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Election was fair, says agency

THE NOV. 3 election was fair and free from fraud and interference, a federal agency said on Thursday (Shutterstock),

The recent presidential election ­­ ­ – despite President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede – was the most secure in the nation’s history, according to a group of federal and state officials.  According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, which oversees the protection of elections, there’s been no evidence that any fraud or interference in the voting process that took place, according to the Associated Press.

“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result,” the statement read.

Trump warned ahead of Election Day that the voting was “rigged” and after Joe Biden was declared the winner by news agencies and others, he contended that it was only widespread fraud that kept him from being re-elected.

Allies have filed suits in close to a dozen states and cities, but all have been dismissed as lacking evidence. There is a recount pending in Georgia – where Biden is holding a small lead – but not because of fraud, but due to the closeness of the election.

The News:  COVID-19 is still rampaging

The surge of new coronavirus cases continues across the United States, with 143,000 new cases in the latest daily count, setting a new record for the second consecutive day. Another 2000 deaths were also reported on Wednesday, according to United Press International • Wall Street continued to have heartburn over the coronavirus surge and the political situation. All three major stock indexes declined. The Dow dropped 317.46 points, while the S&P 500 fell 35.65 points and Nasdaq by 76.84 points. • Churches in several states are going to court to battle state and local orders restricting the number of people inside a building used as a house of worship. The churches claim it’s a matter of freedom of religion; health officials say it’s a public health issue. • Pope Francis on Thursday offered his congratulations to Joe Biden on being elected to the presidency.

Weather:  It’s not London, but we’re getting fog

Here in the West Orange County area, we don’t get much in the way of snow or rain so in terms in variety, the best we can usually do is some fog. According to the National Weather Service, there should be some patchy fog tonight with a low of 48.

On Friday, we’ll have patchy fog in the morning, turning sunny in the afternoon with a high of 69. We’ll have more of the same Friday night and Saturday day, with a high of 79 and a low of 52. It’ll clear up and warm up on Sunday with a high of 80.

Sports: Freeman, Abreu are MLB MVPs

Freddie Freeman, first baseball for the Atlanta Braves, was named the National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday by the Major League Baseball Writers Assn. Mookie Betts of the Dodgers finished second. Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox won the American League award. Mike Trout of the Angels finished fourth.


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