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Months Ago, Cops Went to Home Where Girls Were Held

But couldn't hear anything, saw no evidence of children

(Newser) - The mother and stepfather arrested and accused of holding their three daughters captive in Tucson soundproofed the girls' bedrooms so well that when police officers went to the house two and a half months ago on a robbery call, they saw no evidence of the girls. Among other things, the... More »

Captive Tucson Girls 'Tortured With Music'

Cameras recorded sisters in house of horrors

(Newser) - Three sisters held captive by their parents in a Tucson home endured a hellish existence in dungeon-like conditions, investigators say. For up to two years, the girls—ages 12, 13, and 17, were imprisoned in locked bedrooms with elaborate alarm and video systems that let the girls' mother and stepfather... More »

Missing Climber Killed by Venom

Tucson hiker was swarmed by bees

(Newser) - One of the rock climbers who helped retrieve the body of one of his peers called the sight "tragic and horrifying," and it's easy to see why: Tucson's Steven Johnson was found dangling from a cliff, where he had been stung to death by bees, reports... More »

Man to Go Free 42 Years After Shaky Arson Conviction

Louis Taylor enters plea in deadly 1970 hotel fire in Arizona

(Newser) - Louis Taylor is about to leave prison for the first time since he was 16 years old, after spending almost 43 years in prison for an arson that he has always claimed he never committed—and which experts now say might not have even been arson at all. Taylor was... More »

Tucson Group Will Give Free Shotguns to Residents

Organizer says push will be in high-crime zones

(Newser) - A former mayoral candidate in Tucson plans to provide residents of high-crime neighborhoods with free shotguns to defend themselves, reports the Arizona Daily Star . Shaun McClusky has raised $12,000 for the project so far, and his group plans to hand out the first weapons within 60 days. He figures... More »

Giffords, Kelly Launch Gun Control Group

They say it will be able to counter the gun lobby's influence

(Newser) - Today is the second anniversary of Gabrielle Giffords' shooting , and she and Mark Kelly mark the occasion by launching a group pushing for "responsible" gun laws. "Until now, the gun lobby's political contributions, advertising, and lobbying have dwarfed spending from anti-gun-violence groups. No longer," they write... More »

Loughner Will Plead Guilty: Source

Will likely get a life sentence in exchange for doing so

(Newser) - Some 18 months after Gabrielle Giffords and a dozen others were wounded in the Tucson mass shooting that killed six, Jared Lee Loughner is set to plead guilty, two sources tell the Los Angeles Times . It reports that psych experts will on Tuesday testify that Loughner is competent do so,... More »

Missing Girl's Family Ordered to Leave Ariz. Home

Dogs give police 'new direction' to investigate

(Newser) - Canine units gave police a clue today that sent them in a "new direction" in the search for missing Arizona 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis —a direction that led them to ask Isabel's family to leave the home from which she allegedly disappeared over the weekend, police tell... More »

Tucson Cops Search for Missing Girl, 6

Isabel Mercedes Celis went missing from her bedroom

(Newser) - Tucson authorities are combing the city today in search of a 6-year-old girl who went missing from her own bedroom overnight Friday. The disappearance of Isabel Mercedes Celis is being termed "suspicious" or "possible abduction" by police, who say that the girl's parents discovered her missing at... More »

45-Foot Paper Airplane Soars in Arizona

12-year-old helps build contraption

(Newser) - Two days ago it was the Bird Man (er, make that the Fake Bird Man ); now the Web's flying sensation is a humongous paper airplane, built in part by a 12-year-old boy. Some 45 feet long with a 24-foot wingspan, it may be the biggest paper plane in... More »

Giffords Says Goodbye in Tucson

Arizona congresswoman resigns to focus on recovery

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords said farewell to her constituents in Tucson today during the final bittersweet hours of her time as US representative, the AP reports. In her office, she hugged and met with other survivors of the shooting that left six dead and thirteen injured last year. "It was very... More »

Tucson Survivor: Giffords 'Makes Me Want to Vomit'

George Morris was at grocery store event to reprimand her

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords doesn't have to face a ton of partisan rancor these days—but that doesn't extend to George Morris. Morris, a self-described "ultraconservative" in Giffords' district, went to her Congress on Your Corner event on the day of the shooting to reprimand her for voting for... More »

At Vigil, Giffords Recites 'Pledge of Allegiance'

Stunned crowd moved to tears

(Newser) - Congresswoman Gabby Giffords brought down the house last night with a resounding declaration of the "Pledge of Allegiance" at a candlelight vigil marking the first anniversary of the day she was shot in the head by a gunman. Her voice rang out sure and strong as she led the... More »

Hundreds Remember Giffords Shooting

Survivors, family members place roses for shooting victims

(Newser) - Hundreds gathered today in a huge Tucson cathedral to remember the horrifying day a year ago when Gabrielle Giffords was severely wounded in a gunman's rampage , the AP reports. A pastor read the names of six people killed in the shooting, inviting survivors and family members to place red... More »

A Year Later, Giffords Heads to Tucson

Giffords visits grocery store site of massacre for first time

(Newser) - A year after she was rushed, clinging to life, from a Tucson Safeway, Gabrielle Giffords yesterday returned to the scene of the shootings that killed six people, reports Reuters . Giffords and husband Mark Kelly also visited the intensive care unit where she was taken, and a nearby hiking trail, which... More »

Gabrielle Giffords Serves Thanksgiving Meal to Troops

Congresswoman visits Air Force base in Tucson

(Newser) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords helped serve a Thanksgiving meal to service members and retirees at a military base in her hometown of Tucson. Giffords arrived in the dining hall at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base at midday wearing a ball cap and an apron with her nickname of "Gabby" sewn on... More »

Gabrielle Giffords Back in Tucson for Thanksgiving

It's her third visit since shooting

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords is home for the holidays. The congresswoman arrived in Tucson last night, marking just the third time she’s been back since the Jan. 8 shooting. She’s remained in Houston in recent months for outpatient therapy. She’ll spend Thanksgiving in Tucson with husband Mark Kelly, her... More »

Giffords Now Knows Who Died in Shooting

Family waited til she had recovered enough to process grief

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords has long known that she was injured in a shooting that claimed six lives, but family and friends waited until recently to tell the Arizona congresswoman the full story: That among the dead were 30-year-old aide Gabe Zimmerman, who she adored as if he were family, friend John... More »

Court: Loughner Can Refuse Meds

No forced medication for Tucson suspect while appeal is pending

(Newser) - Jared Lee Loughner's right to refuse antipsychotic medication trumps the federal government's interest in making him sane enough to stand trial for the Tucson shootings in which Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was injured, an appeals court has decided. The court ruled that its injunction against forcibly medicating Loughner should... More »

Gabrielle Giffords Heads Home to Tucson

Trip home 'will mean the world to her,' says rep

(Newser) - Barely released from the rehab center where she's spent the last five months, Gabrielle Giffords made a beeline for her hometown Tucson yesterday for the first time since she left it 13 days after she was shot. "We've been dreaming of this trip for some time,"... More »

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