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Top 5 at noon: Acts of heroism emerge in chaos of Las Vegas shooting; Florida Democrats return from aid trip to Puerto Rico in tears; and more

University of Nevada Las Vegas students Raymond Lloyd, right, and Karla Rodriguez take part in a vigil Monday, in Las Vegas [AP photo]
University of Nevada Las Vegas students Raymond Lloyd, right, and Karla Rodriguez take part in a vigil Monday, in Las Vegas [AP photo]
Published Oct. 3, 2017

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ACTS OF HEROISM EMERGE IN CHAOS OF LAS VEGAS SHOOTING

Rob Ledbetter's battlefield instincts kicked in quickly as bullets rained overhead. The 42-year-old U.S. Army veteran who served as a sniper in Iraq immediately began tending to the wounded, one of several heroes to emerge from the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Amid the massacre in Las Vegas, which left 59 people dead and more than 500 injured, there were acts of compassion and countless heroics that officials say saved scores of lives.

STORIES OF THE LIVES LOST IN THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING

Dozens of people were killed and hundreds were injured Sunday when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Here are stories of those who died.

FLORIDA DEMOCRATS RETURN FROM AID TRIP TO PUERTO RICO IN TEARS

Two charter planes flew eight Florida Democratic state lawmakers to Ponce, Puerto Rico, on Monday to deliver Hurricane Maria relief aid. But for two of the legislators, the trip was more personal. Sen. Victor Torres and his daughter, Rep. Amy Mercado, both of Orlando, had contacted Torres' niece in New Jersey. Call your father in Puerto Rico on his land line, if it's working, they'd said. Tell him to meet us at the Ponce airport. He did. And so, Torres and Mercado saw their family standing outside the airport fence and wept.

FLORIDIANS' CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SHAKEN BY HURRICANES

Consumer confidence among Floridians dropped in September as unease over short-term economic conditions rose sharply , according to the University of Florida's monthly consumer sentiment index. Hector H. Sandoval, director of the Economic Analysis Program at UF's Bureau of Economic and Business Research, drew a connection to short-term damage caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

PUBLIX FACES FEDERAL LAWSUIT OVER DREADLOCKS

Florida's leading grocer Publix is facing a federal lawsuit after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it didn't allow a Nashville man to work in one of its Tennessee stores because he wouldn't cut the dreadlocks he wears as part of his religion. The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Nashville, Tenn., says Publix broke the law when it hired Guy Usher, 28, but then forced him to quit a day before he was set to start because store managers said he needed to cut his hair above his shoulders.

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