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Usain Bolt Guards his Title and Wins Olympic Gold

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Usain Bolt keeps his title of the fastest man as he sprinted to win an Olympic gold in the men's 100-meter race on Sunday with a record time of 9.63.

Bolt is first sprinter since Carl Lewis to defend an Olympic 100-meter race title, CNN said.

Bolt's season this year included defeats and injuries which had some worried about his performance at the Olympics, but he arrived to compete and ran the second-fastest time ever, which was even 0.05 seconds slower than his own record time of 9.58 seconds, BBC News said.

Despite his slow start from the blocks, Bolt finished first capturing the gold. Yohan Blake, countryman and training partner of Bolt won the silver and American Justin Gatlin won bronze, BBC News said.

A gunmen entered a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Wis. on Sunday killing six people worshipping inside, and then was shot and killed by an officer responding to the scene. Authorities are treating the tragedy as a domestic terrorist attack.

A nearby city, Cudahy, has also been evacuated by law enforcement officers who are investigating a duplex. It is uncertain if there is a connection between the house and the shooting that took place at the Sikh Temple, the Journal Sentinel said.

Authorities began receiving 911 calls around 11:25 a.m. from people inside of the temple during the shooting. The first officer who responded to the scene was ambushed by the gunman and was severely injured. Another officer and the gunman exchanged shots which left the gunman killed, NPR reported.

Four people were found dead inside of the temple and three, including the gunman, were found outside. Four people were injured, including the officer who was ambushed, and were taken to hospitals, the Journal Sentinel said.

This is the second mass shooting in two weeks, the first being the shooting at a theater in Aurora Colo. that killed 12 people and injured 58, NPR said.

Head on Collision in Arizona Kills Seven

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A tractor-trailer truck crossed the median of an Arizona highway and hit a van going the other direction, killing all seven passengers inside on Sunday evening.

The truck, driving west on Interstate 10, crossed the median, slamming into the van traveling east on I-10, CNN News said.

Both vehicles caught fire after the collision ran them off the right side of the road, the Star Tribune said.

The crash occurred about 60-miles west of Phoenix the Star Tribune said.

The driver of the truck and his wife who was in the passenger seat were both injured and taken to Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, CNN said.

The seven victims' identities are still under investigation by medical examiners, but they are believed to be from western Arizona, CNN said.

The Ebola outbreak in Uganda, which left 14 people dead, was not initially detected as Ebola because patients did not have the typical symptoms.

The outbreak began in June and measures were taken to contain the illness, but experts could not identify that it was Ebola until this week, BBC News said.

Typical symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, rash, red eyes, and hemorrhaging, which was the symptom not seen in this Ebola outbreak, CNN said.

An isolation center was made in Kibaale's hospital where it is trying to contain the outbreak, CNN said. 20 people have been infected, 14 of which have died.

One of the doctors who was treating the infected patients is one of the 14 dead, CNN said.

Ebola is contracted through direct contact with bodily fluids, is highly infectious, and there is no vaccine for the virus, BBC News said.

The suspected gunman of the Aurora, Colorado shooting rampage that left 12 people dead, and 38 injured at the midnight premiere of the new Batman movie on Friday, has been taken into custody.

The suspect, James Holmes, 24, was found by police behind the theater after the shooting ended, and did not resist arrest, CNN said.

Police found an intricate booby trap at Holmes apartment, which was investigated after Holmes told police there was a bomb in there, CNN said.

Witness and police reports said that Holmes entered into the packed theater wearing a gas mask and body armor when he tossed a canister of tear gas into the audience and began randomly shooting people, USA Today said.

The victims have not yet been identified and the conditions of the injured range from minor to critical, USA Today said.

"This is not only an act of extreme violence, it is also an act of depravity," Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper said. "It is beyond the power of words to fully express our sorrow this morning," USA Today reported.

Boy Scouts Uphold Policy to Exclude Gay People

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The Boy Scouts of America upheld their policy on Tuesday, which bans openly gay boys from being members and gay or lesbian adults from being leaders.

The news release said that the Boy Scouts of America do not require potential leaders, volunteers or members to share their sexual orientation, but "individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA," are not to be granted membership or employment, the New York Times said.

The committee placed in charge of evaluating the policy consisted of 11 volunteers and professional leaders who concluded that the longtime policy represents the "beliefs and perspectives of BSA members," CNN said.

"The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers, and at the appropriate time and in the right setting," Bob Mazzuca, BSA's chief scout executive, said.

The policy has been challenged fiercely since a 2000 Supreme Court ruling which allowed the BSA to fire an openly gay employee, saying the BSA had the right to do so because it was a private organization, the New York Times said.

A statement released by the deputy executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Darlene Nipper said "Once again, officials of the Boy Scouts of America have turned their backs on a chance to demonstrate fairness, exercise sound judgment, and serve as a role model for valuing others, free of bias and prejudice," CNN said.

Richard Ferraro, vice president for communications with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation pointed out that the Girls Scouts, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the 4-H Clubs and now the military, all "forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation," The New York Times said.

"The Boy Scouts of America is one of the last cultural institutions to have discrimination as part of their policy," Ferraro said. "It's policies like this that contribute to bullying in schools."

Red Cross Declares Syria in State of Civil War

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced Sunday from Geneva that Syria is now classified to be in a civil war.

The Thursday attack on the town of Tremesh and the Sunday attack near the Syrian capital, Damascus, placed the fighting outside of the known war zones, which initiated the ICRC's decision, the New York Times said.

The only specific war zones, prior to the ICRC's decision, were the areas around Idlib, Homs and Hama, but now all of Syria will be held accountable under the laws of the Geneva Conventions, BBC News reported.

The Geneva Conventions forbid indiscriminate attacks on civilians, attacks on medical personnel, and the destruction of basic services like water or electricity, BBC News said.

If either the Syrian government or rebels do not abide by the Geneva Conventions, they will now be subject to prosecution of war crimes, BBC said.

U.S. Olympic athletes will attend the opening ceremony wearing America's colors, but the fabric and the stitching will be China's.

Lawmakers were upset and in dismay after the Ralph Lauren designed uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team were reportedly made in China, MPR News said.

Lawmakers who spoke out on the China-made uniforms were disappointed that the U.S. Olympic Council did not choose, or think, to have the uniforms made in the United States when so many Americans are struggling to find work, MPR said.

"You'd think they'd know better," House Speaker John Boehner said of the USOC, according to USA Today.

Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. has requested USOC to reverse the decision, and to take the steps needed to have the Olympic uniforms made in the U.S., MPR said.

However, the USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky referred to the debate as "nonsense," and he stood by the decision saying "We're proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and excited to watch America's finest athletes compete at the upcoming Games in London," USA Today reported.

Ralp Lauren has released no statement and has declined to comment on the criticism, MPR said.

Ethan Stiefel, the principal dancer of American Ballet Theater who has been dubbed one of the great technicians of our time gave his last performance at the Metropolitan Opera House theater on Saturday, the New York Times said.

Stiefel had a 23-year long performing career that lifted the mid-western boy to astounding recognition for his technical skills and a "bad-boy" style which made his dancing unexpected and unique with each performance, the New York Times said.

Amongst his many other accomplishments Stiefel was the Dean of the School of Dance for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts from 2007 to 2012, and is leaving ABT to take full responsibility as the artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, The New York Post said.

ABT ended its season with the ballet "Le Corsaire." Stiefel did not play the lead role, a cocky pirate, but instead was Ali, the endearing slave who mimes "as you wish" repeatedly to the heroine, performed by Gillian Murphy who is the fiancee of Stiefel off stage, the New York Post said.

While the role of Ali may not have been of Stiefel's typical, brazen and charismatic style, he certainly made the dancing daring and relentlessly large, including a 90-second solo that the New York Post said was a "showpiece packed with jumps exploding into splits."

"Risk was palpable, and yet classical form was never distorted," the New York Times said of Stiefel's final performance


Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves forward, will compete on the U.S. Olympic basketball team with a position change to center.

It was announced on Saturday in Las Vegas that 23-year-old Love will join the 12-man roster, which includes Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony to name a few, the Pioneer Press said.

U.S. Olympic coach Mike Krzyzewski described Love as a "versatile" and "unconventional" player. "He becomes a very difficult guy to defend. He opens the door for our other four guys, he's such a good shooter," Krzyzewski said in a Star Tribune article.

This will be Love's first Olympic Games and potentially his last due to a proposed rule change that would only allow players 23 years and younger to compete in the games, the Star Tribune said.

But Love is staying focused on this year's opportunity saying, "It's great to have the team set. Now, we can really focus on just getting better every day. I'm very excited for the next six weeks," the Pioneer Press quoted.

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