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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.