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Long recovery for on-air shooting victim...Mass killer sentenced...Message to Congress

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 27, 2015 at 8:01 p.m.



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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The husband of on-air shooting survivor Vicki Gardner says his wife lost a kidney and part of her colon, and faces three months of convalescence. Gardner had surgery today. She was being interviewed on TV when a disgruntled former reporter opened fire, killing a reporter and a cameraman. Gardner's husband says he didn't lose his wife of 40 years to a madman. The gunman took his own life.

DENVER (AP) — A man convicted of stabbing five people to death at a Denver bar and setting the business on fire will not be executed. A jury has decided that Dexter Lewis will serve a lifelong prison sentence. It was the second time in a month that a Colorado jury has decided against execution for a mass killer. Earlier this month, jurors choose not to give the death penalty to James Holmes, who killed 12 people in an attack on a suburban Denver movie theater in 2012.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pointing to a surprisingly strong growth of the economy in the second quarter. The gross domestic product grew 3.7 percent, far bigger than the first quarter. Speaking in New Orleans where he celebrated recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina, Obama called on Congress to protect the momentum by passing a budget for the next fiscal year before Sept. 30.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge has cleared the way for the University of Texas to move a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis away from the main area of campus. Civil rights activists say the nearly century-old bronze likeness of Davis highlights the university's racist past and the statue had been targeted by vandals. A Southern heritage group calls the move a "cultural atrocity." and compared it to the Islamic State destroying ancient artifacts in the Middle East.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Clothing retailer Gap ending its practice of requiring workers to remain on-call for short-notice shifts following an inquiry from New York's attorney general. The decision also applies to Gap's other brands, including Banana Republic and Old Navy. A spokeswoman says changes being put in place will give workers at least 10 to 14 days' notice.

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