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Hero dies fighting gunman

A SAFEWAY store in Bend, Oregon (not the one depicted above) was the scene of in incident in which the a gunman and two customers died (Safeway).

A heroic employee at a Safeway supermarket in Bend, Oregon died Monday, fatally shot while trying to disarm a gunman who would end up killing another person before killing himself.

According to The  Associated Press, Donald Ray Surrett Jr., 66, engaged the gunman and “very well may have prevented future deaths,” said a police spokesperson.

The shooter was identified as Ethan Blair Miller, 20, of Bend. He was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and a shotgun.

The other fatality was an 84-year-old store customer, also of Bend.

Surrett served 20 years as a U.S. Army combat engineer before retiring from military service.

Space launch delayed by engine woes

Monday’s planned unmanned test of the Space Launch System was called off because of an engine problem.

The SLS consists of the debut of the Artemis I rocket and the   Orion capsule, and is intended to return humans to the moon in the next few years.

According to The New York Times, it’s unknown when the launch may be attempted next from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, The next “window” – based on the weather – will be on Friday.

Sports: Angels home to face Yankees

The Los Angeles Angels (55-73) are back home in Anaheim today to put their three-game winning streak on the line against the New York Yankees (78-50) in a 6:38 p.m. game.

Jose Suarez (4-6) will make the start for the Halos. Frankie Montas (4-10) will go for NYY.

The Los Angeles Dodgers (88-38) are in Miami finishing up a series with the Marlins (55-72). Michael Grove (0-0) got the start for the Blue Crew.

Weather: Even hotter than expected

A “excessive heat” warning is in place for the West Orange County area, as daytime highs are now expected to exceed earlier forecasts.

Tuesday should see a high of 92 with an overnight low of 69. Sunny skies should persist through next Saturday, with Wednesday’s high reaching 97 before dipping to 91 on Thursday and 90 on Friday.

However, next weekend could see the thermometer rise into the 100s for Labor Day weekend.

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