Sam's Top 5 Things to Know for Tuesday


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The shooting Sunday night from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino into a concert crowd along the Las Vegas strip was the deadliest in modern history. At least 59 were killed and 527 wounded.

1. MN native critical after Las Vegas concert shooting

Kare11: A Minnesota native is in critical condition following surgery for a gunshot wound suffered in the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night. Concordia Academy in Roseville says Philip Aurich, class of 1999 alumnus, was among the more than 500 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival who was shot and wounded by a gunman firing from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort Complex.

In a Facebook post, the school said Aurich, the son of longtime Concordia Academy teacher and athletics director Mike Aurich, was out of surgery Monday morning and listed in critical condition.

Spokesman Chris Roth says reports from his family indicate Philip Aurich came through his surgery well and that there is great optimism he will survive. Aurich has lived in Nevada for some time but continues to hold ties to Concordia Academy and its community. He also graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2005 with a degree in business administration.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton in a statement on Monday said, “the terrible attack in Las Vegas has shocked and horrified the conscience of every American. I urge all Minnesotans and all Americans to call upon our own best natures, put aside our differences, and work for an end to this insane violence.”

He added, "I also ask for special prayers for the recovery of Minnesotan Phillip Aurich, who was critically wounded in the attack.”

2. Hillary Clinton ripped over ‘ignorant’ tweet about guns after Vegas rampage


Hillary Clinton’s critics slammed her for suggesting on Monday that an NRA-backed measure working its way through the House that eliminates restrictions on silencers would have made the Las Vegas shootings even deadlier.

“The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots,” she wrote on Twitter after a lone gunman used automatic weapons to kill at least 58 people and wound hundreds more at a concert on Sunday night. “Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”

She called on people to stand up to the National Rifle Association and defeat the bill, saying ”our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.”

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said silencers hardly make a difference in reducing the sound of gunfire. “Suppressors only reduce by a few decibels, still same decibel level as a jack hammer,” she wrote on her personal Twitter account.

3. Tom Petty, legendary rocker, is dead at 66

CBS News: Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is dead at 66. The legendary musician suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night. He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support.

Petty rose to fame in the 1970s with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The group put out several hits, including "American Girl," "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "Breakdown," "Listen to Her Heart" and more. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Petty was also a successful solo artist and sang the megahit "Freefallin'."

Though Petty and his band debuted their first self-titled record in 1976, they continued to perform over the past four decades. Petty played his last show last Monday, performing three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl to conclude their 40th anniversary tour. The band wrote on their website that the tour included 53 shows in 24 states.

4. Trump Heads to Puerto Rico

Channel 5: U.S. President Donald Trump will assess first-hand damage wrought by Hurricane Maria when he visits Puerto Rico Tuesday. The President has been under fire since he lashed out at the mayor of San Juan and other officials in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, contemptuous of their claims of a laggard U.S. response to the natural disaster that has imperiled the island's future.

At the same time, he's said he would "spare no effort to help Puerto Rico recover from Maria's ruinous aftermath, and tweeted that military personnel and first responders had done 'an amazing job,' despite having 'no electric, roads, phones etc.,'" according to an Associated Press report.


5. Vikings RB Dalvin Cook out for the season with torn left ACL


Pioneer press: The Vikings were braced for the news and on Monday their fears were realized. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook is out for the season with a torn left ACL. Cook was hurt in Sunday’s 14-7 loss to Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium. An MRI on Monday confirmed the damage to the knee. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, “it’s obviously a terrible thing for him and for us but we’ll move forward and go from there. But he’s a great worker and I have no doubt that he’ll come back from this.”

Cook, third in the NFL in rushing with 354 yards, suffered the injury in the third quarter against the Lions. He went down without contact during a 10-yard run when his left foot gave out and he then lost a fumble after being hit.

“He’s a great kid,’’ Zimmer said. “I’m extremely impressed with what he’s done to this point. … The biggest thing was Dalvin had unbelievable big-play ability in a lot of different ways. We are going to have to continue to look for more ways to implement some big plays in the offense.’’ Taking over for Cook next Monday at Chicago will be Latavius Murray, who has 14 carries this season for 38 yards.

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