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Joe Hernandez - NPR
rescue teams

Iran’s president has died in a helicopter crash, state media reports

Iranian state media reported Monday that no survivors had been found at the site of the crashed helicopter carrying Ebrahim Raisi.

A person in Texas caught bird flu after exposure to cows that were thought to be ill

Livestock in Texas, Kansas and Michigan are confirmed to have the virus, and herds in New Mexico and Idaho have also tested positive.

A known carcinogen is showing up in wildfire ash, and researchers are worried

Researchers found dangerous levels of hexavalent chromium in samples of ash left behind by California's Kincade and Hennessey fires in 2019 and 2020.

Black Friday deals start early and seem endless. Are there actually any good deals?

Retailers have begun rolling out deals days or even weeks ahead of one of the biggest shopping day of the year, enticing customers with early offers.
President Biden

Biden proposes a ban on ‘junk fees’ — from concert tickets to hotel rooms

"Folks are ... tired of being taken advantage of," President Biden said, announcing a federal push against added and surprise business fees.
a flower moon in the sky

The first supermoon of the year will light up the night sky Monday evening

Monday's moon is a so-called supermoon because it will be both full and located close to Earth on its elliptical orbit around our planet.
Chicago wildfire haze

Air quality plummets as Canadian wildfire smoke stretches across the Midwest

Smoke from wildfires in Canada is again blanketing parts of the U.S. with a thick haze that's prompting air quality warnings in several states.

After its march toward Moscow, what’s next for Russia’s Wagner Group?

The mercenaries' weekend march ended before a confrontation with Russian forces. But experts say it shows weaknesses in Vladimir Putin's regime.
wildfire smoke

A haze is blanketing major swaths of the East Coast because of the Canadian wildfires

Smoke from rampant wildfires in Canada floated south across the border Wednesday morning, covering much of the East Coast and areas inland.
a gas pump

Saudi Arabia cuts oil production again to shore up prices — this time on its own

Saudi Arabia will begin cutting oil production by 1 million barrels per day in July to support the "stability and balance of oil markets."
Nashville shooting response

What we know about the deadly shooting at a Nashville elementary school

Six people, including three children, were killed in the shooting. The suspected attacker was killed by police minutes after the first 911 call.
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.