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Congressional Leaders Writing Rival Debt Plans; Norway Shooting Suspect In Court

Jul 25, 2011

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After talks between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama over the debt limit broke down angrily Friday night, Boehner declared he'd work with the Democratically led Senate to craft a new plan. Now that's apparently gone up in smoke as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejected Boehner's new plan as a non-starter, according to the Washington Post. Reid objects to a Republican plan to extend the debt limit deadline. Boehner is expected to continue working on the plan anyway and add a separate step creating a process to cut government spending, while Reid will reportedly unveil highlights of his plan today.

A Norwegian judge has closed the initial court appearance of the man accused of bombing the Norwegian Prime Minister's office and shooting dozens of youths at a summer camp, according to AP. Anders Behring Breivik is accused of killing at least 93 people on Friday. Breivik reportedly said Europe must be saved from Muslim immigrants and hoped to use today's court's appearance as 'theatre'.

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples began to marry on Sunday in New York state; the AP says the first pair to wed in Manhattan were Phyllis Siegel, 77, and Connie Kopelov, 85, who have been together for 23 years. Kopelov arrived in a wheelchair.

Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France on Sunday, after finishing in second place in world cycling's premier event in 2007 and 2008. Australian broadcaster ABC says Evans clinched his win over the weekend by speeding past his competition in the time trial.

Singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse died over the weekend. Ann Powers of The Record Blog has this reflection on the 27-year-old's legacy.

And Gen. John Shalikashvili died over the weekend, too. The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff served under President Clinton; the Polish-born U.S. Army official also commanded NATO forces in Europe. Time has a look-back at his life.

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