The Cleveland Clinic's Chief Caregiver Officer Kelly Hancock said that her hospital is "experiencing close to 1,000 of our caregivers who've been affected by Covid-19, and unable to come in and care for those patients."
The United States recorded more than 3 million new coronavirus cases this month alone.
Hancock urged that America's health-care workers need all the help they can get right now.
The Cleveland Clinic's Chief Caregiver Officer Kelly Hancock urged her community to follow social distancing and mask guidelines as Covid-19 grips hundreds of those working inside of one of America's best hospitals.
"We had a record today, we saw nearly 12,000 new cases in the state of Ohio of Covid-positive patients, and so when you think about the increase and the hospitalizations that results in, it's incredible," Hancock said during a Monday evening interview on "The News with Shepard Smith." "We're experiencing close to 1,000 of our caregivers who've been affected by Covid-19, and unable to come in and care for those patients."
The Cleveland Clinic reported that 970 caregivers are out due to the virus, triple the number from two weeks ago. In the greater Cleveland area, Covid-19 cases are on the rise, according to the Ohio Department of Health. There was an average of 83 new cases between September 23-29, but between November 11-17 the average was 1,134 new cases.
Hancock told host Shepard Smith that despite the infections of its health-care workers, that the Cleveland Clinic is still able to uphold its standard of care for patients.
"Right now we have adequate staffing, we're able to mobilize our caregivers to the areas they're needed most, but we continue to meet frequently throughout the day to continue to assess the situation for both our caregivers, as well as the bed capacity," Hancock said.
The United States recorded more than 3 million new coronavirus cases this month alone. That's a quarter of all the country's cases to date, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins data. The U.S. has averaged 1,500 deaths per day over the past week, which is an average of more than one death every minute for the past week.
Hospitalizations have been up for 29 straight days, and over that time, the number of people hospitalized for the virus doubled, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Hancock urged that America's health-care workers need all the help they can get right now. She advised people to avoid large gatherings during the holidays, to wear masks appropriately, and frequent hand washing.
"All of this is really concerning for all of us and we need to do all of this to ensure that we can keep our caregivers at work," said Hancock.
Toast held a share purchase that allowed current and former employees to sell a total of up to 800,000 vested shares at $75 each, according to people familiar with the matter.
The secondary offering values the company at about $8 billion, up from a $4.9 billion valuation in February, before the pandemic.
Toast laid off half its employees in April, but has bounced back quickly, helping restaurants move their business to takeout.
Toast, a start-up that sells software to help restaurants with online ordering, has had a rollercoaster of a year managing through the pandemic. Of late, business has been booming,
The company responded to the recent upswing by giving stakeholders a chance to cash out some of their shares. Last week, Toast closed a secondary sale that allowed current and former employees to sell up to 25% of their vested shares for $75 a piece, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named due to confidentiality agreements.
The deal values Toast at about $8 billion. The company last raised a primary round in February, just before the coronavirus hit the U.S., reeling in $400 million at a $4.9 billion valuation. The share price at that time was $45.45, according to SharesPost.
Toast told stakeholders in correspondence ahead of the purchase that the secondary offer was for up to 800,000 shares, totaling $60 million, the people said. The Boston-based company laid off half its employees in April, amounting to about 1,300 jobs, so the deal allowed those with vested options to get some liquidity.
A Toast spokesman confirmed to CNBC that, "in order to support our employees and former employees as they navigate the impact of Covid-19, we did complete a secondary offering recently." However, he declined to comment on who purchased the shares or the implied valuation.
Ups and downs of 2020
Coming into 2020, Toast was one of the hottest start-ups in tech, with a software and hardware suite that restaurants used to manage sales and take care of reporting, analytics and menu management. Revenue more than doubled last year, with tens of thousands of restaurants signing on as customers.
But the company also hired aggressively to get its product into market. When the coronavirus forced indoor dining to close down across most of the country, Toast had to quickly downsize to reel in costs.
CEO Chris Comparato wrote in a blog post in April that, in the previous month restaurant sales in most markets fell by 80%.
"This is a massive disruption that hit the industry virtually overnight," Comparato wrote. "Many restaurants that have temporarily closed may never reopen."
At the time, the company gave ex-employees 10 years to exercise their options, though many of the people laid off had only been employed at Toast for a few months, according to a LinkedIn search.
Since mid-year, the picture for Toast has changed dramatically. While Covid-19 has ravaged much of the services and tourist economy, including parts of the restaurant industry, the quick pivot from dine-in eating to takeout, delivery and outdoor dining has been a boon to a number of tech companies that assist with the transition.
DoorDash's revenue more than tripled in the third quarter, providing enough momentum to convince the delivery company to try and go public before the end of the year. Meanwhile, Uber's main ride-sharing business has been hammered this year, but its delivery business Uber Eats, which competes with DoorDash, saw revenue jump 190% in the latest quarter.
Toast's technology is focused less on delivery and more on takeout. Its software has enabled restaurants that used to get almost all of their business from in-house dining to convert to pickup and to sell gift cards. The National Restaurant Association said that nearly 70% of operators have added curbside takeout to help deal with limited operations, even as an estimated 15% of all eating and drinking places were closed, at least temporarily.
Toast prepared for the shifting trend in March, without knowing what the world would look like in the coming months. Comparato told clients in an email at the time that the company was providing "millions of dollars in the form of a one-month credit of software fees for all Toast customers," as well as free access to its software for online ordering, takeout, gift cards and marketing.
Toast's rebound has been so rapid that investors on the secondary market have recently put in bids well above the $8 billion valuation, said people familiar with the matter, and the company is viewed as a potential 2021 IPO candidate. It's also hired back some of the people it let go.
The secondary share sale closed last week, according to people who participated. Leading up to the purchase, current and former employees were sent emails from the company inviting them to join one of several Zoom sessions where they could learn about the mechanics of the offer as well as some of the tax implications involved, the people said.
— CNBC's Kate Rooney contributed to this report.
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The U.K. government plans to double the amount of renewable power supported by the country’s main subsidy mechanism and create a new structure that will bolster a variety of technologies.
The next round of the contracts for difference system will clear the way for as much as 12 gigawatts of green power capacity across three different technologies, according to a statement the U.K.’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. That’s up from 5.8 gigawatts that won contracts last year, an advance that will help the government deliver on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to cut emissions.
The contracts for difference mechanism has been crucial to bringing down the cost of offshore wind farms in recent years. Developers bid to sell power at fixed prices for a fixed period of years. If the market price for power is below the contract price, the government pays the difference. But if the power price is above the contract price, then the owner is the one to pay back the difference.
Under the new plan, the government has created three different groups of technologies, with developers competing for contracts only with other projects within their group. The government hasn’t said how much of the 12-gigawatt capacity will go to each technology group. The bidding round will open next year.
Established technologies: onshore wind and solar PV
Less-established technologies: includes
floating offshore wind, advanced conversion technologies and tidal stream
The change could be crucial for a variety of developers. Onshore wind hasn’t been eligible for support in recent years. Last time the government awarded projects, the process was held up in court because an onshore wind developer said the exclusion of onshore wind from the system was against the public interest.
A separate pot for onshore wind could be welcome both by onshore wind developers and from offshore wind developers whose projects are still more expensive than those on land. Some major developers of offshore wind farms, including Iberdrola SA, Orsted A/S and Vattenfall AB are expected to bid in the next round.
The new auction structure could also set up the U.K. to be leader for floating wind, a new and expensive technology that could open up new areas of the sea around the world where the water is too deep to fix turbine foundations into the seabed.
Power stations that have been converted to burn biomass instead of coal will be excluded from future contracts for difference rounds.
The government also launched a consultation focused on the supply chain and how to increase the competitiveness of domestic manufacturers.
A California district attorney accused Apple Inc. Chief Security Officer Thomas Moyer of offering a bribe to state officials for gun licenses, according to indictments issued on Monday.
Moyer was named along with Santa Clara County Undersherrif Rick Sung and Captain James Jensen in a case that involved offering bribes in return for concealed firearms licenses, according to a court document and a statement from the Santa Clara district attorney’s office.
Ed Swanson, Moyer’s attorney, said his client is innocent. Apple was made aware of the allegations, conducted an internal investigation and found no wrongdoing, according to a company spokesman.
The two-year investigation by the district attorney’s office revealed that Sung, aided by Jensen in one instance, held up the issuance of concealed firearms licenses until the applicants gave something of value. In California, concealed weapon permits, known as CCW licenses, are issued by county sheriffs based on a finding of “good cause” to approve a resident’s application.
“In the case of four CCW licenses withheld from Apple employees, Under sheriff Sung and Cpt. Jensen managed to extract from Thomas Moyer a promise that Apple would donate iPads to the Sheriff’s Office,” the district attorney said in the statement. “The promised donation of 200 iPads worth close to $70,000 was scuttled at the eleventh hour just after August 2, 2019, when Sung and Moyer learned of the search warrant that the District Attorney’s Office executed at the Sheriff’s Office seizing all its CCW license records.”
Moyer, 50, has been dragged into a feud between officials in the jurisdiction that covers Apple’s home base, according to his attorney Swanson.
“This case is about a long, bitter, and very public dispute between the Santa Clara County Sheriff and the District Attorney, and Tom is collateral damage to that dispute,” Swanson wrote in a statement. “We look forward to making Tom’s innocence clear in court and bringing an end to this wrong-headed prosecution.”
After enlisting in the U.S. Navy at 19, Moyer served for four years as an Operational Intelligence Specialist, including during Operation Desert Storm, before being honorably discharged as a non-commissioned officer, according to background details shared by Swanson.
Moyer has been at Apple for about 15 years, and he has been the head of global security since November 2018, according to his LinkedIn profile. His department helps employees through crises such as fires and hurricanes, and oversees physical security, retail loss prevention, executive protection, security related investigations, and the secrecy of new products and prototypes.
He became more broadly known outside of Apple for an official memo sent to employees in 2018 in which he warned of the potential consequences of disclosing private company information to outsiders.
“The potential criminal consequences of leaking are real,” Moyer wrote, “and that can become part of your personal and professional identity forever.”
One of his predecessors, John Theriault, left Apple in 2011 after accusations that his staff impersonated police officers during an attempt to recover a lost iPhone prototype.
Joe Biden was elected president in large part due to support from Black voters.
Biden should pay back this trust from Black voters by fighting for racial justice and reforming the racist criminal justice system.
One way to do that is to advocate for the BREATHE Act, which would reshape our prison system and undo some of the damage of incarceration on communities of color.
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When the story of the 2020 election is written, one of the biggest takeaways will be just how much Black voters came through for President-elect Joe Biden.
When Biden's primary campaign was written off by many, Black voters in South Carolina handed him a big win that catapulted him to the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination.
And Black voters in Detroit, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Atlanta helped to put Biden over the top in the presidential election. 87% of Black voters nationwide chose the former vice president over Trump, during an election year that broke turnout records, according to preliminary national exit polling. It's striking that people who have been failed and treated the worst by our democracy consistently do the most to save it.
And yes, Black voters (and non-voters) have been failed by our country.
The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, a result of decades of bipartisan legislation — like the 1994 Crime Bill — that propped up institutional racism. Nearly 2.3 million people are locked up in jails and prisons according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. That's the biggest peacetime prison population in the history of humanity. And of those 40% of Americans languishing in prisons are Black Americans, while they make up only 13% of the general population.
President-elect Joe Biden thanked Black voters in his victory speech for rescuing his campaign when it was at its lowest point and bringing it over the finish line, declaring "you've always had my back, and I'll have yours."
Joe Biden's dramatic vow during his victory speech to return the favor for Black voters who supported him was an explicit commitment to Black Americans to listen and act on their behalf.
It is high time for him to honor this new commitment and deliver justice.
Joe can deliver real justice
In his bid for the Presidency, Joe Biden released an extensive policy agenda that outlined his plan for Black America. It included proposals to invest in Black businesses and entrepreneurs, create opportunities for homeownership, narrow racial disparities in education and address a criminal justice system that disproportionately arrests, convicts and imprisons members of Black communities.
What is imperative right now is for Biden to work to undo the injustices that run rampant through the American criminal justice system and follow through on most of the promises he made during the campaign.
However, every radical piece of legislation that we've ever passed in this country, it has passed on the heels of the kinds of grassroots protests that we saw on the streets this past Summer.
Young Black voters who did not back Biden in the primary are the same Black youth that secured him the Presidency but also who hold his political record partially responsible for the pain they are feeling, and who continue to protest in the streets demanding a bolder vision of the future, and calling for their fellow Americans, including elected officials, to join them.
From those protests and the work of Movement for Black Lives with so many organizations dedicated to ending the injustice of mass incarceration, a bolder vision has been presented. It is the BREATHE Act.
This proposed legislation would eliminate the federal government's ability to give multimillion-dollar grants for the militarization of police forces, and calls for a "time-bound plan" to close all federal prisons and immigration detention centers.
Instead of a system that relies almost solely on punishment, the BREATHE Act creates a new Community Public Safety Agency which uses grants to replace the harmful criminal legal systems locally with evidence-based public safety infrastructure. Importantly, the act moves the function of public safety out of the Department of Justice and into the Department of Health and Human Services — signaling a dramatic shift in how our society approaches community well-being.
The investments the BREATHE Act makes in education, healthcare, the environment, wealth generation for working class families, and housing, creates public safety by supporting communities, rather than punishing them.
If you truly want every American to participate in society, you do not pass laws that keep them from doing so. More than six million people are not allowed to vote today due to a felony conviction, something the BREATHE Act would immediately change if passed.
We know that prisons won't be bulldozed tomorrow, and the complete elimination of the current justice system can't be done in one fell swoop. However, we need to create space for budgets to be divested from police and prisons and invested directly into communities to address mental health needs, homelessness, access to critical education, and rewarding jobs as well as community-based methods of accountability.
A strong first step is for the Biden Administration to support the BREATHE ACT to make it possible for all communities to be safe and free.
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You can delete a Google Site in a few simple clicks.
Deleted Google Sites can be restored within 30 days.
You can delete and restore both new and classic Google Sites.
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Google Sites is an easy-to-use DIY website building tool.
With templates for portfolios, projects, events and more, you can use Google Sites to create a simple website without the help of a designer.
Sites can be continuously updated, edited, or even deleted once they no longer serve a purpose.
The service is free and the only limit on the number of websites you create is the data limit on your Google account, which is 15 GB by default.
A version of the website building service has been around since 2008, but Google Sites has been updated over the years. Older websites are referred to as "classic Sites" and need to be updated and converted to a contemporary Google Site before September 2021 to remain viable. In November 2020, Google discontinued the option to build a classic Site.
It's easy to delete a Google Site. But if you change your mind, you can quickly restore it by removing it from the trash in your Google Drive. You can do the same with a classic Site, but you cannot create a new one.
Remember, Google recently announced that anything in your trash cans will be deleted after 30 days. So don't let a website linger too long there unless you're sure you won't need it.
How to delete a new Google Site
Deleting a Google Site is not an instant act. The site will be sent to your Google Drive once deleted and will remain there for 30 days before the trash is automatically emptied.
1. Open new Google Sites.
2. Click the three-dot icon on the site you'd like to delete.
3. Click "Remove."
4. Select "Move to trash."
How to restore a new Google Site
A deleted Google Site can be restored until the trash can in your Google Drive is emptied manually or automatically.
1. Open the Google Drive associated with the account that you created your Google Site with.
2. Go to your trash folder by clicking "Trash" in the menu on the left sidebar.
3. Right-click on the website you'd like to restore.
4. Click "Restore."
How to delete a classic Google Site
Right now, you can only delete classic Sites, not create them, because Google is phasing out the old platform.
1. Open classic Google Sites.
2. Click the gear, or settings, icon.
3. Click "General" and then hit "Delete this site."
4. Click "Delete" again.
How to restore a classic Google Site
You can restore a deleted classic site, but you also may want to consider updating it to a new Google Site because the classic sites won't work by September 2021.
1. Open classic Google Sites.
2. Go to deleted sites on the homepage.
3. Select the site you want to restore and tap "Restore site."
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The Pentagon is looking to engineer self-guiding hypersonic weapons with emerging levels of autonomy to quickly adjust course in flight as needed, adapt to emerging targets, avoid defensive threats and accelerate the so-called “kill chain.”
Of course, humans would make the necessary command and control decisions when it comes to the use of lethal force, per existing Pentagon doctrine, yet enabling missiles traveling at hypersonic speeds to draw upon advanced sensors and guidance technology could, for instance, enable an attack to rapidly adjust to an enemy countermeasure, destroy an approaching interceptor or even alter its trajectory to avoid any impediments to attack.
This kind of technical focus, mentioned by the Pentagon’s Principal Director for Hypersonics Michael White, seeks to build upon fast emerging progress in the area of autonomy.
“So you can think of autonomy and hypersonics being integrated in the way you fly vehicles and the things you might do with those vehicles,” White told reporters according to a Pentagon transcript.
This kind of technology already exists to a large degree, as sensors and guidance systems enabled by advanced computer algorithms can detect and respond to moving objects to help drones, aircraft and even some weapons systems rapidly change course in response to threat information. Tomahawk missiles, for example, can now use advanced sensing and data link technology to shift in flight to destroy moving targets at sea. This development, taking place through the Navy’s Tactical Maritime Tomahawk program, massively changes attack options for commanders at sea by increasing the range and precision with which they can attack enemy ships. By extension, the Navy’s SM-6 missile is now engineered with software upgrades enabling a “dual mode” seeker that can send its own electromagnetic “ping” forward to discern shifting targets.
Artist’s impression of hypersonic weapons. (Raytheon)
Why couldn’t some of these guidance systems be adapted to hypersonic weapons moving at much faster speeds? The answer seems to be they probably could be, which might explain why White is emphasizing the integration of more autonomy into hypersonics. Engineering guidance and seeker technology capable of functioning at those speeds could pose technical challenges, as sensor technologies would need to operate successfully while moving at five-times the speed of sound where high-temperatures can create problems for technical functionality. Also, with the speed of warfare moving that quickly, autonomous hypersonic weapons would rely upon much faster computer processing speeds wherein technical systems could make calculations in milliseconds.
In addition to autonomous attack guidance, White also stressed the role of autonomy when it comes to “defense against adversary hypersonics,” meaning advanced algorithms could be employed on things like satellites or interceptor missiles. With this in mind, White referred to ongoing work with the Missile Defense Agency to refine and improve new defenses. This could apply to the use of advanced algorithms on kill vehicle interceptors increasingly able to discern decoys and countermeasures from actual threats. It is likely that there will be some new ways to synergize satellite sensors with emerging kill vehicle technology, as the technical ability to track multiple approaching threats at one time has existed for several years now and the Pentagon is working quickly and intensely on expanding satellite sensing capability.
— Kris Osborn is the Managing Editor of Warrior Maven and The Defense Editor of The National Interest ––
“[Mrs. Obama] has been more relaxed and more joyful since we left office. That allowed us to just enjoy the deep love that comes with a marriage this long. But also to be friends again.”
—to PEOPLE in 2020
1 of 18
When They Shared Perfect Anniversary Messages
“28 years with this one. 💕,” the former FLOTUS began her caption. “I love @BarackObama for his smile, his character, and his compassion. So grateful to have him as a partner through everything life throws at us.”
—Michelle Obama, on Instagram, on the couple’s 28th wedding anniversary in 2020
“Every day with @MichelleObama makes me a better husband, a better father, and a better human.”
—Barack Obama, on Instagram, on the couple’s 28th wedding anniversary
2 of 18
When He Quoted the Beatles and Made Us All Believe in Love
“Like the Beatles said: It’s getting better all the time. Thanks, babe, for 27 amazing years!”
— on Instagram, on the couple’s 27th wedding anniversary in October 2019
3 of 18
When He Said He’s a ‘Better Man’ Because of His Wife
“There’s no doubt I’m a better man having spent time with Michelle. I would never say that Michelle’s a better woman, but I will say she’s a little more patient.”
“Obviously I couldn’t have done anything that I’ve done without Michelle. Not only has she been a great first lady, she is just my rock. I count on her in so many ways every single day.”
— to Oprah Winfrey in 2011
5 of 18
When He Said Marrying Michelle Was His Greatest Accomplishment
“If you were going to list the 100 most popular things that I have done as president, being married to Michelle Obama is number one.”
— during his State of the Union Address in 2010
6 of 18
When He Dished on Their Sweet First Kiss
“I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate.”
— to O, the Oprah Magazine in 2007
7 of 18
On the Key to a Happy Marriage
“After about 15 years I finally figured out that she’s always right. So surprisingly we just stopped fighting after that.”
— to Ellen DeGeneres in 2016
8 of 18
When He Bragged About What a Great Job She Did as FLOTUS
“Michelle never asked to be first lady. Like a lot of political spouses, the role was thrust upon her. But I always knew she’d be incredible at it, and put her own unique stamp on the job. That’s because who you see is who she is — the brilliant, funny, generous woman who, for whatever reason, agreed to marry me. I think people gravitate to her because they see themselves in her — a dedicated mom, a good friend, and someone who’s not afraid to poke a little fun at herself from time to time.”
— to Vogue in 2016
9 of 18
When He Tweeted How Proud He Was of Her
“Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn’t be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle.”
— on Twitter, after Michelle spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention
10 of 18
When He Called Her His Best Friend
“For the past 25 years, you’ve not only been my wife and the mother of my children, you’ve been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and you made it your own with grace, grit and style.”
— in his Farewell Address in 2017
11 of 18
When He Revealed Her Best Quality
“Having said all those things, the quality I love most about her is, she’s honest and genuine. I think that comes across to people. They get a sense that they can trust her. You know, the word ‘authenticity’ is overused these days. But I do think it captures what folks are looking for — not just in leaders, but also in friends and in coworkers — and that is, folks who are on the level. People like that tell you what they think and don’t have a bunch of hidden motives. That’s who Michelle is.”
— to Ladies’ Home Journal in 2012
12 of 18
When He Was Basically a Poet Describing How in Love with Her He Is
“Sometimes, when we’re lying together, I look at her and I feel dizzy with the realization that here is another distinct person from me, who has memories, origins, thoughts, feelings that are different from my own. That tension between familiarity and mystery meshes something strong between us. Even if one builds a life together based on trust, attentiveness and mutual support, I think that it’s important that a partner continues to surprise.”
— to ABC News in 1996
13 of 18
When He Called Her a ‘Wonderful Role Model’
“The great thing about the girls is they’ve got a wonderful role model in their mom. They’ve seen how Michelle and I interact — not only the love but also the respect that I show to their mom. So I think they have pretty high expectations about how relationships should be, and that gives me some confidence about the future.”
— to Essence in 2013
14 of 18
When He Praised Her Sense of Humor
“Anybody who knows her well knows she’s got the best sense of humor of anyone you’d ever want to meet. She’s the most quintessentially American person I know … She’s just a wonderfully normal, levelheaded person. Any American woman who meets her would immediately identify her as a fellow traveler.”
— to Marie Claire in 2008
15 of 18
When He Admitted That She ‘Upgraded Him’
“Michelle’s like Beyoncé in that song, ‘Let me upgrade ya!’ She upgraded me.”
— to Vogue in 2013
16 of 18
When He Said He Could Count on Her to Keep Him Grounded
“What I value most about my marriage is that it is separate and apart from a lot of the silliness of Washington. And Michelle is not part of that silliness.”
— to the The New York Times in 2009
17 of 18
When He Said He Wasn’t Threatened by Her Success
“I’ve got to say, I always found it great if she was making all kinds of money. I didn’t feel threatened by that at all. My grandmother generally earned more than my grandfather when I was in high school, so that probably makes me more comfortable with some of these issues than others would be.”
General Motors on Monday announced an about face with regards to California's proposed emissions rules.
The company had previously sided with the Trump administration in its bid to overrule the state's new limits on greenhouse gas emissions.
An Environmental Protection Agency spokesman said of the announcement: "It's always interesting to see the changing positions of U.S. corporations."
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General Motors said on Monday it was reversing course and will no longer back the Trump administration's effort to bar California from setting its own emissions rules in an ongoing court fight.
GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said in a letter to environmental groups it was "immediately withdrawing from the preemption litigation and inviting other automakers to join us."
The about-face came as GM sought to work with President-elect Joe Biden, who has made boosting electric vehicles (EVs) a top priority. The Detroit automaker has laid out an ambitious strategy to boost EV sales and last week said it will increase spending on EVs and autonomous vehicles by 35% from previous disclosed plans.
The announcement reflects corporate America's move to engage quickly with the incoming Democratic administration.
Barra said she believes "the ambitious electrification goals of the president-elect, California, and General Motors are aligned, to address climate change by drastically reducing automobile emissions."
The White House declined to comment. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman James Hewitt said of GM's announcement "it's always interesting to see the changing positions of U.S. corporations."
In October 2019, GM joined Toyota Motor Corp, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and other automakers in backing the Trump administration in its bid to bar California from setting its own fuel efficiency rules or zero-emission requirements for vehicles.
California and 22 other states and environmental groups challenged the Trump administration's determination that federal law bars California from setting stiff tailpipe emission standards and zero-emission vehicle mandates.
Barra was among corporate and labor leaders that met virtually last week with Biden.
Speaking on Monday, Barra said she was "confident that the Biden Administration, California, and the U.S. auto industry, which supports 10.3 million jobs, can collaboratively find the pathway that will deliver an all-electric future."
The Trump administration in March finalized a rollback of fuel efficiency standards to require 1.5% annual increases in efficiency through 2026, well below the 5% yearly boosts in Obama administration rules it discarded.
Other automakers, such as Ford Motor Co, Honda Motor Co and Volkswagen AG, which announced a deal with California in 2019 on emissions requirements that was finalized in August, did not intervene on the administration's side in the California fight.
Toyota said Monday that "given the changing circumstances, we are assessing the situation, but remain committed to our goal of a consistent, unitary set of fuel economy standards applicable in all 50 states."
Other automakers backing the Trump administration include Hyundai Motor Co , Mazda, Nissan Motor Co, Kia Motors Corp and Subaru Co.
GM had drawn the ire of many California officials and environmental groups.
Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Transport Campaign, said "GM tried to prevent California from protecting its people from tailpipe pollution. They were wrong. Now the other automakers must follow GM and withdraw support for (President Donald) Trump's attack on clean cars."
In September, California Governor Newsom said the state planned to ban the sale of new gasoline powered passenger cars and trucks starting in 2035 in a bold move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
California is the largest U.S. auto market, accounting for about 11% of all U.S. vehicle sales, and many states choose to adopt its green vehicle mandates.
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Last-minute shoppers will still be able to hit the stores this Thanksgiving.
Retailers including Target and Walmart are closing their doors this year on Thanksgiving Day to give employees a much-needed day off amid a resurging coronavirus pandemic, select retailers and grocers will remain open.
Although, consumers are encouraged to call ahead to check their local store as hours will vary by location.
THESE STORES WILL BE CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING DAY
Here is the list of stores open this Thanksgiving Day:
7-Eleven: Although the company typically serves customers 24 hours, seven days a week, store operations on Thanksgiving Day will vary by location.
Big Lots: Most Big Lots stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Consumers are urged to check their local store for hours of operations.
CVS: Most locations will remain open on Thanksgiving, including the pharmacy. A "large number" of stores will be open with regular hours, although some will also operate with reduced hours. It is recommended that shoppers call ahead to confirm hours with their local pharmacy.
Dillons: All stores will be open until 4 p.m., but pharmacies will be closed.
Dollar General: Most locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, stores within Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts will close.