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Russians pausing in Ukraine?

RUSSIAN ATTACK on a shopping mall in Ukraine (Wikipedia/Ukrainian govt.)

Russia’s attacks into Donetsk in the east of Ukraine persisted on Thursday as air strikes and missile fire continued.

According to The New York Times, at least seven civilians were killed in the previous 24 hours and at least six others wounded.

However, the invaders appeared to have made no forward progress on the ground. The Russian defense ministry called the pause an “opportunity to rest” and “replenish their combat capabilities.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN that his country would not officially concede any part of its territory to Russia and mocked its military results. “I don’t even understand what exactly they’re controlling there. They ruined towns, schools. They are occupiers of the rubble?”

Boris Johnson is out as PM

BORIS JOHNSON, British prime minister (Official portrait).

One day after vowing to hang on to his position as prime minister of Great Britain, Boris Johnson announced his resignation on Thursday.

According to The Associated Press, he announced that he would be stepping down after three members of his cabinet resigned their posts over what were described as “ethical lapses.”

“Them’s the breaks,” he said.

However, he will not be leaving the office immediately. His Conservative Party, which holds a majority in the House of Commons, must now choose a successor.

Also in the news … James Caan, who starred in “The Godfather” movie as the emotional and violent Sonny Corleone, has died at the age of 82.

Sports: Angels lose to Birds, Dodgers vs. Cubs

After snapping a four-game losing streak with a win on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels went back to losing on Thursday, falling 4-1 to the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. They’ve now lost five of six games on this road trip.

The Angels had just six hits and did the least with them, going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Mike Trout went 0-for-4 but did not strike out, although he hit two deep balls that nearly left the park.

Starting pitcher Chase Silseth (1-3) lasted four innings, giving up six hits and four earned runs. He struck out two batters and walked one.

The Angels (38-46) will face the Orioles (40-44) again on Friday with Reid Detmers (2-3) making the start for the Halos.

Tony Gonsolin improved his record to 11-10 as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-3 at home on Thursday.

Gonsolin worked seven innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs. He struck out three batters and walked one as his ERA fell to 1.62.

The Dodger attack was powered by two home runs by Mookie Betts and one each by Gavin Lux and Justin Turner.

With the win, the Blue Crew is 53-29 and leads the National League West by six games over the San Diego Padres.

Weather: A little bit hotter, then …

Daytime temperatures in the West Orange County area will increase for a few days before receding with the new workweek. The forecast for Friday is for a daytime high of 82 with an overnight low of 62 under partly cloudy conditions. Saturday is expected to also be partly cloudy with high of 85 (63). The clouds will remain on Sunday with the same temperatures. Monday will see the thermometer dip to 80 (63).

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