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Mass shooting at Jacksonville, FL mall » At least three people are dead after a gunman opened fire on Sunday at a Madden NFL video game tournament in a Florida mall.

The competition was held in a gaming bar that shares space with a pizzeria at the Riverfront Mall in the Jacksonville area. One person at the event said he had stepped outside for a moment just before the shots rang out.

AUDIO: I saw the door like bust open and three or four girls kind of like fall over themselves to get out of the establishment, and at that point, I didn’t know what was going on.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said one of the three people dead is the suspected shooter, who turned the gun on himself.

WILLIAMS: And this is pending confirmation, but we believe the suspect to be 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland. And the FBI is assisting us with that leg of the investigation in Baltimore.

David Katz was in Jacksonville for the tournament. Investigators are working to determine a motive for the shooting.

Nine other people were transported to area hospitals with gunshot wounds. As of Sunday night all were in stable condition.


Pope Francis » Pope Francis issued a sweeping apology Sunday for what he called the “crimes” of the Catholic Church in Ireland, saying officials failed the many women and children abused in churches over the years.

AUDIO: [Pope Francis speaking]

The pope vowed to work for justice for the abuses there and elsewhere.

But as the pope wrapped up his two-day visit to Ireland, multiple news outlets published a letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano … outlining extraordinary allegations.

Vigano is the Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States.  He accused senior Vatican officials of knowing as early as 2000 that the disgraced former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick regularly invited seminarians into his bed but became a cardinal anyway.

The letter also accuses Pope Francis of knowing about McCarrick’s behavior in 2013 but rehabilitating him—a claim of cover-up against the pontiff himself. The Vatican did not immediately comment.


Hawaii » In the wake of Hurricane Lane, residents are surveying the damage. The islands were spared what could have been the first direct hit by hurricane in a quarter century. However, Lane spawned a devastating rain event over Hawaii. Parts of the Big Island got more than four feet of rain!

In the hard-hit neighborhood of Piihonua in Hilo on the Big Island, Andrea Lord said at one point the first floor of her home was under two feet of water.

LORD: Extremely scary, but I just stayed upstairs, and then I only checked when the rain stopped.

Margaret Almada Collins lives in the same neighborhood. She was one of dozens of people who had to be rescued from their homes.

COLLINS: They had like six rescue people, and they had to use the cables and ropes. I was so scared I actually burned my hands because I wrapped it three times, because if you let go, you’re gone. 

Wind from the storm also whipped up several wildfires, damaging dozens of buildings and forcing hundreds of evacuations.


Democrats to limit party leaders’ role in choosing nominee » After two years of public controversy over how the Democratic Party chooses presidential nominees, party leaders have voted to overhaul the superdelegate system. Superdelegates have enjoyed a great deal of power at Democratic national conventions, because they’re not bound to a specific candidate. So even if a majority of Democratic voters choose one nominee, superdelegates could tip the scales in favor of a different candidate.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told his supporters in 2016… 

SANDERS: Over 400 of these superdelegates indicated their support for Secretary Clinton before anyone else was in the race. 

Under the new rules for 2020, superdelegates still will be automatic delegates to the party’s convention. But they will not have a vote on the first presidential ballot if the convention remains contested which is a distinct possibility given the number of Democrats now thinking about running.

Superdelegates would get to vote on any subsequent rounds of voting, though the Democratic nomination has been settled on the first ballot of every convention since the 1970s.


I’m Kent Covington. Straight ahead: Mary Reichard explains what some of the Supreme Court’s top rulings from the last term mean for the average person. And remembering John McCain. This is The World and Everything in It.


(AP Photo/John Raoux) Police cars block off a street near the scene of a mass shooting at Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. 

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