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Soccer spectacle 

The United States Men’s Soccer Team continues its quest to make the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Feb. 6 when it opens the last round of qualifying games with a contest against Honduras. If the U.S. team can finish with one of the top three spots in its final qualifying group, it will be assured of a spot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

National Prayer Breakfast  

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Leaders of religions and the leaders of the nation will gather at the Hilton Washington International Ballroom in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 7 for the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. The president will speak, along with another speaker who will remain unidentified publicly until the morning of the breakfast.

Grammy Awards 

Rapper/actor LL Cool J will host the 55th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. Performers will include Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood.

Valentine’s Day 

Feb. 14 marks Valentine’s Day. Last year, Americans reportedly spent $17.6 billion on gifts and cards for the holiday. This year, the European Union plans to release on Feb. 14 a heart-breaking report on fourth-quarter gross domestic product in the euro-zone.

NBA All-Star Game  

Kobe Bryant will lead the West and LeBron James will the lead the East as the top players in the NBA travel to Houston for the annual All-Star Game on Feb. 17. Houston Rockets sensation Jeremy Lin lost out in the fan vote to Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers to start at one of the guard spots for the West team.

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