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Multiple boats sink at Trump boat parade on Texas’ Lake Travis – CBS News

The sheriff’s department in Austin, Texas, said several boats sank during a boat parade in support of President Trump on Lake Travis on Saturday afternoon. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office said they responded to “many” distress calls that started at 12:15 p.m. CT.

The Austin-Travis County EMS told CBS Austin affiliate KEYE that as of 3 p.m. CT, they have not been involved in any of the incidents. No injuries have been reported so far.

According to the sheriff’s department, the wake in the water was caused by “many, many” boats on the water. 

Rough waters on Lake Travis as hundreds of boats in Trump boat parade. Several swaamped. #Statesman @bobphoto

— bobphoto (@bobphoto) September 5, 2020

It’s unclear at this time how many total boats were part of the parade or how many sank. The Travis County Sheriff’s office said it is difficult to tally those numbers, as well as how many people needed rescuing, due to how many people were assisted by other boaters on the lake before first responders arrived, KEYE reports.

TCSO responded to multiple calls involving boats in distress during the Trump parade on Lake Travis. Several boats did sink.

— Travis County SO (@TravisCoSheriff) September 5, 2020

KEYE spoke to the parade’s organizer, Pacey Chynoweth, before the event. “In the middle of this COVID thing… this is a safe, effective way that we can socially distance. We can be in groups of ten or less,” she said.

“I think that this is the silent majority, and I think that this is a safe, fun way that we can speak, communicate and stand up for what we believe in,” Chynoweth said. 

Over 8,000 people marked themselves as attending the parade on Facebook as of Sunday. One attendee told KEYE that crowding around the lake during the coronavirus pandemic never concerned her. 

“I don’t have a boat, so I wanted to watch the parade and do my best to support four more years of our president,” said Gina Bahel of Liberty Hill.

“I am a school teacher. I think our kids belong back in school. I think COVID has been overrated,” she said. “I know people have lost loved ones, but if we look at the not-underlying-issues cases, it’s not that huge.” Bahel appears to have been referencing false information shared by President Trump last month that claims the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths are due to underlying illnesses. 

Mr. Trump retweeted a post originally shared by Twitter user “Mel Q,” a supporter of the unfounded QAnon conspiracy theory, that claimed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “quietly updated the Covid number” to show a small fraction of all coronavirus deaths — 6% — were “actually” a result of COVID-19. The vast majority of deaths, the post claimed, were because of “other serious illnesses.”

For months the CDC has regularly updated its information on deaths that list COVID-19. Comorbidities, “deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19,” are common, but do not negate COVID-19 as the primary cause of death.

Twitter later removed the tweet shared by Mr. Trump, saying it violated its rules.

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Multiple states ready suit against Trump admin over mail-in voting fears – ABC News

Official says suit could seek to stop postmaster general’s cuts to service.

August 17, 2020, 9:27 PM

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A group of Democratic state attorneys general are now in the final stages of preparing legal action against the Trump administration for recent cost-cutting changes made to the United States Postal Service, a lawsuit that one official said could demand a halt to any cutbacks that could impede mail-in voting.

As many as 10 state attorneys general are now involved, two state officials involved in the effort told ABC News. Among them is New York’s Letitia James, who called recent changes at the postal agency “deeply disturbing” in a statement released Monday.

“I, along with numerous other state attorneys general from around the nation, are now swiftly examining every legal option to protect the postal service and Americans’ right to vote absentee,” James said.

The suit is expected to mount two major constitutional challenges to the recent cutbacks, according to one of the officials, a state government attorney. States will assert that the federal government is trying to impede their constitutional right to oversee their own elections. And they will argue that the Trump administration is interfering with every American’s individual right to participate in the election.

The lawsuit will also argue that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy failed to follow administrative procedures when he made cuts to overtime and decommissioned equipment – steps the states will ask the courts to halt, the attorney said.

Some of the elected officials involved sought to hold back further details on the lawsuit, which the two sources said could land as early as Tuesday.

“I’m not going to give away our whole strategy,” said Connecticut Attorney General William Tong on Monday morning on MSNBC. “But we have a plan to address the service breakdowns that have already occurred.”

The attorneys general from Connecticut and New York have joined a growing list of state leaders including those from Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Minnesota and Washington — all Democrats — in discussing how to sue the administration, sources said. Those conversations remain ongoing.

Asked about the impending lawsuit, White House Deputy Press Sarah Matthews dismissed it.

“Politically motivated lawsuits are not rooted in giving Americans the power of the vote,” Matthews said in a statement to ABC News. “While Democrats are spreading baseless conspiracy theories about the Trump administration’s assistance to the USPS to score political points, President Trump will continue to work to ensure the security and integrity of our elections.”

The United State Postal Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, said his office has been inundated with letters and calls raising concerns about the potential for cutbacks at the Post Office to impede voting.

“Trump attacks on the postal service are designed to disrupt the election,” Frosh said. “They strike at the core of our democracy. That is bad enough, but he and DeJoy are also hurting innocent bystanders: Americans who are waiting for their medicine or their social security checks. This conduct is harmful, illegal and unconstitutional. We will take whatever steps necessary to protect Marylanders.”

With more Americans expected to vote by mail in the upcoming election than ever before, Democrats have raised issue with a series of cost-cutting reforms enacted by DeJoy, a longtime Republican financier and Trump donor who was appointed in May.

Critics say those measures have slowed mail service, prompting questions about whether it is part of a concerted effort to undermine absentee voting — a platform the president has repeatedly, and without evidence, said would lead to election fraud.

President Trump denied on Monday the he had attempted to slow mail service ahead of the election. “I have encouraged everybody to speed up the mail, not slow the mail,” he said.

On Monday, House Democrats announced that DeJoy had agreed to testify before Congress on August 24.

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J.A. Happ gives multiple reasons for his latest Yankees’ flop – New York Post

August 6, 2020 | 4:02am

J.A. Happ didn’t look good for much of last season, and he’s been dreadful through his first two starts of 2020.

The 37-year-old had his second straight ugly outing in Wednesday’s 11-7 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the first game of a seven-inning doubleheader.

He allowed a homer to Bryce Harper in the top of the third and seemed rattled by it, as he ended up walking six batters in his brief outing.

“I’ve got to make them put the ball in play,’’ Happ said. “I’ve got to force the issue better than I did today.”

He called the walks “uncharacteristic” and admitted frustration with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez: “I did hit some [spots in the strike zone] and didn’t get [calls]. That’s just a fact, but that happens. I’ve got to move on.”

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With the stop/start nature of the Yankees’ schedule so far this season thanks to their series against the Phillies being postponed last week and another postponement Tuesday due to Tropical Storm Isaias, their rotation hasn’t been in much of a rhythm. And with Wednesday’s doubleheader in Philadelphia slated to be followed by another one at Tampa Bay on Saturday, it might be a while before that happens.

Aaron Boone said Wednesday Jordan Montgomery would make his second start of the season Thursday against the Phillies, followed by Masahiro Tanaka at Tampa Bay on Friday. Gerrit Cole will start one of the games versus the Rays on Saturday, with a bullpen game likely for the other game. And James Paxton will start the series finale Sunday.

Paxton was on the field at Citizens Bank Park before Wednesday’s doubleheader in Philadelphia working with new pitching coach Matt Blake. Paxton has had two bad outings to start the season and said he’s been working on his mechanics, trying to stand taller on the mound. He admitted following his last start he was “concerned” about his drop in velocity, which has gone from 95 mph last year to about 91 mph so far this season.

The opening game on Wednesday — a makeup of Tuesday’s game scheduled for New York — was the first time the Yankees served as the home team and hit last in a ballpark other than Yankee Stadium since they beat the Angels on April 15, 1998, at Shea Stadium. That was the result of Yankee Stadium being shut down by the city when an expansion joint fell in the Stadium bowl two days prior. The rest of that series was made up at Yankee Stadium later in the season.

— Additional reporting by Ken Davidoff in Philadelphia.

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Multiple cars to start from rear in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono – NASCAR

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Multiple cars in the NASCAR Cup Series will drop to the rear before the start of Sunday’s Pocono 350 (4 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Because Sunday’s race is the second in a weekend doubleheader, teams are supposed to use the same car from the first race. Five teams, though, have been approved to go to a backup car and therefore will have to fall back before the green flag: the No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet of Quinn Houff (supposed to start 40th), the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Tyler Reddick (supposed to start 30th), the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Erik Jones (supposed to start 38th), the No. 22 Team Penske Ford of Joey Logano (supposed to start 36th) and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Alex Bowman (supposed to start 27th).

Also, four other drivers will lose their starting spot for different reasons. Chase Elliott’s No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and B.J. McLeod’s No. 78 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet had their transmissions changed. Elliott and McLeod were set to fire off 25th and 39th, respectively. Then, William Byron’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and Ryan Preece’s No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet had their engines changed. Byron was going to start seventh, while Preece originally had the pole position.

Sunday’s lineup was based on the finishing results from Saturday, which included an inversion of the top 20 finishers.

RELATED: Official starting lineup for Sunday

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Multiple Leaks Suggest No New Hardware at WWDC – MacRumors

Apple has scrapped plans to reveal any new hardware at WWDC tomorrow, according to leakers Jon Prosser and Max Weinbach who shared the information on Twitter.

While WWDC is usually a software-driven event, until now leaks had strongly suggested the announcement of new hardware, particularly a redesigned iMac with iPad Pro design language. Other rumored hardware announcements were AirTags, AirPods Studio, and a refreshed Apple TV.

WWDC events sometimes have no new hardware reveals, as was the case in 2018. Last year, Apple used WWDC to offer a preview of the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. It is possible that Apple has faced supply chain issues this year, and may have decided to postpone hardware announcements until its manufacturing situation improves. It may also be the case that Apple simply did not have any hardware announcements planned for WWDC.

Looking like any possible hardware has been scrapped for WWDC tomorrow ?
Might be wrong about this one. Would love to be wrong!
I’ll be surprised with all of you, either way!
Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) June 21, 2020

I had two sources tell me no hardware for WWDC tomorrow. They aren’t on WWDC related teams but heard it through the Apple grapevine. I’d take this with a grain of salt, but thought it was worth mentioning.
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) June 21, 2020

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman has also said he does not expect any hardware announcements at WWDC. Prosser and Weinbach are serial leakers, and both caution in their tweets that the information is somewhat uncertain.

Apple will livestream the WWDC keynote and we will be covering the event on and through our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

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Canada to Launch Nationwide COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Based on Apple/Google Technology

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced that Canada plans to launch a nationwide COVID-19 contract tracing app based on Apple’s and Google’s Exposure Notification API, as noted by iPhone in Canada. Trudeau said the app is slated for release in early July, with testing set to begin in Ontario soon.
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Multiple Samsung Galaxy Note 20 details revealed by industry insider – Android Authority

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We’ve been hearing a lot about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series of late. Most of the latest rumors have come from CEO of Display Chain Consultants, Ross Young who’s been busy tweeting insider information about the upcoming flagship series.

Now, in an exclusive interview with YouTube channel Greggles TV, Young has outed more details about the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Plus. He talks about everything from RAM to in-display fingerprint tech, battery size, and more in the 10-minute-long Q&A session. Let’s break down that new information for you.

New fingerprint sensing tech

To start with, Young says that both the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Plus may be the first to feature Qualcomm’s second-gen 3D Sonic Max fingerprint reader. The large ultrasonic fingerprint sensor was introduced back in December and can read two fingerprints at the same time.

The sensor’s predecessor didn’t work so well on the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 phones. However, the new sensor is 17 times larger than the last one and promises faster unlocking speeds. With its ability to recognize two fingerprints at the same time, the sensor could also help enhance security on the phones.

Punch-hole position remains unchanged

Young goes on to say that the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Plus will have the same selfie camera position as the Note 10 series. This means that the punch hole on the display will remain in the center of the screen, as was also the case on the Galaxy S20 series.

Thanks to Young’s previous leaks, we can expect a 6.42-inch display on the Galaxy Note 20 and a 6.87-inch screen on the Note 20 Plus.

Other specs

Just like the current Galaxy S20 flagships, the Galaxy Note 20 series will also top out at 16GB RAM, as per Young. He expects the two phones to have large batteries ranging between 4,000mAh and 5,000mAh. Those are pretty much the same battery sizes as the Galaxy S20 phones. However, they’re on the higher side compared to the Note 10 series which topped out at a 4,300mAh battery (and 3,500mAh for the vanilla Note 10)

He also says that the larger Note 20 Plus will have a bigger battery compared to the regular Note 20, but that’s also pretty much what we expected from Samsung.

Expected release date

Samsung usually launches the Galaxy Note series in August and Young expects that to remain unchanged. According to him, the phones will release alongside the Galaxy Fold 2 in early August and will go on sale later that month, or early September.

So that sums up pretty much everything Young revealed about the upcoming Note 20 series in the interview. You can read all about previous Note 20 rumors at the previous link.

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