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Voting machine plan revealed

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Former President Donald Trump pushed a plan – rejected by White House lawyers – to seize states’ voting machines in an effort to hold on to his position as chief executive.

That’s what the House committee on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol said on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

The meeting at which the voting machine proposal was discussed turned into a shouting match, reported the AP.

Additionally, the panel claimed that he urged his backers to march on the seat of Congress, an event that turned into a deadly battle which took the lives of at least a half-dozen people.

Panel Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) warned that Trump may have been in contact with witnesses who have not yet testified, raising the issue of witness tampering.

She said the committee would not tolerate anyone seeking interfere with the investigation by seeking to influence witnesses.

Musk backs out, Twitter will sue

Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, has withdrawn from his agreement to buy Twitter for $44 billion, according to The New York Times.

The messaging giant is pushing back by suing him in Delaware. Musk claims that Twitter refused to provide him with data on “fake accounts”; the social media firm wants him to “honor his obligations.”

Sports: Angels lose to Astros, Dodgers fall

The Los Angeles Angels lost their fifth straight game and ninth in 10 in falling 6-5 to the Houston Astros Tuesday night in Anaheim. The Halos (38-50) had only two hits but managed to tie the game late 5-5 with four runs manufactured out of a hit batsman, a passed ball and a single.

A late rally by the Los Angeles Dodgers (56-30) was not quite enough to overcome a 6-1 early deficit as they lost 7-6 to the Cardinals in St. Louis. The rally was sparked by home runs by Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman. The Cards had two homers of their own, one by Albert Pujols, a former Dodger and Angel.

Weather: Clouds, clouds, sun, sun …

Partly cloudy skies will give way to lots of sun in the West Orange County area. According to forecasts, Wednesday will see a daytime high of 76 (overnight low of 63) under overcast skies. Thursday will be similar with a high of 77(64). The sun will make its return on Friday with a high of 82 (66). Saturday will be slightly warmer with a high of 84 (67).

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