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Federal judge backs refusal to help host same-sex weddings

SAME SEX MARRIAGE (Shutterstock).

The owner of an apple orchard that refused to help host wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples has won a federal court decision.

United Press International reports that Federal District Judge Paul Lewis Maloney in Michigan ruled that the ban from the 2017 East Lansing Farmer’s Market was “a burden on plaintiff’s religious beliefs.”

Steve Tennes, owner of the orchard, said he was following the Catholic Church’s views about marriage. His case was brought forth by the Alliance for Defending Freedom.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has described ADF as a hate group.

Mark Meadows faces arrest by Friday

MARK MEADOWS (Wikipedia).

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is asking a federal court to block his arrest while it is deciding whether his case belongs in federal or state court.

According to USA Today, Meadows is accused of taking part in efforts to overturn results of the 2020 presidential election by pressuring Georgia officials to change the vote totals in that state, which was won narrowly by Joe Biden.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis declared that if Meadows did not surrender to authorities by 12:30 p.m. on Friday she would issue an arrest warrant for him.

Relax … UPS will deliver your online stuff

Members of the Teamsters Union which represents 340,000 workers voted to approve a labor contract with United Parcel Service, guaranteeing that package deliveries will not be interrupted.

The Associated Press is reporting that – according to the Teamsters, 86 percent voted to approve the proposed five-year contract. Full- and part-time union workers will receive a pay increase of $2.75 an hour in 2023 and a total of $7.50 by the end of the pact.

Starting pay for part-time employees will rise to $21 an hour.

A consultant estimated that a 10-day strike would have cost the economy over $7 billion.

Sports: Angels and Dodgers in action

The Los Angeles Angels are opening a series with the Cincinnati Reds today (Tuesday) in Anaheim at 6:38p.m.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in Cleveland to play the Guardians for a game with a 4:10 p.m. start.

Check back later for results in our Sports Final.

Weather: Completely partly cloudy

If you like consistency, you’ll enjoy the climate for the next few days. The forecast for our West Orange County area is for partly cloudy skies right through Saturday. Wednesday will have a daytime high of 82 with an overnight low of 66. Thursday’s high will dip to 79 with a low of 65. Things will warm a bit on Friday to 82 (65), and to 84 (66) on Saturday.

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