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Amy Barrett likely court nominee

UNITED STATES Supreme Court building (Flickr/Geoff Livingston).

The person nominated to be the next associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to be Judge Amy Coney Barrett, multiple sources reported on Friday.

CBS News, the New York Times and CNN are all stating that their sources in the White House are certain that Barrett, who is a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, will be the person that President Donald Trump formally nominates on Saturday.

The U.S. Senate must confirm that appointment. Trump’s Republican Party holds a majority of 53 seats in that chamber, and although two members have said they will not vote in favor of a nominee until after the election, it would take two more defections to stop the process, assuming that all Democrats and independents remain opposed.

In addition to her court post, Barrett is a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. She has gone on record that “abortion is always immoral,” and could end up being the vote that overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

The news: Good for bulls, not for young adults

It was a good day on Wall Street on Friday. All three major stock indexes showed gains.  The Dow Jones Average rose by 358.52 points, while the S&P 500 grew by 51.87 points. Nasdaq had a gain of 241.30. • The U.S. is still in the “first wave” of the coronavirus pandemic, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert on Friday. According to United Press International, 40,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday and nearly 1,000 deaths •  Waiting until after the election to select a person to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the choice of a majority of those surveyed in a Washington Post/ABC News poll. Fifty-seven percent back waiting to hold hearings for the choice of the winning presidential candidate, while 38 percent back moving on President Donald Trump’s selection. • Young adults are the biggest part of recent COVID-19 cases reported, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Americans in their 20s now comprise over 20 percent of new infections in the nation,

Weather: Heading toward some heat

The weekend should be followed by some serious heat, according to the National Weather Service’s forecast for West Orange County. Saturday will see a high of 78 during the day, with an overnight low of 61. Sunday’s high will be 81 with a low of 62. Things will really heat up on Monday with a high of  90, followed by 94 on Tuesday. Days will be sunny; nights will see some clouds. Temperatures near the coast should be five to seven degrees cooler.

Dodgers win a home run derby vs. the Angels

Here is the schedule for area pro sports teams. Times are Pacific Daylight. Scores are posted as they are available.

  • Dodgers 9, Angels 5:  It was a long ball night as eight home runs – five by the Dodgers and three by the Angels – were hit in the game between regional rivals. The Angels built an early 4-2 lead, but the Dodgers owned the rest of the game. Justin Turner hit two solo home runs for the home team; Mike Trout hit a three-run home run off Dodger game Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers – NL West champs – are 41-17, while the Angels are 26-32 and remain in third place in the AL West.

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