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Bannon will testify to panel

THE JAN. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump (Shutterstock).

One of the most intriguing possible witnesses called to testify before the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol has agreed to appear.

According to The Associated Press, Steve Bannon – who has heretofore resisted responding to a subpoena – has agreed to testify as to his knowledge of events related to the attempt by supporters of former president Donald Trump to prevent the certification of Joe Biden as president.

Bannon was an ally of Trump and served as a White House strategist, although he was fired in 2017.

He was facing criminal contempt charges for refusing to comply with the subpoena.

Russians hunt for “volunteers”

Its ranks depleted by a war in Ukraine that’s resulted in more casualties and longer combat has led the Russian military to try to find more soldiers to continue the conflict.


The New York Times is reporting that the Kremlin is seeking to fill the ranks with cash bonuses –which might not be paid – mercenaries and poor ethnic minorities.

Although Russian men ages 18 to 27 are required to serve one year in the military, they were originally exempted from combat because of that relatively limited period of training.

Now, The Times reports, that policy is not being followed.

Sports: Halos are swept; Dodgers win 7th

No lead is safe as far as the 2022 Los Angeles Angels (38-49) are concerned. After taking an early 2-0 advantage, the Halos were outscored by nine runs and went down to a 9-5 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Sunday. It was the team’s fourth straight loss and eighth in nine games.

Monte Harrison and Max Stassi each homered for the Angels. Jose Suarez (1-3) took the loss, working 3.2 innings and giving up three hits and four earned runs. He walked two and struck out one batter.

On Sunday at home, the Los Angeles Dodgers survived a slugfest and defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-9.

After falling behind 3-0 and 8-3, the Blue Crew erupted with six runs in the bottom of the third to secure the win, which improved the overall record to 56-29. LAD now leads the National League West by eight games over the second place San Diego Padres. It was their seventh straight win.

Freddie Freeman did the most damage with a home run and a double, driving in two runs and scoring twice. Justin Turner and Will Smith also had a couple of RBIs.

Dodger starter Julio Urias was knocked out after two innings, giving up three hits and five earned runs. The win went to Bickford (1-1) who lasted just one innings and yielded two hits and three earned runs. He walked two batters but struck out three and was the pitcher of record when his teammates had that six-run inning.

The Dodgers have Monday off and start a three-game series in St. Louis against the Cardinals.

Weather: Overcast overstays the OC

Partly cloudy conditions will persist over the West Orange County area for the next four days, according to forecasts. Monday’s daytime high should be 81 with an overnight low of 63. Tuesday is predicted to be 80 (62) with Wednesday (81/63) and Thursday (84/65) warmer. Sunny skies are predicted to finally arrive by Friday.

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