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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.

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.

Apple stock slumps due to weak iPhone sales

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Apple's stock value has dropped after the company released a disappointing earnings report Tuesday, said The Washington Post.

Stock value dropped almost 5 percent following the release of the earnings report between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, said The New York Times.

Despite selling 28 percent more iPhones during last quarter than it did a year prior, Apple sold $4 million less in iPhones than expected, said The Washington Post.

Apple also sold a record-breaking 17 million iPads last quarter, yet fell $3 million short of their expected earnings in general revenue, said The Washington Post.

Analysts blame the upcoming version of the iPhone, expected to be released this fall, for the lagging sales, said The New York Times.

It is believed that consumers are holding out on buying the iPhone 4S and waiting for the new model, drastically reducing sales figures for Apple, said The New York Times.

Apple CEO Timothy Cook said, "I'm glad people want the next thing. I'm not going to put any energy into trying to get people to stop speculating," said The New York Times.

Inactivity is killing roughly as many people as smoking annually, according to a new report released Tuesday.

The study, published by the Lancet, found that roughly 5.3 million people globally die from diseases linked to lack of exercise, said BBC News.

This number correlates about one in ten deaths annually to inactivity, said the Los Angeles Times.

The report called the issue a "pandemic" and said that over one-third of adults worldwide do not get enough exercise, said BBC News.

Co-author of the study Pedro Hallal said that inactivity is "underfunded and undervalued" in comparison to other health problems like cancer or heart disease, said the Los Angeles Times.

"The global challenge is clear," said Hallal, "make physical activity a public health priority throughout the world to improve health and reduce the burden of disease."

Boy Scouts reaffirm ban on gay members and leaders

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The Boy Scouts of America has reaffirmed its ban on gay members Tuesday after a secret, two-year-long review on the policy, said the The Associated Press.

In a statement released by the organization, the 11-member committee determined that maintaining exclusion is "absolutely the best decision for the Boy Scouts."

The decision to uphold the policy was unanimous and the group will take no further action on the issue, said the Los Angeles Times.

According to Bob Mazzuca, chief executive of the Boy Scouts, most Scout families are in support of the policy, said the AP. "No single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society," said Mazzuca.

Despite recent protest to the policy from several executive board members, the committee's statement did not address the internal conflict, said the Los Angeles Times.

Apple re-registers with EPEAT ratings

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Apple reversed its decision to withdraw from EPEAT's environmental ratings system Friday, said the Silicon Valley Mercury News.

Apple originally withdrew from the program which puts environmental standards on computer products, arguing that it had no need to be in the program, said PC World.

Since Apple typically exceeded the ratings, the withdrawal came under criticism from government officials and universities, both of whom use Apple products, said PC World. Government agencies from federal to city threatened to stop using the products as a result of the withdrawal.

Apple Senior Vice President Bob Mansfield said that the withdrawal was a "mistake" in a letter to customers concerned about the move, said Mercury News.

The Episcopal Church approved a ceremony Tuesday which would allow priests to bestow the church's blessing on same-sex unions, said The Associated Press.

The Episcopal General Convention approved the measure, which allows the rite to be performed even in states where same-sex marriage is illegal, 171 to 50 in Indianapolis Tuesday, said The New York Times.

According to Rev. Ruth Meyers, however, the church "is not in agreement in its understanding of marriage", and the rite remains a blessing for the time being, said The New York Times.

Episcopalians also voted on Monday to enact a policy which prevents discrimination against transgender clergy, said the AP.

Bishop Edward S. Little believes that "there will be some departures, but probably not massive," in response to the decisions, said The New York Times.

Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final Sunday, bringing his career Grand Slam total up to 17.

Federer, who had not won at any of the majors in two-and-a-half years, is now ranked No. 1 in the world after the win, said Time.

"I never stopped believing and I started playing more even though I have a family," said Federer during the trophy presentation, silencing doubters who claimed that Federer was too old for a comeback, reported Time.

Runner-up Andy Murray broke down during the trophy presentation, saying "I hope I can get through this," before congratulating Federer, said the Los Angeles Times.

Murray, who has lost all four of the Grand Slam finals in which he has played, would have been the first British man to win at Wimbledon since 1936.

Research In Motion Ltd. stock drops 19 percent

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The stock of RIM, maker of the BlackBerry, dropped 19 percent in value after reporting its first-quarter sales Friday, said Business Week.

The company's losses were more than five times larger than anticipated, as the price of one share of stock fell 37 cents, said Business Week.

RIM also reported that the release date of its newest BlackBerry operating system, BlackBerry 10, will be delayed until early 2013, said the San Francisco Chronicle.

Because of a 41 percent decrease in sales, RIM will be cutting 30 percent of its workforce, a total of 5,000 jobs, said the San Francisco Chronicle.

Michael Walkley, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity Inc., said that it is likely that RIM will put itself up for sale due to its inability to compete with Google's Android and Apple's iPhone, reported Business Week.

RIM did not comment on any takeover speculation, said Business Week.

Ann Curry departs 'Today'

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Ann Curry, co-anchor of NBC's "Today" show, tearfully announced on-air that she was leaving the show Thursday, said The Washington Post.

Curry, who has worked on "Today" for 14 years, said during her announcement, "for all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line, but, man, I did try", thanking her fans for their support, reported the Los Angeles Times.

She also announced that she will still be a part of the NBC News family, as she has been given the titles of "Today" Anchor at Large and NBC News National and International Correspondent, said The Washington Post.

Although NBC has made no announcement regarding her replacement, it is widely believed that it will be Savannah Guthrie, who appeared as Matt Lauer's co-host Friday morning, said the Los Angeles Times.

NBC's reassigning of Curry comes after a heated ratings battle with ABC's "Good Morning America" and rumors that Curry would be replaced, reported the Los Angeles Times.

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