2:54pm

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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2:49pm

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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2:45pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Sports

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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2:44pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Two Die in Wrong Way Crash on I-75

A Corbin man and an Illinois woman died Friday morning after a van traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 crashed head-on into a passenger car, authorities said. Joseph Vardeman, 38, of Corbin was driving the van, said Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison. Amy Adkins, 26, of East Peoria, Ill. was a passenger who died in a Chevrolet. Investigators have not identified the person who was driving the Chevy. They were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington.

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2:41pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

DUI Suspect Wins Demolition Derby

After winning the Jessamine County Fair demolition derby small car division and receiving his trophy Wednesday night, David L. Warner Jr., 36, received something else — a set of handcuffs as Nicholasville police arrested him and charged him with DUI. “He won the demolition derby in the small car division,” Nicholasville police Capt. Chris Cain said. “We had some complaints from officials and the crowd that he was drunk.”

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2:37pm

Fri July 15, 2011
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Gets Funds for Homeless Vets

Louisville has received $120,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help its homeless veterans.The Housing Authority of Lexington and the Kentucky Housing Corporation each received 25 vouchers as well. Kentucky was granted a total of $349,062. Since 2008, HUD has provided vouchers through its Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to help subsidize housing for homeless veterans in all 50 states. In Louisville they’ve partnered with the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.

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2:13pm

Fri July 15, 2011
All Politics are Local

Yarmuth: Cantor is a Big Problem

Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Thursday, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., praised President Barack Obama’s work on the debt ceiling talks while criticizing Republican congressional leaders for being irresponsible during the negotiations as the federal government faces default on the August 2 deadline. Joined by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ., Yarmuth blasted House GOP Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., for being reckless with his language and encouraging Tea Party members of the Republican conference to reject any proposal to raise the debt limit.

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2:07pm

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Austrian 'Pastafarian': License Photo Was A Win For Freedom From Religion

Niko Alm's driver's license.
Niko Alm

Nico Alm never actually thought he'd get the license in the mail. Three years earlier, amid a flurry of new European Union regulations, Alm decided he would take his driver's license picture with a pasta strainer on his head.

As we reported Wednesday, Alm was testing a caveat in those new regulations that said headgear could only be worn for religious reasons.

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1:58pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Economy

What Happens If U.S. Bond Ratings Are Downgraded?

Ratings agencies Standard & Poor's and Moody's both have warned that they might downgrade the United States' AAA bond rating if a deal between the White House and Congress on raising the debt ceiling isn't reached before an Aug. 2 deadline. NPR asked a trio of economists what it would mean if the bonds were downgraded. The economists are Edwin Truman, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington; Gregory Dago, principal U.S.

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1:41pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Jailer Sues Gossip Website

David Gooch

Lincoln County Jailer David Gooch is going after those he claims have defamed him by posting unkind and untrue comments about him anonymously on the gossip website Topix. Gooch filed a lawsuit in Lincoln Circuit Court alleging “unknown defendants intentionally and maliciously published statements on the website Topix with knowledge of their falsity or reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of the statements.” The “false statements” injured Gooch’s personal and professional reputation and caused severe emotional distress, humiliation and embarrassment, the lawsuit maintains.

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