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A leap forward for fusion?

LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY in Livermore, California (Wikipedia).

The prospect of fusion as a means to a safe and almost limitless supply of energy may be coming closer to reality.

On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is going to announce “a major scientific breakthrough” on Tuesday.

For the first time, a fusion reaction has produced more energy than used to ignite it, at the Livermore National Laboratory in California. Fusion is the same process as the sun’s generation of heat and light.

Potentially, this could eventually lead to carbon-less energy to replace fossil fuel and other energy sources. It could also play a crucial role in reducing damage to the environment.

1,000 immigrants cross into Texas

ABOUT 1,000 immigrant crossed into Texas Sunday night (Shutterstock).

About 1,000 immigrants – most of them having journeyed from Nicaragua through Mexico – crossed the Rio Grande River into Texas Sunday night.

According to The New York Times, this was one of the biggest one-day treks into the U.S. in that area. It likely worsens the situation at the border, because neither Mexico nor Nicaragua are willing to accept them if expelled from the United States.

Also in the news … Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) has won her re-election campaign against Democratic challenger Adam Frisch. Her victory came as a recount showed the combative incumbent winning by about 500 votes.

Sports: 5 Trojans, 1 Bruin are AP All-Stars

Five players from USC and one from UCLA have been named to the Associated Press All-America football teams announced Monday.

Chosen to the first team were Trojans Caleb Williams (also named AP Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy winner), Andrew Voorhees (offensive lineman) and Tuli Tuipuloto (defensive end).

Named to the third team were Brett Neilon (center) and Mehki Blackmon (cornerback).

Chosen for the second team was UCLA’s Zach Charnonnet as all-purpose player.

Weather: The sun will return

After a wet weekend, the West Orange County area can look forward to sunny weather on Tuesday. The National Weather Service is calling for a daytime high of 59 and an overnight low of 39. Wednesday will also be sunny, but warmer at 61 during the day and 42 at night. Thursday is expected to be partly sunny with a high of 63 during the day and 45 and cloudy at night.

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