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Mass shooting suspect dead

IMAGES of the suspect in the mass shooting in Monterey Park (LASD).

The suspected gunman in a mass slaying in Monterey Park in Los Angeles County Saturday night killed himself Sunday afternoon.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Hu Can Tran, 72, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wounded when confronted by police. Police say he is the man they believe to have killed 10 people and wounded 10 others at a dance studio where a celebration of the Tet lunar new year was underway.

Monterey is a suburban city with a large Chinese-American population. The motive for the shootings is still unknown.

German tanks may go to Ukraine

LEOPARD 2 German tank (Wikipedia).

In what might be a break in the logjam over whether modern battle tanks should be sent to Ukraine, the German government announced Sunday it would not object if Poland sent some of its German-main Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

Earlier, some of the Western allies appeared to be waiting for some other nation to take the lead. The Leopard 2 is an advanced main battle tank and is widely used in Europe, but some countries are fearful of Russia’s reaction, according to the Associated Press.

Also in the news … Jeff Zients, who coordinated the Biden White House’s response to COVID-19 is believed to be the next presidential chief of staff, replacing Ron Klain, according to United Press International.

Sports: NFL “Final Four” is now decided

The finalists for the NFL conference championships have been settled. On Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Buffalo Bills 27-10 and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys 19-12.

That means that the 49ers will take on the Philadelphia Eagles  next weekend for the National Football Conference crown and the Kansas City Chiefs will face the Bengals for the American Football Conference title.

The winner of those games goes to the Super Bowl to be played on Sunday, Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Weather:  Let the sunny times roll

The West Orange County area can except a steady diet of winter sun for the next week or so. The forecast for Monday for sunny skies and a daytime high of 64 with an overnight low of 42. Tuesday will be similar with a high of 65 (43). Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a high of 69 and low of 50. From there through next Saturday it’ll be more sunny days.

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