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Stock markets hit new highs

STOCKS  hit record highs on Monday, led by Tesla (Shutterstock).

Wall Street turned bullish on Monday, as the Dow Jones Average and the S&P 500 each hit record highs.

According to United Press International, the Dow was up 64.13 points (0.18 percent) at the closing bell to 35,741.15. The S&P climbed 21.58 points or 0.47 percent to 4,566.48, while Nasdaq was up 0.9 percent to 15,226,71.

A big winner was Tesla, which saw the value of its stock rise 12.66 percent after the company, which manufactures upscale electric cars, passed the $1 trillion mark in capitalization.

UPI reports that puts the company in elite company along with firms such as Amazon, Apple and Facebook. A big part of that boost was the news that Hertz had ordered 100,000 Teslas to be delivered to the rental firm next year.

Shopping mall shooting in Boise


A shooting at a shopping mall in Boise, Idaho on Monday resulted in the death of two people and the wounding of at least six people, including a police officer.

According to USA Today, the incident took place at the Boise Town Square. The mall is one of the largest in the area, housing five major department stores and 153 tenants in all.

There have been conflicting reports on whether a suspect is in custody.

Sports: UCLA’s Zuzang pre-season All-America


Guard Johnny Zuzang, who led UCLA on a deep run into the NCAA men’s basketball tournament last year, has been named to the Associated Press preseason All-America team. He averaged 22.8 points during the Bruins’ March Madness play.

UCLA’s men’s basketball team is returning all its starters from last year and is ranked number two in the AP pre-season poll.

Mater Dei High of Santa Ana (7-0) remains the number one prep football team in the nation after its epic 46-37 win against rival Servite. The Friars (6-2) had been ranked seventh in the U.S. by Servite is now rated fifth in the nation and will face fourth-ranked St. John Bosco on Friday.

Weather: Rain paid a short visit

The wet weather forecast for the West Orange County areas paid us a short but intense visit today (Monday) in the early afternoon, but the skies should clear by tonight and Tuesday should bring us sunny skies and a high of 68 (low of 54). We can expect Wednesday to be similar but warmer, up to 77 degrees. In coastal areas of Huntington Beach, there’s a high surf advisory for today, but Tuesday should also be sunny and cool.


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