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Trump loses tax return battle

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

Former president Donald Trump received a legal setback on Monday, as the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling requiring the release to a New York State prosecutor of at least eight years of Trump’s personal tax records.

The high court –which includes three justices appointed by Trump – did not issue an opinion or disclose a vote, but simply declined to hear the case.  In a ruling in July, the court voted 7-2 that a president is not immune from prosecution while he holds office, according to the Associated Press.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., a Democrat, has been trying to get Trumps’ records for nearly two years. He subpoenaed the records from Trump’s accounting firm, which agreed to comply, but Trump sued to block that.

Lawyers for the former president called the subpoena a “fishing expedition” motivated by angry Democrats.

News: U.S. coronavirus death toll passes 500k

DEATHS from the coronavirus in the U.S. are now over 500,000 (Shutterstock).

The number of Americans who died from the coronavirus has passed the half-million mark. According to Johns Hopkins University’s tally on Monday, the death toll in the U.S. is at 500,071. Total confirmed cases are at over 28 million.

Worldwide, total are at 111.6 million, with 2.47 million deaths.

President Joe Biden held a moment of silence on Monday and called for flags to be flown at half-staff. He urged Americans to “remain vigilant to stay socially distant, to mask up, get vaccinated when it’s your turn” according to United Press International.

Business: Two-week window for small biz help

HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESS

Small businesses with fewer than 20 employees will have a two-week window to apply for aid through the Paycheck Protection Program, the Biden administration announced on Monday.

According to UPI, for the next two weeks only those small operations will be allowed to seek help from a program that will expire on March 31. The loans are forgiven if at least 60 percent of funds are used for personnel costs, such as wages, salaries and health insurance.

A split decision: The investment community can’t seem to be certain whether things are going to get better or worse for those who purchase stocks. On Monday, two of the three major markets closed in negative territory, but the biggest showed a gain. The S&P 500 fell 30.21 points to 3,876.50 and the Nasdaq retreated 341.41 points to 13,533.05.

However, the Dow Jones Average was up 27.37 points to 31,521.69.

Sports: Gonzaga and UConn still top dogs

SIX of nine local prep basketball teams won Tuesday night, including two of four girls teams.

GONZAGA and UConn are atop the college hoops polls (Shutterstock).

It’s a good year to be a dog in college basketball. In the men’s AP Top 25 poll released today (Monday), the Gonzaga University Bulldogs remain the nation’s number one team. Filling out the top five are Baylor, Michigan, Ohio State and Illinois.

In the women’s poll, the UConn Huskies are the top-ranked team. Filling out the top five are North Carolina State, Texas A&M, Stanford and South Carolina.

USC’s men’s team is rated 19th; UCLA’s women’s team is at 10th. The UCLA men’s team is tied with USC for the Pac-12 lead (both at 12-3), but has two fewer wins and one more loss.

Weather: Still sunny and breezy

If you live in West Orange County, you’re probably living – as the old sold goes – “on the sunny side of the street.” The forecast calls for sunny skies and warmish daytime lhighs in the low- to mid-70s through Friday, although overnight lows will dip into the low 50s and high 40s. There will be some wind, too, gusting up to 13 miles an hour. Only a tiny chance of rain, and daytime highs will be about four to five degrees lower in the coastal areas of Huntington Beach.

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