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TUCSON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' condition was upgraded to serious Sunday, just eight days after she was shot through the head, hospital officials in Tucson said.

The Arizona Daily Star reported the announcement was made by doctors at University Medical Center. The hospital said in a statement that the 40-year-old Arizona Democrat, who had been in critical condition the past week, was doing well and breathing on her own.

Giffords, who was among 13 people wounded and six killed at an outdoor political gathering Jan. 8, was removed from a ventilator Saturday.

The newspaper said two victims remain at the hospital in good condition.

The presumed gunman, Jared Loughner, 22, of Tucson, remains in custody.

A private memorial service was held Sunday for Dorwan Stoddard, 76, one of the six who were killed, Tucson's WSAZ-TV reported. Stoddard was fatally wounded as he knocked his wife Mavy to the ground to save her.

n a related development, Tucson's KGUN-TV reported Pima County sheriff's spokesman Jason Ogan said Sunday James Eric Fuller, 63, one of the 13 wounded, was still being held at a Tucson hospital on an involuntary psychiatric hold for a mental evaluation.

Meanwhile, about 500 people took part in a walk for peace in Tucson Sunday morning, strolling about 2 miles from a park to the memorial outside Giffords' office, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Sargent Shriver hospitalized

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps, was hospitalized at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday night.

"He is a patient at Suburban, yes," Ronna Borenstein-Levy told United Press International when reached by phone. "That's all the information I have right now. I don't have an condition report on him."

It wasn't known when he entered the hospital or for what reason. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003.

Shriver, 95, also was the first director of the Office of Economic Opportunity and served as ambassador to France. He wound up on the ballot in 1972 as the Democratic candidate for vice president after Thomas Eagleton withdrew as George McGovern's running mate after it was revealed he had been treated for mental health issues.

He was part of the Kennedy political family, having married Eunice Kennedy, who died in 2009.

Missing Ga. girl, 13, found alive

COLUMBUS, Ga., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A missing 13-year-old Georgia girl was found alive Sunday in Alabama and a young man with her was taken into custody, authorities said.

Columbus, Ga., Police Lt. Ronald Hastings said Fabiola Morales of Columbus was found about 4 a.m. Sunday in Jasper, Ala., and the Columbus man suspected of running off with her, Luis Garcia, 18, was being held by the Walker County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

Edna Morales, the girl's mother, told the newspaper by phone Sunday night her daughter was fine.

CNN reported earlier the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had issued an Amber Alert Saturday for the teenage girl, who had been missing since Thursday. At the time, police said they believed she was in "extreme danger" and it was unclear whether Garcia was her boyfriend.

Greeks search survivors after ship sinks

ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Greek coast guard boats and planes searched the Mediterranean Sea west of Corfu Sunday for survivors after a ship loaded with migrants sank.

The wooden vessel reportedly sank while carrying more than 250 Afghans to Italy, the Athens News Agency reported.

A passing freighter rescued 241 people, but 22 were still missing from the 100-foot vessel, authorities said.

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