USA news live: US Congress begins drafting historic $3.5 trillion spending package – Times of India

US crude, fuel stocks fall in hurricane-affected week: EIA

US warship sails near disputed South China Sea islands

Hurricane Ida death toll reaches 82

The number of people who died in the United States due to Hurricane Ida has reached 82. As many as 30 people died in southeastern states, including 26 victims in Louisiana, while 52 more were killed in the northeastern regions, the CBS News broadcaster reported on late Wednesday, citing data of state authorities.

US Open: Djokovic defeats Berrettini, storms into semis

AmEx again delays return to office for US staff

Microsoft tells employees Thursday that it has indefinitely delayed their return to US offices.

“Given the uncertainty of Covid-19, we’ve decided against attempting to forecast a new date for a full reopening of our US work sites,” Jared Spataro, a corporate vice-president, wrote in a blog post.

US Congress begins drafting historic $3.5 trillion spending package

US lawmakers are due today to discuss a $3.5 trillion spending package crucial to President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda, as several days of debate on its major sections get underway.

Trump endorses Wyoming attorney Hsrriet Hageman to challenge Republican US representative Liz Cheney

First in-person Quad summit likely in Washington on Sep 24: Diplomatic sources

South Carolina abortion law challenge backed by 20 states

Twenty Democratic attorneys general have voiced their support for a lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s new abortion law, arguing that the restrictive measure could harm their states by taxing resources if women cross borders to seek care. “The effects of the law are not confined to limits on particular procedures in a single state: history shows that people will cross state lines to receive proper care,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, on behalf of the prosecutors, wrote in an amicus brief filed Wednesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Former President Trump to serve as boxing commentator

Saudi Embassy in US says any allegation that the country was ‘complicit in Sept. 11 attacks is categorically false’.

The true number of US Covid-19 cases by the end of 2020 was likely more than 100 million, said a new study by researchers at Columbia University.

New York governor Kathy Hochul has signed a new legislation that outlines a goal to make all cars and light trucks sold in the state zero emissions no later than by 2035, said a release.

Several US airlines on Thursday warned of a slowdown in ticket sales.

They have cut revenue forecast as the fast-spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus threatens to blunt the recovery in travel that had started following the roll out of vaccines. American Airlines expects third-quarter total revenue to be down about 24% to 28% compared with the same period in 2019. The company had previously estimated revenue to decline 20%.

President Joe Biden is toughening Covid-19 vaccine requirements for federal workers and contractors as he aims to boost vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant.