A man who'd been grazed with a bullet helped subdue a gunman. An intern tended to the wounded congresswoman whose staff he'd joined just days before. A woman put an extra ammunition clip out of the gunman's reach, and a doctor who'd witnessed the shooting performed CPR on the injured.
CNN Heroes salutes the following people who responded to Saturday's shooting at a political event outside a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona - a shooting that killed six people and wounded 14 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords - with acts of courage.
Retired Army Col. Bill Badger and Roger Salzgeber
Badger and Salzgeber were two of the men who helped subdue the gunman during a pause in the shooting, according to witnesses.
Badger, 74, was at the event to meet Giffords. He hit the ground when the shooting started and felt a sting on the back of his head - he'd been grazed by a bullet. When the shooting stopped, Badger stood up and found the shooter was right in front of him, he said.FULL STORY
Richard "Dick" Winters, a decorated hero of World War II and the central figure in the book and miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He would have turned 93 years old in February.
Winters died January 2 and was buried after a private funeral Saturday, according to retired Army Col. Cole Kingseed, a close friend and co-author of Winters' memoirs.
Winters began his career in the Army shortly before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, and he volunteered to become a paratrooper, according to his wartime memoirs "Beyond Band of Brothers."FULL STORY
The number of people missing after flash floods swept cars off roads in the eastern Australian city of Toowoomba rose to more than 70 on Monday, with eight peple confirmed dead, police in the state of Queensland reported.
The latest flooding hit Toowoomba, about 125 kilometers (80 miles) west of the state capital Brisbane and considerably south of other areas hit by recent floods. The Queensland Police Service ?confirmed that 72 people are now missing in the areas of Toowomba and Lockyer Creek, and Chantelle Rule-Murphy, spokesperson for Emergency Management Queensland, said eight people have now been confirmed dead.
Toowoomba is the biggest inland city in Queensland, a region that was already reeling from one of the worst floods in its history. Authorities there are conducting several search-and-rescue operations, and Australia's military has committed four helicopters to those efforts, Rule-Murphy said.FULL STORY
Six people were killed and 14 others wounded, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, when a gunman opened fire in front of a Safeway supermarket in Tucson, Arizona, authorities said. The congresswoman had been hosting a meeting with constituents Saturday morning when the attack began.
Here are the latest developments as confirmed by CNN:
[Updated at 8:19 p.m.] President Barack Obama will travel to Tucson on Wednesday, and likely will attend a memorial service and visit with the relatives of the shooting victims, many of whom he already has spoken to by phone, two senior administration officials tell CNN.
[Updated at 4:33 p.m.] Suspect Jared Lee Loughner has made a 15-minute initial appearance in a federal court in Phoenix. A judge asked Loughner whether he understood the charges - attempted assassination of a member of Congress; two counts of murder for the deaths of Judge John Roll and Gabriel Zimmerman; and two counts of attempted murder. Loughner replied that he understood.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 24.
[Updated at 2:23 p.m.] Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, sent an email the night before she was shot at an event in Tucson calling for a more civil tone in politics.
Giffords offered congratulations to Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, a Republican, after he was named Director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics on Friday.
"After you get settled, I would love to talk about what we can do to promote centrism and moderation," Giffords wrote in the email, provided to CNN by Grayson. "I am one of only 12 Dems left in a GOP district (the only woman) and think that we need to figure out how to tone our rhetoric and partisanship down."
[Updated at 12:43 p.m.] Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro weighed in on the Arizona mass shooting that killed six and injured 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a column distributed Monday.
[Updated at 12:15 p.m.] Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition but her condition has stabilized, doctors at Tucson's University Medical Center indicated Monday.
"We're not out of the woods yet" but are optimistic about her prospects of recovery, said Dr. Michael Lemole, chief of neurosurgery.
[Updated at 12:03 p.m.] Two patients from Saturday's shooting have been discharged and only two remain in intensive care, the chief of the department of surgery at Tucson's University Medical Center announced Monday.
Eight patients remain at Tucson's University Medical Center, Chief of Emergency Medicine Peter Rhee announced Monday. Five are in serious condition, two are in good condition, and one is in critical condition, Rhee said.
There goes the celestial neighborhood.
Scientists at the Kepler mission have discovered their first rocky planet outside our solar system, NASA announced Monday.
The exoplanet, called Kepler-10b, is 1.4 times the size of Earth and is the smallest found outside the reach of the sun's gravitational pull, NASA said Monday on its website.
The discovery came after 10 months of data-collecting by NASA's Kepler mission, tasked with finding Earth-like planets.
“The discovery of Kepler 10-b is a significant milestone in the search for planets similar to our own,” Douglas Hudgins, a Kepler scientist based in Washington, said in a news release. “Although this planet is not in the habitable zone, the exciting find showcases the kinds of discoveries made possible by the mission and the promise of many more to come,” he said.
A habitable zone is a region where liquid water can exist on a planet's surface, according to NASA's website.
Is Carmelo Anthony East Coast-bound? It sure seems that way with reports surfacing that the Nets are closing in on a deal that would send the Nuggets star forward to New Jersey.
Several league sources confirmed to SI.com's Chris Mannix that the Nets are in the final stages of a massive three-team trade deal with the Nuggets and Detroit Pistons that would send Melo as well as Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Anthony Carter to Jersey; Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow, Ben Uzoh and Stephen Graham to Denver; and Troy Murphy and Johan Petro to Detroit.
In return, the Nuggets and Pistons would also receive first-round draft picks from the Nets, something Denver is certainly in the market for as it assumes the cost of both Murphy and Petro's contracts.
But obvious talent aside, what kind of impact would the addition of Anthony have on the Nets? Despite bringing talent to the forward position, New Jersey would still not be considered among the league's best in the East, according to SI.com's Ian Thomsen. While it would have beaten out the Knicks for a claim on Melo, he won't be enough to raise the team to Celtics-like heights.
And if somehow the deal falls through? If Anthony rejects the trade? Well, that would put both New Jersey and Denver in very unfavorable positions as the Nets will have lost one of the sport's top free agents, while Denver would have to make a deal with the Knicks, find a team willing to "rent" Anthony out for the rest of the season or convince him to accept an extension.
As we wait on word about what Anthony's next move is, Monday night's can't-miss game to check out is the BCS Championship showdown between the Auburn Tigers and Oregon Ducks.
The federal public defender known for handling high-profile cases has been appointed to represent Jared Lee Loughner, the 22-year-old charged with murder and attempted assassination of a member of Congress in the Tucson shootings that killed six and wounded 14, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Clarke defended "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski and assisted in the case of confessed al Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui. Clarke has a private practice but works with the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel, according to National Public Radio.
Luis Posada Carriles
The 82-year-old CIA-trained explosives expert has been accused of some major crimes, including plotting to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro and a series of blasts that killed a tourist in Havana. Posada, an anti-Castro Cuban militant, is now being tried in the U.S. In a trial scheduled to begin Monday in El Paso, Texas, Posada, whom Castro has called "the most dangerous terrorist in the Western Hemisphere," faces 11 counts of lying to officials about how he entered the United States in 2005 and his alleged involvement in attacks on Cuba. He faces five to eight years in prison if convicted.
The 19-year-old sophomore at Georgetown University has known U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords for years, having worked door to door with her during Giffords' re-election campaign in 2008, according to Time magazine. Villec told Time he was approached by a fidgety young man Saturday at the political meet-and-greet in Tucson where Giffords and 19 others were shot. "I told him, 'She is meeting with a constituent right now, but you are welcome to get in line and wait,' " Villec is quoted as saying. "The eerie thing now is how he dismissed me. As the rest of my words were trailing off, he abruptly turned and left," Villec told Time.
Later, Villec said, "I saw him raise his shooting arm. Then he opened fire."
The senior at Searsport High School in Maine has drafted a bill that would ban people across the United States from protesting at military funerals, according to CNN affiliate WABI. He presented his proposal, which originated as a school project, at a forum last week, where about 200 former members of the military expressed support. Parker was motivated by the controversial actions of members of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.
According to WABI, a representative from the church sent Parker an e-mail that said, in part, "You must be living in a painful Spiderman movie." Parker planned to solicit revisions from the public and send the bill to Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.
Beamer ball of fire – When it snows in the south, there's a reason people panic. It's drivers like this guy who, despite the fact that the roads are mostly impassable, decides to gun his engine to the point that it catches fire. The driver made it out of the car safely except for maybe a bruised ego.
A staff member for Rep. Danny Davis, D-Illinois, received an e-mail over the weekend threatening the eight-term Democrat, Davis spokesman Ira Cohen said Monday.
Davis' office has filed a report with Capitol Hill police, Cohen noted. He would not say, however, if Davis had stepped up his personal security.
The threat came in the wake of Saturday's massacre in Tucson, Arizona, in which Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, was allegedly targeted for assassination. Six people were killed - including a federal judge - and 14 were wounded in the shooting. Giffords remains in critical condition.
Davis has public events scheduled Monday in Illinois which he plans to attend, Cohen noted.
The congressman recently withdrew from Chicago's mayoral race.
Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Afghanistan Monday on a surprise visit to the country, his office said.
Biden will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, as well as U.S. service members and civilian personnel, as he assesses the security situation ahead of a planned withdrawal of U.S. troops set to begin in July.FULL STORY
Thousands more people streamed to polling places in a historic referendum on independence for Southern Sudan on Monday even as violence flared in a disputed region between north and south.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, meanwhile, said Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir told him that Southern Sudan should not have to shoulder Sudan's debt should it secede from the county. The question of how to split Sudan's debt is one of several issues that would have to be resolved if the south votes for independence, as is widely expected.
"I spoke with President al-Bashir. He said the entire debt should be assigned to north Sudan and not to the southern part," Carter told CNN Monday morning. "So, in a way, Southern Sudan is starting with a clean sheet on debt. They'll have to make some arrangement for other sources of income, of course."
The south would become independent in July if voters choose independence and no other obstacles emerge. Voting began on Sunday and will end Saturday.FULL STORY
Treacherous travel conditions, power outages and school cancellations stretched across the Southeast as freezing rain and sleet followed on the heels of a heavy snow that blanketed the region over the weekend.
Schools and government offices shut their doors from Arkansas to the Carolinas, while power utilities mobilized crews for widespread power outages. CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said below-freezing temperatures are expected through Tuesday, and continued precipitation will leave a heavy coating of ice on power lines and trees, which could cause outages.
The power company Entergy reported about 4,000 people without power in Mississippi. About 200 people in north Georgia were still without electricity after snow sent tree limbs into power lines, according to Georgia Electric Membership Corp.
Winter storm warnings were in effect Monday for parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas, and parts of southern Alabama were under an ice storm warning.FULL STORY
In his annual "State of the World" address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, Pope Benedict XVI spoke Monday about religious intolerance and discrimination toward Christian minorities around the world.
The pope voiced concern about the recent attacks against Christians in the Middle East and urged the region's leaders to take stronger safeguard measures.
"Looking to the east, the attacks which brought death, grief and dismay among the Christians of Iraq, even to the point of inducing them to leave the land where their families have lived for centuries, has troubled us deeply. To the authorities of that country and to the Muslim religious leaders, I renew my heartfelt appeal that their Christian fellow-citizens be able to live in security, continuing to contribute to the society in which they are fully members."
The pope repeated his call for religious tolerance in Egypt. He said an attack on Christians as they prayed in church was another example of the need for governments to protect their religious minorities.
The pope also condemned the recent assassination of the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province and asked Pakistan to repeal its blasphemy laws, saying that they are often used as an excuse for religious attacks on Christians. The kistani governor, Salman Taseer, had spoken in opposition to the blasphemy laws.FULL STORY
Dr. Steven Rayle, helped hold the Arizona gunman down and Patricia Maisch, grabbed the magazine cartridge.
The two were among others who risked their lives in the face of danger after suspect Jared Lee Loughner allegedly opened fire in a Safeway in Tuscon, Arizona. They spoke to CNN's Kiran Chetry about their harrowing experience.
The University Medical Center in Tucson is expected to give an updated diagnosis on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords condition later Monday morning. Giffords was shot in the head after an attack on Saturday.
On American Morning Kiran Chetry spoke to the chief of neurosurgery at the hospital, Dr. Michael Lemole, for a quick update.
Dr. Lemole remains optimistic saying that "no change is good" when it comes to Giffords current state.
Ben McGahee, Jared Lee Loughner's former teacher at Pima Community College spoke to CNN's Kiran Chetry about how he believed Loughner was a troubled man.
McGahee recalled how Loughner's classmates described strange behavior that made them uncomfortable.
McGahee notified campus administration and the dean about his concerns and ultimately removed Loughner from his class permanently.
While the motivation for Saturday's attack in Tucson, Arizona are still unclear, a concern in Washington and in the nation at large is whether or not the current political rhetoric has gotten out of control.
Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz from Florida, and Republican Representative Ted Poe from Texas, are colleagues and friends of Gabrielle Giffords in Congress.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz warns that while "we cannot allow incidences like this intimidate."
"Words matter," she said.
State Representative Steve Farley spoke with Kiran Chetry on CNN’s American Morning about Representative Gabrielle Giffords for fourteen years and currently occupies her old seat in the Arizona state legislature.
He visited Giffords in the hospital yesterday and says she is moving and on both sides of her body and responding to verbal commands. Farley said there's a spirit not of anger or vengeance but of love, hope and reconciliation that will help move this nation past this to become united.