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Legal abortion “battle” coming?

PRO-LIFE and pro-choice demonstrators (Shutterstock).

What’s being described as an “all or nothing” judicial battle over the legality of abortion could be coming on Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a Mississippi case where state law would prohibit termination of pregnancies after 15 weeks.

According to the Associated Press, the high court – with six conservative justices – may be poised to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortions nationally.

If Roe is overturned, it would likely not change the legality of the procedure in California and other states with laws permitting it, but it could lead to the end to legal abortions in 26 states without such legislation.

According to The New York Times, fetuses can survive outside the womb after around 23 weeks.

Unvaccinated “at most risk” from omicron

THE CORONAVIRUS (Shutterstock).

As the coronavirus variant omicron is detected in cases in Canada, as well as Europe and South Africa, a British expert says the new mutation is “extremely unlikely” to cause serious illness among people who are vaccinated.

United Press International reports that Andrew Pollard, who helped develop Oxford University’s AstraZeneca vaccine, said he was “cautiously optimistic” that existing vaccines would be effective in protecting against death or major illness from omicron.

However. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. expert on infectious diseases, expressed concern about its potential for “high rates of transmissibility,” although it might take several weeks to have “definitive information about that issue, according to UPI.

Sports: A rough day for LA football

JUSTIN HERBERT of the Los Angeles Chargers (Mike Nowak/Chargers).

Both Los Angeles NFL teams suffered defeats on Sunday, dimming their prospects for division titles or playoff spots.

The Chargers lost 28-13 to the Broncos in Denver, dropping their record to 6-5.  Justin Herbert passed for 303 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted twice.

In Green Bay, the story was similar in the Rams’ 36-28 loss to the Packers. Matthew Stafford had 302 yards passing and three TDs, but was intercepted once – the pass returned for a touchdown – and lost a fumble.

The Rams are now 7-4 overall and in second place in the NFC West, two games behind the Arizona Cardinals (9-2). It was their third consecutive loss. The Chargers are 6-5 and in second in the AFC West behind first place Kansas City (7-4).

  • On Saturday it was a split decision for college teams. USC lost 35-31 to Brigham Young University to fall to 4-7 on the season while UCLA improved to 8-4 with a 42-14 win over Cal.
  • With its historic win over Ohio State on Saturday, Michigan moved into second place in the AP Top 25 College Football Rankings released on Sunday. Here’s the top 10: Georgia (12-0) is first, Michigan (11-1) is second, Cincinnati (12-0) is third, Alabama (11-1) is fourth, Oklahoma State (11-1) is fifth, Notre Dame (11-1) is sixth, Ohio State (10-2) is seventh, Ole Miss (10-2) is eighth, Baylor (10-2) is ninth and Oregon (10-2) is 10th.

Weather: Even more sun coming

West Orange County will continue to enjoy sunny skies and moderately warm days through Wednesday. Monday’s forecast is for a high of 74 (overnight low of 50) with Tuesday similar at 74 (53).

In coastal areas of Huntington Beach, a bit cooler with a high Monday of 70 (53) and 69 (53) on Tuesday.

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