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Sanctions vs. Russia are levied

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN announced sanctions against Russia Thursday as punishment for interference in the  2020 presidential election (White House photo).

Reacting to Russian interference into American elections, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sanctions against people and organization he said not only attempted to meddle in the 2020 presidential campaign but also launched cyber attacks on U.S corporations and government agencies.

“Today, I’ve approved several steps, including expulsion of several Russian officials, as a consequence of their actions,” said the president, according to United Press International. “I’ve also signed an executive order authorizing new measures, including sanctions to address specific harmful actions the Russia has taken against U.S. interests.”

A total of 10 Russian diplomats will be required to leave the U.S., including some who are believed to be intelligence officials. The sanctions are aimed at curbing Russian ability to use bonds created in American dollars to raise capital.

News: Another shooting by police of youth

A 13-YEAR-OLD boy was killed by police in Chicago (Shutterstock).

A 13-year-old boy was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer after the youth had dropped a handgun, according to bodycam video made public Thursday.

The Associated Press is reporting that the video appears to show that Adam Toledo had dropped his pistol and was beginning to raise his hands when he was struck by a bullet fired by Officer Eric Stillman on March 29.

The video shows Toledo, who is Latino, running, being ordered to stop and drop his weapon, and then being hit. Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged calm, but spoke of issues involving police violence and misconduct.

Business: More jobs, more spending

THE ECONOMY is showing signs of resurgence.

Is the economic resurgence anticipated to follow the decline of the coronavirus pandemic about to launch? Thursday brought some indications that might be true. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that new applications for unemployment benefits dropped to 576,000, a steep drop from previous weeks and month.

The Department of Commerce reported a 9.8 percent jump in sales at retail stores and restaurants, likely fired by the impact of stimulus checks.

Bulls bounce back: Wall Street put Wednesday’s mixed results behind it with strong gains in all three major stock indexes. The Dow Jones Average rose 305.10 points to a record-high 34,035.99. The S&P 500 jumped 45.76 points to 4,170.42. The Nasdaq was up 180.92 to 14,038.76.

Sports:  USC basketball hit with probation

The NCAA imposed a penalty of two years’ probation and a $5000 fine against the USC men’s basketball program on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. The disciplinary action against the Trojans was levied because a former assistant coach was found in violation of NCAA rules for accepting money in exchange for influencing players to meet with a specific business management company.

This penalty does not include a ban on post-season play. The Trojans had a strong season this year, winning 21 games, finishing second in the Pac-12 and making the Elite Eight.

Thursday’s results

High school football

•    Pacifica 52, Crean Lutheran 7: Darius Cowens passed for 181 yards and rushed for 262 more in the Mariners’ win at Bolsa Stadium. Combined with Cypress’ 31-8 victory over Kennedy, the M’s are co-champs of the Empire League.

  • Savanna 47, Magnolia 19: The Rebels finish the season with a 3-2 mark and third place in the Orange League.

The Pros

  • Dodgers 7, Colorado Rockies 5: It’s six wins in a row for LAD. Max Muncy and Justin Turner each hit three-run homers in the victory, which raised the team’s record to 11-2. That’s the best record in MLB and 2.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. After sweeping three from the Rockies, the Dodgers will be in action next on Friday, starting a three-game series in San Diego against the Padres.
  • Boston Celtics 121, Lakers 113: A second half rally tell short for LAL against the Celts, who win their fifth straight. Jaylen Brown scored 40 points for the visitors. Talen Horton-Tucker scored 19 for the Lakers and Marc Gasol had 18 at Staples Center. Their record is now 34-22, good for fifth place in the NBA Western Conference. The top six teams make the playoffs. The Lakers will host the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

Weather: Summer’s sneak peek

After lots of clouds and such, West Orange County residents will get a preview of summer weather soon. Friday’s daytime high will hit 70 (54 overnight) and then 72 on Saturday. The sun will break through Sunday with a high of 86. Monday will be a bit cooler at 82. In the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, daytime highs will be about four degrees cooler.







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