Gabrielle Giffords discharged from hospital

HOUSTON - Gabrielle Giffords, the US congresswoman who was shot in the head at close range by a gunman in January, was discharged on Wednesday from the Houston hospital where she had been recovering from her severe wounds, the hospital said.
TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital said in a statement that Giffords, 41, would soon begin outpatient treatment at the same facility. The Arizona Democrat's cognitive abilities and physical strength had improved, it said.