USA news live: Biden to visit Miami building collapse on Thursday – Times of India

House looks to remove Roger Taney bust, Confederate statues

The House is expected to approve a bill Tuesday that would remove from the Capitol a bust of Roger Taney, the US chief justice best known for an infamous pro-slavery decision, as well as statues of Jefferson Davis and others who served in the Confederacy.A similar bill last year failed to gain traction, but backers are hoping for a different outcome now that President Joe Biden is in the White House and Democrats control the Senate. Many Republicans in the House are expected to vote for the measure.The vote comes against the backdrop of larger reckoning in the US with racism, one that’s prompted a reassessment of statues and other symbols that valorize those who upheld white supremacy. Protesters decrying racism last year targeted Confederate monuments in multiple cities, leading to many being taken down. But many others remain in places of honor, including at the US Capitol.

Escalating violence puts Afghanistan at risk of falling into deadly civil war, says top US general

They want to thank the heroic first responders, search and rescue teams, and everyone who has been working tirelessly around the clock and meet with the families who have been forced to endure this terrible tragedy waiting in anguish and heartbreak for word of their loved ones

White House press secretary Jen Psaki

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Surfside, Florida, on Thursday to visit with the families of victims of the collapsed Miami-area condominium tower: White House

Avista warns of more power outages in Washington state due to heatwave

Washington state energy company Avista Corp told customers to prepare for more heat-related outages on Tuesday after some lost power Monday evening, as homes and businesses cranked up their air conditioners to escape a brutal heatwave.

‘Every senior member of the White House’ working on outreach to get infrastructure deal completed, says White House


Biden to visit Florida building collapse on Thursday

White House says 2.5 million doses of Moderna will begin to ship to Bangladesh today

US official warns Washington will not ‘stand by in the face of horrors’ in Tigray

A senior US State Department official on Tuesday warned that Ethiopia and Eritrea should anticipate further actions from the United States if the announcement of a cessation of hostilities does not result in improvements in the Tigray region.The former rulers of Ethiopia’s Tigray said on Monday they were back in control of the regional capital Mekelle after nearly eight months of fighting, and the government which ousted them declared a unilateral ceasefire with immediate effect.

US president Joe Biden to visit Surfside, Florida — the scene of building collapse — on Thursday: White House


California bans state travel to Florida, 4 other states

Florida, Montana, Arkansas, and West Virginia passed laws that prevent transgender women and girls from participating in school sports consistent with their gender identity

Lawmakers in 2016 banned non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

Make no mistake: We’re in the midst of an unprecedented wave of bigotry and discrimination in this country, and the State of California is not going to support it

Democratic Attorney General Rob Bonta

Democratic Attorney General Rob Bonta added Florida, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia to the list that now has 17 states where state employee travel is forbidden except under limited circumstances

California bans state travel to Florida, 4 other states

California added five more states, including Florida, to the list of places where state-funded travel is banned because of laws that discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community, the state attorney general announced Monday.