USA news live: As delta variant surges, CDC leaves it up to states to set mask-wearing guidelines – Times of India

Charges expected Thursday for Trump’s company, top executive: AP

Donald Trump’s company and his longtime finance chief are expected to be charged Thursday with tax-related crimes stemming from a New York investigation into the former president’s business dealings, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

Extreme heat is a threat in itself; check up on your neighbours, appeals Biden to US citizens

Our infrastructure plan is also going to build infrastructure for firefighting: Biden

Because of climate change, firefighting is no longer a seasonal job: Biden

Wildfires are not a partisan thing, need cooperation of all, says Biden

We’re seeing record heat in Portland and across the west: Biden

We are doing everything we can: Joe Biden

Threat of western wildfires as severe as it’s ever been, says Biden

US president Biden and Vice President Harris deliver remarks on Western Wildfires

In the northwest US city of Seattle, doctors reported a flood of heatstroke victims, and at least two patients – aged 65 and 68 – died of hyperthermia as their bodies overheated, according to the Seattle Times.

The heat wave has stretched emergency services, with at least 134 people dying suddenly since Friday in the Vancouver area, according to Canadian police.

Deadly heatwave slams Canada, US

Millions of people in western Canada and the northwestern United States were under heat alerts Wednesday as the region baked in record-breaking temperatures and police reported scores of deaths likely linked to the scorching conditions.

Four more bodies found in condo rubble; at least 16 dead, reports AP

The bodies of four additional victims have been found in the rubble of a collapsed condo tower, raising the death toll to 16 people, a fire official told victims’ families Wednesday. Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah told family members at a morning briefing that rescuers found the bodies Tuesday night. He said the victims’ next of kin had not yet been identified. Jadallah said that in addition to those four bodies, crews also found other human remains.

US home contract signings see big rebound in May, reports AP

More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in May, a surprising rebound after months of cooling in the housing market, where lack of inventory has pushed prices to record levels

Gender equality strengthens democracy, says Vice-President Harris

Addressing gender equality is essential to tackling every other issues, says Kamala Harris

US Vice-President Kamala Harris leads the US delegation to the Generation Equality Forum

Separately, the World Health Organization has reiterated its longstanding recommendation that everyone wear masks to lessen the spread of the coronavirus.

Health officials in Los Angeles County are recommending people wear masks indoors in public places regardless of their vaccination status.

Walensky said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show that “we’ve always said that local policymakers need to make policies for their local environment,” but added CDC guidelines broadly indicate those who are vaccinated don’t need to wear masks.