US officials blamed the heat for a handful of US deaths. In Canada, at least 233 people died in British Colombia between Friday and Monday, about 100 more than the average for a four-day period, the BC Coroners Service said.
Dire fire warnings issued in wake of record heatwave in Canada, US
The worst heat wave on record that has scorched much of Canada’s western territories and the US Northwest eased slightly on Wednesday but officials still braced for more record temperatures and the threat of wildfires.
California hate crime up 31% in 2020, led by anti-Black bias, reports AP
Hate crime in California surged 31% in 2020, fueled mainly by a big jump in crimes targeting Black people during a year that saw the worst racial strife in decades, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the state’s attorney general.
House approves the creation of a select committee to probe the Jan. 6 Capitol attack: Reuters
Family says former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has died at 88, reports AP
Trump at US-Mexico border, highlights ‘dangerous’ migrant surge
“Now we have an open, really dangerous border, more dangerous than it’s ever been in the history of our country — and we better go back fast,” Trump said after receiving a briefing from border region sheriffs at the Department of Public Safety in the small town of Weslaco, Texas.
Pete Buttigieg doles out transport grants with eye toward climate, reports AP
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg doled out $905 million in infrastructure grants Wednesday, including to repair a cracking bridge in Seattle during a crippling heat wave and to expand ports in Iowa and Georgia to help reduce the number of greenhouse gas-emitting trucks on the roads.
Central banks sometimes use reserves to help support their respective currencies.
Global reserves, which are reported in US dollars, are assets of central banks held in different currencies used primarily to support their liabilities.
US dollar share of global reserves rises in Q1; euro share slips
The US dollar’s share of currency reserves reported to the International Monetary Fund edged up to 59.5% in the first quarter of the year, from 58.9% in the previous quarter, IMF data showed on Wednesday. The greenback remains the largest-held currency reserve by global central banks.
US to ship 2.5 million doses of J&J vaccine to Colombia, reports Reuters
The US plans to ship 2.5 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine to Colombia, the White House said Wednesday. The Colombian president’s office said Monday that US President Joe Biden told President Ivan Duque of the donation in a call during which they also discussed reactivating the economy, jobs, climate change and shared democratic values and human rights.
“That’s not our intention,” Psaki told reporters at the White House when asked if the US government would ever require visitors to the United States to have received a Covid-19 vaccine to enter the country.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said US officials were still in touch with counterparts in Canada, Europe and elsewhere to determine when and how to lift travel restrictions safely.
US still weighing travel curbs, does not see eventual vaccine rule: White House
The United States is still weighing its Covid-19 travel restrictions for international visitors, but does not intend to ultimately require coronavirus vaccinations for entry, the White House said on Wednesday.
Democrats want the panel to probe “why Jan. 6 happened, who was responsible for Jan. 6 happening, and what can we do to prevent a Jan. 6 insurrection from happening again?” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said.
The House on Wednesday is due to vote to create a select committee to probe the deadly violence of Jan. 6 after Senate Republicans in May blocked independent commission to investigate the assault.
White House says Biden will still advocate for items left out of infrastructure package such as electric vehicle rebates, clean energy tax credits
Republican open to joining Democratic-led probe of US Capitol attack
Representative Adam Kinzinger, one of the most prominent Republican critics of former President Donald Trump in the US House of Representatives, said on Wednesday he is open to joining a Democratic-led probe of the deadly attack on the US Capitol.
US promises to add gender-neutral option on passports: Reuters
The United States said on Wednesday it would add a third gender option on US passports for people who do not define as male or female, in a victory for non-binary and intersex Americans. Wednesday’s announcement adds the United States to a growing number of countries offering a third – or “X” – option on passports, including Canada, Germany, Australia and India.
US to ship 2.5 million doses of J&J vaccine to Columbia
The US plans to ship 2.5 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine to Columbia, the White House said Wednesday.