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Alex Jones must pay $4.1m


ALEX JONES (InfoWars).

Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax, was ordered Thursday by a Texas jury to pay $4.1 million to the parents of  a 6-year-old boy killed in the mass shooting.
According to The Associated Press, Jones is the host of the online show InfoWars in which he has spread unsupported allegations including the 2016 “Pizzagate” story in which he claimed that a child sex ring was being operated by Democrats in the non-existent basement of a Washington, D.C. pizza eatery.

Jones still has to face other legal action relating to his Sandy Hook claims.

“I admitted I was wrong,” said Jones, according to The New York Times. “I admitted it was a mistake. I admitted that I followed disinformation but not on purpose.”

Griner sentenced to 9 years imprisonment

Brittney Griner, an international women’s basketball star from the U.S., was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday on charges of drug smuggling and possession charges.

She had been arrested at a Moscow airport while carrying two vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage, according to United Press International.

Griner, 31, was also sentenced to pay a fine of about $150,000.

Sports: Angels lose, Dodgers win

A six-run third inning propelled the Oakland A’s to an 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels today (Thursday) in Anaheim.  The Angels lost despite hitting seven home runs. Shohei Ohtani provided much of the offense for the Halos, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Two of his hits were home runs, his 23rd and 24th of the season. The Angels are 44-61 and remain in fourth place in the American League West.

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Giants in San Francisco, 5-3. Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his 25th home run of the season. Trea Turner had a solo home run in the seventh, his 18th four-bagger of the season. 

Clayton Kershaw worked four innings, giving up three hits and one earned run. He struck out four batters and walked one. 

The Blue Crew is 72-33 and in first place in the National League West by 12.5 games over the second place San Diego Padres.

On Wednesday the Angels lost 3-1 to the Oakland A’s. The Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-0.

Weather: Mid-80s for days and days

If you liked Thursday’s temperature, you’ll be happy with the weather in the West Orange County area for the next few days. The forecast is for a daytime high of 85 and an overnight low of 68 under partly cloudy skies. Saturday should see a high of 86 (68) with partly cloudy skies. The sun should break through on Sunday with a high of 85 (68). Partly cloudy conditions should return on Monday, with a 13 percent chance of rain. The high should be 84 with a low of 68.

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