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Fri July 15, 2011

Pella CEO Calls On Lawmakers To Raise Debt Ceiling

Robert Siegel talks with Patrick Meyer, president and CEO of Pella Windows and Doors. He's one of hundreds of business heads who signed a letter to President Obama and members of Congress, urging them to raise the debt ceiling.


Fri July 15, 2011
Monkey See

ABC News Leads The Way In A Long Summer Of Women-In-Peril Stories

Jaycee Dugard talks to ABC's Diane Sawyer.
Jill Belsley ABC News

Spend a moment watching the news these days and it's obvious; we love our damsel in distress tales. But even I didn't predict 15 million people would show for ABC News latest blockbuster story of a cute, young blonde woman subjected to a horrible crime: top anchor Diane Sawyer's exclusive interview with Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped at age 11 and held for 18 years.

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Fri July 15, 2011
Middle East

At Least 17 Killed In Syria Protests

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians mounted the largest protests Friday since the uprising began more than four months ago, pouring into areas where the government crackdown has been most intense in a sign that security forces cannot break the revolt.

Syrian authorities fired on the crowds, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 100, activists said.

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Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Confirms She Is Pregnant

French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy waits for the spouses of the Heads of Delegation participating in the G8 Summit in May. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, 43, confirmed to the press her pregnancy and first child together with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Franck Prevel Getty Images

We'll get back to the serious stuff in a bit. But first: After months of speculation, France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has confirmed that she is with child.

US Magazine reports:

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Fri July 15, 2011

Clarke, Not McIlroy, Puts Ireland Atop British Open

A player from Northern Ireland charged up the leaderboard at the British Open. But it's not the one you might expect.

Darren Clarke shot his second straight 2-under 68 Friday, good enough for a share of the lead heading into the weekend. Along the way, he showed his younger countrymen a thing or two at Royal St. George's.

Once the face of Northern Ireland golf, the 42-year-old Clarke became an afterthought when first Graeme McDowell, then Rory McIlroy claimed major championships. Now, maybe it's time for the old guy to get his title, too.

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