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It’s (semi) official: recall failed

CALIFORNIA GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM (Matt Gush/Shutterstock).

Votes are still being counted, but all major news agencies have called the California recall election in favor of Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat.

According to The New York Times – with 74 percent of the vote counted – the “keep” option was far ahead with 5,868,580 votes (63.9 percent) against the “remove” option with 3,316,445 (36.1 percent).

Nearly all of coastal California voted against recalling Newsom, and the “no” vote swept Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial counties.

With 82 percent counted, Orange County – once a bedrock conservative area ­ – was opposing the recall by a margin of 53 to 47 percent. Los Angeles County voted “keep” by a margin of 71 to 29 percent.

The “yes” vote was centered in rural and mountain areas such as Kern, Fresno and El Dorado counties.

Nuclear submarines for Australia?

In response to concerns about expansive moves by China, the United States will form a new “Indo-Pacific” security pact that could involve assisting Australia with developing and maintaining nuclear submarines.

President Joe Biden made the announcement on Wednesday that Australia, the U.S. and the United Kingdom would form AUKUS. “We all recognize the imperative of ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific over the long term,” he said. “We need to address both the current strategic environment and how it may evolve.

According to the Associated Press, the communist government of China is likely to consider the new alliance “provocative,” although the Biden White House is denying that it is aimed at any specific nation.

Also in the news

  • Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert has reached an out-of-court settlement for $1.8 million with a man who claimed he had been sexually abused by Hassert as a teen, according to the Associated Press. A Republican, Hassert served as speaker from 1999 to 2007.
  • Members of the Afghan national female junior soccer team have escaped Afghanistan and reached neighboring Pakistan, according to United Press International. Thirty-two members and their families made the trek. The women’s national team had already left Afghanistan.

Sports: Dodgers still can’t advance

Despite an 8-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers were unable to gain any ground in the National League West because the San Francisco Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 8-1 to maintain their 2.5-game lead. There is the consolation of locking up a post-season playoff spot, however.

Tonight (Wednesday), the Dodgers (93-53) will again take on the D-Backs and the Giants (95-50) will play the Padres.

The Angels lost 9-3 to the Chicago White Sox Tuesday. The Halos (70-74) will face the Chisox again today.

Weather: Mild temps and cloudy skies

Residents of West Orange County will find daily temperatures mild and almost autumnal through the weekend. According to, the forecasts for Thursday and Friday are for highs of 76 (overnight lows of 59), rising slightly to 77 by Saturday and Sunday. Skies will be partly cloudy. Coastal areas of Huntington Beach can expect to see daily highs of five to six degrees cooler. A high surf advisory is in effect.




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