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Pennsylvania Remains Up for Grabs as Trump and Biden Assert Confidence

first_img– Advertisement – Updated – Advertisement – Mr. Biden, a Scranton native whose pitch to Democrats was always that he could woo back white working-class voters, fell short of that goal. Although he slightly narrowed margins in rural counties compared with Hillary Clinton in 2016, Mr. Trump, who barnstormed through the state’s most conservative regions, brought out even more of his base.- Advertisement – In Washington County in southwest Pennsylvania, a region that benefited economically from fracking for natural gas, Mr. Biden won a slightly larger share of the vote than Mrs. Clinton did, 38 percent versus 35 percent. But with overall turnout up significantly, Mr. Trump won 9,300 more raw votes this year than he did in 2016, while Mr. Biden added only 7,650 additional votes. The pattern appears to have repeated across central Pennsylvania.“There was no dropoff” for Mr. Trump from 2016, said Rob Gleason, a former chair of the state Republican Party, who lives in Cambria County in central Pennsylvania. “It’s pretty fantastic.” If the race comes down to the wire, the fate of thousands of provisional ballots set to be counted next week might also be in play. Many voters who requested mail-in ballots but decided to vote in person instead and did not bring their mail ballots with them to be “spoiled,” or rendered unusable, were given provisional ballots, said Bethany Hallam, a member of the elections board of Allegheny County. At least one Republican lawsuit was filed to throw out certain provisional ballots, and Ms. Hallam expects more are coming.Mr. Trump “sent his entire legal team to Pennsylvania to try to invalidate legal votes in whatever way possible,” Ms. Hallam said.No matter who ends up winning the battle for Pennsylvania, the geography and the closeness of the race revealed a state pulling ever further apart along regional and partisan lines. Suburbs outside Philadelphia and Pittsburgh that once leaned Republican have become treacherous for the party under Mr. Trump, while blue-collar counties, where Democrats used to win election after election, have moved to the populist right. Nov. 4, 2020, 6:36 p.m. ET Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, condemned Mr. Trump’s legal challenges.“Our election officials at the state and local level should be free to do their jobs without intimidation or attacks,” Mr. Wolf said in a statement. “These attempts to subvert the democratic process are disgraceful.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Japan traces new coronavirus outbreak to Tokyo theatre boy-band show

first_imgTopics : Tokyo health officials appealed on Tuesday for more than 800 theatregoers to get tested for the novel coronavirus after a production starring Japanese boy-band members was found to be the source of at least 20 cases.The Tokyo government said it was focusing on a 190-seat theatre in Shinjuku, a busy entertainment area and home to one of Asia’s biggest red-light districts which has been the center of a recent spike in infections.Japan is pushing ahead with opening up parts of the country, with plans to reopen a runway at one of the country’s biggest airports, even as infections persist in the capital as well as some rural areas and US military bases. “Following a large number of infections seen among our spectators, we have been informed that all 800 spectators who came to see the performance have been identified as high-risk contacts,” Rise Communications said on its website.As Tokyo struggles to contain virus infections, travel routes to and from the city continue to open up. Narita International Airport, one of the two main airports serving the capital, is planning to re-open its second runway ahead of a public holiday next week, public broadcaster NHK reported.Tokyo reported 143 new cases of coronavirus infections on Tuesday. Overall, Japan has reported around 23,000 infections and nearly 1,000 related deaths.While Japan has avoided more disastrous outbreaks seen in other countries, it faces a deep recession instead of enjoying a tourism boom that was expected with the now-postponed Olympics.A recent Tokyo survey by the Asahi Shimbun daily showed that 59 percent believe the Games should be postponed again or cancelled, underscoring the public’s worries about the pandemic.The Asahi on Tuesday reported that the Japanese government was considering easing entry restrictions for athletes.center_img “It’s crucial that we maintain caution and prevent the further spread of infections, while at the same time pursue economic activity,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.The latest cluster has been traced to Theatre Moliere, which staged a play for six days starring mainly up-and-coming boy-band members earlier this month.The Tokyo government said it learned of the first infection among a cast member on July 6, after which testing found 20 related cases by late Monday. It called on all audience members who attended the performance to get tested.The producers of the play, “Werewolf”, released a statement on Monday also asking audience members to seek health advice.last_img read more

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Galaxy caught cannibalizing its neighbors

first_imgA team of astronomers has stared long and hard at a group of nearby galaxies to reveal how big galaxies grow by consuming their smaller neighbors. The team studied galaxies centered around one called M81, or Bode’s galaxy (pictured above), some 12 million light-years from Earth. Long exposures with Japan’s 8.2-meter Subaru Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and its ultrawide field camera—the Hyper Suprime-Cam—allowed them to see the faint outer regions of the galaxies, which are normally invisible. As they report online today in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the images showed streams of stars and other material being sucked into M81 from other galaxies by its stronger gravity. That gravity is also deforming the shapes of nearby galaxies and will likely consume them entirely with time. Astronomers have known for decades that galaxies, including our own Milky Way, grow large by consuming others, but this is the first time that evidence of such cannibalism has been so obviously on display, the researchers say.last_img read more

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