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Mom and 2-year-old son fall to their deaths at Petco Park prior to San Diego Padres game

A mother and her 2-year-old son fell to their deaths at Petco Park before the San Diego Padres’ home game against the Atlanta Braves. The San Diego police department said that shortly before 4 p.m. PT Saturday, police said they were notified that two people had fallen from the third-level concourse level, equivalent of six stories high, to the sidewalk. Two officers found the bodies of the woman, 40, and her son. The woman and boy were declared dead at the scene at 4:11 p.m. They were not identified but lived in San Diego.

Police Lt. Adam T. Sharki said that the mother and son had been at a dining/concession area on the concourse level while the child’s father was at the ballpark. A man told the San Diego Union-Tribune that his wife witnessed the fall, saying it appeared a toddler fell from an area with picnic tables, and the woman also fell trying to grab him.

The team said in a written statement Sunday:  “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life at Petco Park last evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of those involved. We will continue to refrain from comment on the nature of the incident as it is an ongoing investigation by the San Diego Police Department.”

Police said the deaths “appeared to be suspicious” and that the San Diego Police Homicide Unit were called to the scene “out of an abundance of caution.”  Investigators are looking for evidence and possible witnesses, and they are hoping to speak with people who were present when the fall happened, according to the statement.

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The manhunt for Brian Laundrie continues as the family of his fiancé Gabby Petito gather in New York for her funeral service

Family and friends gathered to mourn at the funeral of Gabby Petito in New York on Sunday, as a manhunt for her fiancé Brian Laundrie continues. In North Port, Fla., where Petito lived with Laundrie and his parents, mourners set up a memorial across from City Hall, leaving balloons, teddy bears and signs in her memory.

At the service held at Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home in Long Island, N.Y., Petito’s father remembered her passion for travel: “I want you to take a look at these pictures, and I want you to be inspired by Gabby,” her father, Joseph Petito said. “If there’s a trip you guys want to take, take it now. Do it now while you have the time. If there is a relationship that you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, leave it now.”  Joseph Petito on Saturday also announced the formation of ‘The Gabby Petito Foundation,’ which will aim to provide resources and guidance to families of missing children.

Prior to the ceremony, Petito’s mother Nichole Schmidt posted to Facebook sharing a series of family photos as she thanked people who have shared support for the family online. “As I scroll through all the posts, my heart is full of love,” she wrote. “I wish I could reach out and hug each and every one of you!!! Your support has been so overwhelming and we are so filled with gratitude.”

Petito’s body was found in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park after her family reported her missing while she and Laundrie were on a cross-country road trip. Her death has been ruled a homicide. Laundrie, 23, has been named a person of interest by North Port Police after he returned home on Sept. 1 without her and the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued an arrest warrant against him Wednesday after a federal grand jury indicted Laundrie on a single count of unauthorized access to a debit card and two bank accounts.

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USA dominates Europe to claim title at 43rd Ryder Cup

With its youngest team in history, USA clinched the 43rd Ryder Cup on Sunday at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wis. World No. 3, 24-year-old Collin Morikawa from the US, holed a 3-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole that assured the Americans at least 14 1/2 points. The Americans won 19-9, posting the most points at the tournament since 1979.

The Ryder Cup victory is just the third in two decades for the Americans at the biennial tournament, which consists of a dozen players from Europe against a dozen from the United States. No. 2 Dustin Johnson led the Americans in wins. He became just the fifth player in history to post a 5-0 record at the Ryder Cup.

U.S. captain Steve Stricker said: “They had a mission this week. They played great, came together. This is a new era for USA golf. They are young, come with a lot of passion, a lot of energy and a lot of game. They are so good.”

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Milwaukee Brewers clinch NL Central title for third time in win against NY Mets

The Milwaukee Brewers are the 2021 NL Central champions, having clinched the division title Sunday afternoon with their 8-4 win over the NY Mets. Milwaukee had already clinched a postseason spot last week, but Sunday’s victory confirmed they will avoid the win-or-go-home Wild Card Game. The Brewers had been in sole possession of first place in the NL Central since June 23, two games into an 11-game winning streak. Milwaukee clinched the division in front of an announced sellout crowd of 43,430 at American Family Field.

The Brewers last won the NL Central in 2018, when they beat the Cubs in a Game 163 tiebreaker to clinch the division. This is only Milwaukee’s third division title since moving from the AL Central to the NL Central 1998. They also won the division in 2011 and 2018. The Brewers also won two division titles during their time in the AL East (1981 and 1982).

The Brewers will host either the Braves or Phillies when the NLDS begins on Friday, Oct. 8.

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2 dead, 13 hurt in shooting at Kroger grocery store near Memphis, Tennessee

Authorities confirmed that at least two people were killed and 13 others were injured in a shooting at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, Tennessee, about 30 miles east of Memphis.

According to Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane, the suspected shooter is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and that there were “very serious” injuries among those taken to the hospital. Twelve people were transported for injuries, while at least one person walked into the hospital. Law enforcement searched the shooter’s car, and Lane did not say what type of weapon the shooter used. Lane said he did not know how many people were in the store at the time of the shooting but said one Kroger employee was rescued from the roof of the building.

During a press conference, Police Chief Lane said customers hid in freezers and locked offices when the gunfire broke out at about 1:30 p.m. local time, police said. One employee fled to the roof and was escorted to safety by police.

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CDC advisory panel votes to recommend Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for those 65 and older, or considered high-risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s independent advisory panel has unanimously voted to recommend booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for people aged 65 and older, along with long-term care facility residents, at least six months after their second dose. The panel also voted to recommend booster doses for people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old who have underlying medical conditions, at least six months out from their second dose.

The CDC’s recommendation follows authorization Wednesday night from the Food and Drug Administration, who approved the third shot for anyone 65 or older, as well as for people as young as 18, if they have a medical condition that puts them at risk of severe COVID-19 or if they work a frontline job that makes it more likely that they would get infected.

The CDC advisory panel’s vote follows weeks of debate amongst top health experts over who should get a booster dose and when.Advisory panelists voted to recommend the booster shot due to data showing the gradually waning immunity from the vaccine impacting the elderly and high risk groups.

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Chicago White Sox are first MLB team to clinch division title, earn AL Central for their second straight postseason appearance

After their 7-2 victory over the second-place Cleveland Indians on Thursday, the Chicago White Sox have clinched the American League Central title.

The White Sox (86-66) lead the Indians (74-77) by 11½ games ahead of Game 2 of their doubleheader Thursday night. It’s the sixth division championship for the White Sox and first since 2008. They are the first MLB team to clinch a division this season and are making their first back-to-back postseason appearances in franchise history.

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NY Giants Nick Gates still in hospital with potential career-ending leg injury

NY Giants offensive lineman Nick Gates is still in a Northern Virginia hospital after sustaining a severe le injury in a game against the Washington Football Team last Thursday night. Gates has already undergone surgery to repair a compound fracture of his lower leg, and will need several additional procedures to accelerate his recovery and the rehabilitation process.

When asked if Gates’ career may be over as a result of the injury, Giants head coach Joe Judge said: “I’d be lying, from my perspective, if I said no. I know there’s comparisons to other players, these things are all different. I know he’s going to have the best medical care possible … so we’re confident he’s going to be able to come back. My fear, for any guy who has something like this, is yes, it can be career-ending.”

Gates started at center in Week 1 and left guard in Week 2, so the Giants will be starting their third different offensive line combo when they face the Falcons this weekend.

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16-year-old boy killed, 2 teens injured in shooting at school bus stop in Louisville, Kentucky

A 16-year-old boy was killed and two other teenagers were injured in a shooting at a school bus stop in Louisville, Kentucky, Wednesday morning. According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, the three teens were waiting for a bus when they were shot in a drive-by at about 6:30 a.m. local time.

One of the injured kids, a 14-year-old boy, is in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The other survivor, a 14-year-old girl, was treated for minor injuries at the scene, police said. Police are looking for the occupants of a grey Jeep they say was in the area at the time of the shooting.

The three victims have not been identified but Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Marty Pollio said they are students at Eastern High School. The school bus arrived shortly after the “traumatic” slaying, Pollio said, and a bus stop for middle schoolers was close by.

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President Biden says U.S. to donate 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses globally

The White House said that the Biden administration will purchase 500 million more doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to donate to low- and middle-income countries, bringing the total number of shots committed by the U.S. for the global supply to 1.1 billion.

President Biden announced the news during a virtual COVID summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. The doses of Pfizer’s vaccine will begin shipping out to countries in January, and Mr. Biden said the 500 million doses will all be shipped by September 2022. The U.S. has so far committed to giving more than 600 million vaccine doses to other nations. Nearly 160 million of these vaccine doses have been shipped abroad thus far.

Mr. Biden has stressed that defeating the COVID-19 pandemic requires a global response, and he called on fellow world leaders at the start of Wednesday’s summit to do more to enhance equitable access to vaccines, expand availability of tests and therapeutics, and take steps to prepare for the next pandemic.