Thursday, 29 Jul 2021

Disney World Dropping Indoor Masks Policy For Vaccinated Guests

DOJ inspector general will investigate 2018 seizure of House Democrats' data

A day after reports surfaced that prosecutors in former President Donald Trump’s Justice Department secretly subpoenaed Apple for data from at least two Democrats who served on the House Intelligence Committee, as well as their aides and family members, in the course of investigating leaks, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco has referred the matter to the Department of Justice inspector general for investigation, a DOJ official told ABC News.

“The review will examine the Department’s compliance with applicable DOJ policies and procedures, and whether any such uses, or the investigations, were based upon improper considerations,” the Inspector General’s office said in a statement. “If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider other issues that may arise during the review.”

A House Intelligence Committee official confirmed to ABC News Thursday that Apple notified roughly a dozen people associated with the committee just last month that the DOJ issued grand jury subpoenas for their information and metadata in February 2018.

The story was first reported by The New York Times.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Breaking down seven things to know about the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas

NASCAR is headed to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, but it’s taking a break from its traditional points races that count toward the regular season championship and playoff standings.

Instead, Texas will host the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race — a fun and generally fast mid-season exhibition event with a large purse (but more on that later).

Compared with previous All-Star Races, this year’s event got a bit of a makeover, from the format to the host track. And between the changes and the various ways drivers are able to qualify for the exhibition race, it’s a lot to keep track of.

So here’s a breakdown of seven key things to know about the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race.

Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in French Open semifinals with fans allowed to defy curfew

Nadal-Djokovic is mightier than a COVID-19 curfew.

Friday night's thrilling French Open men's semifinal match between tennis superstars Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was allowed to continue on Court Philippe-Chatrier with fans present, defying a city-wide Parisian curfew of 11 p.m., local time.

Djokovic won the match, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, at 11:21 p.m local time. The match took four hours and 11 minutes to finish.

Djokovic reached the French Open final for the sixth time in his career, with his only singles title at Roland Garros coming in 2016. He is seeking his 19th career Grand Slam singles title.

Nadal, who has won the French Open a record 13 times, suffered only his third loss at Roland Garros in 108 matches  – and Djokovic is responsible for two of those defeats.

Nuggets vs. Suns live blog: Real-time updates from Game 3 of the NBA playoffs second-round series – The Denver Post

Live updates, tweets, photos, analysis and more from the Nuggets playoff game against the Phoenix Suns at Ball Arena in Denver on June 11, 2021.

Mobile users, if you can’t see the live blog, tap here.

Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer exits start vs. San Francisco Giants after 12 pitches

WASHINGTON — Max Scherzer, the three-time Cy Young Award winner whose remarkably durable arm spurred the Washington Nationals to a 2019 World Series title, exited his start Friday night against the San Francisco Giants after just 12 pitches due to an apparent injury. 

Scherzer, 36, retired the first batter of the game before Nationals manager Dave Martinez and athletic trainer Paul Lessard came to the mound. After consulting with them, Scherzer threw one warm-up pitch and then made a quick left turn to the Nationals dugout. 

His exit has significant ramifications for the Nationals and, perhaps, the landscape of next month's trade deadline. Scherzer is in the final season of a seven-year, $210 million contract, during which he won the 2016 and 2017 National League Cy Young Awards and posted two other top-three finishes. Perhaps most notably, he started Game 7 of the 2019 World Series after he was scratched from Game 5 due to a crippling nerve injury in his neck. 

Disney World Dropping Indoor Masks Policy For Vaccinated Guests

As of Tuesday, fully vaccinated Disney World visitors will not be required to wear face coverings in most areas of the park. according to its website.

However, masks will still be required for Disney transportation, including buses, monorails and the Disney Skyliner aerial gondolas. The move follows last month’s decree that lifted outdoor requirements.

No proof of vaccination will be required, relying on the honor system. The Orlando, Florida county where Disney World is located lifted all local face mask recommendations on June 5.

Disney World is also easing its physical distancing guidelines, and will update its terms in visibile locations throughout the park.

Despite the easing of requirements, some attractions may still limit capacity or remain closed, Disney World said.

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“We’re not quite ready to bring back everything yet,” the website reads, “but we are optimistic and look forward to the day when Disney pals and princesses are able to hug once again.”

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