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Ukraine forces counterattack

UKRAINIAN FORCES are now counterattacking Russian invaders (Shutterstock).

Armed with powerful weapons supplied by the United States and allies, Ukraine is mounting counter-offensives to take back land conquered by Russian invaders.

According to The New York Times, the pushback is coming in the northeast and east, as the defenders seek to recapture areas around Kharkiv and Izium. Fierce fighting is said to be raging.

In related news, Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, apologized to Israel on Thursday for remarks made by his foreign minister comparing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Adolf Hitler.

Also, Amnesty International said on Friday that some Russian officials should be punished for “war crimes” committed during the invasion of Ukraine.

Judge rules in Greene’s favor

A state judge in Georgia on Friday ruled that controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene should not be disqualified from being on the May 24 ballot despite her “heated rhetoric” about the 2020 election being “stolen.”

The judge said that there was no evidence she participated in or planned the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. That decision accepted by Georgia election officials.

Sports: Angels win, Dodgers postponed

The Los Angeles Angels kept their winning ways going Friday, defeating the Washington Nationals 3-0 in D.C.

Jonathan Diaz (1-0) pitched five scoreless innings, yielding three hits for the Halos. He walked four and struck out four as well.

At the plate, the Angels only had five hits, but Mike Trout did almost all of the damage that needed to be done. He singled and doubled, driving in two runs. His batting average is now .325.

The win improved the Orange County team’s record to 18-10, leading second place Houston (16-11) by a game and a half. The Angels and Nats (9-19) will play again on Saturday at 6:07 p.m.

As for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday’s game with the Chicago Cubs in the Windy City was postponed due to “inclement weather” and will be rescheduled to a double-header on Saturday.

Weather: Sunny weather still elusive

Friday was a pleasant day, but for those in the West Orange County area still looking for a full day of sunshine, we’re not there yet. Skies will remain partly cloudy Saturday and Sunday, transitioning to mostly sunny on Monday and Tuesday. Saturday’s expected daytime high should be 72 (overnight low of 60) with Sunday slightly cooler at 70 (54).

Business: Hiring booming in U.S.

Employers in the U.S. added 428,000 jobs in April, keeping unemployment at a low 3.6 percent. Traditionally, 4 percent was considered “full employment.”

According to the Labor Department, 95 percent of the 22 millions jobs lost during the pandemic have been recovered. While strong hiring is generally considered good news, the labor force has shrunk as some workers have been slow to return to the job.



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