Autopsies released for victims in Giffords attack

TUCSON, Ariz.

SHOTS TO HEAD KILLED THREE IN RAMPAGE

Three of the six people killed in the Jan. 8 rampage that injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., died of gunshot wounds to the head, according to autopsy records released Monday. The records show that Giffords aide Gabriel Zimmerman and two victims in their 70s — Phyllis Schneck and Dorwan Stoddard — died of gunshots to the head. Nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green was killed by a gunshot wound to her torso. U.S. District Court John Roll was shot in the lower back, with a bullet perforating his aorta, according to the autopsy report. Dorothy Morris, also in her 70s, was killed by a bullet that pierced her heart. Nineteen people, including Giffords, were injured in the attack outside a Tucson grocery store. The suspect in the shootings, Jared Loughner, 22, has been charged with 49 federal counts, including murder, attempted murder and gun offenses.

LAS VEGAS

Nev. senator won't seek re-election

Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, damaged politically and facing a Senate ethics investigation over an extramarital affair, said Monday he won't seek re-election next year. His decision could set off a free-for-all to fill the seat coveted by Democrats and could become a key to what will be a significantly reconstituted Senate, where eight members have now said they won't run again.

WASHINGTON

Commerce chief is choice for envoy

President Barack Obama plans to name Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the new ambassador to China, administration officials said Monday. Locke would replace Ambassador Jon Huntsman, who is resigning. Huntsman was the Republican governor of Utah when Obama tapped him. Locke was a two-term Democratic governor of Washington state, where he helped double the state's exports to China.

Hastings accused of sex harassment

A conservative watchdog group filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of a woman who accused U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, of "unwelcome sexual advances" and of retaliating against her for complaining. The suit filed by Judicial Watch says the woman, Winsome Packer, a policy adviser for the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, was subjected to repeated harassment while Hastings served as chairman. He denied the accusation.

CHINA

Fears ease over loss of wheat crop

Rain and snow during the past two weeks, together with a huge irrigation effort, appear to have saved much of the wheat crop in northern China from drought, Chinese and international agricultural and meteorological experts said Monday. The drought had prompted concerns that China might need to sharply increase its usually modest wheat imports, at a time when world food prices were already surging.

Elsewhere

San Francisco: A federal district judge has reinstated a Clinton-era regulation that prevented logging on old stands of hemlock, cedar and spruce trees in large stretches of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The ruling reverses a Bush administration decision.

Times wires

Autopsies released for victims in Giffords attack 03/07/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2011 11:22pm]

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