Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:22 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:22:40 GMT
U.S. military forces attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group's fugitive leader.Full Story >
Al-Shabab's top leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night by a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said Tuesday.Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:01:35 GMT
A spokesman says more than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 are still being sought.Full Story >
Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and 10 of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said.Full Story >
WASHINGTON (CBS5/AP) -
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has resigned from the House with a standing ovation from her colleagues, more than a year after she was gravely wounded by a would-be assassin.
The Arizona congresswoman formally resigned after a series of tributes from her colleagues. She's stepping down to focus on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head.
As Giffords sat in the chamber's front row, lawmakers praised her dignity, grace and perseverance. Her mother, Gloria, and husband, retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, watched from the gallery. Giffords stood in the well of the House as her close friend, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, read her resignation letter. Other members of the Arizona delegation surrounded her and Rep. Jeff Flake held her hand. An emotional Wasserman Schultz said Giffords would return one day.
Giffords, who has represented southern Arizona in the House for five years, submitted her letters to House Speaker John Boehner and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. Her resignation will be effective at the end of the day on Wednesday.
In her letter, she promises, "I will recover and will return."
Giffords ends her resignation letter with the words: "Every day I am working hard. I will recover and will return and we will work together again for Arizona and for all Americans."
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi asked unanimous consent from her colleagues to speak out of order. Pelosi then discussed Giffords' career in the House.
Pelosi saluted Giffords and recognized her as "the brightest star among us, the brightest star congress has ever seen."
"She has brought the word ‘dignity' to new heights by her courage," Pelosi said.
Giffords received a warm welcome Tuesday as well, from her colleagues and from President Barack Obama, when she attended the State of the Union Address.
Also on Tuesday, her office released a statement announcing she would hand her letter of resignation to Boehner and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. It goes into effect at the end of the day.
Republican Leader Eric Cantor also made some brief remarks about Giffords' service followed by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.
Then, an emotional Wasserman Schultz, Giffords' closest personal friend in the House, read the congresswoman's letter of resignation from the well of the House. Wasserman Schultz was joined by Giffords and a bipartisan group of Giffords' colleagues.
Giffords, with the help of Wasserman Schultz, submitted her letter of resignation to the speaker.
Giffords votes on smuggling bill
Giffords' final act in Congress was voting on a bill that imposes tougher penalties on smugglers who use small, low-flying aircrafts to avoid radar detection and bring drugs across the Mexican border.
The bill passed unanimously, 408-0.
The Democratic congresswoman introduced the legislation along with fellow Arizonan, Republican Jeff Flake. It's similar to a version that easily passed the House in 2010 but did not make it through the Senate.
Her office said the current law allows defendants who use ultra-light, single-seat planes to get a lesser penalty than those who use cars or other types of planes to smuggle drugs.
Every year, hundreds of ultralights are flown across the southern border and each can carry several hundred pounds of narcotics, her office staff said.
Ultralights - small, single-seat aircraft - are favored by smugglers because they are inexpensive, relatively quiet and can fly at night without lights. They often are able to evade radar detection and can drop a load of narcotics in the U.S. and return to Mexico without landing.
The legislation will:
Give law enforcement agencies additional tools to combat this type of drug trafficking by closing a loophole in current law that allows smugglers who use ultralights to receive a lesser penalty than those who use airplanes or cars
Establish the same penalties for trafficking, whether by plane, automobile or ultralight: up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine
Add an attempt-and-conspiracy provision to the aviation smuggling law to allow prosecutors to charge people other than the pilot who are involved in aviation smuggling
Direct the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to collaborate in identifying equipment and technology used by the Defense Department that could be used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to detect ultralights
Copyright 2012 KPHO (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press and Raycom News Network contributed to this story.
Monday, September 1 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:29:04 GMT
Dozens of celebrity photos, including some alleged images of actress Jennifer Lawrence nude, began spreading all over the Internet on Sunday evening. Find out how to keep your photos secure here.Full Story >
Dozens of celebrity photos, including some alleged images of actress Jennifer Lawrence nude, began spreading all over the Internet on Sunday evening. Find out how to keep your photos secure here. Full Story >
Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.Full Story >
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.Full Story >
Monday, September 1 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:17:32 GMT
A part-time computer science UC Professor is missing and his family is desperate to find him. Kentucky State Police says no one has seen or heard from Randy Russ since Aug. 17.Full Story >
A UC Professor is missing and his family is desperate to find him. Kentucky State Police says no one has seen or heard from Randy Russ since Aug. 17 Russ is a part-time computer science professor at UC.Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:29 AM EDT2014-09-02 04:29:46 GMT
McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize...Full Story >
McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the...Full Story >
Friday, July 18 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-18 10:53:02 GMT
"This tragedy has rocked the foundation of our community." With those words, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said what so many were feeling Thursday as news broke about the death of Janaya Thompson.Full Story >
"This tragedy has rocked the foundation of our community." With those words, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said what so many in Gulfport and on the entire Gulf Coast were feeling Thursday as news broke about the death of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson.Full Story >
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:59:09 GMT
A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side. The crash happened early Wednesday afternoon in Colerain Township. A funeral procession was headedFull Story >
A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side.Full Story >