The member of the Navy Leap Frogs suffered a malfunction with his parachute over Jersey City, and it failed to open properly, officials said.
The German leader's comments foreshadow a transformation of the U.S.-European alliances that have underwritten post-World War II stability.
Europe can no longer completely rely on its allies, Merkel said, pointing to bruising meetings of G7 wealthy nations and NATO last week.
Eight people, including a sheriff's deputy, were killed in a shooting Saturday night in rural Mississippi, authorities said.
As part of an as-told-to essay, Brandeis University's Mesa Robinov, 22, reflects on her college journey.