Twins fall to Red Sox, can't complete sweep

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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep, the Star Tribune said.

The Red Sox defeated the Twins 6-4, stopping a ninth-inning rally in which the Twins cut the lead from 6-1, the Star Tribune said. Red Sox left-hander Franklin Morales earned his third victory of the season.

Josh Willingham hit his 28th home run of the season and Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to 6-4 in the ninth, but Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves shut the door on the Twins to drop them to 47-61 on the season, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

The Twins had rallied for comeback wins two nights in a row before the loss on Sunday afternoon, the Star Tribune said. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was booed by fans expecting a third straight blown lead when he walked to the mound to call Aceves into the game.

The loss prevented the Twins from earning their first sweep of the Red Sox in Boston since 1991, the Star Tribune said.

The Twins had gone 7-3 in their last ten games before the loss Sunday.

Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn took the loss as he gave up four runs on nine hits in five innings, the Star Tribune said. He gave up a two-run homer to Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

On a more positive note for Minnesota, Twins outfielder Ben Revere extending his hitting streak to 19 games with a single, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.


Gunman kills 6 at Sikh Temple in Wisconsin

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Six people were shot and killed by an armed gunman at a Sikh Temple just south of Milwaukee, Wisc., the Washington Post said.

A man entered the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek with an automatic weapon and shot and killed four people inside the building and two more outside, the Washington Post said. He wounded a police officer before he being shot dead by a second. Three other people were injured in the shooting.

The three injured civilians and the wounded officer were taken to Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee and are expected to survive.

Police recovered a semiautomatic pistol at the scene, the Washington Post said.

Initial reports of the shooting said there were multiple gunmen, but police later said the man killed was the only shooter, the Washington Post said.

According to the New York Times, the police have not yet released the identity of the man or established a motive. The FBI is currently investigating the shooting and are looking into the man's background.

The FBI is currently classifying the shooting as a domestic terrorist attack, the New York Times said. It is the first recorded act of violence target at Sikhs in Wisconsin.

"Right now, it's just a mass shooting," said a federal official to the New York Times.

Since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, there have been scattered reports of threats made against Sikhs across the nation, the New York Times said. Some people confuse them with Muslims due to their beards and colorful turbans.

Man killed in Mall of America parking ramp

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The driver of a U-Haul truck was killed Friday at a Mall of America parking ramp, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said.

The 52-year-old man drove the vehicle into a crossbeam, triggering a collapse of concrete that killed him, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said. His passengers, a 45-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl were injured in the accident and hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

According to police, the driver misjudged the height of the crossbeam, driving the truck straight into it, the Star Tribune said. The man was pinned to his seat by the collapsing concrete.

A structural team was called to the scene after the accident on Friday to check the ramp's integrity, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said. They ruled the parking structure was safe, and the ramp was reopened Saturday morning.

According to the Star Tribune, the accident was the first such incident at the Mall of America in its 20 years.

Phelps finished career with gold medal

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Michael Phelps concluded his Olympic career by winning gold in the men's 4x100 meter medley relay Saturday night, the New York Times said.

Phelps, 27, won his 22nd career medal and his 18th gold medal with his victory in the relay, both Olympic records, the New York Times said. Phelps received one final trophy, a small statuette meant to commemorate his place as the most decorated Olympian of all-time, shortly after the race.

"It's kind of weird looking at this and seeing 'Greatest Olympian of All Time,' " Phelps said to the New York Times. "I finished my career the way I wanted to. I think that's pretty cool."

Immediately after the race ended, all of Phelps's rivals formed a line to shake his hand, and his teammates gave him hugs, the Washington Post said. Phelps said he will not participate in the 2016 Olympics and he would retire from swimming in 2012.

Phelps began his Olympic career in 2000 in Sydney, Australia, when he was 15 years old. He won six gold medals and two bronze medals in Athens in 2004 and eight gold medals in Beijing in 2008. Phelps finished with four golds and two silvers in London.


Cybersecurity bill blocked in Senate

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A bill that would establish new standards for cybersecurity in the United States was blocked Thursday by a Republican filibuster in the Senate, the Washington Post said.

The bill would have established optional standards for computer systems that oversee all of the United States' critical infrastructure, the Washington Post said.

Senators voted 52 to 46 in favor of the bill, but fell short of the two-thirds majority necessary to force a final vote, the Washington Post said. The bill had bipartisan support, but neither part could agree on proposed amendments to the legislation.

In an effort to win over detractors of the bill, Senator Joseph A. Lieberman made the standards outlined in the bill optional instead of mandatory as was originally written, the New York Times said.

According to the New York Times, the bill's opponents were led by Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona. McCain sided with businesses that opposed the legislation, saying that the restrictions outlined in the bill were too demanding and would place a financial strain on private companies.

The Obama administration strongly supported the bill, and President Obama himself wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal backing the legislation, the Washington Post said.

According to the Washington Post, the bill will likely be voted on again in the fall.

Kofi Annan resigns as envoy to Syria

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Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria, announced his resignation Thursday, the Washington Post said.

Annan, 74, said he will officially resign at the end of August due to the U.N. Security Council's failure to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the ongoing civil war in Syria, the Washington Post said.

"Without serious, purposeful and united international pressure, including from the powers of the region, it is impossible for me, or anyone, to compel the Syrian government in the first place, and also the opposition, to take the steps necessary to begin a political process," Annan said to the New York Times.

According to the New York Times, Annan also wrote an opinion article that was posted on the Web site of the Financial Times and headlines, "My Departing Advice on How to Save Syria." In the article, Annan criticized all parties involved in the conflict and called the Syrian government "40 years of dictatorship."

Annan's resignation comes nearly two weeks after Russia and China vetoed a resolution that would have enforced sanctions on the Syrian government and strengthened Annan's mediation efforts, the Washington Post said. The veto allowed the Syrian conflict to reach an even more violent stage.

Annan also negotiated a six-point peace plan in March that Syrian President Bahar-al Assad promised to abide by, the New York Times said. However, the Syrian government never implemented the plan.

All of these actions grouped together ultimately frustrated Annan to the point of resignation, the New York Times said.

The U.N. has not announced who will replace Annan when his mandate expires at the end of August, and neither Assad or any Syrian opposition forces have released statements about his departure.

Reigning world champion Jordan Wieber was eliminated from the women's all-around gymnastics competition Sunday, the Washington Post reported.

Wieber, 17, missed the cut for the women's all-around final after finishing in third-place in the qualifying stage, the Washington Post said. Her teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas finished ahead of her to quality for the final.

The loss was only the third time Wieber has lost an all-around competition since 2008, the Washington Post reported.

Wieber left the arena in tears and could not even talk to reporters, the Washington Post said. Her coach John Geddert, issued a statement following Wieber's elimination expressing the young gymnast's disappointment.

According to the USA Today, the United States team is currently in first-place after the qualifying stage, just ahead of Russia and defending Olympic champion China. The team finished with three of the top four overall qualifiers as well.

A Kent State student has been arrested and charged for on suspicion of posting a tweet threatening to "shoot up" the school's campus, the Washington Post reported.

William Koberna, 19, was arrested Sunday afternoon at his parent's home in Brunswick, Ohio, the Washington Post reported. Koberna is charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing.

According to the New York Daily News, the tweet was posted on July 25.

Koberna is set to be arraigned Monday morning, the Washington Post said. He also faces suspension or possible dismissal from the school.

Twins complete sweep of Indians

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The Minnesota Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians to complete a three-game sweep of their division rivals, the Associated Press reported.

The Twins finished the sweep with a 5-1 victory Sunday, giving left-hander Bryan Duensing his second win of the season.

Duensing pitched six innings, giving up only five hits and one earned run before turning the game over to the bullpen, the Associated Press said.

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning that gave the Twins a 2-1 lead that they would not surrender.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The win elevated the Twins above the Kansas City Royal for last place in the AL Central division for the first time since April 29. The Twins improved to 43-58 with the win.

The loss dropped the Indians into third-place in the AL Central, six games behind the division-leading Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said. The Twins outscored the Indians 34-12 for the series.

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez pitched into the seventh inning for Cleveland, but took a loss to fall to 8-10 on the season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said.

Ryan Lochte wins 400 IM, Phelps finishes fourth

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Ryan Lochte won the first gold medal for the United States in the 2012 London Olympics Saturday, the USA Today reported.

Lochte, 27, won the mens 400-meter individual medley in dominating fashion with a margin of victory of 3.86 seconds, the USA Today said. Brazil's Thiago Pereira finished second and Japan's Kosuke Hagino took third.

16-time medalist Michael Phelps finished fourth, the first time he has failed to win a medal in any Olympic event since 2000, the Washington Post reported.

According to the Washington Post, both Phelps and his coach Bob Bowden called his performance "horrible".

Lochte will compete in the 200-meter freestyle on Sunday and Monday, an event that Phelps dropped before the Olympics began, the Washington Post said.