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'Awakenings' author dies...Fan falls to death at Turner Field...Sentencing tomorrow in Kansas bomb plot

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 30, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Author and neurologist Oliver Sacks has died. His book "Awakenings," about patients who spent years in a helpless, almost frozen state, was made into an Oscar-nominated 1990 movie starring Robin Williams. Sack's assistant says he died today at his home in New York City. He was 82. Sacks had announced in February that he was terminally ill with a rare eye cancer that had spread to his liver.

ATLANTA (AP) — A 60-year-old man has died after falling from the upper deck at Atlanta's Turner Field. Authorities say Gregory K. Murrey of Alpharetta, Georgia, fell into the lower stands during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. He landed close to an area where players' families sit, but police say no one else was injured. It was the third fan death from a fall at Turner Field in eight seasons.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at the Wichita, Kansas, airport will soon face his punishment. Terry Loewen (LOH'-win) is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow in U.S. District Court. The former avionics technician pleaded guilty in June to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He struck a deal with prosecutors for a 20-year sentence that the judge has said he's "almost certain" to impose.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-one senators now say they will support the Iran nuclear deal. Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley announced his backing today. That puts supporters within reach of the 34 votes they would need to uphold a veto of a congressional resolution disapproving the agreement. Republicans are unanimously against the deal.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging people to work together to stop crimes against migrants, including the 71 who perished in a smuggler's truck on the main Budapest-Vienna highway. Francis invited faithful in St. Peter's Square today to pray silently with him for migrants who die "on their terrible journeys." With Christians in Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere fleeing persecution, the pope called on the international community to "do something to put an end to the violence and abuses" of power.

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