Marlins Pitcher Killed in Boating Accident

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Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning, the team confirmed. The 24-year-old rising star died along with two others in the accident off the coast of Miami Beach, CBS Miami reported, adding that the boat crashed into rocks and was found upside down when rescue officials arrived. The Marlins’ game later Sunday against the Atlanta Braves is canceled, the team said. Fernandez was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2013, and earlier this year he became the fastest pitcher in history to record 500 strikeouts.


Debate Commission Chief: Moderators Shouldn’t Fact-Check


Janet Brown, the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said Sunday that she does not believe moderators should play a large role in fact-checking each candidate. Speaking with Brian Stelter on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Brown said the candidates should be the judges of what the other says. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to get the moderator into essentially serving as the Encyclopedia Britannica,” Brown said. “And I think it’s better for that person to facilitate, and to depend on the candidates to basically correct each other as they see fit.” The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is on Monday. NBC’s Lester Holt is the moderator.


Samantha Power to Russia: Stop ‘Barbarism’ in Syria

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In an address Sunday to an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power called on Russia to end its “barbarism” in Syria. “Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war,” Power said, referring to the Syrian president. “Instead of helping get lifesaving aid to civilians, Russia and Assad are bombing the humantiarian convoys, hospitals and first responders who are trying desperately to keep people alive.” Power added that she is looking for “any way possible” to restore a broken ceasefire that was agreed to earlier this month. The war of words comes as the Syrian government said Thursday it was launching an operation to retake the rebel-held city of Aleppo. Russia’s ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, said bringing peace to Syria is “almost an impossible task now” due to the fighting.

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Pence: Trump Foundation Has Answered Questions on Self-Dealing Allegations

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Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence falsely said on Sunday morning that the Donald J. Trump Foundation has answered questions surrounding reports that its funds were used for settling lawsuits involving the GOP presidential nominee. The Indiana governor said the Washington Post's reporting on the foundation has been “very, very sketchy” and “factually incorrect,” but did not provide specifics. 

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace pushed back, telling Pence that neither the campaign nor the foundation has answered questions about how the charity ended up funding a legal settlement involving Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, or why Trump himself has not contributed to his own foundation since 2008.

“These answers are all fair game, Chris. I just wish there was as much interest in the activities of the Clinton Foundation, that we know accepted tens of millions of dollars from foreign countries and foreign donors who were then given access to Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state,” Pence said.


Oculus Execs Weigh In on Palmer Luckey’s Anti-Hillary Funding Efforts

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Oculus executives are breaking their silence on founder Palmer Luckey’s funding of anti-Hillary Clinton Internet memes, a story first reported by The Daily Beast. In a Facebook post on Friday, Lucky apologized for “the impact” of his actions and said he is voting for Gary Johnson in the presidential election, not Donald Trump. The comapny’s CEO, Brendan Iribe, wrote on Facebook that Luckey is “free to support the issues or causes that matter to [him], whether or not we agree with those views.” He added: “It is important to remember that Palmer acted independently in a personal capacity, and was in no way representing the company.” Jason Rubin, Oculus’ head of studios, said he takes Luckey at his word after reading his post, despite evidence that Luckey was not telling the whole truth about his invovlement.


Pence: Trump’s Gennifer Flowers Invite Was a Joke

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Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Sunday said Donald Trump’s invitation to Gennifer Flowers to sit in the front row at Monday’s presidential debate was simply a joke. Bill Clinton admitted to having a sexual relationship with Flowers. The Indiana governor said Trump wanted to mock Mark Cuban, a Hillary Clinton supporter, for his threat to sit in the front row during the debate. Despite Flowers tweeting her support of Trump and acknowledging that she will be there, Pence said she will not be in attendance.

“Donald Trump was using the tweet yesterday really to mock the effort by Hillary Clinton and her campaign to distract attention from where the American people are going to be focused tomorrow night, which on the issues, on the choice that we face,” Pence said on Fox News Sunday.


Security Tightened in Charlotte for Panthers Game

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Security will be extremely tight in Charlotte on Sunday for an NFL matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the Carolina Panthers, officials said, declaring it an “extraordinary event” due to unrest in the city following the fatal police shooting of a black man. Bank of America stadium will feature double the metal detectors, in addition to well-trained bomb-sniffing dogs. The National Guard will be in the city on Sunday. Protesters—some of them violent—have taken to the streets in recent days over the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott. Charlotte Police released a video of the encounter on Saturday, which they say showed Scott carrying a gun.


WA Shooting Suspect Arrested

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A suspect was arrested late Saturday night in connection with the shooting at a shopping mall in Washington state the night before. At least five people are confirmed dead after a gunman opened fire inside the makeup department of a Burlington, Wash. Macy’s store. Arcan Cetin, 20, was arrested 30 miles away from the crime scene. Cetin, who is an American citizen, is a native of Turkey and a recent high school graduate. Authorities are unable to identify a motive, and said there is no evidence that the shooting was a terrorist act. Multiple people have called police claiming to be the shooter, Washington State Patrol Spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said.


Jordanian Writer Who Shared Anti-Islam Cartoon Murdered

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Nahed Hattar, a Jordanian writer who allegedly shared an anti-Islam cartoon on Facebook, was killed on Sunday outside a courthouse in Amman, according to the country’s state news agency. Hattar, an activist and supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was standing trial for accusations of insulting Allah. The cartoon shows a bearded man smoking a cigarette and lying in bed with two women as he asks Allah for a drink. A source said the gunman, who was arrested at the scene, was a 39-year-old Muslim preacher. “The law will be strictly enforced on the culprit who did this criminal act and will hit with an iron first anyone who tries to harm the state of law,” a government spokesman said.


Jane Pauley Named Anchor of ‘CBS Sunday Morning’

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Jane Pauley was named the new anchor of “CBS Sunday Morning,” CBS News announced Sunday morning. Pauley is replacing Charles Osgood, who is retiring after 22 years at the helm of the show. She starts in her new role on October 9. “Charles Osgood set the standard from ‘CBS Sunday Morning.’ And it’s an honor to be given the chance to further our show’s legacy of excellence,” she said. CBS News President David Rhodes called Pauley the “ideal host” for the show.