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Giffords shows more progress in recovery

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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in, on Capitol Hill in Washington. FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

PHOENIX (AP) — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been showing emotion and an impressive grasp of song lyrics as she recovers in a Houston hospital.

The wounded congresswoman's rabbi described her progress to The Associated Press after a visit to the hospital over the weekend.

Stephanie Aaron said Giffords sang Don McLean's "American Pie" with husband Mark Kelly and his two daughters, and that she knew the words better than the three of them. Giffords also chanted a Hebrew prayer with Aaron. Doctors have said previously that musical therapy is an important part of her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head.

Aaron also said Giffords cried when she left the room and displayed a big smile when she brought the congresswoman a card made by students at her former middle school.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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