Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SEATTLE) — Steve Clevenger has been suspended by the Seattle Mariners for the remainder of the season after the catcher posted racially charged tweets regarding the unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“As soon as we became aware of the tweets posted by Steve yesterday, we began to examine all of our options in regard to his standing on the team,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement Friday. “Today we have informed him that he is suspended for the reminder of the season without pay.”

Clevenger, 30, took to Twitter on Thursday, two days after the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, which sparked the demonstrations in Charlotte.

Following Clevenger’s tweets, Dipoto said in a statement Thursday that the team was “very disappointed.”

“While he is certainly free to express himself, his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners. We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments,” Dipoto said Thursday.

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Obtained by ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) — After opening fire on a group of innocent people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, eventually killing dozens, gunman Omar Mateen called police to tell them who he was and what he’d done.

“This is Mateen. I want to let you know I’m in Orlando and I did the shooting,” Mateen says in one of three calls to 911 in the early morning hours of June 12, transcripts of which were released Friday by the city of Orlando.

In the calls Mateen pledges allegiance to the Syria-based terror group ISIS and says he “feel[s] the pain of the people getting killed in Syria and Iraq and all over the Muslim…” but doesn’t finish the sentence. When the police officer on the other end of the line asks if he’s done something about it, Mateen replies, “Yes I have… You already know what I did.”

Later in the call Mateen refers to his “homeboy” Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombers, and calls him a “soldier of God.”

The three calls between Mateen and the police negotiator unfold over a period of 50 minutes, beginning with the first call at 2:35 a.m. In their last conversation at 3:25 a.m., the negotiator tells Mateen to come outside without any weapons, but Mateen doesn’t reply.

Mateen, a New York native of Afghan descent, killed 49 people in his rampage before being gunned down by police. Mateen had been investigated previously by the FBI after he made “inflammatory” comments to co-workers in 2013, but he was determined not to be a threat.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — A video capturing the moments leading up to and following the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, which has sparked days of protests across the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, was released by the man’s family Friday.

In a cellphone video obtained by The New York Times, a woman identified as Scott’s wife, Rakeyia Scott, is screaming at police not to shoot her husband. Multiple gunshots are then heard, but the actual shooting is not shown on the footage released as the woman points the cellphone at the ground. However, she continues to film and yell at police.

“He better not be f—ing dead. He better not be f—ing dead,” she screams. “He better live. I swear, he better live.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(MADISON, Wis.) — Heavy rainfall across the Midwest has caused flash flooding around the region, closing some schools and major roadways Friday morning.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in 13 counties as a result of the flooding.

In neighboring Minnesota, up to 14 inches of rain fell overnight on the town of Waseca in the southern part of the state. The Waseca County Sheriff’s Office advised in a Facebook post against any unnecessary travel Friday morning until flooding subsides on the roadways.

Waseca County’s public schools will remain closed Friday for the second day in a row, school officials announced.

In Steele County, Minnesota, a temporary state of emergency was declared as many major roadways were closed. The county’s emergency management officials also reminded the public that it is illegal to move or drive around barricades on closed roads.

In parts of Minnesota, snow plows were called in to clear water off roadways, including Interstate 94.

So far this year, more than 30 inches of rain has fallen on Minneapolis, making it the wettest year since modern recordkeeping began.

Ames, Iowa, also received heavy rainfall overnight, resulting in some flash flooding around the city.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – -As protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina, continue to demand for the release of video showing the moment when police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott, the city’s mayor and police chief agreed the footage should be made public — but said it’s a matter of when.

“I do believe the video should be released,” Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said at a press conference Friday morning. “The question is on the timing.”

Roberts said that at first she wanted the footage to be released immediately to maintain transparency. But officials convinced her that releasing it too soon could jeopardize the integrity of the investigation, she said.

“We want to have integrity in this investigation. We want those eyewitnesses to tell us without being led or have their memories changed by what they heard or saw,” she told reporters. “I had to get to this point as well. It was not easy wanting that transparency but also wanting the integrity of the information as it continues to be gathered.”

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the video evidence alone does not establish probable cause. But the “intent” is to publicly release the video along with other supporting evidence once it’s been fully gathered. Still, the timing has to be right, he said.

The probe into Scott’s death has now been officially handed over to North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation, which will be in charge of providing updates and releasing further information on the status of the investigation, according to Putney.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(MIAMI) — Bad news for Miami Heat fans: It doesn’t look like Chris Bosh will be returning to the court anytime soon.

The team announced on Friday that the power forward failed his pre-season physical and said “there is no timetable for his return.”

“The Miami HEAT and Chris Bosh, in consultation with team doctors and other physicians, have been working together for many months with the mutual goal of having Chris return to the court as soon as possible,” the Heat said in a statement. “Chris has now taken his pre-season physical. The Miami HEAT regret that it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities, and there is no timetable for his return.”

Bosh, 32, has been plagued by blood clots.

The team did not offer any further details on his condition, saying: “We are not able to comment further in light of Article XXII, Section 3(e) of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, which precludes a team from releasing certain medical information without a player’s consent.”

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Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture finally opens its doors Friday on the National Mall. It includes 12 inaugural exhibitions and close to 37,000 artifacts, but only 3,000 will be on display.

Here are 10 must-see artifacts featured in the inaugural exhibit.

Rosa Parks’ Dress

Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks was also seamstress. This is the dress Parks was sewing before she was arrested for not giving up her seat on a segregated bus on Dec. 1, 1955.

Parks’ dress is part of the Black Fashion Museum Collection that was donated to NMAAHC.

Michael Jackson’s Fedora

This black fur felt fedora with a gold metal buckle was worn by Jackson during his Victory Tour. The fedora is featured in the Musical Crossroads exhibition on the fourth floor.

Musical Crossroads organizes the intersection of history and culture, grouping stories of musical genres and themes.

Segregation-era Southern Railway Car

A Southern Railway No. 1200 heavyweight passenger coach with segregated compartments.

The entire building is built around two signature items, one of which being a 77-ton, 44-seat segregation-era railway car which serviced Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida between 1940 and 1960.

This artifact is part of the Segregation Gallery, that focuses on the years 1876 to 1968. The rail car was lifted off semi-trailers and lowered 60 feet into the bottom level of the museum during early stages of construction.

Angola Prison Guard Tower

The Angola Prison guard tower, one of two items the museum is built around, rests on the bottom level of the museum. Used by prison guards to watch prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, the prison tower stands nearly 21-feet-tall and 14-feet-wide.

Angola Prison, one of the largest maximum-security prisons in the nation, opened in 1901 and was built on former slave land.

The museum also has a 6-by-9-foot cell from another section of the prison that will be soon be installed in the museum.

Muhammad Ali Headgear

The Muhammad Ali headgear worn by the boxing legend at the 5th Street Gym in Miami is located in the ports exhibition as part of the Communities Gallery. During his time in Miami in the 1960s, Ali converted to Islam and changed his name.

The sports gallery looks at the contributions of African-American athletes.

Hope School Desk

School desks from the Hope School, a Rosenwald school in South Carolina, can be found on the third floor in the Community Gallery “Making a Way Out of No Way.” According to the museum, the Hope School was one of more than 5,000 rural schools supported by the Julius Rosenwald Fund. Artifacts donated from the Hope School include its original sign, 10 desks and a wood-burning stove.

The “Making A Way Out Of No Way” exhibition reflects stories of blacks’ perseverance, resourcefulness and resilience.

Nat Turner’s Bible

Nat Turner’s bible can be seen in the History Gallery “Slavery and Freedom.” Turner was a slave and minister who led a slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831. Descendants of Lavinia Francis, a slaveholder who survived the rebellion, donated the bible to the museum.

According to the museum, it is thought that Turner was holding this bible when he was captured two months after the rebellion.

President Obama Hand-painted Banner for Obama Presidential Campaign 2008

The museum brings visitors to the present day with a banner for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Hand-painted in New Haven, Connecticut, this banner is one of the artifacts honoring our nation’s first black president and his legacy.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended the museum’s groundbreaking ceremony in Washington, D.C., in February 2012. The president will deliver remarks during the museum’s opening ceremony where he will be joined by other distinguished guests.

1968 Olympic Warm-up Suit Worn by Tommie Smith

Upon entering the Sports Gallery, visitors are greeted by a statue from the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City where African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists during the American National Anthem, making a political statement during the medal ceremony to bring attention to the inequality in the U.S.

The 1968 Olympic warm-up suit worn by Smith is here on display to honor the contributions of African-American athletes in sports.

Chuck Berry’s Cadillac

Chuck Berry’s Cadillac.

Chuck Berry’s red convertible Cadillac is part of his personal fleet and was driven during the filming of “Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll,” a 1987 documentary that chronicles two 1986 concerts celebrating his 60th birthday.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(LOUDON, N.H.) — The second race in the Sprint Cup’s Chase will take place in New Hampshire this weekend.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host the Bad Boy Off Road 300 Sunday afternoon. NBCSN’s coverage of the race will begin at 2 p.m. ET.

Martin Truex Jr. won the Chase opener last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway and has a slim one-point lead over Brad Keselowski in the Chase standings.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ATHENS, Tenn.) — A factory worker in eastern Tennessee fatally shot his two supervisors and then took his own life Thursday afternoon, law enforcement officials said.

The shootings occurred at the Thomas & Betts steel fabrication factory in Athens, located about 60 miles northeast of Chattanooga.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation identified the gunman as Ricky Swafford, 45, and the supervisors as James A. Zotter, 44, and Sandra H. Cooley, 68.

A preliminary investigation indicates that Swafford, a long-time employee of the plant, became upset during a meeting with Zotter and Cooley.

Swafford abruptly left the meeting and the building, and returned shortly afterwards to the office where he met with his supervisors. He then fatally shot both of them, according to the TBI.

Swafford’s body was found in a bathroom in the factory by police officers, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the TBI said.

Police responded to a 911 call at 4:16 p.m. of an active shooter at the factory, Athens police chief Chuck Ziegler said at a press conference earlier in the day. As officers responded, they saw employees streaming out of the plant.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

The bodies of the two victims, as well as the shooter, will be taken to Knoxville for autopsies.

ABB, the parent company of Thomas & Betts, said in a statement, “Our loss is profound. The ABB family is shocked and saddened by the tragedy,” adding that grief counselors are being made available to employees.

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Tulsa County Jail(TULSA, Okla.) — Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby turned herself in early Friday after being charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher.

Shelby was booked Friday morning at the Tulsa County Jail at around 1 a.m. local time and was released on a $50,000.00 bond about 20 minutes later.

Shelby reacted “unreasonably by escalating the situation from a confrontation” with Crutcher, according to an affidavit by an investigator with the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office. Shelby became “emotionally involved” to the point that she overreacted, the affidavit states, adding that she was “not able to see any weapons or bulges indicating a weapon was present.”

The Tulsa Police Department said it would make a determination on her employment status after an internal affairs review.

Tulsa Police DepartmentCrutcher, 40, was killed Friday night after Shelby came across his SUV in the middle of a two-lane roadway while it was still running. Crutcher ignored dozens of commands Shelby gave him, according to Wood, and she shot him as he allegedly tried to reached his arm into the open driver’s side window.

Another officer who perceived the same threat deployed his Taser at the same time Shelby fired her weapon, Wood said.

Crutcher’s family attorneys maintain that the window was up, pointing to the blood spattered on it when he was shot.

Tulsa Police DepartmentDamario Solomon-Simmons, the attorney for Crutcher family, said it was “apparent” that Shelby had to be charged because “a crime had been committed.”

“We are happy that charges were brought,” Solomon-Simmons said in a press conference. “But, let me be clear. The family wants and deserves full justice, and full justice requires not just charges but a vigorous prosecution and a conviction to those who shot and killed Terence for no reason.”

Solomon-Simmons said it would be a “long journey to justice,” noting that neither charges nor a conviction would “bring Terence back.” He added that Crutcher’s family was at the funeral home preparing to bury him.

Crutcher’s twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, said she was “grateful” that “the officer who senselessly killed” her brother “will face charges for her criminal act.”

“Our goal as a family is to ensure that this never happens to an innocent citizen,” she said, adding that she’s “humble” and “grateful” to the community for their support.

“We’re going to break the chain of police brutality,” she said, calling the charges against Shelby a “small victory.”

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