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General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California's right to set its own clean-air standards.
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CEO Mary Barra said in a letter Monday to environmental groups that GM will pull out of the lawsuit, and it urges other automakers to do so.
She said the company agrees with President-elect Joe Biden's plan to expand electric vehicle use. Last week, GM said it is testing a new battery chemistry that will bring electric-vehicle costs down to those of gas-powered vehicles within five years.
The European Union’s civil aviation regulator is prepared to recertify the Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) 737 Max passenger jet to return to service in January, according to the agency’s director.
In an interview with a French newspaper on Saturday, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) head Patrick Ky said the agency’s studies “show us that the plane can return to service” and that it is “likely” that the agency will decide in January to put the plane back into service.
Ky’s statement follows last Wednesday’s announcement from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the grounding order on the 737 Max issued in March of 2019 had been rescinded and that the planes could begin flying again after meeting certain other guidelines.
The major change to recertification in both the United States and Europe is that the two civil authorities will conduct their own safety assessments of Boeing airplanes and that those assessments will occur earlier in the certification process.
The FAA will require that each airplane be certified by the agency rather than by Boeing, as had been past practice. The agency took a lot of heat from congressional investigations for allowing Boeing personnel to conduct final inspections of the planes before they were delivered to customers.
The EASA recertification means that Boeing can once again begin to deliver planes to European airlines and, critically for Boeing, get paid. Ireland-based Ryanair, for example, has unfilled orders for 135 of the planes, and leasing firm AerCap has 71 unfilled orders.
Boeing still faces some headwinds. Transport Canada, that country’s airline regulator, has not yet approved the 737 Max for recertification. In the past, the Canadian agency generally followed FAA certification decisions, but Transport Minister Marc Garneau said last week that there will be differences this time between FAA and Canadian requirements. Three Canadian airlines have unfilled orders for a total of 69 737 Max aircraft.
Another major market for Boeing, China, has remained silent on lifting its grounding order on the 737 Max. China was the first country to ground the 737 in 2019, and the country’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) already has said that Boeing will have to meet the CAAC requirements before the planes can fly again. Boeing’s most recent orders and deliveries report indicates that Chinese airlines have unfilled orders for 104 new planes.
Boeing’s problems with China go beyond the safety of the 737 Max. Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia told CNN recently that Boeing is not in control of its fate in China: “In China, Boeing is prisoner to forces beyond mere aviation market dynamics. It would be impossible for Boeing to not be wrapped up in this giant mess, involving trade barriers, [intellectual property] disputes, and tariffs.”
Because China plays such a large role in the growth of the passenger plane market, Boeing has got to come up with a way to regain a solid foothold in the country.
Boeing stock traded up about 2% shortly after the opening bell Monday, at $203.37 in a 52-week range of $89.00 to $374.77. The price target on the stock is $200.55.
California assemblyman blasts Gov. Newsom for ‘arbitrary’ COVID rules
California State Assemblyman James Gallagher weighs in on Gov. Gavin Newsom enacting stay-at-home orders.
A group of about 150 of California's largest political donors will urge Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday to choose a woman of color to fill the Senate seat vacancy left behind by Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, according a report by Vox.
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“We urge you to continue this Californian tradition by appointing a woman of color to Vice President-elect Harris’s US Senate seat,” the donors reportedly write in the letter, which will appear as a full-page ad in the state’s two largest newspapers, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Women of color are the core drivers of electoral progress in our country, and their voices should be heard in the nation’s highest governing body," the letter continues. "California is fortunate to have a strong pipeline of women of color in elected office who are prepared to serve; as Californians and political supporters, we look forward to you selecting one of them.”
The public letter, authored by donor groups Electing Women Bay Area and the Los Angeles Women’s Collective, has reportedly been signed by Democratic donors including Silicon Valley psychiatrist Karla Jurvetson, sociologist Gretchen Sisson, philanthropist Susan Pritzker, and billionaire Dagmar Dolby.
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According to FOX 11, potential replacements for Harris that have been floated include California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, California Democratic Reps. Karen Bass, Ro Khanna, Barbara Lee, and Adam Schiff, and Mayors London Breed and Eric Garcetti of San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively.
“The stress of having to choose between a lot of friends, to choose between quality candidates, and the fact that whoever you pick, there are going to be a lot of people who are going to be upset, disappointed, that it wasn’t this or that, I don’t even want to get my arms around that until I have the privilege of having to make that decision," Newsom told the outlet in an interview last month.
Representatives for Gov. Newsom, Electing Women Bay Area and the Los Angeles Women’s Collective did not immediately return Fox News request for comment.
File photo – A Google search page is reflected in the eye of a computer user in Leicester, central England, July 20, 2007. (REUTERS/Darren Staples)
I found a few fun facts from a recent Digital Shadows report interesting. Some 15 billion stolen account passwords from over 100,000 data breaches are available on the web. Passwords sell for around $15 each. Bank and financial account credentials cost much more, as you might expect, at $70.
There's a site that maintains a regularly updated database of stolen email addresses and passwords. Enter your email address, and odds are, you'll see your password along with it. Tap or click here to find out if your email address and password are for sale on the Dark Web.
Your email address could also be used to send spam for hackers and scammers without your knowledge. Fortunately, another site will tell you if your email address or domain is being used for that nefarious purpose. Tap or click here to check for that.
Google accounts are in demand for obvious reasons. Think about it. Your single sign-in likely opens a world into not only your Gmail but also your contacts, calendar, documents, files, photos and more stored with Google.
Get a free security checkup
Google’s Security Checkup service gives you a quick overview of your account security and the devices currently signed in your account. This is a terrific place to start. You want to see all the green checkmarks.
Google will alert you to any potential security issues such as compromised passwords, recent security issues, apps that can access your data, and more. Pay close attention to the “Your Devices” section. You may find you’re logged into a few places you haven’t used in a while or an old device is still tied to your account.
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It’s definitely worth the time to check each section and follow Google’s recommended fixes. When I ran the check, Google recommended that I turn on Advanced Protection.
While it’s a hassle, my account's extra protection is worth the two additional seconds it will take to sign-in. I now need to authenticate any new sign-ins to my Google account by tapping “Yes” on my phone. More about this in Step 5 to come. Let’s start with the almighty password.
1. Deal with another annoying password
I’d be remiss in not stressing the importance of having a complex, unique password for each of your various online accounts. Run this Google check on your account passwords to learn if they were compromised, see how strong they are and if you've used them any more than once.
You know the password drill. Make it 15 characters or longer and include numbers, capital letters, punctuation marks or symbols. Don’t use your name, birthday numbers, or any personal information.
Tap or click here to learn more about creating unbreakable passwords.
Be sure to set up two-factor authentication (2FA), too. This way, you get a text message sent to your phone with a code when you log in from a different device, browser or location. Tap or click here to set up Google 2FA.
2. Set up a stronger 2FA method
There's an even more robust way to verify your identity: Google Authenticator. It's an app that generates 2FA codes. So instead of getting a 2FA code on your phone, you'll open the app to get the code.
This app is a necessity if you are getting your text messages on your phone plus another device. It's relatively simple for someone else to get the 2FA code needed to sign-in to your account.
Here’s how to set it up.
First, download the Google Authenticator app for iOS and Android.
Go to your Google account management page then click Security.
Under “Signing in to Google,” click 2-Step Verification.
Under “Add more second steps to verify it’s you,” find “Authenticator app” and tap Set up. Then, follow the on-screen instructions.
Choose your device, then click Next to reveal a scannable QR code.
Now, open your phone’s Google Authenticator app and tap the “+” sign to set up a new account.
Select Scan a barcode, then scan the QR code that’s displayed on your browser with your camera. A six-digit code will be generated on your phone.
Back on your web browser, click Next.
Type the 6-digit code as your 2FA code on your web browser, then click Verify.
You’re all set.
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3. Make sure you can get back in your account
Next, set your recovery options in the event you forget your password or switch devices. This is how you get back into your Google account or change the password if you forget it, someone else is using your account, or you get locked out for some other reason.
Follow the steps below to add, change, or delete your recovery phone number.
On iPhone or iPad:
From your computer:
4. Review devices signed in your account
Google records every device you're currently logged in. Did you use a friend’s computer a while ago? If you forgot to log out, anyone may be able to snoop around. Luckily, it’s easy to sign out remotely.
Do a quick check to see which devices are connected to your account:
With just a click, you can log out. That's one security threat wiped away.
5. Use Google’s Advanced Protection Program
The Advanced Protection Program is Google’s strongest layer of security. Advanced Protection is recommended for anyone at risk of targeted online attacks such as journalists, activists, business leaders, and IT admins. Anyone can use it, though.
Advanced Protection requires an Android running 7.0 or higher or an iPhone running iOS 10.0+. You can also use a physical key through your computer.
To add this protection to your account, visit Google’s Advanced Protection support page.
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Wynn Resorts just lost a bid to secure a toehold in the burgeoning TV sports gambling sector — and some insiders fear it may have been the casino empire’s biggest and last chance.
Las Vegas-based Wynn — which has struggled since its billionaire founder Steve Wynn left the company in 2018 amid a slew of sexual-misconduct allegations — was among the losing bidders this week as the Bally’s casino chain won a media partnership deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group, The Post has learned.
As first reported by The Post, Bally’s and Sinclair on Wednesday reached a deal to rename the 21 regional sports TV networks that Sinclair acquired from Fox last year — currently branded Fox Sports — as Bally Sports.
Bally’s, which owns Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, will pay Sinclair $85 million over a 10-year period for the naming rights, giving it exclusive access to fans of 42 major teams, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Kansas City Royals. The goal is to eventually enable viewers to bet on games using a Bally’s online gaming tool directly from their TVs.
According to sources close to the deal, Bally’s only won the partnership after recently raising its bid to top a rival proposal from Wynn, which had pushed hard for the Sinclair tie-up. At least one other unsuccessful bidder also lost out in the deal, the sources said.
Some insiders speculated that Wynn might have lost out partly because the storm of allegations against its 78-year-old founder have tarnished the Wynn brand, dimming the prospects for a successful marketing partnership. A source close to the talks, however, denied that was a factor in the process.
Sinclair declined to comment. Wynn did not return calls.
After the deal was disclosed, Bally shares on Thursday surged 21 percent and rose another 31 percent on Friday, closing at $48.40. Wynn’s stock, meanwhile, fell nearly 3 percent over Thursday and Friday. It has been the casino sector’s worst performer year to date, off 34 percent as the pandemic has devastated tourism. By comparison, shares of billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands are off 19 percent, while MGM Resorts is off 21 percent.
The loss to Bally’s hurts for Wynn as its rivals over the past year have been busy inking a slew of TV broadcast partnerships.
Last month Caesars Entertainment, after becoming the NFL’s official casino sponsor last year, revealed its first NFL team sponsorship in a deal with the Indianapolis Colts. Caesars will offer chances to bet through the Indianapolis Colts app and its own betting app will be integrated with Colts marketing. Caesars also has a deal to link ESPN’s digital platforms to its sports betting sites. Caesars shares are up 10 percent this year.
MGM, meanwhile, has reached partnerships with MLB the NBA and the NHL in which it is a gaming partner. Now MGM can use official data and branding from the leagues to improve its online betting platform, and the leagues will advertise MGM across their sites. In January, Penn National Gaming bought a 36-percent stake in Barstool Sports and the two promote each other.
“I think Sinclair was the last big trophy media prize out there,” a gaming analyst requesting anonymity told The Post.
In an earnings call this month, Wynn executives said the company’s online gambling unit Wynn Interactive has made substantial progress. The subsidiary just launched online sports and gaming in New Jersey, and is in the process of applying for licenses in Tennessee and Virginia. It also bought an equity stake last year in European digital sports betting operation BetBull.
“I think it’s early days for Wynn,” said Jefferies managing director David Katz. “They are trying to carve an industry for themselves in digital gaming. It is true that almost every operator wants to be there. The degree to which it will be an earnings driver for Wynn is still an open question.”
Still, when it comes to digital gaming, Katz adds that “you have to be ‘go big or go home’.”
In its presentation to its investors Thursday, Bally’s said the US online sports betting market overall this year is expected to be $2.6 billion, and predicted that it will grow to $12 billion in 2025 and $50 billion at maturity.
Interest in sports betting, Bally’s said, is highest in the youngest demographics. Bally’s said 63 percent of sports fans between 25 and 34 years old were interested in betting, compared to 35 percent of sports fans over 65.
Democrat, GOP candidates trade accusations in Georgia Senate race
Fox News correspondent Jonathan Serrie joins ‘Special Report’ with a runoff recap from Atlanta.
Vice President Mike Pence will head to Georgia Friday to campaign with Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, the Republican incumbents in the state’s twin Senate runoff elections, which will determine whether the GOP keeps its majority in the chamber.
Perdue and Loeffler will join the vice president on a bus tour with stops in the northern Georgia cities of Canton and Gainesville.
A Republican source close to the vice president's orbit told Fox News that plans also are in the works for Pence to return to Georgia ahead of the runoff.
While the vice president is the most high profile of several prominent Republicans hitting the Georgia runoffs trail, there’s no word on whether his boss will head south to help keep the GOP majority in the Senate.
Trump is currently refusing to concede to President-elect Joe Biden in this month’s presidential election.
Nearly two weeks after Fox News, other news networks and the Associated Press, projected that Biden secured the electoral votes needed to defeat Trump and become president-elect, Trump is hoping a spate of apparent longshot lawsuits he’s filed and a couple of recounts in key states will reverse Biden’s victory. One of those states is Georgia, where Biden narrowly topped Trump, becoming the first Democratic presidential nominee to win the state in more than a quarter century.
An automatic hand recount of the vote conducted by state officials slightly shaved Biden’s margin over the president, but he still leads Trump by more than 12,000 votes in the state.
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Middle Georgia Regional Airport, Oct. 16, in Macon, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Trump was last in Georgia two weeks before the Nov. 3 general election, when he spoke for two hours in front of a large crowd of supporters in Macon, Ga. Perdue and Loeffler need those Trump voters to return to polls Jan. 5 to keep their seats – and maintain the Senate majority.
“These runoffs are base turnout elections. And nobody’s been able to turn out his base and turnout the Republican base more than Donald Trump,” veteran Georgia-based Republican consultant Chip Lake told Fox News. “He’s got his hands tied right now, certainly in the legal fight over his re-election, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Donald Trump here before Jan. 5.”
The current balance of power for the next Senate coming out of this month’s elections is 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats. That means, Democrats must win both of Georgia’s runoff elections to make it a 50-50 Senate. If that occurs, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be the tie-breaking vote, giving her party a razor-thin majority in the chamber.
In Georgia, where state law dictates a runoff if no candidate reaches 50% of the vote, Perdue narrowly missed avoiding a runoff. He currently stands at 49.75% in the count, with nearly all votes counted. Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff trails by roughly 87,000 votes.
In the other race, Loeffler captured nearly 26% of the vote in a whopping 20-candidate special election to fill the final two years of the term of former GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson. Democratic candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock won nearly 33% of the vote.
Republicans close to the Perdue and Loeffler campaigns said there’s been no outreach yet to the White House regarding a campaign visit by Trump in Georgia.
Democrats, meanwhile have their eyes on Biden – and former President Obama – who campaigned in Atlanta on Election Day eve on behalf of the former vice president, Ossoff, Warnock and down-ballot candidates.
Ron Klain, a longtime Biden aide and adviser who the president-elect has named as his incoming White House chief of staff, said Sunday that Biden would stump in Georgia ahead of the Jan. 5 runoffs.
“We’re going to work hard to help win those Senate seats,” Klain said on "Meet the Press." “I think you’ll see the president-elect campaign down there as we’re getting closer to election day. We're going to put people, money, resources down there to help our two good candidates win."
"I want to win those seats in Georgia," he said. "It will certainly be helpful to win those seats in Georgia, but we're not going to let anything deter us from moving forward with our agenda."
Fox News’ Megan Henney contributed to this report.