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More ''World News Tonight'' News

By RD Heldenfels Published: February 10, 2006

From ABC this morning:

"World News Tonight" co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas and her husband, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, are expecting their second child in late summer they announced today. Vargas and Cohn have a son Zachary, 3, and Cohn has two children from a previous marriage Max, 14, and Emily 11.

Vargas shared the news with her "World News Tonight" colleagues today, saying: "This is joyous news for Marc and our family. At the same time, our immediate concern remains with Bob [Woodruff], [wife] Lee, and the entire Woodruff family as we hope and pray for continuing good news about his recovery."

ABC News President David Westin said: "I told Elizabeth that during such a difficult time for all of us, it's good to get such wonderful, life-affirming news."

Vargas, who also co-anchors the ABC newsmagazine "20/20," will continue to anchor both broadcasts through late summer.

Vargas, 43, and Woodruff, 44, debuted as co-anchors of ABC News' evening newscast in January 2006. Woodruff is currently being treated at Bethesda Medical Center for injuries he sustained during an IED attack in Iraq on Jan. 29.

Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson will continue to fill in for Woodruff until the end of February as he recovers. When the timetable for Woodruff's recovery becomes clearer in the coming weeks, ABC News will announce further interim plans for substitution on the broadcast. (end ABC material)

I know that ABC is trying to make this seem like good news, and I am sure it is for Vargas. But I am also sure that some people at ABC are just feeling snake-bitten at this point. First, Peter Jennings dies. Then Woodruff is injured. And now adjustments will have to be made for Vargas later this year (and possibly sooner, if the pregnancy proves difficult).

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