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On Friday’s NewsHour…

RECORD DEATHS IN AFGHAN WAR | The deaths of six more U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan made for another record month of troop deaths and brought new attention on the dangers of roadside bombs known as IEDs. Ray Suarez speaks with Marine Staff Sgt. Todd Bowers, the deputy executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor, who served as executive officer to Gen. David Petraeus during the Iraq troop surge in 2007 and 2008.

AUTO INDUSTRY RECOVERY | On a day that President Obama touted his administration’s efforts to save the U.S. auto industry, Judy Woodruff assesses the state of the industry with Micheline Maynard, senior editor of Changing Gears, a new public media project focusing on the future of the industrial Midwest, and economist Martin Bailey.

BROOKS AND MARCUS | For analysis on the top political developments of the week, Jim Lehrer turns to columnists David Brooks of the New York Times and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post.

STING WITH STRINGS | Jeffrey Brown talks to rock superstar Sting about his newest musical challenge: performing with a 45-piece orchestra.

Friday’s anchors are Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top news stories and a look at features on the Web, including two views on the immigration debate in Arizona and an interview with Steve Myers of the Poynter Institute about the long-term impact of WikiLeaks on both news organizations and governments. On Art Beat, Jeffrey Brown speaks with a Publishers Weekly editor about an exclusive e-books deal.

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