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United States Women’s soccer team in tough group for World Cup

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The U.S. Women’s soccer team thought it had a tough road just to qualify for the 2011 matches.

The two-time world champions have been placed in probably the toughest group of the World Cup, with North Korea, Sweden and Columbia which is Group C.

The top-ranked United States team was the last to qualify for the 16-nation tournament, beating Italy in a home and home playoff last weekend after being stunned by Mexico in the semifinals of the regional qualifying.

The U.S. women are still a top seed along with Brazil, Germany and Japan.

The Women’s World Cup tournament will be played June 26 to July 17 at nine sites in Germany.

The United States first game is against North Korea on June 28.

compiled from staff & U.S. Soccer

ENTERTAINMENT FOR WEDNESDAY AUGUST 4, 2010: Alamanc and Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Wednesday August 4, the 216th day of 2010. There are 149 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* In 1830, plans for the city of Chicago were laid out.

* In 1916, the United States reached agreement with Denmark to purchase the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million.

* In 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed a measure establishing the Department of Energy.

* In 1987, the Federal Communications Commission voted to abolish the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and TV stations to present balanced coverage of issues.

* One year ago, August 4, 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il pardoned American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee for entering the country illegally and ordered their release during a surprise visit by former United States president Bill Clinton.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Barack Obama 49 today (file)

90 Helen Thomas, long-time White House journalist from UPI.

66 Ted Strickland, Ohio’s governor.

55 Billy Bob Thornton, actor, screenwriter and former beau of Angelina Jolie.

52 Kym Karath, actress.

49 President Barack Obama, the United States’ 44th Commander-In-Chief.

39 Jeff Gordon, NASCAR driver from Indiana.





ENTERTAINMENT FOR THURSDAY JULY 8, 2010: Alamanac & Celebrity Birthdays

compiled from staff, wire and Entertainment News

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Thursday July 8, the 189th day of 2010. There are 176 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On July 8, 1663, King Charles II of England granted a royal charter to Rhode Island.

* In 1776, Colonel John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, in Philadelphia.

* 1889, The Wall Street Journal was first published.

* In 1994, Kim ll Sung, North Korea’s communist leader since 1948, died at age 82.

* 10 years ago on July 8, 2000, Venus Williams beat Lindsay Davenport for her first Grand Slam title, becoming the first black women to win a championship at Wimbledon since Althea Gibson in 1957 and 1958.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

* 59 Angelica Huston, actress of Prizzi’s Honor.

* 52 Kevin Bacon, actor of Tremors.

* 49 Toby Keith, country singer.

* 42 Billy Crudup, actor of Public Enemies.

* 33 Milo Ventimiglia, actor of Heroes.

* 24 Jake McDorman, actor.

* 12 JadenĀ  Smith, son of Will and Jada Smith; actor in Karate Kid.

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