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Court records: Washington mall shooting suspect confessed

The man accused of killing five in a shooting at a mall in Washington state on Friday night confessed to detectives, according to court records obtained Monday.

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Arcan Cetin, 20, is charged with five counts of murder after the shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington. His bail is set at $2 million.

In charging documents filed in Skagit County and released Monday, authorities said Cetin admitted to being the man seen in video from the scene and told detectives that "he did bring the rifle into Macy's and shot all five victims."

Witnesses saw Cetin get a rifle from the trunk of his blue four-door sedan, the documents show. Cetin's father later told police that he drives a blue Chevrolet Cavalier.

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Police say Cetin walked into the west entrance of the Macy's women's department at Cascade Mall and opened fire. The shooting took about a minute, investigators said.

Cetin shot Sarai Lara, 16, near some clothing racks and then walked toward a cosmetics counter. He encountered victim Chuck Eagan and then shot three other women, police said.

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Cetin then placed the rifle, a Ruger 10/22 that had a 25-round magazine in the magazine well, on top of the cosmetics counter and left Macy's. He then got into his vehicle. 

Video showed his vehicle traveling northbound on Burlington Boulevard near Cascade Place. The vehicle was last seen on video near Burlington Boulevard near Fairhaven Avenue.

Cetin's father told police after the attack that his gun and ammunition were missing. Cetin's mother identified him from images of the shooting suspect, court documents show. She said she last saw him at his apartment on Sept. 21, two days before the shooting.

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Authorities were initially searching for a Hispanic man after receiving descriptions from 911 callers who described the shooter as a possibly Hispanic man dressed in grayish clothing who entered the store with a long rifle and fired multiple shots. Cetin said on his Facebook page that he is from Turkey, and authorities later acknowledged that their description was based on initial information.

Cetin is from Oak Harbor and graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 2015. Acquaintances say Cetin had been working at the commissary at Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Arnold Palmer, Mister Rogers were classmates

How about going to a class reunion at the school where Arnold Palmer and Fred (Mister) Rogers attended.

The Fred Rogers Company shared images from the 1945 Latrobe High School yearbook showing the talented students with other classmates.

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Rogers is pictured with his junior class and with the Chemistry Club. Palmer, guess it, is pictured overseeing another student’s golf swing with the Golf Squad.

Rogers and Palmer, both from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, also learned how to golf from Deacon Palmer, Arnold Palmer’s father, according to The Washington Post.  

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Are debate moderators biased? Many survey respondents say yes.

Are the journalists who moderate the presidential debates biased toward one candidate over the other? With the presidential debate only hours away, a survey released Monday shows that a lot of people think so.

According to a survey by Rasmussen Reports, a majority of voters surveyed said they think the moderators at the three presidential debates are likely to help Hillary Clinton more than Donald Trump.

The telephone and online survey, conducted Sept. 20-21, found that 46 percent believe that the moderators – Lester Holt for the first debate, Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz for the second and Chris Wallace for the final debate – are more likely to go easier on Clinton, while 32 percent said the moderators will try to remain  unbiased. Fifteen percent said they are undecided about how the moderators will act, while 6 percent said the moderators are more likely to help Trump.

According to Rasmussen, the results are similar to a poll before a 2012 debate in which 71percent of Republicans and 56 percent of unaffiliated voters said debate moderators are biased.

The survey was of 1,000 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Here are some more numbers from the latest surveys. (Firm that conducted the survey in parentheses).

• (Rasmussen): The candidates have similar support from their respective parties. Seventy-six percent of Republicans surveyed said they support Donald Trump and 75 percent of Democrats said they support Clinton. Fourteen percent of Democrats prefer Trump, while 10 percent of Republicans said they support Clinton. Amon those who are not affiliated with either party, Trump has a 45 percent to 27 percent lead in support. 

• (Bloomberg): Clinton is expected to do better in the debate Monday night. Forty-nine percent said Clinton will win. Thirty-nine percent said Trump will have a better night.

• (Bloomberg): Trump and Clinton are tied at 46 percent in a survey of  likely voters. Trump has a slight advantage – 43 to 41 percent – over Clinton when Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson are included in the survey.

• (Bloomberg): In August, likely voters under 35 years old broke for Clinton by 29 percentage points over Trump. Last week, Clinton held a 10 percentage point lead over Trump in that category.

(Los Angeles Times/USC Tracking): Trump is up four percentage points over Clinton in a national race in survey results released Monday.

• (Quinnipiac): Clinton is up one percentage point on Trump in a national race in survey results released Monday.

• (ABC/Washington Post): Fifty-five percent of those surveyed have an unfavorable impression  of Clinton; 59 percent have an unfavorable view of Trump.

• (Gravis): In the battleground state of Ohio, Trump is up one percentage point on Clinton when those surveyed were asked to choose among Trump, Clinton and Johnson.

• (Bloomberg): In a number that could bode well for Trump, 66 percent of those surveyed said they believe that the country is “on the wrong track.” 

Couple ties knot in vandalized hotel amid Charlotte protests

A Charlotte couple refused to let the ongoing state of emergency brought about by the police-involved shooting death of Keith Scott ruin their wedding, so they married Saturday in a boarded-up hotel, surrounded by National Guard troops.

Jenelle Davis and Deatric Smith had long planned their wedding at the Hyatt House, located in the heart of protests in uptown Charlotte, according to WSOC-TV. Their plans were put in jeopardy, however, when the hotel was vandalized in the protests that followed Scott’s slaying. The National Guard was called in to maintain order on Thursday, a day after more than 40 demonstrators were arrested.

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Crystal McCorkle, the couple’s wedding planner, told the news station that they weighed their options, including moving the wedding to a new venue, but ultimately decided against it. Surprisingly, despite the entire hotel being boarded up, only three guests failed to show up.

The only hitch during the wedding was a problem with the hotel’s sound system, McCorkle said. The couple is now on a Caribbean honeymoon. 

Woman shot, killed near Piedmont Park

A woman was shot and killed early Monday morning near Piedmont Park.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said the victim, who was shot in the back while riding in a car in the 1000 block of Piedmont Avenue, was taken to Emory University Hospital in DeKalb County in a private vehicle. The victim died in surgery about 1:20 a.m.

The shooting is being investigated as a homicide. The victim’s name has not been released.

— Please return to AJC.com for updates.

Two parts iced tea, one part lemonade, all Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer’s name is synonymous with golf and refreshment.

The legendary duffer lent his name to his signature beverage after drinking the combination of iced tea and lemonade for years after hot days on the golf course in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, according to Palmer’s website.

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After a day in the late 1960s that Palmer spent designing a course in Palm Springs, California, that the drink became ensconced in popular culture.

A woman seated near Palmer asked for one after hearing him order the drink.

“The lady at the table said, ‘I want an Arnold Palmer,’” Palmer told ESPN. “All of us turned our heads. What is she talking about? She said, ‘I want what he ordered.’ And she called it an Arnold Palmer. And from that day on it spread like wildfire.”

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However, Palmer rarely ordered the drink by name.

“I was embarrassed to ask for an Arnold Palmer,” he said. “I always asked, ‘Can I have an iced tea and put about a third of it in lemonade?’ And they would say ‘Oh, you want an Arnold Palmer.’”

In addition to a documentary, the famed drink was also the basis of an ESPN commercial.

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The Arizona Beverage Co. started selling cans of the drink with Palmer’s name and image on them in 2001.

The can says it is a half-and-half mix of iced tea and lemonade. Palmer’s recipe calls for a majority of tea with about one-quarter to one-third lemonade.

“Iced tea has the dominant side; that dominates the drink. And if it doesn’t, it isn’t really right,” Palmer said.

 While there are some variations on the recipe, adding vodka to the beverage gives it another golfer’s name: John Daly.

The first presidential debate: Live updates from Clinton vs. Trump

It’s one of the most anticipated events in American political history – the first debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The two will meet at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y., Monday night at 9 p.m. (ET). The debate will last for 90 minutes, un-interrupted by commercials.

More than 100 million people could be tuning in tonight to watch as the candidates answer questions posed by NBC News’ Lester Holt.

The first debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

As the debate gets underway, the candidates are in a virtual dead heat as far as support goes, despite the fact that both are viewed negatively by nearly 60 percent in recent polls.

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Police: Shooter dead after wounding 9 people in Houston

Nine people were shot and wounded, one critically, in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning by a lawyer who had issues with his law firm, authorities said.

The first report of the shootings began at about 6:30 a.m., Police Chief Martha Montalvo said at a news conference, and when officers arrived, the suspect began firing at them. Police shot the man, whom Montalvo did not identify and who later died at the scene.

Numerous weapons were found at the scene, Montalvo said, and a bomb-squad robot is looking at a Porsche that's believed to be the shooter's.

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Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is in Cuba for a trade mission, told KTRK-TV that the lawyer was "disgruntled."

 "He was either fired or had a bad relationship with this law firm," Turner said.

"The investigation is active. It's very, very early. We want to make sure there is no other gunman. We are checking every angle, I can assure you," Turner told the TV station.

Of the nine wounded, one is in critical condition, another is in serious condition and three people were treated and released, Montalvo said.

Some witnesses have described the gunman firing dozens of shots at cars passing through the neighborhood.

Several cars with bullet holes and shattered windows were at a nearby strip mall parking lot.

The shooting comes days after a shooting at a Washington state mall that left five people dead. On Sept. 17, a 20-year-old man stabbed 10 people at a Minnesota mall before being shot to death by an off-duty police officer.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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