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Ga. indictments are up to 19

NINETEEN people, including former president Donald Trump, have been indicted on felony charges of trying to interfere with the 2020 presidential election in Georgia (Shutterstock).

The lineup of people indicted by a Georgia grand jury for seeking to illegally overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election has grown to 19 people, including former president Donald Trump.

According to the Associated Press, the indictments also accuse some local Republican party officials and computer experts who allegedly tried to break into voting machines on Jan. 7, 2021 to find – or create – “proof” of widespread voter fraud in Coffee County, ,Georgia, enough to show that Trump rather than then-Vice President Joe Biden  was the actual winner of that state’s Electoral College votes.

The AP reports that similar efforts were made in three Michigan counties and one Colorado county. 

All recounts and challenges in any of the “battleground” states showed no evidence of “widespread fraud that that could have changed the results,” according to the AP.

President Biden will go to Hawaii


As efforts continue to identify the remains of people who perished during the wildfires the ravaged Maui last week, the White House announced that President Joe Biden and the First Lady Jill Biden are planning to visit the island.

The count of those lost has risen to 99, reports The New York Times, but it could go much higher, as perhaps as many at 1,300 people are considered missing.

The Maui Emergency Management Agency has estimated that the cost of rebuilding  could be as high as $5.52 billion.

Japan observes anniversary of 1945 surrender

FLAG OF JAPAN (Shutterstock).

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako led the nation in a moment of silence on Tuesday to remember those who died from that country on the anniversary of its surrender at the end of World War in 1945.

United Press International reported that the event at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo honored Japan’s 2.4 million war dead, which included 800,000 civilians.

However, neighboring countries which had been invaded and conquered by Japanese forces objected to the event saying it glorified a military responsible for the killing and enslaving millions of people from China, Korea, Philippines and what is now Indonesia, along with American and British prisoners of war.

Sports:  Angels try to regroup after big loss

When the Los Angeles Angels face the Texas Rangers on the road tonight (Tuesday) they will be trying to shake for the memory of Monday’s 12-0 loss in which they had only one hit but two fielding errors. Lucas Giolito (7-8) will make the start for the Halos.

Meanwhile, back in Chavez Ravine, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Milwaukee Brewers. The Blue Crew be hoping to extend its eight-game winning streak.

Weather: Heat peaks and falls

Temperatures in our West Orange County area will peak on Wednesday with a daytime high of 91 and an overnight low of 61 under partly cloudy skies. On Thursday – also with partly cloudy skies – the numbers will begin to drop with a high of 85 (65). Friday will decline to 84 (65) and Saturday to 83 (66).

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