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Capitol room dedicated to slain Giffords staffer

Capitol room honors staffer

Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner and former Rep. Gabby Giffords were on hand Tuesday to dedicate a room in the Capitol Visitor Center to a congressional staffer slain two years ago in the Tucson, Ariz., attack that critically wounded Giffords and took six lives. Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman, Giffords' community outreach director, was the only staffer ever killed in the line of duty and Boehner pointed out that the meeting room named in his honor was the first room in the Capitol complex to be dedicated to a staff member. Giffords' husband, retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, speaking on behalf of Giffords, recalled how Zimmerman, 30, ran toward the wounded congresswoman and other victims when a gunman opened fire. "Putting himself in the service of others was his last act."

'Beef' food fraud still nags at EU

More than 7,000 tests across the European Union have shown that nearly 5 percent of the food products labeled as beef contained horse meat, but there is no danger to public health, officials said Tuesday. "Today's findings have confirmed that this is a matter of food fraud and not of food safety," European Health Commissioner Tonio Borg said. He said restoring consumer confidence was vital, and promised to propose tougher fines for the fraudulent labeling of food.

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By the numbers

$1.75T Amount spent on global military spending in 2012, a decline of 0.5 percent from the year before, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

39% U.S. share of the spending in 2012

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