1. STEPPING DOWN

    Giffords to Resign From Congress

    FILE - This  Jan. 8, 2012 file photo shows Rep. Gabrielle Giffords waving at the start of a memorial vigil remembering the victims and survivors one year after the Arizona congresswoman was wounded in a shooting that killed six in Tucson, Ariz. Giffords announced, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 she will resign from Congress this week. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

    Ross D. Franklin / AP Photo

    More than a year after she was shot, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will give up her seat in Congress to focus on her recovery. "I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week," Giffords announced in a video message. The congresswoman said she’ll soon hand in her resignation to Speaker John Boehner, but will still attend Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. She did hint at a comeback, however: "I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country."

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