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“I think the most telling number is the 165,000 in-person Election Day voters,” Mr. Fontes said about voter turnout in Maricopa County. Mr. Trump is a unique public figure who drew considerable personal enmity from voters opposed to him. States that did not offer expansive vote-by-mail options were on the lower end of the scale. But last year, it passed a universal vote-by-mail system, and last month, it experienced the highest voting increase in the country. Early voting increased there by nearly 111 percent compared with 2016, and the state’s turnout of 57.5 percent was up by more than a third over all.
Persons: , Adrian Fontes, , ” Mr, Fontes, Trump, Kim Wyman Organizations: Republican, Democratic, Locations: Maricopa County, Arizona, Washington, Hawaii
“I don’t know how it could be as unexpected as it appears to have been,” said Tom Nolan, the brand’s president. “We’re paying a fee to a shipping provider to hold them to the expectations we have,” he said. Kendra Scott employees scrambled, including moving goods to some of its 100-plus stores and warehouses that were closer to certain customers. The parcel limits were based on holiday volumes from last year, even though many more people are shopping online this year. A UPS representative said the carrier was “delivering previously agreed upon, collaboratively planned package volume, but there are limits on unplanned volume until we have capacity in our network that we can steer it toward.”
Persons: , Tom Nolan, , ” Mr, Nolan, Kendra Scott, “ We’re Organizations: UPS
Chance the Rapper Sued by Former Manager
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Neil Shah | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.89   time to read: +1 min
Chance the Rapper and his former manager are feuding in a high-profile dispute over the manager’s April 27 firing in the wake of the Chicago hip-hop star’s disappointing album and concert-ticket sales. In a statement, the legal team for Chance the Rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, said that “Mr. Corcoran has been paid all of the commissions to which he is legally entitled” and that “most of the complaint consists of self-serving and fabricated allegations.” Mr. Corcoran couldn’t be reached. (Unlike most recording artists of his stature, Mr. Bennett isn’t signed to a record label.) News of a rift between Chance the Rapper and his manager comes during the rockiest period of the artist’s career to date.
Persons: Chance, Pat Corcoran, Chancelor Bennett, Mr, Corcoran, ” Mr, Corcoran couldn’t, Bennett, Bennett isn’t, — Mr, Organizations: Chicago Locations: Illinois
9-Year-Old YouTube Star Ryan Kaji Opens Virtual World on Roblox
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Sahil Patel | ) www.wsj.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
“We don’t need to go buy real estate, but focus on where kids actually are today, which is platforms like Roblox,” Mr. Williams said. With Roblox, “Ryan’s World” will earn revenue when players purchase “gems” that they can exchange for virtual gadgets and other in-game items. One challenge for “Ryan’s World” will be staying relevant as its young star grows older, said Mr. Gahan, the Mekanism executive. Mr. Williams, a former Disney executive, said Pocket.watch aims to replicate the success of “Ryan’s World” with its other YouTube creators. “Ryan’s World” has the largest business of the group, Mr. Williams said.
Persons: Ryan Kaji, Ryan, Ryan Guan, Brendan Gahan, , they’ve, Chris Williams, Mr, Williams, Roblox, Gahan, Pocket.watch, Shion Guan, ” Mr, Guan, Diana, , “ It’s, Sahil Patel Organizations: Walmart Inc, Target Corp, Roblox Corp, Mekanism Inc, Sesame, Pocketwatch, YouTube, Schwarz, Roblox, Disney, Disney Jr, Walmart, U.S . Consumer Locations: Roblox, Culver City, Calif, U.S, sahil.patel
Biden Says Inauguration Will Resemble Virtual Convention
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Ken Thomas | Sabrina Siddiqui | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.80   time to read: +1 min
President-elect Joe Biden said his January inauguration is likely to resemble the largely virtual Democratic National Convention last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he said he would emphasize safety to avoid spreading the virus. But my guess is you’ll see a lot of virtual activity in states all across America,” Mr. Biden said Friday in Wilmington, Del. “I think you’re going to see something that is closer to what the convention was like than a typical inauguration,” he said. Mr. Biden said his transition team was holding discussions with congressional leaders in preparations for the events planned on Jan. 20, when he is scheduled to be sworn-in as the nation’s 46th president. “First and foremost, my objective is to keep America safe but still allow people to celebrate,“ Mr. Biden said.
Persons: Joe Biden, ” Mr, Biden, , Mr, we’ve, We’re Organizations: Democratic, Convention, Public Locations: America, Wilmington, Del
Foreign Bribery Enforcement on Track for Record-Breaking Year
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Dylan Tokar | ) www.wsj.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Photo: U.S. Justice DepartmentOf the fines levied globally, about $3.21 billion was paid to the U.S., according to Mr. Rabbitt. Alone, the Justice Department imposed almost $2.25 billion in criminal penalties in FCPA cases, compared with $1.62 billion in 2019, he said. It was the eighth corporate FCPA resolution negotiated by the Justice Department this year. The department’s foreign bribery unit also has had one of its highest tallies for charges against executives, middlemen and foreign officials this year. So far, prosecutors have charged 29 individuals in connection with FCPA matters—the third-highest ever recorded in a calendar year, according to Mr. Rabbitt.
Persons: Brian Rabbitt, , Rabbitt, ” Mr, Goldman Sachs, Dylan Tokar Organizations: U.S . Department, Authorities, U.S . Foreign, The Justice Department, U.S . Securities, Exchange Commission, . Justice, American Conference, Brazilian, Futures Trading Commission, Justice Department, Airbus, Goldman, Inc, American Locations: U.S, France, Swiss, Malaysian
Scooter Firms Invest in Rider Training Schools
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Katie Deighton | ) www.wsj.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Companies that rent out electric scooters hope more driver training can smooth the ride for their customers—and for their businesses. PREVIEWE-scooter startups are competing for riders and contracts with cities at the end of a difficult financial year. Nevertheless, investors have continued to back e-scooter companies, and more lawmakers are letting providers deploy their e-scooters in cities across the world. E-scooter schools could help temper city authorities’ lingering safety concerns, said David Zipper, visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government. Tier hopes its riding schools will build up their confidence and get them riding regularly, he said.
Persons: there’s, , Alan Clarke, David Zipper, Harvard Kennedy, Fred Jones, Tier’s, ” Mr, Jones, Bird, Shivraj, Katie Deighton Organizations: Tier Mobility, Ford Motor Co, Neutron Holdings Inc, Bird Rides Inc, McKinsey & Co, Harvard, Harvard Kennedy School’s, Center for State, Local Government, Ride Academy, British, AA, Research Locations: U.S, Ireland, San Francisco, Berlin, katie.deighton
When Ed Ruscha began photographing the streets of Los Angeles decades ago, strangers would ask what he was doing, squinting behind the lens of a retrofitted Nikon on a tripod in the flatbed of his Datsun pickup truck. “I just said, ‘Ahhh, this is a school project.’ Or something like that,” Mr. Ruscha recalls. For more than 50 years, the artist has meticulously documented a number of streets, including Sunset Boulevard, which runs 22 miles from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. Now some 65,000 of his photographs of the street have been digitized and collected in “12 Sunsets,” an online archive launched recently by the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. “And I make prints, lithographs, etchings—things like that.”The seeds of “12 Sunsets” were planted in 2012, when the Getty acquired an archive of about 500,000 images of Los Angeles streets by Mr. Ruscha.
Persons: Ed Ruscha, , Mr, Ruscha, , , we’d, ‘ Lawrence, ’ ”, Andrew Perchuk, ” Mr, Perchuk Organizations: Nikon, Datsun, Getty Research, Getty, Getty Research Institute, Visitors, Records Locations: Los Angeles, Sunset, Angeles, Ruscha, Arabia, American, West Hollywood
Blue State or Red, Pandemic Upends Public Services and Jobs
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Patricia Cohen | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
“This is one of the things that keeps me up at night,” Mr. Fowler said, thinking about the impact on the city’s half a million residents. Such cuts could end up closing one or two police stations, even though crime is rising, he said. A traffic study of a street in his district with a heavy accident toll has been delayed. On any given day, that will mean fewer people available to drive buses, respond to emergency calls or pick up trash. Every agency on average took a 21 percent cut on top of what they were already facing.
Persons: ” Mr, Fowler, everything’s, we’re, , , Gilbert Montaño Organizations: Democratic Locations: New Orleans
All Santa Wants for Christmas Is to Stay Out of Politics
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Sandra E. Garcia | Sapna Maheshwari | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
To be fair, Mr. Arnold and Mr. Erwin have some history. (“If you Google ‘Santa Wars,’ you’ll find articles on it,” Mr. Arnold said.) Personal matters aside, Mr. Arnold said his resistance to take part in the government campaign revolved largely around a desire to remain apolitical. We do not allow any political posts or anything on our Facebook group pages.”“If somebody posts something that’s even slightly interpreted as a political statement, it’s gone instantly,” he continued. “It’s just deleted.”Should a member like to make a statement out-of-character, that’s fine, Mr. Arnold said.
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ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Promises New Prominence for Fauci Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, was sidelined under President Trump, but President-elect Biden says he will continue in his current role and also become chief medical adviser. Now it is Mr. Trump who is leaving, and on Thursday, his successor had a message for Americans: Dr. Fauci will soon be back in the mix. Much better than the Americans have.” Dr. Fauci seemed more than a little skeptical. Later, a chagrined-looking Dr. Fauci, who is ordinarily averse to public conflict, appeared on British television saying that he wanted to apologize. In their study, Dr. Barouch and his colleagues found a correlate of protection in monkeys.
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ET Transition Live Updates: Biden to Speak on ‘Stalling’ Economy Amid Sluggish Job Growth President-elect Joe Biden is urging Congress to quickly pass another virus relief plan as leaders of both parties work toward a compromise. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has issued repeated calls for lawmakers to find agreement on a compromise coronavirus stimulus proposal. During his remarks, which he will deliver in Delaware, Mr. Biden is expected to renew calls for Congress to quickly pass another round of virus relief. Congress and President Trump must get a deal done for the American people. The American economic recovery continues to slow, stranding millions who have yet to find a new job after being thrown out of work by the coronavirus pandemic.
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ET U.S. Job Market Slowed Further in November: Live Updates RIGHT NOW Pelosi voices optimism on stimulus after McConnell agrees to compromise on a year-end spending bill. Job growth has slowed considerably Cumulative change in all jobs since before the pandemic By Ella Koeze · Data is seasonally adjusted. · Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Distress can be found in nearly every corner of the labor market, but the pain is not evenly distributed. The pandemic has caused radical changes in the economy and the labor market in a short time. “It’s much better than at the nadir of the labor market, but labor demand doesn’t seem to be anywhere near back.” —The shift toward permanent job loss continues.
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The Hartford Courant’s newsroom is closing down.
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Katie Robertson | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.76   time to read: +1 min
The Hartford Courant, the Connecticut newspaper that has been in print since 1764, when it chronicled the locals’ dissatisfaction with British rule, is the latest daily that will try to cover the news without a newsroom. Tribune Publishing, the company that owns the paper, told employees on Friday that it would “close our Broad Street office, with no plan to find us a new one,” the Hartford Courant Guild, which represents editorial employees, said in a Twitter post. Andrew Julien, the Courant’s publisher and editor in chief, said in an email to staff members that the closing of the physical newsroom was “a decision about real estate needs amid a difficult and challenging time on both the public health and economic fronts.”Journalists will continue to do their work remotely, he added. “It won’t change the essence of what we do: Delivering the high-impact journalism readers have come to expect from the Courant and crafting creative solutions that meet the needs of our advertising partners,” Mr. Julien wrote.
Persons: Andrew Julien, ” Mr, Julien Organizations: Hartford Courant, Tribune Publishing, Hartford Courant Guild, ” Journalists Locations: Connecticut
Transition Highlights: Biden Discusses ‘Stalling’ Economy Amid New Hopes on Stimulus President-elect Joe Biden is urging Congress to quickly pass another virus relief plan as leaders of both parties work toward a compromise. Mr. Biden also said it will be important for lawmakers to pass more sweeping legislation to address longstanding needs in the economy, like rebuilding infrastructure. “To truly end this crisis, Congress is going to need to fund more testing as well as a more equitable and free distribution of the vaccine,” Mr. Biden said. “It will be available either virtually or in-person for many, and my guess is, there will still be a platform ceremony,” Mr. Biden said of the festivities. Mr. Biden has not said if he intends to extend the student loan moratorium, but he has called for limited student-debt cancellation and other relief efforts.
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Tracking Viral Misinformation
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Mike Isaac | Davey Alba | Michael D. Shear | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +53 min
Daily Distortions Tracking Viral Misinformation Every day, Times reporters will chronicle and debunk false and misleading information that is going viral online. The company previously removed misinformation about the polio vaccine in Pakistan, as well as misinformation on the measles vaccine in Samoa during outbreaks of the illnesses. or Department of Justice, this is the biggest thing you could be looking at,” Mr. Trump said. found no evidence of widespread election fraud, Trump posts video filled with falsehoods. In fact, the article Mr. Trump shared was based on a fake Twitter account that posed as his sister.
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WASHINGTON—The U.S. is increasing the portion of the spying budget devoted to China by nearly one-fifth this year, U.S. officials said on Thursday, reflecting rising concern over what the Trump administration says is a top economic, security and counterintelligence threat from Beijing. While the precise amounts are classified, the officials said spending on China is being boosted across the roughly $85 billion annual intelligence budget to glean secrets from the country, analyze its current actions and predict its future course. “We have shifted resources in the FY21 budget to increase China spending by nearly 20 percent,” the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement, referring to the government’s fiscal year 2021, which began Oct. 1. In an interview, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said the shift involves “money and manpower,” and suggested that some spy-agency analysts focused on counterterrorism would be refocused on China. “When the evidence is so clear, and increasingly clear, that China and China alone can compete with us in all spaces, when we’ve looked at all of the different threat streams... the resources needed to be shifted,” Mr. Ratcliffe said.
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Under such programs, companies typically pay a health-care professional an honorarium to give speeches or presentations about a company’s drugs or medical devices. Newsletter Sign-up Risk and Compliance Journal Our Morning Risk Report features insights and news on governance, risk and compliance. PREVIEWSpeaker programs have been a compliance concern for the health-care industry for decades. Since 2013, those participating in federal health-care programs also have been required to publicly disclose payments to physicians and teaching hospitals. While much of the industry’s other promotional activities have shifted to a virtual environment, remote speaker programs aren’t yet common, according to practitioners.
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Hits Record Daily Death Toll, With Worse Likely to Come With cases in the U.S. blowing past the spring peak, more than 100,000 people were hospitalized for Covid-19 on Wednesday. Experts warn that the nation could be facing the most difficult time in its public health history. Then, not long after evening fell, the U.S. recorded is greatest daily death toll ever: 2,760, with no sign of a letup. “This is a much worse situation,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health. Among the abuses was the 40-year-long Tuskegee study in which officials from the U.S. Public Health Service allowed Black men infected with syphilis to go untreated.
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ET Jobless Claims Data Expected to Shed Light on Economy’s Direction: Live Updates RIGHT NOW Stocks slip lower before U.S. state unemployment claims data. —Stocks slip lower before U.S. state unemployment claims data. Credit... Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA, via Shutterstock Wall Street was poised to open unchanged and European indexes drifted lower as investors awaited the latest U.S. weekly unemployment claims data. More than four in 10 Republicans support raising taxes on people earning more than $400,000 a year. Three-quarters of Republicans support a proposal to guarantee paid sick leave to workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Persons: Jae C, , Diane Swonk, Grant Thornton, ” Ms, Swonk, inoculations, Michael Gapen, ” Mr, Gapen, Facundo Arrizabalaga, DAX, curfews, Joseph R, Biden, Mitch McConnell, Bill Ackman’s, Mike Pence, McConnell, Trump’s, Al Drago, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, — Nestlé, Fabrice Coffrini, Nestlé, Mark Schneider, Schneider, Mr, , Trump, Jim Tankersley, Ben Casselman, Barack Obama, Republicans ’, Organizations: Associated, Barclays, CAC, Nikkei, Republican, Labor, West Texas, Tesco, Pershing Square Holdings, Capitol, The New York Times Independent, Democratic, Republicans, Companies, Agence France, The New York Times, Mr Locations: Norwalk , Calif, Chicago, London, Europe, Britain, France, Germany, Asia, Japan, Hong Kong, United States, Russia, Georgia, Nestlé, Switzerland, Swiss, York
Mr. Trump will attend a campaign rally for Georgia’s Republican senators this weekend. Biden Presidential Transition Live Updates: Georgia Republicans to Hold Hearings on the Election, Even Though Biden’s Victory There Has Been CertifiedBrad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, spoke with the news media at the State Capitol in Atlanta on Wednesday. Mr. Raffensperger, 65, most likely concerned about his future in politics, has tried to survive Mr. Trump’s onslaught with a mix of pushing back and staying in line. Last Thursday, Mr. Trump called Mr. Raffensperger an “enemy of the people.” Mr. Perdue and Ms. Loeffler, who are Trump loyalists, have called Mr. Raffensperger incompetent and have called on him to resign. On Monday, in a tweet, Mr. Trump called Mr. Kemp “hapless” and urged him to intervene in the election.
Persons: Trump, Brad Raffensperger, Erik S, Brian Kemp, Joseph R, Biden, , Trump’s, David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Perdue, Loeffler, Raffensperger, Kemp, , Mr, , ” Mr, Kemp “, Kemp’s, Georgia Republicans “ Organizations: Georgia’s Republican, Georgia Republicans, State Capitol, ., ATLANTA, Trump, Republicans, Mr, Republican Party, Trump loyalists, Party Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, Valdosta, Ga
One campaign led by progressive groups dubbed Mr. Deese as “chief greenwasher” of BlackRock and questioned his commitment to fighting climate change. In a Twitter thread this week Mr. McKibben, a former Sunday school instructor, described having Mr. Deese’s future wife in his class when she was a child and years later performing their wedding. Mr. McKibben praised Mr. Deese’s work in the Obama administration as well as for BlackRock, and pushed back against criticisms. “I know he cares a lot, and works hard on the issue,” Mr. McKibben wrote. He has made climate change a central part of his economic plan, as well as his White House structure.
Persons: Deese, Obama, Trump, Deese’s, Lawrence D, Fink, greenwasher ”, Bill McKibben, McKibben, , ” Mr, Brian, ” Laurence Tubiana, Todd Stern, Mr, Biden Organizations: BlackRock, State Department Locations: United States, Paris, BlackRock, State
Last year, Nestlé pledged to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. Today, it released a detailed 27-page plan on how it will get there. Nearly two-thirds of the Swiss food giant’s emissions come from agriculture, where reducing emissions requires working with some 500,000 farmers and 150,000 suppliers. That’s more complicated than simply switching to renewable electricity or offsetting business travel (which Nestlé is also doing). Long-term investors see the net-zero pledge as “future-proofing the company,” Mr. Schneider said, especially as environmental laws become stricter and consumers increasingly seek climate-friendly products.
Persons: Nestlé, Mark Schneider, ” Mr, Schneider Locations: Swiss
The Atlantic Plucks Wired Magazine’s Top Editor as Its New C.E.O.
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Marc Tracy | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.99   time to read: +1 min
The Atlantic, the 163-year-old publication that has grown under the stewardship of Laurene Powell Jobs, announced on Thursday that it had selected a new chief executive after a yearlong search: Nicholas Thompson, the editor in chief of Wired, the tech-focused magazine published by Condé Nast. “Nick is singular; we’ve seen no one like him,” Ms. Powell Jobs and Mr. Bradley wrote. “​As to leading and supporting ​Atlantic ​strategy, Nick brings a surround-sound coverage of relevant experience. Having been an editor, he is committed to the undergirding tenets of our work — superior editorial standards and complete editorial independence.”Mr. Thompson, 45, has spent 15 years working as a writer and editor for Condé Nast publications, including The New Yorker, where he was the top digital editor from 2012 to 2017. In an interview, he said he had spoken with Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic’s editor in chief, about the publication’s future, including a talk that took place during a socially distanced meeting in Mr. Thompson’s Brooklyn backyard one evening this week.
Persons: Laurene Powell Jobs, Nicholas Thompson, Condé Nast, Powell Jobs, David G, Bradley, Thompson, Nick, ” Ms, , ” Mr, Condé, Jeffrey Goldberg Organizations: Wired, Emerson, Condé Nast, Yorker Locations: The, Brooklyn
That stands the special counsel model on its head and underscores why he should not receive the “special counsel” designation. Whatever the circumstances of Ms. Dannehy’s departure, the special counsel regulations are all about public perception, and here they all stink. In this case, all three of the problems with the special counsel rules are mutually reinforcing. The predicate for a special counsel does not appear to be triggered — instead it looks like the willful act of an outgoing attorney general. And when the Dannehy resignation is layered on top of that, it makes this special counsel appointment more dubious than any I can recall.
Persons: Barr’s, Barr, Durham, Durham’s, ” Mr, Mr, Nora Dannehy, , , Dannehy’s, Dunham Organizations: Republican, Democratic, . Locations: Durham
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