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Biden to tour damage from Hawaii wildfires: The Rundown Aug. 16, 2023

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President Joe Biden commented on the deadly wildfires in Hawaii, and new data showed how television viewers are changing the industry. These stories and more highlight The Rundown for Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023.

Biden speaks on deadly Hawaii wildfires

President Biden has offered his first remarks on the Hawaii wildfires after facing criticism for not commenting on the tragedy. Biden reassured the island of Maui that federal resources were on the ground and there to stay for as long as it takes. Biden also promised a visit with the first lady to the devastated areas “as soon as we can,” saying they don’t want to get in the way of recovery efforts.

The death toll has climbed to 106, with most remains unable to be identified. Residents got their first opportunity to go back to their homes in nearly unrecognizable communities.

For those with no house to go home to, hundreds of hotel rooms have opened up in the area for survivors, along with thousands of Airbnb locations. The search for dozens of missing people on the island was expected to continue on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Mark Meadows seeks to move Georgia case to federal level

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, one of the listed defendants in Georgia’s 2020 election indictment, has petitioned to move the case to federal court because it involves his work as a federal employee. Former President Donald Trump is expected to pursue a similar route, according to sources who spoke with ABC News.

Attorneys for Meadows said they are also pushing to dismiss the charges against him, saying nothing he’s accused of in the indictment is criminal. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has ordered Meadows, former President Trump and the other 17 defendants to turn themselves in by Aug. 25.

North Korea claims U.S. soldier was racially discriminated against

For the first time, North Korea offered public remarks on the U.S. soldier who darted into North Korean territory in July of 2023. A spokesperson for the North said Travis King was seeking refuge from the U.S. Army after being racially discriminated against and receiving “inhumane mistreatment.”

The spokesperson said King, who was facing discipline on assault allegations in South Korea, had the intent of staying in North Korea when he decided to cross into the country.

It is common for North Korea to highlight racism in the United States to deflect criticism of its own human rights record. The comments on King came just a day before the U.N. Security Council was set to discuss human rights issues in North Korea.

Gas prices on the rise as Labor Day approaches

As Labor Day weekend approaches, gas prices have been on the rise and are at their highest point they’ve been all year. According to AAA, the national average price for regular gasoline sits at $3.87 per gallon as of Aug. 16, up from $3.56 from this time last month.

$3.87 is the highest the national average has been since October of 2022. The average price of gas in California and Washington was over $5 per gallon on Aug. 16.

Experts have said oil supply cuts abroad are impacting the price of gas at home. The national average is still lower than it was at this time in 2022, when the average was $3.94 per gallon.

Broadcast television, cable viewership falls to record lows in July

Broadcast television and cable viewership has continued to fall, hitting record lows in July. For the first time ever, the two forms of linear television made up less than half of all TV viewership.

Nielsen, who tracks television ratings, said broadcast viewing for the month of July was just 20% of all TV viewership. Streaming services like YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video reached a record high of 38.7% of TV viewership.

Nielsen also disclosed the most watched programs. They include the drama “Suits” on Netflix and Peacock, as well as the children’s series “Bluey” streaming on Disney+.

iPhone ‘end call’ button may not move after all

Apple has appeared to reverse its decision to move the “end-call” button’s position in its upcoming iOS update. Earlier in August, reports showed the red button changing spots to the bottom right corner of the phone’s screen.

New images from the latest beta testing showed the button back where users are familiar with seeing it, in the bottom center of the screen. However, the button was among other options, which would be a change from the standalone position it currently has.

Apple has not commented on where the button will end up.

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FOR THE FIRST TIME – PRESIDENT BIDEN COMMENTS ON THE DEADLY WILDFIRES IN HAWAII AND HIS PLANS TO VISIT THE SCENE
AND —
NEW DATA SHOWS HOW TELEVISION VIEWERS ARE CHANGING THE INDUSTRY IN HISTORIC WAYS.
THE RUNDOWN STARTS NOW.
THIS IS STRAIGHT-ARROW NEWS.
BRINGING YOU UNBIASED, STRAIGHT FACTS.
TODAY IS WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 16TH.
THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I’M KARAH RUCKER.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN HAS OFFERED HIS FIRST REMARKS ON THE HAWAII WILDFIRES AFTER FACING CRITICISM FOR NOT COMMENTING ON THE TRAGEDY.
BIDEN REASSURED THE ISLAND OF MAUI FEDERAL RESOURCES WERE ON THE GROUND AND THERE TO STAY FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES.
BIDEN ALSO PROMISED TO VISIT THE DEVASTATED AREAS BUT DID NOT PROVIDE A SPECIFIC DATE.
“My wife, Jill and I are going to travel to Hawaii as soon as we can. That’s what I’ve been talking to the governor about. I don’t want to get in the way. I’ve been to too many disaster areas, but I want to go and make sure we got everything they need. I want to be sure we don’t disrupt the ongoing recovery efforts.”
THE DEATH TOLL HAS NOW REACHED 106 — WITH MOST REMAINS UNABLE TO BE IDENTIFIED.
RESIDENTS HAVE THEIR FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO GO BACK TO THEIR HOMES — IN NEARLY UNRECOGNIZABLE COMMUNITIES.
FOR THOSE WITH NO HOUSE TO GO HOME TO —
THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF HOTEL ROOMS THAT HAVE OPENED UP IN THE AREA FOR SURVIVORS — ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF AIR-B-N-B’S.
THE SEARCH FOR DOZENS OF MISSING PEOPLE ON THE ISLAND CONTINUES TODAY.

FORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF MARK MEADOWS — ONE OF THE LISTED DEFENDANTS IN GEORGIA’S 2020 ELECTION INDICTMENT —
HAS PETITIONED TO MOVE THE CASE TO *FEDERAL COURT* BECAUSE IT INVOLVES HIS WORK AS A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE.
TRUMP IS EXPECTED TO PURSUE A SIMILAR ROUTE — GETTING HIS CASE UP TO THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND OUT OF STATE COURT — ACCORDING TO SOURCES WHO SPOKE WITH ABC NEWS.
ATTORNEYS FOR MARK MEADOWS SAY THEY ARE ALSO PUSHING TO DISMISS THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM —
SAYING NOTHING HE’S ALLEGED TO HAVE DONE IN THE INDICTMENT — IS CRIMINAL.
THE GEORGIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS ORDERED FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ALONG WITH THE OTHER 18 DEFENDANTS TO TURN THEMSELVES IN BY NEXT FRIDAY.
OUR OWN RAY BOGAN SPOKE TO A LEGAL EXPERT ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF THE GEORGIA ELECTION TRIAL TAKING PLACE IN A FEDERAL COURTOOM. YOU CAN SEE HIS REPORT NOW ON S-A-N-DOT-COM.

FOR THE FIRST TIME — NORTH KOREA IS OFFERING PUBLIC REMARKS ON THE U.S. SOLDIER WHO DARTED INTO THEIR TERRITORY ALMOST ONE MONTH AGO.
A SPOKESPERSON SAYS TRAVIS KING CONFESSED TO ILLEGALLY CROSSING INTO THE NORTH — CLAIMING KING WAS SEEKING REFUGE FROM THE U.S. ARMY AFTER BEING RACIALLY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AND WAS RECEIVING “INHUMANE MAL-TREATMENT.”
THE NORTH SAID KING — WHO WAS FACING DISCIPLINE ON ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS IN SOUTH KOREA — HAD THE INTENT OF STAYING IN NORTH KOREA WHEN HE DECIDED TO CROSS INTO THEIR COUNTRY.
IT IS COMMON FOR NORTH KOREA TO HIGHLIGHT RACISM IN THE UNITED STATES TO DEFLECT CRITICISM OF ITS OWN HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD–
THE NORTH’S COMMENTS COME JUST A DAY BEFORE THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL IS SET TO DISCUSS SUCH HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES IN NORTH KOREA.

JUST AS LABOR DAY WEEKEND ROAD TRIPS NEAR FOR MANY IN AMERICA– GAS PRICES ARE ON THE RISE. IN FACT, PRICES ARE AT THE HIGHEST POINT THEY’VE BEEN ALL YEAR.
THIS MORNING TRIPLE-A SAYS THE NATIONAL AVERAGE PRICE FOR REGULAR GASOLINE SITS AT 3 DOLLARS AND 87 CENTS A GALLON, UP FROM 3 DOLLARS AND 56 CENTS A MONTH AGO.
GAS PRICES ARE AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS SINCE OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR.
CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON DRIVERS ARE SEEING PRICES ABOVE 5 DOLLARS A GALLON.
EXPERTS SAY OIL SUPPLY CUTS ABROAD ARE IMPACTING THE PRICE OF GAS AT HOME.
THOUGH HIGH — PRICES ARE STILL LOWER THAN THEY WERE LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME WHEN THE AVERAGE WAS 3 DOLLARS AND 94 CENTS A GALLON.

BROADCAST TV AND CABLE VIEWERSHIP CONTINUES TO FALL – AND NOW THEY’VE HIT RECORD LOWS.
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER — THE TWO FORMS OF LINEAR TELEVISION MAKE UP LESS THAN HALF OF ALL TV VIEWERSHIP AS MORE PEOPLE TURN TO STREAMING PLATFORMS.
NIELSEN, WHO TRACKS TELEVISION RATINGS, SAYS TOTAL BROADCAST VIEWING FOR THE MONTH OF JULY WAS JUST 20% OF ALL TV VIEWERSHIP – “REPRESENTING A NEW LOW.”
WHILE STREAMING SERVICES LIKE YOUTUBE, NETFLIX AND AMAZON PRIME VIDEO REACHED A NEW RECORD HIGH — 38.7%.
NIELSEN ALSO DISCLOSED THE MOST WATCHED PROGRAMS FOR LAST MONTH – BOTH ON STREAMING PLATFORMS – THE DRAMA “SUITS” SEEN ON NETFLIX AND PEACOCK AND THE CHILDREN’S SERIES “BLUEY” STREAMING ON DISNEY PLUS.

FINALLY THIS MORNING, AN UPDATE TO A HOT BUTTON ISSUE FOR MANY IPHONE USERS.
APPLE HAS SEEMED TO REVERSE ITS DECISION TO MOVE THE END-CALL BUTTON’S POSITION IN ITS UPCOMING I-O-S- UPDATE.
LAST WEEK — REPORTS SHOWED THE RED BUTTON CHANGING SPOTS TO THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF THE PHONE’S SCREEN.
BUT NOW, NEW IMAGES FROM THE LATEST BETA TESTING SHOW THE END-CALL BUTTON IS PRETTY MUCH BACK WHERE USERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH SEEING IT – IN THE CENTER. THOUGH IT’S STILL AMONG OTHER OPTIONS — NO LONGER BY ITSELF — WHICH WOULD BE A CHANGE FROM HOW IT LOOKS TODAY.
APPLE IS NOT COMMENTING.
THE BOTTOM LINE, THE INTERFACE CHANGES ARE NOT FINALIZED YET AND WE WON’T KNOW FOR SURE WHERE THE END-BUTTON WILL END UP UNTIL THE UPDATE IS RELEASED.
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HAVE A GREAT DAY.