Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova Saturday in the gold medal match of women's singles tennis, said The Guardian.

Williams dominated the match 6-0, 6-1, and completed a career Golden Slam in doing so - having won championships at the US Open, French Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the Olympics, said the Los Angeles Times.

Williams is only the second player in history to have a Golden Slam, the first being Steffi Graf, said The Guardian.

"I've never played better," said Williams, "I thought: 'If my career's over, I have my gold medal and now I have everything," according to The Guardian.

Sharapova, who suffered the worst finals loss in Olympic history, also would have achieved a career Golden Slam with a win, said The Guardian.

Williams could earn her fourth career gold medal if she wins her upcoming gold medal doubles match with sister and partner Venus, said the Los Angeles Times.

Former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig claimed Thursday that his sex arrest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was part of official Senate business, said Minn Post.

In order to avoid repaying the $217,000 in campaign funds Craig used to defend himself after his 2007 arrest, he said that the trip, which included the bathroom trip where he was arrested, were all part of his official duties, said KSTP.

Craig's attorney Andrew Herman wrote, "Not only was the trip itself constitutionally required, but Senate rules sanction reimbursement for any cost relating to a senator's use of a bathroom while on official travel," according to Politico.

In 2007, Craig was arrested by an undercover officer, who said that Craig indicated that he was seeking sex and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for the event, said MinnPost.

Syria condemned by UN General Assembly

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Syria was condemned by the United Nations General Assembly Friday for attacks committed against its civilians, said The Associated Press.

Citing recent violence in the cities of Aleppo and Damascus, the UN passed a resolution reprimanding Syria for the violence and calling for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, said The Wall Street Journal.

The resolution was passed with 133 votes in agreement, 12 votes in disagreement, and 31 abstentions, said the AP.

Saudia Arabia, the author of the resolution, had initially written a stronger resolution, but it was weakened by Syrian allies Russia and China, said The Wall Street Journal.

Syria fired back at Saudi Arabia and other nations supporting the resolution, as Syrian ambassador to the UN said that they "played a major role by providing weapons to terrorist groups in Syria," according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Syrian ambassador also called the resolution a "piece of theater," as the resolution has enforceable impact, said the AP.

Crowds flock to, protest Chick-fil-A appreciation day

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Conservative Christians packed Chick-fil-A restaurants Wednesday in support of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day", said The New York Times.

Huckabee organized the day to support company president Dan T. Cathy's stance against same-sex marriage, said The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Nationwide, and particularly in Chick-fil-A's home state of Georgia, supporters of Cathy's stance, like Georgia resident Julie Greene, flocked into the restaurant Wednesday, said The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"We love the Cathy family stand on biblical values," said Greene, who also noted that she had no hatred toward anyone, to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

People also came out not just to support the company, but to defend the First Amendment right to freedom of speech, said The New York Times.

"I feel like Chick-fil-A has been unfairly singled out," Atlanta resident Neil Greenlee told The New York Times. ""This is America, and we're free to speak our minds."

Opponents of Chick-fil-A's anti-gay position plan to stage "Kiss-in's" at restaurant locations across the country Friday, said The Atlanta Journal-Consitution.

A Minneapolis woman was charged Tuesday with two counts of sex trafficking and promotion of prostitution after she was discovered to be harboring two teenage runaways, said KARE 11.

Meranda Warborg, 29, provided the two teenage girls with cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine and allowed them to be prostituted in her home through advertisements placed on, said the Star Tribune.

The girls, ages 15 and 17, told police that men who responded to the ads would pay them for sex. Warborg would then collect $100 a day from the girls as rent, said the Star Tribune.

According to police, Warborg has confirmed the testimonies of the girls and will appear in Hennepin County District Court on Tuesday, said KARE 11. has faced scrutiny from law enforcement and city governments nationwide for lax regulations on the adult section of their website, where Warborg's ads were posted, said the Star Tribune.

James Holmes, suspect of the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shootings, was charged with 142 counts Monday, said the Denver Post.

Among the charges are 24 counts of first-degree murder, with two counts for each victim killed, said Time.

Prosecutors charged Holmes under two different theories of murder. The first is murder after deliberation and the second is murder with indifference to life, said the Denver Post.

Although prosecution has not announced whether they will pursue the death penalty for Holmes, law professor at the University of Denver Sam Kamin said to Time, "All expectation is that the prosecution will seek the death penalty."

Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 more in a July 20 movie theater shooting.

Mitt Romney declared Sunday that the U.S. should support Israel if it decides to take an armed stance against Iran's nuclear weapons program, said the Los Angeles Times.

The Republican presidential candidate spoke to 150 carefully selected guests in Jerusalem Tuesday, among whom were Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jewish-American millionaires and potential campaign donors, said Haaretz.

Romney stated that the U.S. has a "solemn duty and a moral imperative to deny Iran's leaders the means to follow through on their malevolent intentions" and declared his full support of Israel, said the Los Angeles Times.

In an unusual move, Netanyahu invited Romney and his family to dinner at his private residence, suggesting that the two have a closer relationship than normal for a candidate, said Haaretz.

Former Gophers diver wins silver medal

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A former diver at the University of Minnesota won the silver medal in the women's synchronized 3-meter diving event at the Olympics Sunday, said the Star Tribune.

Former Gopher Kelci Bryant and partner Abby Johnston placed second with 321.90 points behind China, who scored 346.20 points, said the Star Tribune.

The duo's silver medal marks the first time in Olympic history that an American duo has reached the podium in the women's synchronized 3-meter dive, said the .

Bryant and former partner Ariel Rittenhouse placed fourth at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said the Minnesota Daily.

Key victim in Sandusky trial emerges

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The victim allegedly raped in a Penn State locker room shower by Jerry Sandusky emerged Thursday with plans to sue the school, said the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The man, known in previous court records as "Victim 2", is being represented by the same attorneys representing four other victims in the case, said The Wall Street Journal.

During previous court proceedings, prosecutors stated that Victim 2's identity was unknown, but have "overwhelming evidence" about the abuse he suffered at the hands of Sandusky, said The Wall Street Journal.

The man's story was a key piece in Mike McQueary's testimony against Sandusky, who stated that he witnessed Sandusky raping Victim 2 in a locker room shower, said the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Attorney's representing the victim are suing Penn State for "egregious and reckless conduct that facilitated the horrific abuse our client suffered", said the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Lake Elmo swim pond closed due to parasite

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The swimming pond at Lake Elmo Reserve Park was closed temporarily Thursday after several swimmers reported illnesses, said the Pioneer Press.

The Cryptosporidium organism, which causes diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms, is believed to be the cause of this outbreak, said parks director John Elholm to the Star Tribune.

In order to eradicate the parasite, the pond needs to be treated with chlorine, a process which will last until Friday afternoon, said the Star Tribune.

Although the exact cause and source of the outbreak are not known, all of the swimmers who reported symptoms swam at the Lake Elmo pond, said the Pioneer Press.

"Park visitor safety is our main concern," said Elholm to the Star Tribune.