Michael Phelps ends career with gold in 4x100 medley relay

Michael Phelps swam the butterfly leg of the men's 4x100m medley relay final on Saturday.

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Phelps leaves the sport with a record 18 golds and 22 medals overall.

Dana Vollmer (left), Missy Franklin (right) and Rebecca Soni embraced after a world record gold medal win in the women's 4x100m medley relay final.

US women set world record to win 4x100 medley relay

The Americans sliced 0.14 off the previous record set by China at the 2009 world championships at the height of the high-tech bodysuit era.

Farah of Great Britain wins gold, American Rupp takes silver in 10,000m final

The Somali-born Mo Farah held off training partner Galen Rupp in a thrilling race Saturday night.

Jamaican Fraser-Pryce wins gold in 100m final, silver for Jeter of US

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica won her second consecutive 100-meter Olympic gold medal, while American Carmelita Jeter took silver.

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Blasts, renewed fighting erupt in Syrian capital

Heavy explosions shook Damascus Saturday as rebels appeared to renew their offensive in the city, witnesses and activists said.

Woman strikes police cruiser in Fall River

The driver, whose name was not released, was arrested early Saturday morning for operating under the influence, police said.

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