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It’s official: Biden, Harris elected

JOE BIDEN was officially elected the 46th president of the United States on Monday by the Electoral College (Flickr/Gage Skidmore).

Joe Biden officially was elected 46th President of the United States as the Electoral College tallied its votes on Monday. As expected, the 78-year-old former vice president received 306 votes to incumbent President Donald’s Trump’s 232. Kamala Harris will become the 49th vice president and the first woman to hold that post.

The latest count of the popular vote shows Biden with 81,283,495 votes (51.4 percent) to Trump’s 74,223,755 (47.9 percent), a margin of over seven million votes.

“Once again in America, the rule of law, our Constitution, and the will of the people have prevailed,” said Biden. “Our democracy – pushed, tested and threatened – proved to be resilient, true and strong.”

Trump had no public comment and has not conceded the election. Biden and Harris will be sworn in to their new positions on Jan. 20, 2021.

The News: Coronavirus U.S. death toll passes 300,000

  • High-risk workers in health care are at the front of the line in the U.S. to receive the coronavirus vaccine. The number of fatalities from COVID-19 infections, according to Johns Hopkins University is put at 300,382 deaths by Monday evening. Total cases in the U.S. are now counted as 16.5 million. The virus is now considered to pass heart disease as the leading cause of death in the nation.
  • Attorney General William Barr will leave his post as head of the U.S. Department of Justice “before Christmas” according to a tweet by President Donald Trump.
  • Wall Street reflected uncertainty about the COVID-19 lockdown with a down Monday of its own. The Dow Jones Average dropped 184.82 points while the S&P 500 declined by 15.97 points. Only the Nasdaq showed a gain, a modest 0.50 percent

The Weather: Sunny days, cool nights

Going holiday shopping or just checking out the Christmas decorations? You will have good weather for that this week in the West Orange County area. According to the National Weather Service, skies will be sunny this week with highs ranging from 66 to 71, then down to 65 and 68. Nights will be clear and cool with lows in the mid-40s.

Sports: No, wait, it’s Trojans vs. Ducks

USC is the winner of the Pac-12 South Division and will therefore host the conference title game on Friday Dec. 18 against Oregon. The opponent would have been Washington, the Pac-12/North champs, but the Huskies had to bow out because two many players had exposure to the coronavirus.

  • The Cleveland major league baseball team announced Monday it would drop the nickname “Indians,” probably for the 2022 season.

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