---- — Today is Thursday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2013. There are 173 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 11, 1533, Pope Clement VII issued a bull of excommunication against England's King Henry VIII for the annulment of the king's marriage to Catherine of Aragon and subsequent marriage to second wife Anne Boleyn.
On this date:
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush put responsibility squarely on the CIA for his disputed claim that Iraq had tried to acquire nuclear material from Africa, prompting Director George Tenet to publicly accept full blame for the miscue. The World Trade Organization ruled that heavy duties on steel imports imposed by the United States violated global trade rules. Thousands marked the anniversary of the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica (SREH'-breh-neet-sah) in Bosnia, burying 282 newly identified victims.
Five years ago: Oil prices reached a record high of $147.27 a barrel. IndyMac Bank's assets were seized by federal regulators. A North Korean soldier fatally shot a South Korean tourist at a northern mountain resort, further straining relations between the two Koreas. Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, the cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered such procedures as bypass surgery, died in Houston, Texas, at age 99.
One year ago: Unflinching before a skeptical NAACP crowd in Houston, Republican Mitt Romney declared he'd do more for African-Americans than Barack Obama, the nation's first black president. Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Laos in more than five decades. The Syrian ambassador to Iraq defected, denouncing President Bashar Assad in a TV statement. Cookbook author Marion Cunningham, 90, died in Walnut Creek, Calif. Donald J. Sobol, 87, author of the popular "Encyclopedia Brown" series of children's mysteries, died in Miami.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Tab Hunter is 82. Actress Susan Seaforth Hayes is 70. Singer Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 66. Ventriloquist-actor Jay Johnson is 64. Actor Bruce McGill is 63. Singer Bonnie Pointer is 63. Actor Stephen Lang is 61. Actress Mindy Sterling is 60. Boxer Leon Spinks is 60. Actress Sela Ward is 57. Reggae singer Michael Rose (Black Uhuru) is 56. Singer Peter Murphy is 56. Actor Mark Lester is 55. Jazz musician Kirk Whalum is 55. Singer Suzanne Vega is 54. Rock guitarist Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) is 54. Actress Lisa Rinna is 50. Rock musician Scott Shriner (Weezer) is 48. Actress Debbe (correct) Dunning is 47. Actor Gred Grunberg is 47. Wildlife expert Jeff Corwin is 46. Actor Justin Chambers is 43. Actress Leisha Hailey is 42. Actor Michael Rosenbaum is 41. Pop-rock singer Andrew Bird is 40. Country singer Scotty Emerick is 40. Rapper Lil' Kim is 38. Rock singer Ben Gibbard is 37. Rapper Lil' Zane is 31. Pop-jazz singer-musician Peter Cincotti is 30. Actor David Henrie is 24. Actor Connor Paolo is 23.
Thought for Today: "The man who has no inner-life is the slave of his surroundings." — Henri Frederic Amiel, Swiss critic (1821-1881).