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Biden signs gun violence bill

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN signs new gun violence law (White House photo).

What’s being called a “landmark” piece of gun violence legislation was signed into law by President Joe Biden on Saturday

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act will provide $13 billion to cities and states to improve school safety, background checks and “red flag laws” that will allow the temporary confiscation of firearms from people considered to be dangerous to themselves or others, according to The Associated Press.

“Time is of the essence,” said Biden. The bill is a compromise between Democrats and Republicans and “doesn’t do everything I want” but “does include actions I’ve long called for that are going to save lives.”

“Trigger laws” ripple across U.S.

In anticipation of a U.S Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, about half the states have passed laws which would outlaw all or most abortions after as the high court made its expected decision.

THE AFTERMATH of end of Roe. v Wade (Shutterstock).

According to The New York Times, abortion clinics and family planning firms which offer pregnancy termination counseling began closing on Saturday. Some states have laws which won’t take effect for another 30 days

In states where abortion rights have now disappeared, women are beginning to plan trips to states where it remains legal, such as California and Minnesota.

Sports: Dodgers lose to Braves; Angels vs. M’s

The Los Angeles Dodgers were defeated by the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Saturday in Georgia. The Dodgers are now 44-26.

On Friday, the Dodgers defeated the Braves 4-1 and the Angels lost to the Mariners 4-3. Check back for final results later.

Weather: It’s partly summer

The long string of sunny days we’ve been promised for the West Orange County area has been elusive. The forecast for Sunday is for partly cloudy skies with a daytime high of 89 and an overnight low of 65. Monday will be similar with a high of 88 (67). The sun is supposed to break through on Tuesday with a high of 88 (67). Wednesday will be slightly cooler at 85 (66).

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