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Rockets kill Russian troops

HIMARS missile system the Ukrainians say they used to destroy Russian ammunition dump (U.S. Army photo).

Attacks by U.S-made HIMARS rockets killed at least 63  Russian troops on Sunday, a total that could rise to several hundred.

According to The New York Times, the attacks were aimed at soldiers housed in a building adjacent to an ammunition depot. It’s believed that the rockets ignited the materials there and the ensuing explosion destroyed the soldier’s quarters.

The Ukrainian estimate is that “about 400” soldiers had been killed. Another estimate put the toll at 600. Sunday’s tragedy prompted more criticism within Russia of a military poorly organized and led.

Hobbs sworn in as Arizona governor

KATIE JOBBS (Wikipedia)

Katie Hobbs took office on Monday as Arizona’s 24th governor, finishing a long and controversial campaign.

According to the Associated Press, she is the first Democrat to win that office since 2009.

Hobbs narrowly defeated Republican Kari Lake, who claimed she was the victim of widespread election fraud and error. A recount and legal action failed to overturn the result.

Also in the news … Over 60,000 people viewed the body of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City in Rome on Monday … Actor Jeremy Renner was seriously injured in a snow-plowing accident in Nevada ….

Sports: Tulane’ late rally beats Trojans

The Tulane Green Wave football team only led at one point in Tuesday’s Cotton Bowl game in Texas but that was enough to prevail 46-45.

USC twice had leads of two touchdowns but the underdogs rallied again and again and won it with nine seconds to play when Alex Bauman caught a scoring pass from Michael Pratt.

The win for Tulane has the team finish the season at 12-2, a record turnaround from last year’s 2-10 mark.

The Trojans (11-3) got a record-breaking performance from quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams, who completed 37 of 52 passes for 462 yards and five touchdowns.

Weather: Rain ahead of schedule

Rainy weather is arriving a bit earlier than originally predicted. West Orange County had some wet stuff on Monday evening, and will get morning showers on Tuesday, and rain on Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday’s expected daytime high is 61 with an overnight low of 53. Wednesday should warm up to 63 (55), with Thursday at 61 (47). Partly cloudy weather is expected to move in on Friday and Saturday.

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