Victim's cousin: Our family is forever changed

The family of Eli Clayton, who was killed at a gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, shares a statement with the press.

Posted: Aug 28, 2018 3:19 PM
Updated: Aug 28, 2018 3:19 PM

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1. White House

President Trump commemorated John McCain for his life of service to the country -- but it took him all day to get there. After ignoring questions about the late senator and taking flack for raising the flags at the White House after briefly lowering them after McCain died, Trump put out a statement expressing his "respect" for the former POW and war hero. Trump later said he appreciated "everything that Sen. McCain has done for our country." And he ordered flags lowered again. Pressure from Trump's aides and criticism from the American Legion seemed to push the President to say more about McCain.

Meanwhile, Trump celebrated movement in the NAFTA talks. The President said the US is dropping NAFTA in favor of a bilateral agreement with Mexico and possibly a second bilateral deal with Canada. But what he announced Monday isn't there yet. So far, there's only a deal between the US and Mexico on how to resolve key issues in the trade relationship. That was enough for Wall Street, though. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq closed at all-time highs, and the Dow finished over 26,000 for the first time since in six months.

2. Jacksonville shooting

David Katz had a history of mental illness, and police were often called to his family's home, court and police records show. Katz -- who shot and killed two people at an e-sports tournament in Jacksonville before killing himself -- was in treatment for psychiatric issues as early as age 12. He'd also been prescribed psychiatric medications. Katz targeted fellow gamers at a Madden NFL video game tournament after losing earlier in the day. His guns were bought legally, officials say.

The gaming community mourned the victims, Taylor Robertson and Eli Clayton. Robertson, 27, of West Virginia, had won the national Madden tournament two years ago. Clayton, 22, was from California. His family said he was saving the money he earned playing video games for college. The shooting was the first glimpse for many into the world of e-sports, which has rapidly grown into a billion-dollar industry and turned casual gamers into serious stars.

3. Myanmar

The United Nations calls what Myanmar's military is doing to Rohingya Muslims genocide, and it wants the country's military leaders prosecuted. A UN report accuses the military of murder, imprisonment and mass rape, all done under the guise of cracking down on terrorists. The report names six military leaders as being responsible for the violence and calls out government leader Aung San Suu Kyi for doing nothing to stop it. Suu Kyi, once lauded on the global stage with a Nobel Prize, now faces harsh criticism for not doing more for the Rohingya. The UN wants the case sent to the International Criminal Court.

4. North Carolina

The congressional map in the Tar Heel State might be redrawn before this fall's crucial midterm elections -- just 10 weeks from today. A federal court threw out the map, ruling it was drawn to favor the GOP and so amounted to partisan gerrymandering. This is a big deal because Republicans hold 10 of the state's 13 seats in the US House, and a redrawn map could put more seats in play for Democrats as they try to win back the House. The Supreme Court may end up getting involved, since we're so close to the election. The Supremes, by the way, have never ruled partisan gerrymandering to be unconstitutional.

5. Air pollution

Is dirty air making us all dumber? Well, yes, says a new study. Our cognitive abilities take a big hit when we breathe in pollution over a long time, according to the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Taking in contaminated air causes a "steep reduction in verbal and math tests scores." Researchers found that the biggest decline in verbal scores were found in older, less-educated men.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"One of the most painful things is this deep question I have of: Do I trust my church with my kids? And the answer right now is: Kinda, no."

Susan Reynolds, an assistant professor of Catholic studies at Emory University in Atlanta and the mom of two young daughters, on raising a family in the church amid the clergy sex abuse crisis

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Written out

John Goodman says Dan will be "sad" on "The Conners" because his wife is dead, a clear sign of how Roseanne Barr's exit from the show will be handled.

True blue

Her school said her blue-black wig was a dress code violation and shouldn't be worn. But a student with brain cancer said it gave her strength in her fight.

Rock of ages

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson became a rock for a family reeling after a mother and daughter were killed in a wrong-way car crash.

Under the sea

It's not the Great Barrier Reef, but the newly discovered giant deep-sea coral reef, off South Carolina's coast, is still a pretty significant find.

A new supergirl

Meet the new superhero who dons a hijab to fight crime.

TODAY'S NUMBER

$41.6 million

That's how much Houston Texans star J.J. Watt has helped raise for Hurricane Harvey relief

AND FINALLY

Remote control

This cute Siberian husky puppy comes with an automatic volume-lowering function. (Click to view.)

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 314710

Reported Deaths: 7254
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DeSoto21646260
Hinds20369416
Harrison17949309
Rankin13643278
Jackson13450246
Madison10113217
Lee9986174
Jones8384163
Forrest7689152
Lauderdale7198240
Lowndes6403148
Lamar623686
Lafayette6203119
Washington5341134
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Oktibbeha462998
Panola4596107
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Marshall4450103
Warren4393121
Pontotoc420872
Monroe4115133
Union411176
Neshoba4031176
Lincoln3969110
Hancock379586
Leflore3498125
Sunflower336290
Tate334784
Pike3327105
Scott316274
Alcorn313368
Yazoo311770
Itawamba300577
Copiah297465
Coahoma295579
Simpson295388
Tippah288768
Adams286982
Prentiss280060
Marion269380
Leake268473
Wayne262841
Grenada261587
Covington259881
George248148
Newton246862
Winston227581
Tishomingo227067
Jasper221148
Attala214473
Chickasaw208057
Holmes189174
Clay185554
Stone182833
Tallahatchie178941
Clarke178080
Calhoun170932
Yalobusha164638
Smith162534
Walthall134245
Greene130633
Lawrence128724
Montgomery127142
Noxubee126734
Perry126338
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Carroll121829
Webster114532
Jefferson Davis107133
Tunica105726
Claiborne102430
Benton100025
Humphreys96733
Kemper95828
Franklin83923
Quitman81116
Choctaw76418
Wilkinson67531
Jefferson65728
Sharkey50217
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 537813

Reported Deaths: 11024
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson791691529
Mobile41177808
Madison35002507
Tuscaloosa25871454
Shelby25076249
Montgomery24549591
Baldwin21290309
Lee15946171
Calhoun14556319
Morgan14364280
Etowah13890353
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Walker7259277
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Jackson6830112
Blount6750139
Colbert6317134
Coffee5546119
Dale4869113
Russell444338
Chilton4343113
Franklin426282
Covington4138118
Tallapoosa4040152
Escambia394577
Chambers3581123
Dallas3564153
Clarke351361
Marion3137101
Pike311977
Lawrence302298
Winston275673
Bibb263064
Geneva252577
Marengo249664
Pickens234862
Barbour231956
Hale223677
Butler217869
Fayette212462
Henry189644
Cherokee184345
Randolph182042
Monroe178140
Washington167639
Macon160750
Clay156957
Crenshaw153357
Cleburne149241
Lamar143035
Lowndes139653
Wilcox127430
Bullock123041
Conecuh110629
Coosa108928
Perry107826
Sumter104932
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