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Giffords Remains In Critical Yet Stable Condition

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Here's the latest from University Medical Center, Tuscon:

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Remains in Critical Condition; five others are in serious condition; two patients are in good condition and two patients have been discharged.

She can respond to commands and there's no sign of brain swelling. Today on Morning Edition, NPR's Jon Hamilton examines Giffords' remarkable condition - an injury like this is usually fatal.

There's a hospital news conference set for noon, eastern time.

SEC. CLINTON ARRIVES IN YEMEN

Secretary of State Hillary flew to Sanaa, Yemen today on an unannounced visit' she's been on a tour of Persian Gulf nations for the past few days. NPR's Michele Kelemen, who's traveling with her, says Clinton is visiting to talk with Yemeni leaders about extremists who hide there to plan attacks, such as the cargo package bomb plot that was foiled last fall. The New York Times reports the trip is highly secret out of security concerns.

GATES SAYS NORTH KOREA BECOMING 'DIRECT THREAT'

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, visiting Chinese leaders in Beijing, warns North Korea is a looming danger. As Reuters reports, Gates reviewed North Korea's twin development of nuclear weapons and the intercontinental ballistic missiles that could carry them great distances. "I don't think it's an immediate threat, no," Gates said. "But on the other hand, I don't think it's a five-year threat."

NORTH-EAST AUSTRALIA: LIKE AN 'INLAND TSUNAMI'

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Water gushes into a shopping center in Toowoomba, Australia as the region braces for more deadly flooding.

Water gushes into a shopping center in Toowoomba, Australia as the region braces for more deadly flooding.

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At least 10 people are dead in Queensland state, nearly all of which is under disaster declaration, following a surge of water that crashed on Toowoomba. The AP reports a literal wall of water smashed through the city:

Office windows exploded, cars careened into trees and bobbed in the churning brown water like corks. The deluge washed away bridges and sidewalks; people desperately clung to power poles to survive. Before it was over, the flash flood left at least 10 dead and 78 missing.

Australia has suffered weeks of deadly record flooding. The Herald Sun reports nearby Brisbane is shutting down its electrical grid because today's floodwater will overwhelm substations, and utility officials don't want to create a new hazard.