Rep. Giffords to attend husband's shuttle launch

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been cleared to attend her husband's shuttle launch in Florida on Friday.

According to the Associated Press, this is the first time traveling for Giffords since she was transferred from Arizona to Houston for rehab. Giffords' spokesperson and chief of staff are planning to hold a news conference after the launch to express Giffords' reaction, but she will not attend.

As reported on, trauma chief at University Medical Center, Dr. Peter Rhee, told CNN's Sanjay Gupta, that Giffords won't exactly be 100 percent back. Rhee said that the scars on the outside is a reflection of what is happening inside. There will be permanent damage that won't come back as well as changes, emotions and memories that will affect her.

An 11-year-old girl is in a medically induced coma after being accidentally shot in the head when her father's gun discharged on Thursday.

According to the Pioneer Press, other family members were present when the gun accidentally discharged. Jesse Montanye was fixing his gun inside the house after the gun jammed during target practice.

As reported in the Star Tribune, Maddy Montanye is in critical condition after doctors removed fragments of her skull and the bullet to relieve pressure on Friday.

33-year-old woman assaulted in a Woodbury park

A 33-year-old woman was sexually assaulted when jogging in a Woodbury park around 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

According to thePioneer Press, because it was dark at the time the woman was attacked, she could only identify the attacker as a man she did not know.

As reported in the Star Tribune, the woman was treated and released at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury for physical injuries.

According to authorities, the attack seems to be an isolated incident and have not had suspicious behavior reported in the area.

New and changed rules for air traffic controllers

New and changed rules are in affect for air traffic controllers as there have been recent incidents where controllers are falling asleep on the job.

According to the Associated Press, the new rules will be applying to truck drivers, firefighters and other jobs where there is extensive need of changing sleep habits and working night shifts.

According to, the new rules came about when there was a seventh incident when an air traffic controller was suspended after being found sleeping on the job.

"Controllers will now have a minimum of nine hours off between shifts, instead of the current eight-hour minimum." Most controllers are given shifts of a week of midnight flights and then a week of morning flights following right after. "Controllers can no longer be put on an unscheduled midnight shift following a day off."

Cuba's President makes new rules

After falling very ill, Fidel Castro passed over his role as president onto his younger brother, Raul Castro, who made new political decisions and rules on Saturday.

According, President Castro made changes to the terms of political and state officials to two consecutive terms of 5 years.

In a report from AP, President Castro also emphasized the importance of getting rid of ration books and other subsidies and focusing on supply and demand in some areas of the country.

President Casto's new proposed changes to the politics of the country is a plan to "rejuvenate the country's politics." There has not been success of finding younger leaders that are "adequately prepared." After taking over for Fidel Castro, Raul will be around 86 at the end of his 2nd term.

Search continues for Idaho miner

The search goes on for an Idaho miner who is still trapped after the tunnel collapsed on Friday evening.

According to, the tunnel collapsed when 53-year-old Larry Marek and another co-worker were working in the Lucky Friday mine when a wall of mainly rock fell down. The other co-worker was able to escape.

According to the AP report, the co-worker was Marek's brother. The only statement released by the family was that Marek was trapped after the roof of the tunnel collapsed and that family members were at the site.

Rescuers were able to dig 32 feet of about 75 feet of the dirt and rocks that caved in. A machine from the East Coast will be shipped to help dig the rest of the rocks while rescuers watch from a safe distance.

Driver in critical condition after van collides with cow

A driver sustained serious injuries after her van collided with a cow on Saturday night on Interstate 90.

According to the Star Tribune, 36-year-old Svetlana Y. Schmitz was taken to St. Marys Hospital.

In the Pioneer Press article, Schmitz's one passenger, 62-year-old Tatyana Grigorieskaya, only had minor injuries. Grigorieskaya was also taken to St. Marys Hospital to be treated.

Traffic going westbound on I-90 was closed for an hour as the crash site was being cleared as well a medical helicopter came to take Schmitz to the hospital.

Fourteen year olds found dead in a house

Two 14-year-old girls were found dead in a home in Island Lake Township in Marshall, Minn. on Saturday.

According to the Pioneer Press, authorities are still investigating the cause of death.

However, in a Star Tribune article, it appears the two girls committed suicide but there were no signs of foul play according to authorities.

The two girls, Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz, both from Lynd, Minn., attended a middle school in Marshall, Minn., where grief counselors will be present for students and parents on Monday.

Two men were arrested after they confessed to helping sell a gun to the shooter of the Brazil school shooting on Saturday.

Charleston Souza de Lucena, 38, and Isaias de Souza, 48, did not know that Wellington de Oliveira, 23, would use the gun.

According to the Associated Press, Oliveira was a former student of the school where he killed 12 students and injuring about another 12.

Four people killed by sniper shots in Syria

Four people were killed and 17 were injured by sniper shots from pro-government gunmen on Sunday.

That same day, TV reporters had reported that nine soldiers were killed on an ambush on armed forces.

The people killed and injured occurred when protesters gathered in Banias.

According to, worshippers leaving a mosque in a Sunni area city were attacked by security forces early Sunday. Residents were also able to chase out seven of the forces' vehicles.

Reported in the Star Tribune, those injured preferred to be treated at a small clinic rather than the main hospital, where the security forces were in control over of.

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