Condo building partially collapses in Miami
A massive search and rescue effort was underway Thursday outside Miami after a 12-story, oceanside condo building partially collapsed into a massive pile of rubble, authorities said. Miami-Dade Rescue Fire said on Twitter that more than 80 teams, including technical rescue teams, were on the scene in Surfside, a few miles north of Miami Beach. The building, part of Champlain Towers, is an oceanside condo built in 1981 with more than 100 units, according to the Miami Herald. Authorities had no word yet on casualties and could not say how many people lived in the building.
Biden to meet with senators on infrastructure deal
President Joe Biden will meet with a group of bipartisan Senators who say they have reached an agreement in principle with the White House on a $1.25 trillion infrastructure plan. Included in the package is $579 billion in new money – less than the $1 trillion Biden first demanded, but far more than initial proposals from GOP senators. The sticking point has been how to pay for the massive transportation infrastructure package. While Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., noted there was a “long list” of ways to pay for it, most of those details have yet to be released and may still need to be worked out. Still, the agreement is expected to win approval from lawmakers in both chambers eager to address the country’s infrastructure and also show that both sides can still forge bipartisan consensus in a Congress that’s become increasingly partisan.
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Teamsters to vote on ramping up Amazon union efforts
One of the largest unions in the United States will vote Thursday on whether it will make organizing workers at Amazon a top priority. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents 1.4 million workers, will introduce a resolution at its annual meeting that would make helping Amazon workers to attain a union contract a key goal. Critics have accused Amazon of overworking its employees and denying them adequate wages and safety measures. However, workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to unionize in April. But if the resolution passes, a special division would be set up and dedicated to Amazon employees, the Teamsters said.
Simone Biles, other US gymnasts look to qualify for Olympics
More than 35 gymnasts are in St. Louis, Missouri, for the U.S. Gymnastics Trialsfor a chance to qualify for the Olympics. At the center of the competition will be four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, but her World Champions Centre teammate Jordan Chiles should also be on spectators’ must-see list as she competes for her first Olympic berth. In the men’s competition, two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak is looking to return to the Games, while new national champion Brody Malone aims to make his first Olympic team. For the purposes of Olympic qualifying, there are six spots on the women’s team – four team competitors and two individuals – and five on the men’s team. Jade Carey has already accepted one of the two available individual spots on the women’s team.
Strawberry supermoon will light up the night sky
Sky watchers will be in for a treat Thursday when the full strawberry moon graces the night sky across the world. June’s full moon is called the strawberry moon because it signaled to some Native American tribes that it was time to gather ripening strawberries, the Old Farmer’s Almanac says. But don’t expect it to be strawberry red: Astronomers say it more likely will be orange or yellow. It’s also the fourth and final supermoon of 2021, when the moon looks somewhat bigger and brighter since it’s a bit closer to the Earth than usual.