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Russia warns U.S. on arms

RUSSIAN tanks and other military vehicles destroyed by Ukrainian forces on the road north of Kyiv (VOA/Wikipedia).

The Russian government on Friday warned the United States against continuing to supply Ukraine with advanced weaponry, threatening “unpredictable consequences.”

High-tech missile and other war materials are credited with helping Ukraine battle the larger Russian forces to a standstill.

According to The New York Times, the U.S. is sending 155-mm howitzers to Ukraine as part of a new $800 million package to help keep the invaders at bay.

Other Western nations have sent weapons, munitions, vehicles and medical aid as well. Russian forces have been defeated in a drive to capture the capital city of Kyiv and have since shifted their efforts toward the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine.

Mixed results in redistricting battle

WISCONSIN SUPREME Court handed each party a victory (Shutterstock).

A decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday handed victories to both Democrats and Republicans.

The court ruled in favor of using district maps for the state assembly and senate that were drawn by the Republican-dominated legislature, but also approved Congressional district maps created by Democrats.

Each party accused the other of “gerrymandering” the process to the unfair advantage of their side. The court had originally agreed to the Democratic legislative maps, but reversed that decision based on rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sports: Clippers will play without George

The Los Angeles Clippers, with their backs to the wall in the NBA “play-in” tournament, will be without their best player when they face the New Orleans Pelicans tonight.

Paul George, who averaged 24.3 points a game this season, is out due to NBA “health and safety protocols.” He missed more than half of the season with an elbow injury.

Weather: Cooler, then warmer

Daytime high temperatures in the West Orange County area will dip on Saturday, then rise on Sunday. The forecast calls for Saturday high to be 69 (overnight low of 56) under partly cloudy skies. There will be a 12 percent chance of rain.

Sunday will see warming trend to 74 (53) with temps in the mid-70s continuing through the coming week.

Business: Twitter fights Elon Musk

Twitter has adopted a “poison pill” to ward off a takeover attempt by Elon Musk, the world’s richest man.

The weapon to be employed is a dilution of the value of the company’s stock in the event of a “hostile takeover.” Musk, chief executive of Tesla, had offered to buy the popular social media platform for $43.4 billion, according to The Guardian.

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