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Armed inmate dead after hostage situation at Illinois hospital

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By Kelly Terez

Kendra Thompson Sasser(GENEVA, Ill.) — A prison inmate, who was being treated at an Illinois hospital, is dead after he managed to gain control of an officer’s weapon and hold a nurse hostage on Saturday, according to officials.

Lt. Pat Gengler of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office said Tywon Salters was confined to a small area of the emergency room at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois. Hostage negotiators and SWAT teams were in the hospital talking to the suspect, but when negotiations broke down, Gengler said the SWAT team stormed the room and shot and killed the suspect.

The nurse who was held hostage was uninjured and is now with family, the official said.

Salters, 21 and from Chicago, was an inmate at Kane County Jail and had been treated at Delnor Hospital since May 8, according to Gengler.

The emergency room was evacuated when the incident began and the rest of the hospital was operating as normal at the time, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.

Virgene Galloway told ABC News she was registering for the ER when she was escorted from the lobby to the bathroom, and told to get into a stall and lock it. She said she heard a nurse yell, “Code silver,” which she knew, because she works at a hospital, meant “active shooter.”

“There were a few people shaken up by it, so I was just trying to calm the person next to me,” Galloway said to ABC News.

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Armed inmate involved in hostage situation at Illinois hospital

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By Kelly Terez

Kendra Thompson Sasser(GENEVA, Ill.) — A prison inmate who was being treated at an Illinois hospital managed to gain control of an officer’s weapon and take a hospital employee hostage, according to officials.

A spokesperson for the Kane County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect was confined to a small area of the emergency room at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois, and hostage negotiators were at the scene surrounding the suspect.

The emergency room was evacuated and the rest of the hospital was operating as normal, the official said.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta hospitalized after taking pitch to face

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By Eric Mollo

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — During the bottom of the seventh inning of the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night game with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Diamonbacks catcher Chris Iannetta was hit in the face with a 93 mile per hour fastball while he was batting.

Iannetta remained on the ground for several minutes with blood dripping from his face, eventually being helped to his feet and walking off the field while holding a cloth to his nose.

Manager Torey Lovullo addressed Iannetta’s injury in his postgame press conference before taking any questions, saying:

“Everything was OK. He split his lip open and he’s at the hospital right now to get further exams. Anytime there’s head trauma, anytime there’s something that hits you in that area, you’re never comfortable until a diagnosis has been made so we’re using every precaution to make sure that he’s OK.”

He added that the team should know more about Iannetta’s status on Saturday.

The hit by pitch ignited speculation that Pirates pitcher Johnny Barbato was intentionally targeting Iannetta, who hit a home run earlier in the game.

The two clubs have a history of bad blood. In 2014, Diamondbacks star Paul Goldschmidt was hit in the hand by a pitch and missed the rest of that season. The day after that game, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was drilled in the back by a pitch. Tempers flared again in May 2016, when Arizona’s second baseman Jean Segura was hit on the helmet with a pitch.

When asked about it at his press conference, Lovullo paused, then told reporters he believes the pitch just “got away” from the pitcher.

Barbato said just that afterwards:

“It got away from me. Definitely a relief when he can get up on his own. I’m going to try to reach out to him and make sure he is all right. It’s kind of scary. Hopefully he is all right.”

The Diamondbacks won the game 11-4.

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NFL legend Jim Kelly discusses his battle with cancer and offers tips for those fighting their own battle

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By Eric Mollo

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Jim Kelly did not expect what life would have in store for him after football. The longtime Buffalo Bills quarterback has spent much of his post-playing career promoting wellness and spreading awareness about cancer, sharing his own experience fighting the disease.

Kelly was diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw in 2013, and after undergoing surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, he lives cancer free today.

He also established the non-profit “Hunter’s Hope Foundation” after retiring in 1997 to honor his son Hunter, who was diagnosed with the rare, degenerative disorder, Krabbe disease. Hunter Kelly died in 2005 at the age of 8.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer spoke exclusively with ABC News about spreading awareness through Your Cancer Game Plan, offering advice to those impacted by cancer and other serious illnesses.

He talked about a few keys that helped him win his battle:

1. Communication

“The key is always early diagnosis”

Kelly told ABC News one of the reasons he was able to beat the disease is because he spoke to medical professionals soon after he was feeling pain.

In fact, he visited doctors numerous times before they determined he actually had cancer. He was experiencing pain in his teeth and headaches, subsequently undergoing at least five root canals before a second biopsy determined he had cancer.

Kelly knew little about how cancer can affect people in their head and neck region, and says consulting with a doctor was not only a way to determine how he could actually treat the disease, but also improve his emotional state.

After he was diagnosed, he talked about feeling left in the dark, facing an unknown battle that caused him stress. His family had already lost their son, and faced the possibility of losing their husband and father, and he did not know how he was going to tell them he had cancer.

Health professionals helped him and his family understand the different options he had for treating the disease, providing comfort, relief, and some hope during an emotional time.

2. Nutrition and Eating Right

“I never was a real good eater… I ate pretty much anything I wanted.”

Kelly, who says he used to have a poor diet, discovered it was vital for him to get proper nutrients in his body both ahead of and after treatment, and believes improving his diet was a key part in his recovery process.

Cancer affected his taste buds and the way he chewed, forcing him to take steps to change his diet. He adds that he had to remove some foods from his diet even though he still enjoyed them.

3. Positive Attitude

“It’s All About Your Attitude”

Maintaining a positive attitude was almost counterintuitive for Kelly. How was he going to attack this potentially fatal disease that he knew so little about?

He applied the lessons he learned from the hardships he experienced during his playing career to get him through. Not winning the Heisman Trophy, undergoing multiple surgeries in the pros, and losing four Super Bowls were just a few on-field challenges Kelly faced. He says he tries to stay “Kelly Tough” like when he was playing in the NFL, and also rely on his team, in this case, his family and support system, to help him through his difficult time.

But Kelly adds that individuals go through their own hardships, and they can recall how they made it through those difficult times as they fight their own battles.

4. Finding Support

“The Four F’s”

Kelly relied on what he calls his Four F’s: faith, family, friends, and fans when he was undergoing treatment. He says many people reached out to him and offered their best wishes, including Jets and Dolphins fans, supporters of the two teams that are rivals of the Buffalo Bills!

Kelly adds that others who feel unsure about their disease or insecure about the way it can affect their physical image can find support groups online.

5. Act and Encourage Others

“You can be a difference-maker… you don’t have to be Jim Kelly”

According to Kelly, your platform is not really all that important. As long as you act, you are making a difference.

The football legend encourages those who are not affected by cancer to get involved. Whether it is participating in a fundraising event, or, as Kelly put it, just giving a loved one a hug, patients are often looking for continued support.

Even offering small gestures can make a difference in the lives of those fighting their own battle.

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Students in rocket design contest visit Oval Office to show president their 'Trump' projectile

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By Michelle Boncardo

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump’s pre-presidential air fleet — consisting of a Boeing 757, a small aircraft and a handful of choppers — has been easily recognizable for years, thanks to “TRUMP” being slapped on the exterior of these souped-up aeronautical machines.

Now, a group of North Carolina high school students taking part of in a national rocket design competition, have taken a cue from the president’s love of branding, and designed a rocket in honor of him for the Team America Rocketry Challenge, a competition being held in Northern Virginia.

Students from Victory Christian Center School in Charlotte, North Carolina, visited the White House Friday and brought their entry — a sleek-looking black rocket with “TRUMP” in gold letters — to the Oval Office. The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, was also present for the meet-and-greet.

“Guess what the name of the rocket is?” Trump said, addressing the press. “It’s called ‘Trump.’ It better work well! And to qualify [for the national competition] the ‘Trump’ needed to soar to an altitude of 775 feet with a flight duration of 41 to 43 seconds … And return without so much as breaking an egg shell ….. I want to congratulate you. That’s a fantastic achievement … It looks like a mean machine.”

Trump then asked the students why the rocket was named after him.

“Simply because it conquers all,” one student said.

“They’re never going to put that on television,” Trump said, referring to the press, which he claims does not often report positively about his presidency.

Ivanka Trump posted a photo of the visit on her social media accounts. “Great to meet these awesome students from Victory Christian Center School’s Rocket Team, representing the Charlotte, NC region in this year’s Team America Rocketry Challenge with their rocket “The Trump,” the first daughter wrote on Instagram. “These incredible students are the future of our country’s aerospace and defense industries! #STEM”

The president told the students to come back to the White House for a celebration if they win.

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