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Stocks were posting strong gains in midday trading Thursday, following three days of losses and the biggest one-day drop in the S&P 500 since February. Technology stocks, which were hurt hard earlier in the week, were among the bigger gainers. Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook were all up 1% or more. The S&P 500 was up 1% as of 11:47 a.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 367 points, or 1.1%, to 33,955 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was up 0.5%. It’s not uncommon for markets to reverse direction after sharp gains or losses over a period of days as investors reassess markets and pause during period of volatility. Investors have had things to be concerned about. Last week’s jobs report was showed fewer employers hiring than had been expected, and on Thursday the government reported that wholesale prices jumped 0.6% last month, driven by higher costs for services and food. That was more than expected and the latest indication that inflation pressures are mounting. Rising prices reflect growing economic activity after last year’s global shutdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic. However investors worry inflation might disrupt the recovery or prompt central banks to withdraw stimulus and near-zero interest rates. “The capital markets are clearly grappling in a tug of war,” said Bill Northey, senior investment director at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. Investors have been questioning whether rising inflation will be something transitory, as the Federal Reserve has said, or something more durable that the Fed will have to address. Currently, the central bank has maintained low interest rates in order to help the economic recovery, but concerns are growing that it will have to shift its position if inflation starts running too hot. “Is there something more durable being embedded within rising prices? The next several months will not likely resolve this debate,” Northey said. Bond yields rose sharply this week in response to the data but pulled back slightly on Thursday. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was 1.67% compared to 1.70% the day before. In other markets, the price for Bitcoin plunged 11% after billionaire Elon Musk changed his position on the digital currency, citing the environmental impact. He said Tesla Motors would no longer accept Bitcoin as payment for its cars. Crude oil prices fell 3% after a key gasoline pipeline on the East Coast was reopened late Wednesday. The price of crude oil is now down slightly for the week. Energy companies lagged the market as prices fell. Occidental Petroleum slipped 4.1%. Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press
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They were whip-smart students from the side of town with unpaved streets and no sidewalks, twin sisters excluded from the gifted track because they were Black. A comment from a white classmate in Twinsburg, Ohio still stings: “’I don’t even think of you as Black.’ I said, ‘’Thank you.’ And I felt pride,” Dr. Brittani James recalls, shuddering. “I believed we were special. I believed other people in our neighborhood weren’t as good as us," she said. The twins were indeed special — they won free rides to the Ivy League, earned medical degrees at prestigious universities, and have thrived in a profession where they are vastly outnumbered by virtue of their skin color. But their mission now is to dismantle the entrenched bigotry behind that classmate’s backhanded remark. At 33, James and her twin, Dr. Brandi Jackson, have taken on the medical establishment in pioneering work to eliminate racism in medicine. “We’re teaching how to see it and how to undo it,” Jackson said. James, an internal medicine doctor, and Jackson, a psychiatrist, have developed anti-racist coursework used in two Chicago medical schools. They’ve co-founded the Institute for Antiracism in Medicine, where physicians can earn continuing medical education credit for taking classes on how their profession has made Black patients sicker. They’re seeking federal legislation to require hospitals to reveal outcomes by race, with penalties when Black patients consistently fare worse. They’ve even hatched a plan to create black physician coats. That’s not as radical as it might sound -- black coats were the tradition in the 19th century. Their latest achievement? Helping lead a charge against the American Medical Association and the influential research journal it publishes. The pandemic year and relentless police violence has fueled their resolve to fight structural racism. “It is literally killing us,” James said. ___ In recent years the AMA has made an effort to atone for decades of excluding Blacks from its ranks. Even today, just 5% of all U.S. physicians are Black. But in February, a podcast hosted by the AMA’s flagship medical journal caused a stir. The tweet promoting the podcast read, ‘’No physician is racist, so how can there be structural racism in health?’’ It was “a gut punch,” said Dr. Aletha Maybank, AMA’s chief health equity officer. The sisters’ institute started a petition, demanding that the journal diversify its mostly white editorial staff and ensure that medical research relating to race and racism gets published. The effort has garnered more than 8,800 signatures so far. AMA suspended the journal’s chief editor and a deputy editor resigned. The group held a meeting last month where James and other Black doctors voiced their concerns. James says the AMA’s new anti-racism plan — in the works long before the sisters’ activism — makes her optimistic. In an 83-page document released Tuesday, AMA vowed to dismantle structural racism within the U.S. medical establishment, including diversifying its own staff and collaborating with outside groups. The group reached out to James and other physicians to discuss the plan — a hopeful sign, she said. “We still have to hold their feet to the fire," she said. The sisters’ message isn’t new, said Dr. David Ansell, a Rush physician who has worked with their institute. But their timing is uncanny -- coming at the convergence of a deadly pandemic that has highlighted racial health inequities, a rise in white supremacism, and civil unrest over police brutality. At such a moment, he said, the sisters can make a difference. ___ Their scientific curiosity started young. James remembers taking “field notes" while spying on people. Jackson remembers turning their mother’s blue bead case into a bug hospital. “We emptied it and would go under rocks in search of potato bugs, worms. We gave each their own compartments ... then would examine them and took notes when they appeared sluggish.’’ Their parents were hard-working and supportive, but the twins didn’t tell them when they were accepted at Cornell University, knowing the cost was prohibitive. They broke the news when they landed full scholarships. It was during a college summer program that James for the first time saw a Black doctor. She stared. “It was like a unicorn,’’ but it planted a seed. They separated for medical school -- Northwestern for Jackson, University of Michigan for James. Now, they serve as mentors to other medical students from nontraditional backgrounds. James treats patients at a clinic on Chicago’s South Side and teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Jackson has taught at Rush Medical College and is the behavioral health director for a Chicago health network that treats LGBTQ and other underserved patients. Medical resident Shan Siddiqi is a Canadian Muslim whose parents are from Pakistan. He works under James’ guidance at a clinic where James says “the sickest of the sick’’ go for treatment, patients with chronic illnesses worsened by poverty, stress from living in violent neighborhoods and now COVID-19. Siddiqi said he’s impressed by her compassion, taking the time to treat them as humans and helping them overcome challenges to getting medication or specialty care. Jordan Cisneros, a third-year Rush medical student who Jackson has mentored, says her guidance has helped him get through a tough year. His father died from COVID-19 in January and George Floyd’s televised death last May felt personal. “I’ve had run-ins with police. I’ve had run-ins with racism. I’ve seen things firsthand,” he said. Jackson’s tears over Floyd’s death let students know its OK for doctors to be vulnerable, Cisneros said. ___ The sisters are extremely close, often finishing each other’s sentences, but there are differences too. Jackson is single, loves to cook in her spare time and thinks like a scientist in the kitchen, marveling at how a humble carrot can transform into something sublime with just a little butter and brown sugar. James is married to a white physician, a guy she thought was a math nerd when they met but is now her partner in battle. She tears up when asked what she wishes for their 1½-year-old daughter, Lillian. “I don’t want her to have to live in a box like I did,’’ James said. ‘’I want her to raise her voice so she knows it’s OK to be everything that she is, especially when the world is trying so hard to make Black and brown girls small and not heard.’’ ___ Follow Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner at @LindseyTanner. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press
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EDMONTON — Simmering internal discontent within Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative caucus has boiled over into an open challenge to his leadership. Senior backbench member Todd Loewen, in a letter posted on Facebook in the pre-dawn hours Thursday, called on Kenney to resign. Loewen said he no longer has confidence in the premier. Hours later, Loewen received a message of support from a second UCP backbencher, Dave Hanson. Loewen accuses Kenney and his government of weak dealings with Ottawa, ignoring caucus members, delivering contradictory messages, and botching critical issues such as negotiations with doctors and a controversy over coal-mining on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. “Many Albertans, including myself, no longer have confidence in your leadership," Loewen writes in the letter. “I thank you for your service, but I am asking that you resign so that we can begin to put the province back together again.” Kenney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Loewen is the member for Central Peace-Notley, a sprawling rural constituency in northern Alberta. Hanson represents Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul in the east. They were two of 18 UCP backbench members to break with Kenney’s government in April over restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. The group said the rules were needlessly restrictive and infringed on personal freedoms. Sixteen wrote an open letter expressing those concerns. Kenney has tolerated the open dissension for weeks. He has said he believes in free speech and that backbenchers are not in cabinet and don’t speak for his government. Loewen is the first to openly break with Kenney. In his letter, Loewen also resigned as caucus chair. He said he needed to do so to speak his mind but has no intention of leaving the party. “The caucus dysfunction we are presently experiencing is a direct result of your leadership.” He said backbench members are sidelined and ignored. “I no longer believe that caucus can function properly: meetings have been cancelled without members’ consent, significant decisions of government have been made without notice to members, and our input as elected members is rarely considered.” He said the caucus has tried to be heard. “Albertans perceive our government as out of touch and arrogant, and they expect our caucus to bring their issues of concern to the government. Many of us have tried to do so repeatedly only to be ignored and dismissed. “When the premier chooses not (to) listen to caucus, is it any wonder why the people choose to stop listening to the government? “Our supporters and those I represent can no longer tolerate this. These folks have not abandoned the principles and values of the UCP, but they have abandoned you specifically.” Hanson did not call for Kenney to resign but said in a Facebook post: “Todd, I applaud your courage and stand behind your decision. “I hear the same thing from our supporters in my area. I along with many of our colleagues share in your frustration. We, along with many Albertans, worked too hard to unite conservatives to hand this province back to the NDP.” Kenney’s poll numbers have dropped precipitously during the pandemic while those of Rachel Notley’s NDP have climbed. Kenney, a cabinet member in Stephen Harper's federal Conservative government, was an architect of the merger of two right-centre Alberta parties — his Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose party. The United Conservative Party that resulted went on to defeat Notley and the NDP in 2019 to form a majority government. Loewen said he and his constituents still believe in the UCP, which is why he intends to remain inside the party to fight for it. “Along with so many Albertans, our understanding was that we in the UCP had united around our shared principles, integrity, and common-sense approaches to governing. “We did not unite around blind loyalty to one man. And while you promoted unity, it is clear that unity is falling apart.” There were rumours of a widening internal breach two weeks ago, when Kenney suspended the legislature's spring sitting. He said it was to keep staff and legislature members safe from COVID-19. On Wednesday, the government extended the hiatus for another week. Loewen’s letter comes a week after Kenney risked further pushback from dissidents by imposing extra health restrictions along with stepped-up enforcement to stop soaring COVID-19 infections. Political scientist Duane Bratt said it looked like Kenney had struck a truce with the dissidents, but the dam appears to be breaking. “I don’t think (Loewen) is a person coming out on his own,” said Bratt, who is with Mount Royal University in Calgary. “I think you’re going to hear more coming on the record after this." Political scientist Jared Wesley said Kenney has no choice but to turf Loewen from caucus. “It’s hard to imagine a world in which you can call for your leader’s resignation and still remain a part of caucus,” said Wesley of the University of Alberta. “The risks of (Kenney) doing that are pretty steep. It would only invite further criticism if not calls for resignation from other MLAs.” Bratt also wondered where Albertans fit into the equation. “We’re in the middle of a pandemic. Shouldn’t the government be focusing on that (rather) than internal politics within itself?” This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021. Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press
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TORONTO — Ottawa and Ontario say they will spend $3.4 billion to build a light-rail transit line in Hamilton. The federal and provincial governments announced they will each contribute $1.7 billion to the 14-kilometre line to advance the "shovel-ready" project. They say the project will create thousands of jobs and improve public transit in the city. The 17-stop line will run from Hamilton's Eastgate Square through the city's downtown core to McMaster University. The funding is part of a broader $12-billion federal transit spending package announced earlier this week that includes more than $10 billion for four projects in the Greater Toronto Area. Those projects were first announced in April 2019, when Premier Doug Ford unveiled a $28.5-billion transit plan for the GTA. Federal Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna said the funding is part of federal commitment to build transit projects across Canada now. "This investment in the only shovel-ready major transit project in Hamilton, will help kick-start the economy and create good jobs," she said. Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney said the funding agreement will see the province increase its financial commitment to the project. The Hamilton LRT project has been the subject of controversy for years after it was cancelled by the Progressive Conservatives in December 2019. That sparked outrage in the city, with local officials calling it a betrayal that would hurt both the municipal and provincial economy. The project was initially estimated to cost $1 billion when the province's previous Liberal government committed to funding it in 2014. The Progressive Conservatives promised during the 2018 election to move ahead with it, then re-committed to it in their 2019 budget last March before cancelling it later that year citing billions in cost escalation. In her annual report, Ontario’s auditor general deemed the $5.5-billion project estimate provided by the Tories as “reasonable” and said the Ministry of Transportation knew as early as 2016 that the costs of the project were greater than $1 billion, but did not make the fact public. Earlier this year, Ontario said it needed the federal government to commit $1.5 billion in order to build the light-rail transit line in Hamilton. Last year, a provincially appointed panel issued a report saying the city needs a “higher order” transit project to address future growth — either a light-rail line or a bus rapid transit line. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021. Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is revoking a Trump-era rule that overhauled how the agency evaluates air pollutants, a move the Biden administration says will make it easier to enact limits on dangerous and climate-changing emissions. EPA said Thursday it reviewed a rule issued by the Trump administration last year and found that it imposed procedural restrictions and other requirements that would have limited EPA’s ability to use the best available science in developing regulations under the Clean Air Act. “EPA has critical authority under the Clean Air Act to protect the public from harmful air pollution, among other threats to our health. Revoking this unnecessary and misguided rule" by the Trump administration is “proof positive” of the Biden administration’s commitment to science, EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement. Officials “will continue to fix the wrongs of the past and move forward aggressively" to deliver on President Joe Biden’s commitment to protect public health and the environment, Regan said. The action on the so-called benefit-cost rule follows an executive order Biden signed on his first day in office, directing EPA to review all regulations and policies undertaken by the previous administration. The review concluded that the Trump-era rule, finalized in December, should be rescinded in its entirety. EPA said the previous rule imposed broad restrictions and requirements on when and how the agency conducts cost-benefit analyses, without explaining why the requirements were needed. The Trump rule was unnecessary to carry out provisions of the Clean Air Act, because EPA already conducts cost-benefits analyses for clean air rules, the agency said. The previous rule was part of a wave of deregulatory actions under President Donald Trump, who rolled back dozens of environmental rules he considered overly burdensome on businesses. Many of the regulations were designed to protect the environment and public health, but were viewed by the Trump administration as costly and unnecessary. Trump EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the Trump-era rule on costs and benefits increased transparency on how the agency analyzed the impacts of its rule-making, but environmental groups argued that the Trump administration was gaming cost-benefit calculations to loosen environmental and public health protections. The Trump-era rules would have justified rollbacks on emissions requirements for power plants, motor vehicles and other pollution sources, environmentalists said. Environmental and public health groups hailed the rule change as a return to EPA’s responsibility to follow science and prioritize public health. The rule change “is good news, because steps the nation takes to clean up toxic air pollutants — including mercury and acid gases — have saved thousands of lives,'' said Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association. Cost-benefit analyses are complicated and involve projections that weigh likely costs of implementing a clean-air regulation against potential public health benefits, including fewer asthma attacks, hospital visits or deaths. The Trump rule discounted or undervalued the public health benefits of regulatory action, compared with compliance costs for business, said Hayden Hashimoto, an attorney for the Clean Air Task Force, an advocacy group. "EPA’s action is an important step toward clearing away another Trump midnight rule that put a finger on the scale to favor industry concerns over public protections in Clean Air Act rules,'' he said. But Rich Nolan, president and CEO of the National Mining Association, said the Trump-era rule corrected a previous EPA bias that often was “improperly used to target the coal industry through unjustifiable regulations that imposed tremendous compliance costs that significantly outweighed the environmental benefits.'' He urged a more transparent regulatory process and fair accounting practices for the future. The interim rule proposed by Regan will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. EPA said it invites public comments and intends to issue a final rule later this year. Matthew Daly, The Associated Press
British mobile operator O2 said on Thursday it would pay its staff a 1,930 pound ($2,709) bonus as it reported record high earnings for the first quarter, ahead of its merger with Liberty Global's Virgin Media. Mark Evans, chief executive of Telefonica-owned O2, said the efforts of the company's 6,500 staff during the pandemic had driven earnings and pushed the number of connections on its network up to 36.6 million, also a record high, in the January-March quarter.
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