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Sunday June 20th, 2021 evening edition

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Texas is one of several states suffering through a record-breaking heat wave that’s pushing electric grids to their limits.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas , or ERCOT, has urged residents to do their part by raising the temperature on their thermostats, but several smart thermostats owners say their devices have been controlled remotely to conserve energy, leaving them in sweltering homes without a clue as to why.

Several residents in the Houston area said they’d unknowingly enrolled in a program called “Smart Savers Texas” as part of a promotion, according to a report from local ABC-affiliate WFAA on Friday.

The agreement states that in exchange for an entry into sweepstakes, electric customers grant permission for the program’s operator, EnergyHub , to control their thermostats during periods of high energy demand.

During a demand response event, Smart Savers Texas increases the temperature on participating thermostats by up to four degrees to reduce energy consumption and relieve stress on the grid.

EnergyHub works with more than 50 utilities across the country to harness connected devices to meet grid needs.

This is a tool to reliably reduce load on the grid enabled through the technology of EnergyHub and our connected thermostat partners. »

German government agrees to ban Hamas flag after antisemitic incidents

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What did the German government say about the ban?.

A proposal to ban the flag was originally put forward by Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

CDU chancellor candidate Armin Laschet had also called for the Hamas flag to be banned last month in response to antisemitic activities in Germany. »

One Dead, One Injured After Truck Runs Into Crowd at Stonewall Pride Parade at Wilton Manors

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One man is dead and another man has been injured after a white pickup truck ran over a crowd just as the Stonewall Pride Parade and Festival was kicking off in Wilton Manors Saturday night, Fort Lauderdale police said.

Due to a tragic event, the Stonewall Pride Parade has been cancelled but the festival events will continue.

I’m at the @WiltonManorsCty Stonewall #Pride Parade — a truck just drove into the crowd. »

The world's most premature baby has celebrated his first birthday after beating 0% odds of surviving

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(CNN) A baby born weighing less than a pound has beaten the odds and celebrated his first birthday, becoming the most premature baby to survive, according to Guinness World Records.

When Richard Scott William Hutchinson was born five months prematurely -- recognized by Guinness as the world's most premature baby -- his doctors prepared his parents for the worst.

Richard was born at Children's Minnesota hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after his mother, Beth Hutchinson, suffered medical complications that caused her to go into labor. »