GM flips to California's side in pollution fight with Trump

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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.

FILE: General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra speaks during the opening of their contract talks with the United Auto Workers in Detroit.  (AP)

Barra sent the letter after a call with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the company said.

"We believe the ambitious electrification goals of the President-elect, California, and General Motors are aligned, to address climate change by drastically reducing automobile emissions," Barra said in the letter.

Mary Nichols, the head of California's Air Resources Board, called GM's announcement "good news," saying Barra told her about it in a telephone call Monday morning. The board is the state's air pollution regulator.

"I was pleased to be in communication with Mary Barra again," she said. "It's been a while since we had talked."


Dan Becker of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the environmental groups Barra wrote to, said GM was wrong in trying to stop California from protecting its people from auto pollution.

"Now the other automakers must follow GM and withdraw support for (President Donald) Trump's attack on clean cars," he said in an email.

The White House had no immediate comment Monday.

Last year General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and 10 smaller automakers sided with the Trump administration in a lawsuit over whether California has the right to set its own standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy.

The companies said they would intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Environmental Defense Fund against the Trump administration, which has rolled back national pollution and gas mileage standards enacted while Barack Obama was president.

The group called itself the "Coalition or Sustainable Automotive Regulation" and also included Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Isuzu, Suzuki, Maserati, McLaren, Aston-Martin and Ferrari.

"With our industry facing the possibility of multiple, overlapping and inconsistent standards that drive up costs and penalize consumers, we had an obligation to intervene," John Bozzella, CEO of Global Automakers and spokesman for the coalition, said at the time.


Toyota, one of the big automakers in the coalition favoring the Trump standards, said Monday it is reconsidering its position.

In a statement, the company said it has supported year-over-year increases in fuel economy standards, and it joined the coalition because most other automakers agreed there should be a single U.S. standard.

"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," Toyota said.

The initial move put the coalition automakers at odds with five other companies — BMW, Ford, Volkswagen, Volvo and Honda — that backed California and endorsed stricter emissions and fuel economy standards than proposed by the Trump administration.

But the coalition's stance was not so straightforward. For instance, although it opposed California, it still wanted Trump and the state to compromise on one national regulation.

In September of 2019, Trump announced his administration would seek to revoke California's congressionally granted authority to set standards that are stricter than those issued by federal regulators.

The move came after Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen signed a deal with the California Air Resources Board, which had been at odds with the Trump administration for months.

Many automakers have said in the past that they support increasing the standards, but not as much as those affirmed in the waning days of the Obama administration in 2016.

Under the Obama administration requirements, the fleet of new vehicles would have to average 30 mpg in real-world driving by 2021, rising to 36 mpg in 2025. Those increases would be about 5% per year. The Trump administration's plan increased fuel economy by 1.5% per year, backing off an earlier proposal to freeze the requirements at 2021 levels.


Automakers say that because buyers are switching to larger trucks and SUVs, many companies would not be able to meet the stricter standards.

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Boeing 737 Max On Track to Fly in Europe Again

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.

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How to Save £15 on your Nintendo Switch order this Black Friday

NINTENDO’S Switch console is hot property this November as Black Friday deals ramp up.

But there is an easy way to save £15 on any order by using cashback.

Topcashback has a new member offer which provides £15 bonus cashback.

If you aren’t already a member of the cashback site, all you have to do is sign up and make an order.

The order needs to be over £15 to be eligible, but that won’t be an issue with the Nintendo Switch.

Plus, you’ll earn extra cashback linked to the percentage Topcashback provides with your retailer.

  • Get £15 bonus cashback by spending £15+ via Topcashback – here

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For example, if you order a standard Switch Neon console from this Black Friday you might pay £279.99.

By signing up to Topcashback and ordering with a retailer like Currys PC World, Game or Very, via the cashback site, you’ll get a £15 bonus cashback.

You’ll also earn the standard 1% cashback for shopping with Currys via Topcashback.

It’s a smart way of effectively saving money on a console which continues to hold its price.

Here’s our step-by-step guide to getting your £15 saving.

  1. Sign up to Topcashback for free
  2. Shop with your selected retailer, like Currys or Game, via Topcashback
  3. Order your Nintendo Switch console or bundle
  4. Wait for £15 bonus cashback to hit your account
  5. Withdraw your cashback to your bank account.

Topcashback's £15 bonus is only available to new members.

But it is available until November 30, so perfect for Black Friday Nintendo Switch shopping.

Find the full details of the offer on Topcashback’s site here.

Don't forget to check in on our Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals coverage.

You can find more offers on our Black Friday gaming page.

For all things tech, head over to our Black Friday Tech deals hub.

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California donors to urge Newsom to fill VP-elect Kamala Harris' Senate seat with woman of color: report

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.  


“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.


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. 

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Use Google? 5 new ways to secure your account

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.

RELATED: You can erase everything Google has tracked about you. Here are the steps.

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 Android:

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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Drivers could be fined up to £2,500 for parking outside their house in lockdown

DRIVERS could be fined up to £2,500 for parking outside their homes during lockdown.

Motorists hoping to save money while they're stuck at home have started to cancel their insurance.

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But doing so could turn out to be illegal – with anyone caught out forced to pay a fine of up to £2,500 or have their car seized.

USwitch says having a Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN) is fine in a private parking space – such as off-street parking.

But it is against the law to do so when parking on the street outside your home.

Spokesperson Florence Codjoe said: "“It may be tempting to cancel your insurance if you’re not using your car this month.

“However, it’s a legal requirement to have insurance if your vehicle is parked on the road, even if it isn’t being used.

"If you have off-street parking or a private parking space, you can inform the DVLA with a Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN).

“A SORN means your vehicle is declared officially off-road. You can’t drive it anywhere, but you won’t have to pay road tax and you can cancel your insurance.”

The number of motorists applying for SORNs surged under the first lockdown in March.

This has led to calls for anyone who declared their car as off the road to not use their vehicles now as SORNs never expire.

Anyone caught will be slapped with a £300 fixed penalty and six penalty points on their licence.

The only time it's possible to drive a SORN car is to or from a pre-booked MOT or other testing appointment.

Around 3,000 British road users are issued warnings for this offence every day.

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Wynn Resorts loses bid to partner with Sinclair’s sports TV networks: sources

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.

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PS4 to PS5 data transfer – how to move your saves and accounts to new console

SO you've bagged yourself a PlayStation 5 (you lucky so-and-so), and are now left with the all-important question: How do I transfer everything from my old console to my new one?

Your PS4 is chock-a-block with games saves, accounts and other data and to lose it all would be unthinkable – here's how to transfer them to your PS5.

Can I transfer data from a PS4 to my PS5?

The simple answer is: Yes! Sony explained how in a handy blog post published this week.

"Players can transfer game save files from a PS4 console to PS5 using a LAN cable, by connecting wirelessly (WiFi), or saving the save files to a compatible USB drive," the company said.

"And if you are an active PS Plus member, you can transfer your PS4 game saves to your PS5 using cloud storage."

This will transfer all of your data, including your games, game save files and any accounts associated with your PS4.

How do I transfer my PS4 data to PS5 over Wi-Fi or LAN?

If you don't have a PlayStation Plus subscription, the easiest way to transfer data between your consoles is over Wi-Fi, or using a LAN cable.

Before you start, you'll want to use your PS4 to sign in to the same account that's signed in on your PS5 console.

We'd also suggest you synchronise your trophy information by hitting the Options button while viewing Trophies, and then select Sync with PlayStation Network.

Here's how to transfer your data, according to PlayStation:

  1. Turn on your PS4 and PS5 consoles and connect them to the same network using WiFi or LAN cables. 
  2. On your PS5 console, go to Settings > System > System Software > Data Transfer > Continue.
  3. Select the PS4 you want to transfer data from.
  4. When the PS5 console shows the message Prepare for Data Transfer, press and hold the power button on your PS4 console for at least one second (until you hear a beep).
  5. On your PS5 console, select the data you want to transfer.
  6. Read the precautions, and then select  Start Transfer.
  7. Your PS5 console automatically restarts during data transfer. After the console restarts, you can start using your PS5 console.

How do I transfer my PS4 data to PS5 over the cloud?

If you're a paying PlayStation Plus member, you can transfer your data through the magic of the cloud.

No, not the fluffy things that hang in the sky: Sony's cloud storage service that lets you store game data on the internet, rather than your hard drive.

To start with, you'll need to make sure you've synced your PS4's data with the cloud.

On your PS4, head to Settings > Power Saving Settings > Set Features Available in Rest Mode > tick the box next to Stay Connected to the Internet.

Next, go to Settings > Application Data Management > Auto-Upload > tick the box next to Enable Automatic Uploads.

Now you've ensured your PS4 uploads its data to the cloud, you can download that data onto your PS5 (once your old console has synced).

On your PS5, head to Settings > select Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Saved Data (PS4) > Cloud Storage and Download to Console Storage.

This contains all of the PS4 data that you've uploaded to the cloud. Select what you want to transfer and hit "Download".

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – when did they launch and how much do they cost?

Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X and its smaller, cheaper sibling, the Series S, on November 10.

The release date covered the UK, US, Australia and a bunch of other countries worldwide.

The disc-free Series S costs £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.

So how does that compare to the new Xbox's biggest rival, the PlayStation 5?

The PS5 launch fell on November 12, but not everywhere.

That date only stood for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.

UK gamers had to wait until November 19 to order one of the consoles.

The PS5 proper costs £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359/$399.

How do I transfer my PS4 data to PS5 using USB or external storage?

Finally, you can sling all of the data on your PS4 over to your PS5 using a USB or external storage device.

Connect a USB storage device to your PS4 and head to Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Copy to USB Storage Device.

Select the file or files you'd like to copy and transfer them to the USB drive.

Once that's done, connect the drive to your PS5.

 Go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings, then select Saved Data (PS4) > USB Drive.

You then have the option to Copy to Console Storage.

In other news, check out our Xbox Series X review.

We also took a look at the Xbox Series S.

And try the powerhouse Dell Alienware R10 gaming PC on for size.

What do you make of the PS5? Let us know in the comments!

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Pence to campaign Friday in Georgia runoffs, but no word on a Trump trip

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.

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How to find almost ANY post on Instagram without having to use hashtags

YOU can now search for content on Instagram using just keywords.

This means you can easily find photos that have a certain word in the caption without them needing to have that specific word as a hashtag.

The new feature is thanks to a recent Instagram update.

According to The Verge, the keyword tool will be able for English-speaking users in six countries.

These countries include the UK, US, Ireland, and Canada.

Before this update, you could only search for hashtags, account names or locations.

The feature started rolling out from November 17 so you may need to update your Instagram app to use it.

Instagram will be taking into account a number of factors when it chooses what posts to show you based on your keyword.

These will include the caption, the type of content and the date it was posted.

Machine learning will also be used to workout what content is relevant to you.

For now, only certain popular words will be searchable and they will fall within Instagram’s community guidelines.

Words like "puppies", "fashion style", "pasta" and "cakes" are searchable but "Trump" and "Biden" are not.

Instagram – the key facts

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Instagram is a social network for sharing photos and videos
  • It was created back in October 2010 as an iPhone-exclusive app
  • A separate version for Android devices was released 18 months later
  • The app rose to popularity thanks to its filters system, which lets you quickly edit your photos with cool effects
  • When it first launched, users could only post square 1:1 ratio images, but that rule was changed in 2015
  • In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $1billion in cash and stock
  • In 2018, some analysts believe the app is worth closer to $100billion
  • In October 2015, Instagram confirmed that more than 40billion photos had been uploaded to the app
  • And in 2018, Instagram revealed that more than a billion people were using the app every month

In other news, TikTok announced it will be expanding the Family Pairing feature, which has a selection of tools that can filter your kid's content.

Google Maps has just got a huge update with a few interesting features.

And, Twitter has a new feature called 'Fleets' that act just like Instagram Stories.

Are you a big Instagram fan? Let us know in the comments…

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