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Election security chief is fired

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (Shutterstock).

The director of the federal agency overseeing the security of the federal elections was fired Tuesday by President Donald Trump, who took exception to the former’s claim that the 2020 voting was free and fair.

Using Twitter, the president called the statements of Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency “highly inaccurate” in dismissing him from office, according to the Associated Press. The CISA is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump has stated that the Nov. 3 election was “rigged” and that he, not Democratic candidate Joe Biden, won. All major news agencies have called the election for Biden, who outpolled Trump by about 5.5 million in the popular vote and by 306 to 232 in Electoral College votes.

It’s the second high-profile firing by the president in recent days. On Nov. 9 he dismissed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

The News: Troop levels to fall in Iraq, Afghanistan

U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan will be reduced to 2,500 in each nation, according to the Department of Defense. The drawdown is expected to be completed by Jan. 15, five days before Democrat Joe Biden is to be inaugurated as 46th president. • President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will spend Thanksgiving at the White House. Typically, they celebrate the holiday in Palm Beach in Florida, which is now the Trumps’ legal state of residence. • The number of coronavirus cases worldwide is now counted as 55,547,836, according to Johns Hopkins University. Of that number, 11,340,563 are Americans. Global deaths are at 1,336,670, with the U.S also the leader with 248,429 fatalities tied to COVID-19 infections. • The U.S. announced on Tuesday it would not pursue drug charges against Salvador Cienfuegos, the former minister of defense for Mexico. He had been arrested in October on drug and money laundering conspiracy charges, according to Reuters.

Weather: Autumn closing in again

After a few warm days, cool fall weather is starting to close in again. The National Weather Service is calling for patchy fog tonight (Tuesday) in the West Orange County area with a low of 52. On Wednesday, we’ll have fog in the morning, followed by sunny skies and a high of 68. The same pattern should follow on Thursday with a daytime high of 70, dipping to 68 on Friday.

Sports: Steelers #1; Rams rise to #9

ESPN’s ranking of NFL teams has the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers (9-0) again as the league’s top team. The rest of the top five are Kansas City Chiefs (8-1, second), Green Bay Packers (7-2, third), New Orleans Saints (7-2, fourth) and Baltimore Ravens (6-3, fifth).

The Los Angeles Rams are 6-3 and rated ninths; the Los Angeles Chargers are 2-7 and 25th out of 32 teams.

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