5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Clinton, Trump pull even in polls ahead of first debate

  • France, Britain say Aleppo airstrikes are 'war crimes'

  • Golf legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87

  • Washington State mall shooting suspect arrested unarmed

  • Vin Scully announces final game at Dodger Stadium

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are separated by less than the 4.5 percent margin of error in a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday morning. Among likely voters Clinton scores 46 percent support to Trump's 44 percent, while Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson takes 5 percent and the Green Party's Jill Stein has 1 percent national support. Among registered voters, Clinton and Trump are tied at 46 percent in a two-way race. More than 100 million people are expected to watch Monday's first general election debate between the two candidates, the largest debate audience in U.S. history.

Source: The Hill, Politico

French United Nations Ambassador Francois Delattre said Sunday the barrage of Syrian government airstrikes that have pounded rebel-held areas of Aleppo since Friday amount to "war crimes" and cannot be left unpunished. The "Security Council simply cannot accept such war crimes — yes, war crimes — to repeat again," Delattre argued. British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson also said Sunday "war crimes" are occurring in Syria and suggested Russia is responsible because of its alliance with Damascus. American U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power took a slightly more measured approach, avoiding the war crimes label but terming Moscow's actions in Syria "barbarism, not counter-terrorism" and calling the conditions in Aleppo "apocalyptic." Since Friday, more than 200 strikes have hit Aleppo, killing at least 100 people and leaving 2 million without running water.

Source: The Daily Star, Firstpost

Arnold Palmer, the beloved golfer who helped popularize the game, died Sunday. He was 87. His death was confirmed by Arnold Palmer Enterprises CEO Alastair Johnson. In a career that spanned six decades, Palmer won 62 PGA tour titles and seven majors, in addition to making millions as a pitchman and golf course designer — he put his touch on more than 300 golf courses in 37 states and 25 countries, including the first modern course built in China in 1988. Before winning the 1954 U.S. Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit, Palmer attended Wake Forest University on a golf scholarship, spent three years in the Coast Guard, and sold paint in Cleveland. Palmer, nicknamed "The King," said his 1954 win was the "turning point in my life. It gave me confidence I could compete at the highest level of the game." He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012, the highest honors the United States can give to a civilian.

Source: Golfweek

A 20-year-old man named Arcan Cetin was arrested by police at 7 p.m. Pacific time Saturday evening on suspicion of the mass shooting at a Macy's in a Washington State mall that took five lives Friday night. Cetin was unarmed and was described as quiet, even "zombie-like," at the time of his arrest. Though originally described by police as Hispanic based on a blurry surveillance image, Cetin is a permanent resident of the United States from Turkey. At present, the Seattle branch of the FBI says there is no evidence this was an act of terrorism or that there were any other shooters. Cetin was prohibited from owning a firearm after charges of domestic violence and drunk driving, but he was in compliance with court-ordered mental health counseling. His former girlfriend once worked at the department store where he attacked, but she no longer works there or lives in the area.

Source: USA Today, KIRO 7 Seattle

Vin Scully, the famed Los Angeles Dodgers announcer whose dulcet tones are known throughout Southern California, called his last game at Dodger Stadium on Sunday. The 88-year-old has spent 67 seasons with the Dodgers, following the team to L.A. from Brooklyn. The day was all about Scully, with players tipping their caps to him before their first at-bat, and his grandchildren surprising him in the booth. Addressing the crowd, Scully announced, "You have kept me young at heart. Believe me when I tell you, I've needed you far more than you needed me." The game ended on a high note for fans, with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning by Charlie Culberson giving the Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies and their fourth consecutive division title.

Source: Los Angeles Times
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