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Shelves that are mostly empty but have some baby formula on them

The Biden administration is working to ease the ongoing shortage of baby formula

The average out-of-stock rate for baby formula at retailers across the country was 43% during the first week of May, according to the firm Datasembly.
Demonstrators carrying signs with slogans like "abortion is health care"

Here’s what could happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned

More than 20 states have laws that could restrict or ban abortion soon after the Supreme Court overturns Roe.

The US Army expands benefits for soldiers who are parents

The Army is expanding the benefits it offers soldiers — both birth and non-birth parents — around pregnancy, parenthood and the postpartum period.
baby formula lines shelves

A shortage of baby formula is worsening and causing some stores to limit sales

Some 29% of baby formula products were out of stock at retailers across the U.S. during the week of March 13, according to the firm Datasembly.

The more contagious BA.2 version of omicron is now the most common in the US

The CDC estimates that the BA.2 strain now accounts for more than half — 54.9% — of coronavirus infections nationwide.
A clock technician adjusts the hands on a large outdoor clock under construction at Electric Time Company in Medfield, Mass, last year, just days before daylight saving time was set to end.

The Senate approves a bill to make daylight saving time permanent

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make daylight saving time permanent across the U.S. beginning in 2023.
A view of a neighborhood that abuts with a heavy industrial area

Accusations of ‘greenwashing’ by big oil companies are well-founded, a new study finds

Four major oil companies aren't taking concrete steps to live up to their pledges to transition to clean energy, new research has found.
mostly empty store shelves

Grocery store shortages are back. Here are some of the reasons why

Bare shelves at supermarkets are attributed to omicron, a labor shortage, climate change and other reasons. "We're really seeing the perfect storm," one industry expert told NPR.
A barge next to a smaller boat.

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions jumped in 2021, a threat to climate goals

The spike was attributed to a slew of causes, including behavior changes after COVID-19 vaccines became widely available, but environmental advocates say it's worrisome.
A meteor in a night sky.

You’ll have the best view of the Geminid meteor shower overnight Monday

Although the moon will brighten up the sky and make it harder to see the Geminids this year, astronomers say from about 2 a.m. to sunrise, no matter your time zone, will be prime viewing time.
A moon rises over buildings.

How you can see the nearly total lunar eclipse Friday morning

Here's how to see the eclipse, and what you might glimpse.
A woman in a mask gets a dose of vaccine into a needle.

The US is ready to roll out the COVID vaccine once it’s approved for kids age 5-11

The White House says the U.S. has enough doses for the country's 28 million kids age 5-11 and has laid out a plan to get them inoculated quickly as soon as the vaccine is authorized for the age group.
A person in a hard hat and jacket looks into the distance at fire coming from a tall cylinder.

U.S. households will pay more to heat their homes this winter, officials say

Nearly half of all U.S. households heat their homes with natural gas. A new report from the Energy Information Administration says they can expect to pay 30% more on average this winter.

Children’s hospitals are pleading for federal help as they run out of beds

A group of more than 220 children's hospitals is imploring the Biden administration for help, as a surge of young COVID-19 patients puts an "unprecedented strain" on their facilities and staff across the country.
A cell phone screen held up in a big building.

Your radio, TV and cellphone may start blaring today. Do not be alarmed.

The loud noises you may hear blasting from your electronic devices this afternoon are no cause for concern.

NYC becomes largest U.S. city to require proof of vaccination for indoor activities

New York City will require workers and patrons at indoor businesses to show proof of vaccination starting on September 13, becoming the first major U.S. city to take such action amid a surge of new cases nationwide driven by the highly transmissible delta variant.