her wounds have healed, she has resumed full physical therapy without a helmet, and I am comfortable that she can be discharged."

- AP

Kissinger donates materials to Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who helped steer Vietnam War policy, will donate to Yale University his collection of some one million documents and objects covering his life as a diplomat, teacher, and private citizen.

Yale president Richard Levin said Wednesday that the collection would enhance Yale's archives of 20th-century American leaders.

Yale holds the papers of renowned former diplomats and alumni Henry Stimson, Dean Acheson, and Cyrus Vance, as well as those of President Woodrow Wilson's influential adviser Edward House.

- AP

U.S. birthrate dips a third year

ATLANTA - U.S. births apparently have declined for a third year in a row, probably because of the weak economy.

Births had been on the rise for years, and the number hit an all-time high of more than 4.3 million in 2007. But the count has been dropping since then.

Last year, it fell 3 percent to slightly more than four million births, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It's possible the decline is leveling off: The falling birthrate seemed to bottom out in October, November, and December. Experts believe the downward trend is tied to the economy, which officially was in a recession from December 2007 until June 2009 and is still flagging.

- AP

Elsewhere:

Bristol Palin didn't stay long in her house 35 miles south of Phoenix. A real estate agent confirmed that the daughter of Sarah Palin is renting out the 4,000-square-foot house. The five-bedroom home went on the market this week. She is asking $1,400 a month for the home she bought last year for $172,000.

A federal jury convicted former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi in a scheme to steer two state contracts worth $17.5 million to a software firm in exchange for payments to the powerful lawmaker and two friends. He faces up to 20 years in prison on charges of conspiracy, extortion, and fraud.

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