Death toll in Florida condo building collapse rises to 95
The death toll in the Miami-area condominium building collapse climbed to 95 on Tuesday as crews worked for a 20th day to find victims in the rubble. Miami-Dade County mayor Daniella Levine Cava said 14 people remain unaccounted for in the June 24 collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside. No one has been found alive since the first hours after the building fell.
Seventeen states urge US agency to set child car seat side-impact standards
The attorneys general of 17 states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday urged the US national highway traffic safety administration (NHTSA) to adopt long-delayed side-impact standards for child car seats. The states, led by New York and Connecticut, in a letter also urged the US auto safety regulator to mandate that all car seat labels include guidance that every child should remain in car seats until exceeding maximum height or weight standards set by NHTSA.
US natural gas futures drop on forecasts for less heat
USA natural gas futures dipped over 1% on Tuesday on forecasts for less hot temperatures that would reduce gas usage for air conditioning, although losses were capped by lower production estimates. Front-month gas futures fell 6.5 cents, or 1.7%, to $3.684 per million British thermal units at 10:10am EDT, after closing at $3.749 per mmBtu in the last session, their highest close since December 2018.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Joe Biden face tough talks on Russian gas pipeline, China
Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joe Biden hold talks at the White House on Thursday that experts say are unlikely to yield major breakthroughs on divisive issues like a Russian gas pipeline to Germany and a US push to counterbalance China. Both sides have said they want to reset ties strained during the presidency of Donald Trump. Yet their positions on the most divisive issues remain far apart. Merkel has rejected opposition from the United States and eastern European neighbours to the almost completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline which they fear Russia could use to cut out Ukraine as a gas transit route, depriving Kyiv of lucrative income and undermining its struggle with Moscow-backed eastern separatists.
US health official says Covid-19 boosters could risk more serious side effects
The U.S. government has not made a decision on whether to administer booster shots to residents but sees a greater potential need for them among the elderly and other groups at high risk for severe infection, said Jay Butler, deputy director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a media briefing.
Gold firms after US CPI surge; strong dollar limits gains
Gold edged higher on Tuesday following data showing U.S. consumer prices rose by the most in 13 years last month, though an advancing dollar kept the metal confined to a tight range.Spot gold was up 0.3% at $1,812.05 per ounce by 9:43 am EDT. U.S. gold futures rose 0.4% to $1,813.00. The closely-watched U.S. consumer price index (CPI) increased 0.9% last month, the largest gain since June 2008. That compares with a forecast for overall CPI to rise 0.5% by economists polled by Reuters.
Police: 2 officers on US task force shot outside Baltimore
Two Baltimore Police officers serving on a U.S. Marshals’ task force were shot and wounded Tuesday while serving a warrant outside a mall, authorities said.Preliminary information is that their injuries are not life-threatening, according to a law enforcement official, who could not discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.
Pound extends fall after US inflation data lifts dollar
Sterling fell against the dollar on Tuesday after data showing the highest U.S. inflation in 13 years sent the greenback surging to a six-day high.The U.S. Labor Department said the consumer price index increased 0.9% last month, the largest gain since June 2008, while so-called core CPI surged 4.5% on a year-on-year basis, the largest increase since November 1991.
US first lady Jill Biden to attend Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony
United States first lady Jill Biden will lead the American delegation to attend Tokyo Summer Olympics opening ceremony on July 23, the White House announced Tuesday.This will be the first time since 2012 that the wife of a US president will lead the US delegation to such events, Kyodo News reported.