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A man died after falling from the upper deck to the concrete on the first level of Atlanta's Turner Field during a game between the Braves and Yankees on Saturday night.
The victim was identified as Gregory Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta. He fell at least 40 feet during the seventh inning in the area behind home plate.
Other fans scrambled as emergency officials rushed to the scene. Pools of blood on the ground could be seen in images posted on social media.
"People started crying right away," Donnie Marley, a fan who was seated near the victim, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It was surreal. It was like, 'Did I just see that happen?'"
Security cleared the area and restricted media access.
Paramedics rushed to provide first aid, before loading the man onto a backboard for transport to Grady Memorial Hospital. He died en route, a police spokesperson said.
Witnesses claimed to have seen the man attempt to hang on to a wire apparatus that connects to the protective net behind home plate, a security guard told Fox Sports. He fell in the process. He was responding to the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez being sent in to pinch hit, fans in the area recounted to ESPN. He landed on his head, another person at the game claimed to WSBTV.
Many family members of the Yankees players were in the area where the man fell, ESPN reported.
Police were investigating the exact circumstances of the fall, but at the time authorities were not aware of any foul play.
No one else was injured, WSBTV reported.
"We were sitting in Row 6 and I just told him to watch for A-Rod. And then we heard a big thud. I saw a guy falling from the top. I grabbed my son and ran for security. He was bleeding pretty badly. I don’t think he’s gonna make it. And I don’t have any clue how he fell," Greg Shiver of Tennessee, a fan at the game with his son, told AJC.
"I saw him falling, like right in front of the press box. Then he hit the wires. Crazy," Yankees player Didi Gregorius, who was on second base at the time, told ESPN.
"Huge condolences go out to that family," Braves pitcher Matt Wisler said. "We were all in the dugout paying more attention to that than the game when it first happened. That’s terribly sad to hear. We really hope for the best for that family. That’s sad to see something tragic like that happen at a game."
The Yankees went on to win the game, 3-1.
As the AJC noted, this is the third fatal fall at the stadium in seven years. A man's 2013 fall to the parking lot was ruled a suicide, and another man died in 2008 after falling four levels onto a concrete and metal railing at the field level.
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Donald Trump is amazing, as former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin adamantly asserted during an interview with the GOP presidential front-runner.
The former Alaska governor lavished praise on the self-assured Trump, noting that he "made the sacrifice to hit the campaign trail," much to the delight of "The Trumpeters" or "Trumpservatives," as Palin called the movement backing him.
Palin, who Trump in July said that he would "love" to have in his administration if elected, brought Trump onto the program "On Point" on the One America News Network on Friday night. It was easily the best thing on television.
"I’ve said it since the day he made the sacrifice to hit the campaign trail: Voters crave the anti-status-quo politician," Palin said as an introduction. "Everything about Donald Trump’s campaign, it’s avant-garde. He is crushing it in the polls."
The ranging interview with the business mogul-turned-political sensation covered taxes, the economy, faith and the "lame-stream media."
The gems are many, so watch the whole interview. Some choice excerpts:
Discussing "idiots in the press," Palin asked Trump how he got the “guts” to take on journalist Jorge Ramos in a press conference. Trump replied that Ramos was "totally out of line, screaming and ranting and raving."
Trump continued his refusal to reveal his favorite Bible verse: "I love the Bible and I'm a Protestant, Presbyterian, and they were hitting me with different questions one after another, and look, I don't know if it's 'gotcha!' but it probably is. And then they said, 'What's your favorite verse?' and that's a personal thing. I don't like giving that out to people you hardly know."
As far as the reason he is doing well in polls, Trump had a short and sweet answer for why Americans were enlisting as Trumpeters: "They want to see America be great again."
While the lovefest was mostly all about Trump, he did send praise back to Palin, parting ways by saying, "I have to tell you, you are a terrific person and it’s great to be with you."
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Two people were killed, including a police officer, and two others injured in an apparent domestic dispute near a Louisiana convenience store on Wednesday night.
Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson and Shameka Johnson, the sister of a local mayor, died in the attack carried out by suspect Harrison Lee Riley Jr., Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said. Shameka was one of three people stabbed, while the 52-year-old officer was shot as he responded to the incident.
Surlay Johnson and Courtney Jolivette, the suspect's wife, were both stabbed in the attack at a home, and were taken to local hospitals. Shameka and Surlay Johnson are the sisters of Grand Coteau Mayor Shaterral Johnson.
Officials characterized the motive as a possible domestic dispute.
Riley is believed to have stabbed the three people, including the woman who died. Officer Nelson died of bullet wounds he received while responding to the attack at the house, which is about 70 miles west of Baton Rouge. The suspect fled by car to a convenience store. He drove through the front door and barricaded himself inside.
Police used tear gas and negotiators to force Riley out. "He was not coming out. He was ready to fight," Guidroz said. The suspect was eventually taken into custody, and evaluated at a local hospital. Police said he had an extensive criminal history.
Guidroz said there weren't any hostages taken as earlier reports suggested, and that three people inside were able to escape.
Megaphone: "Come out with your hands up to the sound of our voice so I can talk to you. Come out of that room."— Lanie Lee Cook (@lanieleecook) August 26, 2015
A witness took a photo of the aftermath and posted it to Instagram, saying the incident was like "a movie." The photo shows a car smashed through the side of the store and a body on the ground. It's unclear who the person in the photo is, and his or her condition is unknown.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued the following statement on the attack: "Supriya and I are heartbroken to learn of another deadly assault on one of our public servants. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson and the other victims as they endure this senseless tragedy."
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Three firefighters were killed and four more were injured while battling a wildfire in Washington state's rural interior on Wednesday.
The fallen firefighters were responding to a raging fire that has prompted evacuations near Twisp in Okanogan County, about 115 miles northeast of Seattle. They became trapped by the fire as winds shifted, the local sheriff said. "The firefighters were engaged in initial attack operations and were involved in a vehicle accident when it is believed that the fire overtook the vehicle," the U.S. Forest Service said
The U.S. Forest Service identified the victims as 20-year-old Tom Zbyszewski, 26-year-old Andrew Zajac, and 31-year-old Richard Wheeler. "These are big heroes protecting small towns,”Gov. Jay Inslee said. "And we are going to remember them."
He called the eruption of wildfires in the state an "unprecedented cataclysm."
"My heart breaks over the loss of life. I know all Washington joins me and Trudi in sending our prayers to the families of these brave firefighters. They gave their lives to protect others."
"The bottom line is this is Hell in here," Okanogan Sheriff Frank Rodgers said. "It's just obvious. The wind's blowing in every damn direction."
Four other firefighters were hurt in the blaze, including 25-year-old Daniel Lyons, a Forest Service firefighter from Washington who suffered critical injuries. He was at a Seattle hospital with burns covering 60 percent of his body. By Thursday, the other three injured firefighters were released from hospitals.
The fatalities and injured firefighters add to 14 other injuries and one death during Washington's 2015 fire season. 13 people have died battling wildfires nationwide, according to Jessica Gardetto of the National Interagency Fire Center.
50 homes and 60 other buildings have been destroyed, according to Gov. Inslee, who asked the White House to declare a federal emergency to activate funds to fight the fires.
The Okanagan Complex fire has burned approximately 31,000 acres, and has forced the evacuation of about 3,000 people from the towns of Twisp and Winthrop. The town of Conconully was evacuated on Tuesday. More than 400 firefighters are responding to the blaze.
It is really bad out there. The fires have just exploded," Okanogan Emergency Management spokeswoman Angela Seydel told KOMO.
The lightning-sparked blaze is a dangerous combination of several fires: the Lime Belt Fire, the Blue Lake Fire, the Tunk Block Fire, the Beaver Lake Fire and the Nine Mile Fire.
It adds to 10 other fires that have burned nearly 300,000 acres in different parts of Washington, . The state took the drastic step of shutting down all industrial forest activities across most of Eastern Washington, the Seattle Times reported.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took a swipe at fellow presidential candidate Donald Trump's high-flying antics at the
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was forced to leave a Seattle, Washington rally without speaking after protesters claiming to represent the Black Lives Matter movement stormed the stage and took the microphone from the Democratic presidential hopeful.
"If you do not listen to us, your event will be shut down," one activist told the senator.
Sanders only managed a brief greeting to the crowd of thousands before a small group of protesters commandeered the stage, demanding that they be allowed to speak and that the senator be held "accountable" for not doing enough to reform criminal justice and promote racial equality.
Stmnt from protestors: "The problem with Sanders'... is that [he is] utterly and totally useless in terms of the fight for Black lives."— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) August 8, 2015
With command of the microphone, the activists called attention to their concerns over gentrification, law enforcement, and school disparity in Seattle. They also asked for a moment of silence for Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 9 a year ago.
After the moment of silence, one of the protesters who identified herself as Marissa Johnson, asked the crowd to "join us now in holding Bernie Sanders accountable for his actions."
"I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is — with all of its progressives — but you’ve already done that for me. Thank you," she added.
An event organizer, trying to appease the protesters, offered to let the activists speak after Sanders. But the protesters persisted, demanding, "Let us speak."
Black Lives Matter Activist: "You'll never hear Bernie speak unless I hear it silent here now. Crowd booing.— Graham Johnson (@GrahamKIRO7) August 8, 2015
Boos could be heard from the crowd of thousands at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle. "Shame on you! Shame on you!" some chanted, while others encouraged the protesters be allowed to speak.
"You are never going to hear Bernie speak if I don't hear silence now," Johnson said when some in the massive the crowd at Westlake Center called out for Sanders to be allowed to speak. "Now that you've covered yourself in your white supremacist liberalism, I will formally welcome Bernie Sanders to Seattle."
After a tussle for the microphone and stand off between event organizers and protesters, Sanders left.
The bungled rally in left-leaning Seattle likely came as a surprise for the self-avowed Socialist. "I think we’re going to have a really great crowd tonight, and think the issues we’re talking about are issues that are resonating with the state of Washington and all over the country. That is there’s something wrong when the middle class continues to disappear and almost all new income and wealth are going to top 1%," Sanders told the local NBC affiliate, KING 5.
Both Sanders and fellow Democratic presidential hopeful hopeful Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley were interrupted by Black Lives Matters protesters at a Netroots Nation event in Phoenix last month. In Seattle, Johnson pointed out that O'Malley had issued a plan for criminal justice reform, whereas Sanders had not released one formally.
"Bernie, you were confronted at NetRoots at by black women," Johnson said. "You have yet to put out a criminal justice reform package like O’Malley did."
Sanders left the event titled "Social Security Works" without speaking for more than a minute, heading for other scheduled events. The rally was to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Social Security and the 50th anniversary of Medicare, The Hill notes. Speeches from Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) preceded Sanders.
"I think it is unfortunate because among other things I wanted to talk about the issues of black lives," Sanders said following the interrupted rally.
"They didn't want to hear anything," the senator told CNN's Dan Merica. Sanders went on to express his disappointment of not being able to speak at an event he was invited to.
A statement apparently from the group of protesters addressed the event:
"Today BLM Seattle, with the support of other Black organizers and non-Black allies and accomplices, held Bernie Sanders publicly accountable for his lack of support for the Black Lives Matter movement."
Ο Donald Trump μόλις πήγε τη διαμάχη του με την δημοσιογράφο του Fox News, Megyn Kelly, σε ένα εντελώς νέο επίπεδο.
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Donald Trump has taken his spat with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, who asked him tough questions during the first GOP presidential debate, to a whole new level.
"You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her -- wherever," the GOP frontrunner told CNN's Don Lemon Friday night, referring to his back-and-forth with Kelly, a moderator of Thursday's debate.
Wow. Trump about Megyn Kelly on CNN. "She had blood coming out of her eyes. Or blood coming out of somewhere else."— Maer Roshan (@MaerRoshan) August 8, 2015
Trump unleashed his blood comment after Lemon asked, "What is it with you and Megyn Kelly?"
Trump, who called in to CNN, labelled Kelly a "lightweight" and unprofessional, telling Lemon, "I can't believe you're not beating [Megyn Kelly] in the ratings. You should be ashamed of yourself."
Trump pronounced himself the victor of the debate, citing a poll by the Drudge Report and articles headlining his name on the front pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post. "What's better than Drudge?" he asked.
Kelly went toe-to-toe with the brash candidate during Thursday's main event, challenging Trump on his statements about women and his political creed. "You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals,'" Kelly charged.
Trump claimed "only Rosie O'Donnell," had been the target of his words, and said people were too politically correct these days.
Kelly kept the heat on, which Trump later called "unfair."
"I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be based on the way you have treated me," he said during the debate.
In a series of late-night tweets following the debate, Trump went after Kelly again, promoting a message that called her a "bimbo," and saying she was the biggest loser in the debate.
Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that Trump retweeted another user that called Kelly a "bimbo," and had not apparently created the tweet himself.
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Two people were killed when a lone gunman opened fire inside a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana on Thursday night.
Nine other people, who ranged in age from teens to early 60s, were wounded, The Times-Picayune reported. The gunman also took his own life, police said.
The attack occurred nearly three years to the day after the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
Police received a call about the shooting at The Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette at approximately 7:30 p.m. According to the Daily Advertiser, the attack occurred 20 minutes into the 7 p.m. screening of the comedy "Trainwreck," when "an older white man" stood up and began shooting, witness Katie Domingue said. About 100 people were in the theater at the time of the attack.
"I almost thought it was part of the movie at first," witness Janel Fernell told CNN.
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said the shooting was contained to one theater room. A motive for the attack is not known at this time.
"The shooter is deceased," Craft said. "We may never know."
The gunman had been trying to leave the theater with others when responding officers entered, Craft said. The suspect then fired the shot that claimed his life.
"It looks like he spotted the officers coming in and he turned around and he went against the crowd, and he fired a single gunshot," Craft said.
Of the victims wounded in the attack, three suffered critical injuries, Craft said. The identities of the injured have not yet been disclosed.
At the time of this writing, there is no evidence that the gunman knew any of the victims, Craft said.
Police have identified the shooter, but would only reveal that he was a white 58-year-old man, and that he had used a handgun.
When authorities identified the gunman's car in the parking lot, officers evacuated the area and called in the bomb squad. Police then detonated a suspicious package in what they believe was the suspect’s vehicle, The Advocate reported. Per The Associated Press, no explosives were found in the car or in the theater.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) described the incident as "an awful night for Louisiana," and an "awful night for the United States."
"Whenever we hear about these senseless acts of violence, it makes us both furious and sad," Jindal said.
Jindal went on to share a tale of extraordinary heroism that emerged amidst the chaos: a teacher in the theater who reportedly jumped in front of a bullet that was headed for her colleague. One of the teachers then pulled a fire alarm, which helped to clear the theater.
"Even though she was shot in the leg, she had the presence of mind to pull the fire alarm to help save other lives," Jindal said.
He also hailed the actions of first responders to the scene, USA Today reported.
"I want to praise the law enforcers who ran toward danger," Jindal said. "This is a time for us to come together. What we can do now is pray. We can hug these families, shower them with love, thoughts and prayers."
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) also issued a statement expressing his heartache over the shooting in his hometown.
"I'm saddened at the terrible loss of life represented in tonight's tragic shooting at a movie theater in my hometown of Lafayette," Boustany stated. "Bridget and I are praying for the families and friends of the victims at this difficult time. I will work with the Lafayette Police Department, local, state, and federal officials to get to the bottom of what happened tonight."
Actress Amy Schumer, who stars in the movie "Trainwreck," shared her sorrow upon hearing of the shooting.
My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) July 24, 2015
President Barack Obama was aboard Air Force One on Thursday when he was briefed about the shooting by Lisa Monaco, his homeland security adviser. Obama, who is en-route to Africa for a two-nation visit, offered his thoughts and prayers to the community of Lafayette, to the families of those who were killed.
The shooting occurred on the same day a jury decided that Aurora theater shooter James Holmes’ act was cruel enough to justify the death penalty. The attack on July 20, 2012, claimed 12 lives.
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