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Democrats advance key bill

U.S. CAPITOL, seat of Congress (Shutterstock).

Working overtime on the weekend, the U.S. Senate on Saturday voted to begin debate on a Democratic-backed bill with regulations and funding on climate change, clean energy, health and taxes.

In a key vote, Democrats advanced the bill on a 51-50 tally. All of the Democrats supported the legislation and all Republicans were in opposition. Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaker.

If that margin holds up on the final vote, the 755-page bill would pass and be sent to the House of Representatives where Democrats hold a slim majority.

According to The Associated Press, Democrats were able to cement a united front by making compromises with Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Krysten Sinema of Arizona.

McKinney fire is 30% contained

The huge McKinney Fire in northern California is 30 percent contained, according to United Press International. The blaze, which originated in Klamath National Forest near Oregon, has destroyed more than 87 homes, killed four people and burned over 60,000 acres. 

All told, at least 132 structures were totally destroyed with four others sustaining some damage.

Also in the news … Actress Anne Heche was reported in stable condition Saturday after a traffic accident Friday in Los Angeles in which her car ran off the road and stuck a house, igniting a fire.

Sports: Angels v. M’s, Dodgers v. Padres

The Los Angeles Angels are visiting the Mariners in Seattle, while the Dodgers are hosting the San Diego Padres.

Weather: It’ll be a hot Sunday

The thermometer will break the 90-degree mark in the West Orange County area on Sunday, ushering in a stretch of warmer weather in the mid- to high-80s. The forecast is for a high of 91 on Sunday under sunny skies. The overnight low will be 67. Monday will be cooler at 86 (68) with partly cloudy weather. Tuesday is expected to have a high of 86 with a low of 67 under mostly sunny skies.

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