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Hamas-Israeli battles continue

A WOUNDED ISRAELI child is taken to hospital after being hurt in a rocket attack in 2009 (Wikipedia).

The fighting between the Hamas militant group and Israel armed forces continued on Tuesday. Rockets from Palestine have struck targets in Israel, with retaliation coming in the form of bombing attacks in the Gaza Strip.

According to the Associated Press, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country would take further military action in response to fierce rocket attacks on the Tel Aviv area.

The death toll in this latest outbreak, which has been repeated several times over the years, is believed to be 35 Palestinians, including 10 children and five Israelis, including three women and a child, according to the AP.

According to The New York Times, this crisis – the biggest since 2014 – may enhance the political standing of Netanayahu and Hamas leaders. The Israeli prime minister’s party fared poorly in recent elections, but these events might strengthen his influence. Hamas, one of several groups struggling for leadership in Palestine, could enhance its standing as defenders of Palestinians.

News: Liz Cheney won’t back down

LIZ CHENEY

On Wednesday, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to remove Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) from her position as chair of the House Republican Conference. On Tuesday, she blasted them and former President Donald Trump for pushing unsupported claims of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

“Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president,” she said. “They hear his words but not the truth.” According to USA Today, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) wants her removed because her resolve that the election was not stolen from Trump makes it more difficult for Republicans to regain a majority in that chamber.

Business: Judge rejects NRA bankruptcy filing

A FEDERAL judge threw out the NRA’s bankruptcy petition (Shutterstock).

An effort by the National Rifle Association to defend itself against a lawsuit by declaring bankruptcy was set aside by a federal judge on Tuesday. According to USA Today, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Harlin Hale of Dallas ruled that the NRA did not file its petition “in good faith” but did so to “gain an unfair litigation advantage” to combat regulatory action.

The NRA filed for bankruptcy on Jan. 15.  New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing for millions of dollars and a possible shutdown of the organization over the alleged misuse of organization funds.

Markets still unhappy:  All three major stock indexes showed sharp declines on Tuesday. The Dow Jones Average dropped 473.66 points to 34,269.16. The S&P 500 fell 36.44 to 4,152.10. The Nasdaq declined 12.43 points to 13,389.43.

Sports: Athletics on the move again?

OAKLAND A‘s on the move?

No big league baseball team has moved more than the Athletics. Born in Philadelphia in 1901, the team moved to Kansas City in 1955, the relocated again to Oakland in a 1968. Now it seems another phase in the journey may be on tap.

According to Sports Illustrated is reporting that the A’s will “begin to explore other markets” in addition to hoping for a waterfront ballpark project. Dave Kaval, president of the team, wrote in a letter to fans stating, “it is unclear to is and MLB [Major League Baseball] whether there is a path to success for the A’s in Oakland.”

The current home of the A’s, the Coliseum, is one of the oldest stadiums in baseball and is considered outdated.

Potential alternate sites – as reported by CBS Sports – include Las Vegas, Portland, Montreal, Nashville and San Jose.

Tuesday’s games

  • Dodgers 6, Mariners 4: Gavin Lux hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to led his team to the win. Dodgers are now 19-17
  • Lakers 101, New York Knicks 99 (OT): Kyle Kuzma had 23 points and Anthony Davis 20 as LAL won at Staples Center. Talen Horton-Tucker hit the game-winner in overtime. Lakers are now 39-30
  • Houston Astros 5, Angels 1: Shohei Ohtani pitched seven great innings, yielding just four hits and one run, but the Astros rallied for four runs in the eighth. Angels are now 16-19
  • Clippers 115, Toronto 46-23: Raptors 96: Five players scored in double figures for the Clips in the win in Canada. LAC is now

Weather:  Cloudy and cooler

Partly cloudy conditions will continue through the West Orange County area well into the weekend. Daytime highs will range from 75 on Wednesday to 67 on Saturday. Overnight lows will be in the 58- to 60-degree range. In the coastal Huntington Beach area forecast is to be three to four degrees cooler.

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  1. Shame on you. Israel doesn’t get to drop an entire colony on top of an inhabited country, grind those inhabitants into the dirt for generations, and then claim self defense every time they retaliate. That’s not a thing.

    I’m building a new house. There were people living where I wanted to build it, so I just started building it on top of them. They tried to stop me so I had to kill them for being terrorists. If you disagree with my actions you’re basically a Nazi. My house has a right to exist.

    Sound fair?

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