The Wider World

Down to the Election Day wire


Heading into Election Day on Tuesday, political candidates and political celebrities are making their final push for control of Congress and state houses in a polarized nation.

Most polls and political observers are giving Republicans a good chance of retaking control of the House of Representatives. They need only to net five more seats to become the majority party there.

The status of the battle for the U.S. Senate is different. Until recently, Democrats appeared to have a clear edge, but in the past two weeks, it’s looking like a toss-up that could be decided by one or two seats.

It’s also been suggested that many races may not be decided on Tuesday or even Wednesday. Democrats have been encouraged by their leaders to vote early, while Republicans have been encouraged to vote only on Election Day, which could result in a lengthy count.

A cold winter for Ukraine?


In the wake of Russia’s campaign to disable or destroy utilities in the capital city of Kyiv, the Ukrainian government is struggling to cope with the possibility of 4.5 million people without electric power, water or heat.

According to the Associated Press, rolling blackouts are in place now in Kyiv and other cities. The government plans to roll out 1,000 heating points to provide some warmth.

Also in the news …. Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, posted a tweet on Sunday saying that any account that attempts to impersonate another will be permanently suspended. Some celebrities have changed their name to “Musk” or “Elon Musk.”

Sports: Heart-breaking loss for Rams

The Los Angeles Rams led for the whole game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday except for the last nine seconds, when Tom Brady completed a 1-yard pass for a touchdown, giving the home team a 16-13 win.

With the loss, the Rams are 3-5, while the Bucs go to 4-5.

The Los Angeles Chargers had better luck, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 20-17 to improve to 5-3. ATL goes to 4-5.

College football: The new AP Top 25 has Georgia (9-1) back on top after defeating Tennessee (8-1) by 27-13.

The rest of the top five are Ohio State (9-0), Michigan (9-0), TCU (9-0) and Tennessee. USC (8-1) is eighth and UCLA (8-1) is ninth.

Weather: Get your rain boots out

RAIN is expected Monday, Tuesday (Shutterstock)..

Wet and windy is the outlook for the West Orange County area for Monday and Tuesday. The National Weather Service’s forecast for Monday is for a 50 percent chance of showers with gusts of wind up to 25 miles an hour. The daytime high should be around 65 with an overnight low of 57 with diminishing winds.

Tuesday has a 90 percent chance of rain, with a daytime high of 63 and an overnight low of 51 with winds of up to 35 miles an hour.

The NWS has a flash food watch warning in place through Tuesday night, but that mostly applies to canyon areas of Orange County.

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