Stock markets are closing lower and lower as the government remains shutdown. Brown argues that a greater fall in stock prices may be the wake-up call Washington needs. The market needs to scare congress straight before Washington will get serious about finalizing a budget plan and re-open the government.
World record-holding pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie of France jumps in front of the Eiffel Tower as he stands on the roof of a boat on the Seine River after a news conference in Paris, Thursday. Lavillenie will attend the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis near Paris on July 4.