Jonathan Franklin

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and while the holiday season may have snuck up on some of us, that doesn't mean your last-minute shipping woes need to sneak up on you as well.

Last year, stores, major retailers and fast-food chains closed their doors on Thanksgiving Day due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And for the second year in a row, the majority of major retailers and food places will keep their stores closed on Thursday.

Target announced Monday that its stores will no longer open on Thanksgiving Day — a move that started out last year as a one-off due to the pandemic but that is now a permanent change.

Updated November 23, 2021 at 6:37 PM ET

A child who was injured Sunday when an SUV plowed through a crowd at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., has died, bringing the death toll from the attack to six.

Prosecutors in Wisconsin made the announcement on Tuesday as they outlined charges against the suspect in the attack, Darrell Brooks Jr.

Updated November 23, 2021 at 6:26 PM ET

Six people were killed and at least 62 others were injured after the driver of an SUV plowed into a crowd of people at the annual Waukesha Christmas Parade in Wisconsin on Sunday.

The Memphis Police Department have released surveillance photos of two suspects wanted in the shooting death of rapper Young Dolph as he was buying cookies at a well-known Memphis bakery on Wednesday.

Kraft Heinz says it is recalling Country Time Lemonade and Kool-Aid Tropical Punch powdered drink mixes that might contain tiny pieces of metal and glass.

The recall includes some powdered drink mixes sold in 19-ounce, 82-ounce and on-the-go sticks because of small particles that may have been present during production, said Kraft Heinz director of public relations Jenna Thorton in a statement sent to NPR.

Updated November 12, 2021 at 7:23 PM ET

A New Jersey teen who disappeared last month after taking a trip to a New Jersey deli was found safe in New York City, authorities say.

"It appears she was a runaway," acting Essex County, N.J., prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens said Friday.

All fully vaccinated adults in California seeking a COVID-19 booster shot should be eligible to get one, California Department of Public Health officials say.

In a letter Thursday, officials directed health care providers not to deny booster shots to adult patients. The announcement opened up booster shot eligibility to millions of residents across the state.

Myles Cosgrove, a Louisville Metro Police who investigators say fired the shot that killed Breonna Taylor, is fighting to get his job back. He and another officer were fired in connection with the incident.

Updated November 8, 2021 at 5:17 PM ET

A nearly 40-year-old case of a missing Massachusetts teen who vanished after a party may have been solved thanks to a recent grim discovery brought on by new sonar technology.

Massachusetts state investigators say portions of a 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger that belonged to 17-year-old Judy Chartier, a girl who went missing from a party in 1982, were found in the Concord River in Billerica on Wednesday.

New Jersey authorities are searching for a missing teen who vanished after taking a trip to an East Orange deli last month.

JaShyah Moore, 14, of East Orange, was last seen on Oct. 14 at around 10 a.m. after she took a trip to Poppies Deli, according to a release from the city of East Orange. The teen had earlier gone to the store to pick up items for her family.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is attending the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, (known as COP26) has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Wednesday.

Garcetti, who is vaccinated against COVID-19, was feeling well and isolating in his hotel room, according to a tweet from the mayor's account.

Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling bags of garden salad that were sold in 10 states due to a sample that tested positive for listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and possible deadly infections, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Updated November 2, 2021 at 6:04 PM ET

Israel's energy minister Karine Elharrar says she was unable to participate in the first full day of the U.N.'s climate summit (known as COP26) in Glasgow because the conference was not accessible by wheelchair.

Elharrar has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair.

The NAACP is urging athletes in major sports to consider not signing with professional teams in Texas in response to the state's voting and abortion laws and its ban on mask requirements.

Leaders of the NAACP issued an open letter Thursday to players associations for the NBA, NFL, WNBA, MLB and NHL.

Updated October 26, 2021 at 8:55 PM ET

The LaSalle County, Ill., coroner has released the cause of death for Jelani Day, the Illinois State University graduate student who was found dead in the Illinois River last month, 11 days after he went missing.

Day's cause of death was officially ruled as drowning, said LaSalle County Coroner Richard Ploch in a statement sent to NPR.

Walmart is recalling an essential-oil aromatherapy spray after a "rare and dangerous bacteria" that can cause a potentially fatal condition was reported, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says. Officials are investigating four confirmed cases and there have been two deaths, including that of a child, associated with the bacteria, according to the agency.

The parents of the 6-year-old Colorado girl who fell to her death at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs in September have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the amusement park.

When thinking about the trucking industry, the first thing that comes to mind about its drivers is that they tend to be older — industry experts say the average trucker is 54 years old. But given the nationwide truck driver shortage, that's now changing.

A high school in California is now training teens to enter the industry through its truck driving school program.

The White House says the United States will donate more than 17 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from its domestic supplies to the African Union.

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