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iStock/Thinkstock(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) -- A member of the Navy SEAL Elite Parachute team "The Leap Frogs" was killed in a parachuting accident during Fleet Week Sunday in Jersey City, New Jersey.

According to Adm. Jack Scorby, the parachute of one of the team members failed to open properly and he landed in the water adjacent to Liberty Park.

The Coast Guard and the Jersey City Fire Department Marine Unit immediately responded and got the SEAL out of the water and he was brought to the Jersey Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m.

The cause of the accident is under investigation and the next of kin are being notified.

Video taken by ABC station WABC-TV showed part of the parachute coming down after the parachutist separated from his chute and landed in the water.

Fleet Week parachute accident. https://t.co/Wk5K1w8j0A parachutist cut away, landed in water, & injured. Courtesy Aaron Moss Stay w/@ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/3OXxKOWoYJ

— Stacey Sager (@staceysager7) May 28, 2017

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iStock/Thinkstock(BRANSON, Missouri) -- Two people are dead and one person is missing following flooding in the popular family tourist destination of Branson, Missouri, according to a spokesperson for the city.

The spokesperson said that at around 9:20 p.m. Saturday night, the local fire department responding to a call found a car with five people in it who were "affected by flooding," and that while two people escaped, three others were swept away.

The bodies of two of those three people -- a man and a woman -- have since been recovered. Another woman is still missing, the spokesperson said.

The five people who were in the car are believed to be from Memphis, Tennessee, which is about a five-hour drive from Branson.

Branson is situated in the Ozarks and is home to a group of family-friendly entertainment theaters that draw visitors from across the country.

Pervasive, record-breaking flooding has plagued parts of Missouri and Arkansas throughout this month, according to the National Weather Service.

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Multnomah County Sheriffs Office(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- The family of one of the two men stabbed to death in Portland, Oregon, in an incident allegedly involving hate speech said the victim, 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, died in a "final act of bravery."

"We lost him in a senseless act that brought close to home the insidious rift of prejudice and intolerance that is too familiar, too common," the man's sister, Vajra, said in a statement Saturday. "In his final act of bravery, he held true to what he believed."

Namkai-Meche and the other man killed in the stabbing, 53-year-old Ricky John Best, were identified by the Portland Police Bureau on Saturday.

Best, of Happy Valley, Oregon, died at the scene and Namkai-Meche, of Southeast Portland died at a hospital. Another victim who was injured in the attack has been identified as 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher of Southeast Portland. Fletcher remains in a hospital where he's being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

The mother of Namkai-Meche told ABC News her son was among those who tried to protect other commuters from the knife-wielding man. On Saturday, she posted a photo of her son on Facebook, calling him a "hero" and a "shining bright star."

Namkai-Meche's sister added in her statement, "We ask that in honor of his memory, we use this tragedy as an opportunity for reflection and change. We choose love."

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies on the deceased victims Saturday, but the results have not yet been released.

Police have arrested 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian of North Portland in connection with the stabbings, which occurred after commuters on the train allegedly tried to calm the suspect who was yelling what authorities said "would best be characterized as hate speech."

Christian is being held without bail at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation in the second degree and felon in possession of a restricted weapon. Christian, 35, will be arraigned Tuesday at the Multnomah County Court, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Police said the incident happened Friday afternoon, with multiple officers responding at 4:30 p.m. local time to a report of a disturbance on an eastbound light-rail train involving a man who had stabbed people. While en route to the scene, officers learned that the suspect had exited the train and was fleeing the area on foot toward a hospital, police said.

Upon arriving at the station where the train had stopped, officers found three stabbing victims and immediately began administering treatment on site until medical personnel arrived, police said.

Officers eventually located the suspect and placed him in custody. Christian received medical treatment and was put in the custody of homicide detectives, police said.

A preliminary investigation indicates that Christian was on the train "yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicity and religions," the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement.

At least two of the stabbing victims tried to intervene and calm him down. The suspect then attacked the men, stabbing three, before leaving the train, police said.

 

More photos of the deadly stabbing at Hollywood Transit Center from #Chopper2. Info: https://t.co/WBtMpVFWoY pic.twitter.com/NpZ48oVc7z

— KATU News (@KATUNews) May 27, 2017

 

Police said witnesses described two young women, "possibly Muslim," who were on the train at the time but left before officers arrived on scene. One of the women was wearing a hijab, witnesses told police.

The young women have been identified and detectives have been in contact with them. Their names are not being released at this time, police said.

Namkai-Meche's aunt in a statement to ABC News affiliate KATU in Portland said, “Taliesin gave his life to protect two teenage girls who were being abused. I was on the phone when it happened and I heard the hate speech from a white supremacist. I told him to get off the phone with me and videotape what was happening so he could send it to police. I didn’t mean for him to try to be a hero and get himself killed ... Taliesin was huge, just look at him, his soul didn’t even fit in his body, so much love. Stop the hate, that is the message, stop the hate."

Portland police detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading to the stabbings.

"As part of that investigation, detectives will extensively examine the background of the suspect, Jeremy Christian, including the information publicly available about the suspect's extremist ideology," the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement Saturday. "A review of the suspect's record with the Portland Police Bureau shows he is not flagged as a criminal gang member, nor does he have any known mental health history listed."

The FBI released a statement Friday night saying it was aware of the stabbings in Portland and that it's offering any resource that may assist local police in their investigation.

"We will certainly be looking at the facts and evidence as the investigation unfolds to determine whether there is any potential federal violation," the FBI said in its statement. "At the core of the FBI's mission is the belief that every person has the right to live, work and worship in this country without fear. Hate and bigotry have no place in our community, and we will not allow violence in the name of hate to go unanswered."

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iStock/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Civil rights advocates say the stabbings in Portland, Oregon, that left two people dead and one injured come amid an increase in incidents of hate speech and hate crimes around the country since the 2016 presidential election.

Jeremy Joseph Christian of North Portland has been arrested in connection with the stabbings on a light-rail train in Portland on Friday afternoon. A preliminary investigation by Portland police indicates that Christian, 35, was on the train "yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicity and religions." He has not as yet been charged with a hate crime but does face multiple charges.

At least two of the people Christian stabbed had tried to intervene and calm the suspect, police said.

A review of his record with the Portland Police Bureau shows Christian is not flagged as a criminal gang member, nor does he have any known mental health history listed. But police said homicide detectives will "extensively examine" the suspect's background, including what they called his "extremist ideology."

The Portland FBI special agent in charge, Loren Cannon, said it's too early to say whether Friday night's violence was an act of domestic terrorism or a federal hate crime.

Local reporters say they recognize the suspect as the same man who drew media attention at a right-wing rally last month while yelling racist remarks and giving the Nazi salute.

In a video recorded by a reporter with the Portland Mercury media outlet, a man who identifies himself as Jeremy Christian, is seen at the "March for Free Speech" in Montavilla on April 29. Police are seen confiscating a baseball bat from the man, who is wearing a baseball cap backwards and a flag evoking the Revolutionary War draped around his shoulders. The man then confronts protesters at the right-wing event and yells, "I'm a nihilist!"

In a second video recorded by the Portland Mercury reporter at the event, the same man is seen yelling, "F--- all you n------!" as organizers appear to refuse to let him enter the rally.

Photos taken by the Portland Mercury reporter also show the man with his hand in the air, appearing, according to the paper, to give the Nazi salute.

ABC News has not independently confirmed that the man seen in the photos and video is the same Jeremy Christian who is under arrest.

"When I saw the Portland attack, which is horrific, part of me isn’t that surprised because of the pattern that’s been going on for the last several months," Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, told ABC News in a telephone interview Saturday.

In the first 10 days after the 2016 presidential election, the Southern Poverty Law Center says it documented nearly 900 reports of bias incidents, including hate crimes. Between Nov. 9 and March 31, the Alabama-based civil rights group counted 1,863. Beirich said the organization had not seen that many bias incidents since immediately after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

"I don’t think there’s any question that we’re seeing more of it than we’ve ever seen, and it has really scary consequences," Beirich told ABC News.

Just prior to Friday's stabbing in Portland, when the suspect was allegedly yelling remarks against ethnic groups and religions, two young women were on the train. Police said witnesses described one of the women as wearing a hijab. The women left before officers arrived on scene, witnesses told police.

The young women have been identified and detectives have been in contact with them. Their names are not being released at this time, police said.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident.

Christian is being held without bail at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation in the second degree and felon in possession of a restricted weapon. He will be arraigned Tuesday at the Multnomah County Court, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

In a statement responding to Friday's attack, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said anti-Muslim incidents in the United States increased more than 50 percent from 2015 to 2016. The Muslim civil rights group blamed the rise, in part, on negative campaign rhetoric in the presidential election against immigrants and Muslims.

In Portland, local reporters as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center have found a Facebook page they believe belongs to Christian which features anti-Muslim and pro-Nazi comments as well as praise for Timothy McVeigh, who was was convicted of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, one of the deadliest terror attacks in U.S. history.

ABC News has not been able to independently confirm whether the Facebook page belongs to the Jeremy Christian who was arrested in Portland in connection with Friday's stabbings.

Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center said the views expressed on the suspect's apparent Facebook page are troubling.

"These are sentiments that we find widespread in the white supremacist community," Beirich said.

Beirich said Friday's attack is just one example of how this hate speech, if not condemned, can lead to physical violence.

"This kind of hate speech is not innocuous; it’s not stick and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. It’s the exact opposite," she told ABC News. "We know hate speech is connected to violence."

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Virginia State Police(RICHMOND, Va.) -- A Virginia State Police special agent was shot and killed after conducting a traffic stop in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday night, officials said.

Special Agent Michael T. Walter, 45, was riding with a police officer from Richmond when they pulled up behind a silver Chevrolet Cobalt around 7:25 p.m. on Friday in the 1900 block of Redd Street, according to the Richmond Police Department. The police officer began a conversation with the driver, while Walter approached the passenger side, police said.

A single shot rang out and Travis Ball, a 27-year-old from Richmond who was seated in the passenger side of the car, allegedly ran away on foot, Richmond Police said. He is now in custody after an overnight search by officials. The driver remained at the scene and was detained by police.

The special agent was transported to VCU Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries after 5 a.m. on Saturday.

Ball was charged with one count of malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond.

According to ABC affiliate WRIC-TV, Mosby Court, the neighborhood where the shooting occurred is considered one of the most violent and dangerous neighborhoods in Richmond. WRIC-TV reports that six of the 19 homicides that have occurred in the city this year have been in Mosby Court.

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Lori Hall(ATLANTA) -- One mother postponed the pursuit of her ultimate dream of attending law school. Instead, Jerita Hall raised her children.

"That was my dream in high school, but I grew up in an area where there was not a lot of professional women that I knew," Hall, 64, recalled to ABC News.

"It was an era when most girls graduated high school, went to college and had a family. So I did all of that," she continued. "I was only able to go back to school once my last child finished college."

After obtaining her bachelor's degree in 1973, Hall decided to pause her law school pursuits and became an educational consultant for high school students. Decades later, she returned to school, earning her master's degree in 2011. It was the next step in her ultimate goal of getting her law degree, which she finally obtained last Saturday from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta.

Hall was surrounded by her children, including her grandchild, for her big day. Also, nearly 60 family members and friends showed up, lending their support.

Still, she had no idea just how her children decided to repay her for her sacrifice -- with her dream car, a black Mercedes Benz C300.

One of her daughters, Lori Hall, told ABC News that her mother had long wanted this car but was unsure if she could afford it right now, as she's now interning at a law firm.

So Lori Hall decided to buy the car for her mother, with her siblings' help, two months before she actually crossed the stage. The siblings waited until her mother's big day to reveal the gift.

"I told everyone to go outside for a photo. It was hot and muggy, but everyone came willingly," Lori Hall, 37, recalled.

After taking what seemed like family photos, Lori Hall said she asked her mother a random question: "Hey mom, do you like baseball?"

Her mother replied, "What do you mean?" That's when Lori Hall yelled, "Catch!" and threw her mom the keys to her new car.

The scene was captured in a now viral video that's been viewed more than 69,000 times on Facebook.

"I had absolutely no clue! I had no idea. That was mind boggling," Jerita Hall recalled of seeing her car.

Receiving the car also had a profound effect on her.

"It makes me feel that I'm where I should be," she said. "And my kids? I can't even express to you how thoughtful and wonderful they are."

Now that she's graduated, Jerita Hall plans to explore other opportunities in the legal field. Right now, she's busy driving her car.

"Oh, I've tested it!" she said with a laugh of her new Mercedes.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A man who police say confessed to killing multiple people pleaded guilty to 14 charges including murder and kidnapping Friday, after the family members of his victims delivered emotional statements about the pain he caused them.

Todd Kohlhepp wore an orange jumpsuit and chains in a South Carolina court on Friday, where he pleaded guilty in exchange for serving seven consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole. The solicitor agreed not to seek the death penalty as part of the deal.

Kohlhepp was arrested last year after Kala Brown, who had gone missing along with her boyfriend, was found chained on his property. Brown later told police she saw Kohlhepp shoot and kill her boyfriend, Charles Carver. Carver's body was later found in a shallow grave on Kohlhepp's property.

After Kohlhepp was arrested, police say he admitted that he had killed four people at a motorcycle shop in 2003. He pleaded guilty on Friday in connection with the deaths of seven people.

A Spartanburg County sheriff's investigative report says Kohlhepp "confessed to investigators that he shot and killed" the owner, service manager, mechanic and bookkeeper of Superbike Motorsports, a high-performance motorcycle shop in Chesnee, South Carolina. "Kohlhepp gave details ... that only the killer would know," the report says.

In a statement last year, the sheriff described Kohlhepp as “calm and polite” and said he gave his confession voluntarily.

Family members of the victims filled the courtroom to watch Kohlhepp plead guilty. Many shared how losing a loved one had had a devastating impact on their lives.

Melissa Ponder Brackman's husband, Scott Ponder, was killed in 2003 at the Superbike Motorsports. She shared how her husband's murder came just days after they went to an ultrasound for their first child together.

"He heard the heartbeat of my son just two days before he was murdered," Brackman told the court.

She also said that after her husband's death she has "lived the last 13 years in complete darkness."

The father of victim Meagan Coxie said, "May God have no mercy on his soul."

Brown's spokesperson told the court that she could not be there in person but that she "wants to thank everyone for the support."


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iStock/Thinkstock(WEATHERFORD, Texas) -- Two children in Texas have died after they were locked in a hot car Friday as temperatures soared to 96 degrees, according to police.

A 16-month-old boy and a 2-year-old girl were killed, police said. Their identities were not released.

Deputies from the Parker County Sheriff's Office were called to a home west of Lake Weatherford shortly after 4 p.m., police said.

The children's mother told police that they "took off." After searching for them on the property, she found them inside a small four-door vehicle, where they had somehow locked themselves inside, police said.

The mother then broke one of the windows and found the children unresponsive, police said. They were pronounced dead at 4:33 p.m.

In a statement, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler called the case especially heartbreaking and said that it is still in the early stages of the investigation.

No further details were immediately available.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's continued attempts to limit travel and immigration from some Middle East and African countries was dealt its latest setback Thursday when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier, temporary block of his executive order on the matter.

In the aftermath, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to "seek review of this case in the United States Supreme Court," where a final decision could be offered and precedent potentially set for similar matters.

The Fourth Circuit heard the case on the executive order en banc, with all of the circuit's judges, a rare step reserved for cases determined to be of exceptional importance. Typically, a case before the court of appeals is heard by three judges and can be reheard by those judges or en banc after the initial decision is handed down.

Because the case was already argued before the circuit's full slate of judges, the next step for the Justice Department would be to petition the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari, the official request for the country's highest court to hear the case. The Supreme Court receives thousands of briefs each year and typically grants certiorari -- accepting the case -- to fewer than 100. At least four Supreme Court justices must approve the petition for certiorari to be granted.

A separate case on the executive order is currently under deliberation by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Should the panel of judges in that case decide for the government, signifying disagreement between circuits, it is more likely that the Supreme Court would be willing to hear the case quickly to settle the lower courts' diverging opinions.

Should the case be accepted by the Supreme Court, the nine justice panel will have the opportunity to study the decisions from, and information provided to, the lower courts. They can also review amicus curiae briefs submitted by outside parties with an interest in the case before hearing oral arguments and questioning each side.

Not only can the justices then affirm or overturn the lower court's decision, they also have the ability to send the case back to the circuit for review with additional information, evidence or context.

All the while, the decision of the lower court will continue to stand while the Justice Department continues to pursue the case.

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U.S. Coast Guard(CAY SAL, Bahamas) -- The FBI has joined the investigation into the case of a South Florida woman who went missing at sea while sailing with her husband.

Isabella Hellmann was last seen by her husband, Lewis Bennett, while they were at sea on the night of May 14, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock confirmed to ABC News on Friday that the Bureau is now investigating Hellmann's disappearance, but declined to provide further information.

According to ABC affiliate WPBF-TV, Bennett said he and Hellman were aboard his 37-foot catamaran near the Bahamas when he went to bed around 8 p.m. Eastern time. He said his wife, who was wearing a life vest at the time, agreed to take watch above deck, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Eric Woodall told WPBF-TV.

Bennett said he later awoke to something hitting the boat and felt that it was starting to sink, WPBF-TV reported. He couldn’t find his wife, so he jumped onto a life raft and sent out a distress call, he told the Coast Guard. Bennett was found on the life raft the following day.

After days of scouring the waters off the Bahamas, the Coast Guard called off the search for the missing woman late last week, according to WPBF-TV.

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- A 67-year-old man was hospitalized after thieves dressed as construction workers robbed a jewelry store in New York City, police said.

According to the New York City Police Department, officers responded to a 911 call about a robbery at Court Street Jewelers in downtown Brooklyn on Thursday night around 5:30 p.m.

Detectives determined that three men had entered the jewelry store, brandished a handgun and assaulted the 67-year-old male employee before making off with approximately $800,000 worth of jewelry, gold and cash. One man remained outside the store during the robbery as a lookout, police said.

The employee suffered a laceration to his head and was transported to a local hospital in fair condition, police said.

According to ABC station WABC-TV in New York City, police said the three men inside were dressed as construction workers, while their lookout was clad in a white protective Tyvek suit and used an umbrella to obstruct the view into the store.

No arrests have been made in the case and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) -- Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of a Miami federal prosecutor and father of three after his body was found on a beach in Hollywood, Florida, on Wednesday.

The body was identified by local police as Beranton Whisenant Jr., 37, and his cause of death is currently being investigated as a crime. Police say he suffered a head wound.

Whisenant had been working on visa and passport fraud cases, according to court documents. He also taught a paralegal program at the University of Miami.

The U.S. Attorney's office did not comment about the circumstances or cause of death, but Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg did say in a statement the office was "saddened" and "shocked" to learn of Whisenant's death.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office family was deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Beranton’s death," Greenberg said. "He was a great lawyer and wonderful colleague, and we will miss him deeply. Our thoughts are with Beranton’s family and friends.”

Michael Feiler, a local lawyer who says he knew Whisenant, told the Miami Herald that “he was the epitome of a gentleman and possessed an exceptional legal mind.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) — A woman driving a Jeep told police she blacked out prior to hitting a curb, sending her SUV through the air and straight through a brick wall in Milwaukee early Thursday morning.

The Jeep landed inches away from a man sleeping inside.

"To me it was like an explosion," the man told ABC-affiliate WISN. "I didn't know if it was a fire, explosion. I didn't know what was going on."

The driver, as well as the man, identified only as Theo, were not injured.

Milwaukee city inspectors still need to determine if the duplex is safe to live in, but significant damage to the building can be seen.

Milwaukee Police told ABC News the driver could be cited for inattentive driving.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just 24 hours after being charged with assault for allegedly body-slamming a reporter in his Bozeman campaign office, Republican Greg Gianforte on Thursday defeated Democratic opponent Rob Quist to win the special election for the U.S. House seat in Montana.

The race was thrust into the national spotlight in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs described being "body-slammed" by the GOP candidate, and a Fox News crew who witnessed the incident said the former technology and software executive "grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him."

"I'm sick and tired of you guys," Gianforte said in audio of the event released by The Guardian. Jacobs told Good Morning America Thursday morning, "I went from being vertical one moment to being horizontal the next."

After the incident, the Gallatin County Sheriff cited Gianforte for misdemeanor assault, and instructed him to appear in court by June 7.

Democrat Quist had hoped to turn the broad unpopularity of President Donald Trump into a win for national Democrats at the ballot box.

Trump won the state by more than 20 percentage points in November's election, though the state re-elected its incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock by a narrow margin on the same day.

The U.S. House seat became vacant after Trump tapped Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke to become Secretary of the Interior.

Nearly 70 percent of votes in Montana were cast early -- before the alleged assault took place.

Speaking to supporters in Bozeman late Thursday night after his win had been called, Gianforte apologized for his actions on Wednesday.

"When you make a mistake you have to own up to it, that's the Montana way," Gianforte said. "Last night I made a mistake... That's not the person I am and it's not the way I'll lead in this state."

"Rest assured, our work is just beginning, but it does begin with me taking responsibility for my own actions," he added. "You deserve a congressman who stays out of the limelight and just gets the job done."

Gianforte's apology contradicts the statement his campaign released Wednesday evening blaming the incident on "aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist."

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a statement following Gianforte's victory approving of his decision to apologize.

"Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte was right to apologize for his actions in Wednesday’s incident," McDaniel said. "Tonight’s apology was a good first step toward redemption and I hope Gianforte continues to work toward righting his wrong.”

The day after the alleged assault, House Speaker Paul Ryan condemned Gianforte's behavior and called for him to apologize, but didn't say he should withdraw from the race.

"There is no time where a physical altercation should occur with the press or just between human beings," he told reporters. "So, that is wrong and it should not have happened."

Three Montana newspapers who had previously endorsed the candidate withdrew their endorsement on Wednesday night, but President Donald Trump, who had endorsed Gianforte via a robocall, did not have a comment Thursday on the alleged assault.

Gianforte has been supportive of Trump's travel ban and health care reform, and backed the president's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.

Before running for the congressional seat, Gianforte unsuccessfully ran for Governor of Montana in 2016.

Thursday's election leaves Democrats without a win in special elections since November, with Republicans having won contests in Louisiana, Kansas and now Montana. But they'll have more chances next month, as candidates battle for House seats in three special elections in California, Georgia and South Carolina.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Wisconsin woman was pumping gas this week when a thief jumped into the driver's seat of her car and she leapt onto the hood of the car to stop him, in a shocking moment caught on video.

Melissa Smith, 28, of Milwaukee, said at least four other cars were at the gas station alongside her as she pumped gas Tuesday afternoon.

When she got out of her car to remove the gas pump, she said she left the keys in the ignition.

She then "turned around and realized someone was in my car."

"I had a 'this is not happening today' moment," she recalled to ABC News, and "ran around my car and then decided to hop on."

Smith said she grabbed the windshield wiper and screamed at the thief.

But the carjacker started and stopped the car, apparently trying to throw her off the hood, she said.

Timothy Gauerke, a public information officer with the Milwaukee Police Department, said the suspect drove the victim's car while the victim was on the hood. The suspect eventually stopped the car and fled after stealing the victim's purse, Gauerke said. The video shows the suspect jumping into the backseat of another car. Gauerke said multiple suspects were involved in the attempt to steal the victim's car and that police are still looking for them.

Smith said, "I'm glad he didn't go and move into the street with me on the car, but when he finally got out of my car, he left it in drive and let it roll into traffic, where I had to hop into my moving vehicle to stop it."

Smith said she suffered bruises but no serious injuries.

Looking back, she said, "I definitely should not have jumped on my car and risked my life, but that was not what I was thinking at that moment."

She said she's learned to "be more aware of your surroundings no matter where you are."

"And take your keys with you and lock your car doors when you get gas!" she said. "I will never not do that."

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