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Giffords leaves for Houston

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A plane carrying Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has left Tucson, taking the congresswoman to a rehabilitation hospital in Houston.

An ambulance took Giffords to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on Friday along a route lined with well-wishers holding flags.

It's the first time Giffords left the Tucson hospital since she was brought there with a gunshot wound to the head nearly two weeks ago. Six people died in the attack Jan. 8 outside a grocery store, where Giffords was meeting with constituents.

She's accompanied on the specially outfitted jet by her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, her mother, a doctor and other medical personnel.

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