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Betty Ford Memorial Service; Record Heat In Several States

Jul 12, 2011

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Former first lady Betty Ford's public memorial service is today in Palm Desert, California. Reuters notes first lady Michelle Obama will attend, as will former first ladies Rosalyn Carter and Hillary Rodham Clinton, now the Secretary of State, and former President Bill Clinton. Mrs. Ford's body will lie in repose until tonight, when it will be moved to Michigan for a private funeral. Among the speakers at today's service: NPR's Cokie Roberts.

Record breaking heat is gripping central and southern states: NBC notes that Oklahoma City is heading into it's 12th day of triple digit temperatures. The Weather Channel warns 100-degree heat may develop today in 22 states.

Ahead tonight's All-Star Game tonight in Phoenix, sluggers lined up Monday evening for MLB's Home Run Derby. The AP says the fireworks came from Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano who bested Adrian Gonzales of the Boston Red Sox with 32 HRs and even batted off his dad, former Astros pitcher Jose Cano.

Best Headline: 'Idiot nearly falls from the stands chasing a ball at the Home Run Derby'. From MSNBC's Craig Calcaterra:

Just days after a fan died from a fall while reaching for a baseball at a Texas Rangers game, a fan at last night's Home Run Derby nearly fell out of the outfield stands while lunging for a home run ball hit by Prince Fielder. He was spared serious injury or death only because his friends grabbed him by his feet, held him and then pulled him back as he dangled over the railing above a concrete deck 20 feet below.

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