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Ukraine govt. a Russian target?

VLADIMIR PUTIN, president of Russia (Shutterstock).

Russia is planning on replacing the government of Ukraine with pro-Russian politicians, the British government alleged on Sunday.

According to the Associated Press, the Foreign Office of Great Britain claims that Moscow is hoping to install Yevheniy Murayev as the new president of its neighbor. How that might be accomplished was not stated.

The U.S. Department of State indicated it agreed with the British assessment and praised London for its “long-standing support to Ukraine.” The Russian government has denied the allegations.
Tensions are high as an estimated 125,000 Russian troops are on the borders of Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin is demanding that the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization vow not to allow Ukraine to join NATO.

U.S. President Joe Biden has warned Putin that an invasion of Ukraine would be hit with strong economic sanctions and penalties.

A winter wildfire closes Highway 1

A cool-weather blaze closed a stretch of California’s Highway 1 on Saturday, leading to evacuations in an area close to the scenic Big Sur area.

According to USA Today, what’s now called the Colorado Fire has burned over two square miles, shutting US-1 in both directions. The blaze was fanned into expansion by 35 mile an hour winds.

Sports: Divisional battles in NFL playoffs

Two Saturday games will go a long way toward deciding who makes it to the conference finals in the NFL next week.

In an AFC game the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Tennessee Titans 19-16 on a field goal in the last 20 seconds of the game by Evan McPherson. He kicked four field goals for the winners. The Bengals will play the winner of Sunday’s Kansas City-Buffalo game on Jan. 30.

In an NFC game, the Green Bay Packers are hosting the San Francisco 49ers. As of this posting, the Packers are leading 7-0  after the first quarter. We’ll update the score as the game progresses. The winner of this contest will play the winner of Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the NFC title.

Weather: Still sunny and breezy

Sunshine, breezes and clear skies should continue for the West Orange County area through the weekend and well into mid-week.  The forecast for Sunday is a daytime high of 77 with an overnight low of 47. Monday will be a bit cooler at 73 (47) and a 72 (49) on Tuesday. Things warm up a little on Wednesday with a high of 76.

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