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Putin says no to grain exports

VLADIMIR PUTIN, president of Russia. (Shutterstock).

Global food supplies were the loser Monday when Russian president Vladimir Putin said that a lapsed deal to allow Ukraine to safely send grain across the Black Sea won’t be revived until his nation’s demands for its exports are met.

The Associated Press is reporting the Putin made those comments during a meeting with Recep Tayyip, president of Turkey. Ukraine and Western allies claim they have already met Moscow’s demanded on selling  Russian exports of food and fertilizer.

Ukraine is a major supplier of grain to Africa, the Middle East and Asia, according to the AP.

Burning Man attendees free to go

For several days people attending the Burning Man festival in Nevada were marooned in a sea of mud. An unexpectedly fierce rain storm closed roads and the gates to enter or leave were closed because those roads were considered impassable and dangerous due to flooding and mudslides.

The New York Times reports the gates have been opened and long lines of vehicles are streaming out. It hasn’t been an easy exodus, though, as thick mud – sometimes halfway up the wheels of RVs and campers – and deep puddles have complicated the trip.

About 72,000 people are estimated to have attended.

British monarchy losing support?


Will the tradition of kings and queen reigning in Great Britain soon end?

A YouGov poll released on Monday indicated that support for the monarchy is at 62 percent, but there’s a steep drop from previous surveys. 

Among those in the ages 18 to 24, support is at 30 percent.

According to United Press International, support is at 77 percent among those 65 and other.

Sports: Angels lose to Orioles

The Los Angeles Angels are back in Anaheim, hosting the Baltimore Orioles, the first place team in the American League East.

The Halos lost 6-3, for their ninth loss in 10 games.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the day off and will start a series on Tuesday in Miami against the Marlins.

Weather: Headed to the 80s

Our West Orange County area is headed to warmer days. The forecast calls for rising temperatures hitting a daytime high of 90 on Saturday. Tuesday will start us with partly cloudy skies and a high of 78 with an overnight low of 65. The thermometer rises to 80 (62) on Wednesday with morning clouds and afternoon sun. Thursday will be partly cloudy again and a high of 83 (62). Friday will be sunny and should hit 88 (67).

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