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Man with gun near Obama home

STORMING of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 (Wikipedia).

Federal prosecutors said that former president Donald Trump posted online what was supposedly the address of former president Barack Obama and on the same day a man with guns in his van was arrested in the neighborhood.

The Associated Press is reporting that Taylor Taranto, 37, was being detained based on his online comments and his pending charges on participating in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S Capitol.

When approached by Secret Service officers in Obama’s neighborhood, he fled and was chased and caught on June 29.

According to the AP, Taranto’s wife said he kept two firearms and many rounds of ammunition in his van which he drove across the country and in which he lived.

Biden wants Sweden in NATO

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (White House photo).

President Joe Biden met with the Swedish prime minister Ulf Kristersson on Wednesday and repeated his support for that nation’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Sweden’s membership has been held up by objections from NATO members Turkey and Hungary, who have good relations with Russia.

“You are a valued, valued friend,” said Biden. To be admitted to become a member, a vote of the organization must be unanimous.

Navy saves tankers from Iranian attack

The attempted seizures of two oil tankers by Iranian naval forces today (Wednesday) was stopped by a U.S. Navy  ship.

The USS McFaul, a guided missile destroyer, was dispatched to chase off the attacking ships in separate incidents, according to United Press International.

In each case, shots were fired at the oilers and some minor damage was inflicted. Both incidents were in international waters, the U.S. Navy stated.

Angels swept; Dodgers rally to win

The Los Angeles Angels are continuing in their slump, which is turning into a tailspin. They lost 5-3 to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday and suffered through their sixth defeat in seven games and a sweep by the home team.

Now 45-43, the Halos are just a half-game ahead of the fourth-place Seattle Mariners (42-42) in the American League West.

The game was tied 3-3 in the middle of the seventh when the Padres scored one run each in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings.

No Angel batter got more than one hit;  Catcher Matt Thaiss did the best with his fifth homer of the season, which briefly tied the game in seventh.

The Angels have Thursday off and open a two-game series with the Dodgers in LA (Friday and Saturday) before the long (five-day) All-Star break.

The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied from a 4-0 deficit with two runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to defeat the Pirates 6-4 in Pittsburgh.

With the win, the Dodgers are 48-38 and in second place in the National League West, 1.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.

J.D. Martinez and David Peralta hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth to bring in the deciding runs. Martinez got three RBIs on his homer.

Bobby Miller (5-1) had a rocky start, being touched for five hits and four earned runs in 5.2 innings. He struck out seven batters and walked one.

The two teams meet again on Thursday.

Weather: Here comes the sun … eventually …

Sunshine is coming to our West Orange County area, but not just yet. Sunny skies are forecast to come on Tuesday, but until then, it’s partly cloudy with daytime highs of 77 on Thursday and Friday and overnight lows of 61 both days. Highs the next few days are 80 (Sunday), 82 (Monday) and then ….

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