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Bomb kills daughter of Putin ally

THE DAUGHTER of a major ally of Russian President Vladmir Putin was killed Saturday in a car bomb explosion (Shutterstock).

A car bomb has killed the daughter of a major ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

According to The Associated Press, Daria Dugina, 29, a TV commentator, perished in the explosion in the sport utility vehicle she was driving Saturday night.

No one claimed responsibility, although there is suspicion that the intended target was Alexander Dugin, her father. He is a strong supporter of Putin and has advocated for a more powerful Russian state and the invasion of Ukraine.

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine claimed that Ukraine was behind the attack, while the Ukrainian government denied the accusation, with “We are not a criminal state, unlike Russia, and defnitely not a terrorist state.”

Graham testimony blocked, for now


The testimony of Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina) before a grand jury on efforts by former president Donald Trump and supporters to interfere with the 2020 election was temporarily blocked by a federal appeals court on Sunday.

The New York Times is reporting that the court told a lower court to decide whether Graham can be compelled to testify, as he may be shielded by his position as a member of Congress.

His testimony was sought as a witness, not a suspect, in the alleged attempt to illegally influence the results of the 2020 general election in Georgia, where Joe Biden was the narrow winner.

Sports: Dodgers win, Angels lost

It was a typical Sunday for the LA-OC area teams in Major League Baseball.

The Los Angeles Angels (now 52-69) lost 4-0 to the Tigers in Detroit. Halo starter Shohei Ohtani (10-8) came out after four innings, having given up five hits and three runs. He walked four batters and struck out two batters. Mike Trout, back in the lineup, went 2-for-3 with a walk.

The Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Miami Marlins at home, winning 10-3 on Sunday. The Blue Crew (84-36) got home runs from Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy. Will Smith and Freddie Freedman had three hits each as the host team totaled 16 hits.

Ryan Pepiot (2-0) worked six innings, yielding four hits and two earned runs. He struck out seven batters and walked two.

Weather: Playing it cool on Monday

The forecast for the West Orange County area on Monday calls for a relatively cool day with daytime high of 81, and an overtime low of 66 under partly cloudy skies. Tuesday and Wednesday will be warmer at 85(67) with partly cloudy conditions.

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