US Reach World Cup Final With Dramatic Win Over Germany

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The US Celebrate After Going Up 2-0

The United States defeated fellow two-time champions Germany 2-0 to reach the final of the Women’s World Cup.  The US dominated the first half, but failed to finish any of their chances.  Germany improved in the second half and looked likely to go ahead after Julie Johnston pulled down Celia Sasic in the box.  But Sasic missed the penalty, the first the German women’s team has ever missed at a World Cup.

Minutes later, the US earned a penalty, even though replays showed the foul actually occurred outside the box.  Carli Lloyd, the US captain, stepped up to score the penalty, her third goal in three matches.  Substitute Kelly O’Hara scored after a great assist from Lloyd to seal the win.  The US will now take on defending champions Japan or England in the final.

Lleyton Hewitt Plays His Final Wimbledon Match

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Former world #1 and 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt, 34, played his final match at Wimbledon after losing a marathon first round match 11-9 in the final set. Ironically, Hewitt lost to another man playing his final Wimbledon, Finnish veteran Jarko Nieminen.

Scientists Explain “Extraordinary” Shark Attacks in North Carolina

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The Six Shark Attacks That Have Occurred in the Last Two Weeks in North Carolina.

Six shark attacks have been recorded in North Carolina in the past two weeks, more than the state has ever seen in an entire year in recorded history.  Two teenagers lost arms in the attacks while an 8 year-old boy suffered serious injuries to his legs.  The most recent was an 18 year-old who is in serious condition after being bitten in his right leg.

Scientists say the incredible spike in attacks is due to an “unholy mix” of increased beach visitors and bait fish moving closer to shore.  Small bait fish, as well as sea turtles, are moving closer to shore recently and attracting sharks.  This time of year is also particularly bad because it is when sharks come closer to shore to spawn.

Second “Shawshank” Escapee Arrested Days After Fellow Fugitive Was Killed

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David Sweat, Pictured Moments After Being Shot

Police have arrested David Sweat, only two days after his fellow “Shawshank” escapee, Richard Matt was shot and killed.  Sergeant Jay Cook saw a man jogging while wearing head-to-toe camouflage down the road two miles from the Canadian border in New York.  Cook got out to question the man, and Sweat turned and looked at Cook before running off.

Recognizing that it was Sweat, Cook shot him twice in the back.  Sweat was taken to a local hospital and it in stable condition.  Locals cheered as the ambulance carrying him went past, and Governor Andrew Cuomo declared “the nightmare is finally over.”

Activist Arrested After Removing Confederate Flag From South Carolina State Capitol

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Activist Bree Newsome was arrested after she scaled a 30-foot flagpole in front of the South Carolina state capitol and removed the Confederate flag. The flag was put back up by workers and remains flying despite numerous politicians, including South Carolina’s governor, declaring they want it removed.