August 2012 Archives

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.

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