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Loughner surfed Net for attack

In the weeks and days before the shooting rampage in Tucson, suspect Jared Lee Loughner surfed the Internet on his computer in what investigators believe was an effort to prepare for his alleged assassination attempt, law enforcement sources told the Washington Post on Wednesday.

Loughner called up several websites about lethal injections and solitary confinement in prison, said the sources, who asked to be anonymous because the investigation is ongoing. He also viewed Internet sites about political assassins, according to an analysis of Loughner's computer that was completed by investigators last week, the sources told the Post.

Police seized Loughner's computer when they forcibly entered his family home in Tucson on Jan. 8, shortly after the shooting outside a Safeway that killed six people and injured 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.

In Houston, meanwhile, Giffords on Wednesday left intensive care for the first time since she was shot in the head, the latest big step in the long road to recovery. With her progress moving at "lightning speed," doctors had the Arizona lawmaker moved to TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation hospital, where she immediately began therapy that could last several months.

Doctors said a valve will be inserted into her breathing tube to help her talk. When asked if the congresswoman was able to speak, neurosurgeon Dr. Dong Kim said, "We can say that her speech function, along with everything else, is improving."

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