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Hamas-Israel clash still raging

BOMB DAMAGE in a residential area of the Gaza Strip (Wikipedia).

The ongoing clash between Israel and Hamas in a Palestinian enclave continues into its ninth day, as the two warring sides exchanged rocket fire and aerial bombing.

According to The New York Times, the struggle has taken the lives of at least 213 Palestinians and a dozen Israelis. Damaged or destroyed in Gaza are 17 hospitals and clinics, as well as water and sewer pipes, sending sewage into the streets and jeopardizing the fresh water supply of hundreds of thousands of people.

Demands for an immediate cease-fire have escalated and President Joe Biden has reportedly warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that complaints from the international community could not be deferred much longer.

In addition to the violence, a labor strike by Palestinians working in both Israel and in the occupied territories is underway, according to the Associated Press. The striking workers were generally peaceful, but some confrontations included rocks being thrown by protestors and tear gas being fired by Israeli police.

News: No charges in police shooting

NO CHARGES in Andrew Brown case Shutterstock).

Criminal charges will not be brought against sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina who fatally shot a Black man driving his car toward them.

According to Reuters, county District Attorney Andrew Womble said that the killing of Andrew Brown, 42, was “justified” because Brown was allegedly trying to evade police who were raiding his house because he was suspected of selling illegal drugs, and drove his vehicle toward the deputies “in a dangerous way.”

Brown’s family and attorney called the decision a “whitewash” and described his killing as an “execution.”

Business: “The future is electric”: Biden

Pushing for his $2.3 trillion job and infrastructure package, President Joe Biden on Tuesday visited a Ford Motor Co. plant near Michigan and drove a new Ford 150 electric truck.

“The future of the auto industry is electric,” he said, according to USA Today. “There’s no turning back.” He expressed concern that the nation might fall behind other nations and that Americans would end up buying autos and batteries manufactured elsewhere.

Stocks close lower: For the second consecutive day, Wall Street accentuated the negative. All three major exchanges reported declines. The Dow Jones Average fell 267.13 points to 34,060.66. The S&P 500 dipped 35.46 points to 4,127.83 and Nasdaq closed 75.41 points lower at 13,303.64.

Sports: Stanford reverses cuts in athletics

Stanford University has reportedly backed away from its plan to eliminate 11 varsity sports, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The university, which is located in Palo Alto, California, originally planned to cut the teams in order to “create fiscal stability” but was battered by protests and lawsuits.

The sports slated to be cut included men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey and men’s volleyball. There are 36 varsity-level sports at the university.

Tuesday’s games

  • Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7
  • Cleveland Indians at Angels, 6:30

Weather: Clouds to give way to sun

The partly cloudy skies over West Orange County will give way to sun by the weekend, according to forecasts. Daytime highs on Wednesday and Thursday will be in the 73-72 degree range, with overnight lows dropping from 60 to 55. But the clouds should part by Friday and sunny conditions continue through next Tuesday. The coastal areas of Huntington Beach will have similar weather, except that a small craft advisory is in place as some winds will gust up to 20 miles an hour.




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