2021 COVID deaths top 2020

CORONAVIRUS deaths in the U.S. in 2021 are greater than those in 2020 (Shutterstock)

The year 2021 is coming to a close with significant progress in battling the coronavirus in the United States, but it’s not been without losses.

According to United Press International, there have been more deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19 in 2021 than in 2020. UPI is reporting that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is noting the 2021 has seen 392,578 fatalities from coronavirus here, compared to 377,883 in 2020.

The CDC also stated on Friday that the seven-day average of daily new cases is 88,482. There’s been a 16.1 percent increase in new cases over the previous week. An estimated 59.1 percent of all Americans are fully vaccinated.

SUV crashes parade; five people dead

A 29-year-old Wisconsin man is facing murder charges after he drove his sport utility vehicle into a Christmas parade Monday night.

According to the Associated Press, Darrell E. Brooks, 39, had left the scenes of a “domestic disturbance.” He allegedly drove his vehicle through barricades and drove quickly along the route of the parade. Five people were killed and dozens more injured in Waukesa, a city of about 72,000 people.

He was out on bail from another criminal case, reports the AP, for allegedly trying to run over the mother of his child with his vehicle earlier this month.

Sports: Angels sign two New Yorkers

New Angel

Aaron Loup, a relief pitcher for the New York Mets, and Tyler Wade, a versatile and fast infielder from the New York Mets, are now with the Los Angeles Angels.

Loup has a two-year contract with the Halos. He posted a 0.95 ERA in 2021 in 56.2 innings. He was the first player in Mets history – going back to 1962 – who had an ERA under 1.00 with at least 20 innings pitched in a season.

Wade was traded to the Angels by the Yanks for cash or “a player to be named later.” In a part-time role as an infielder, he batted .268 and stole 17 bases.

  • LeBron James was suspended for one game for his role in an incident during Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. James elbowed – accidentally, he claims Isiah Stewart, who sought to retaliate by rushing at him. Stewart was suspended for two games. The Lakers won 121-116.

Weather:  Cool, cool, warmer …

Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s daytime temperatures should dip to 73 in the West Orange County area. Tuesday should have cloudy skies but Wednesday is forecast to be sunny. Thursday will be warmer at 80. In the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, Tuesday should be partly cloudy with a high of 70. The sun should come out on Wednesday, but the daytime high is expected to stay at 70, then jump to 78 on Thursday.

Stocks: Tech stocks batter market

A sell-off in the technology stocks is being blamed for another down day Monday in two of three major stock markets.

The Dow Jones Industrials rose 17.27 points (0.05 percent) to 35,629.25, but the S&P 500 fell 15.92 points (0.32 percent) to 4,682.94 and the Nasdaq declined 202.68 (1.26 percent) to 15,854.76.

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