A number of major retailers, from Target to Home Depot, said they will continue to require masks. Some states and local governments announced plans to drop mask mandates.
We will return to all this after the news summary.
Colonial Pipeline reports substantial progress toward restoring service in a key East Coast fuel pipeline. Still, more gas stations have run dry today, including 88 percent of those in Washington, D.C., and it could take several days to return to normal.
A ransomware attack in Ireland has forced that nation’s health service to shut down its computer systems. Most hospital appointments and non-emergency services were disrupted today. Officials blamed an unnamed international gang.
Back in this country, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives elected Elise Stefanik of New York to their number three leadership post. She replaces Liz Cheney, who was ousted over her criticism of former President Trump.
Stefanik is an ardent Trump supporter, and, after the vote, she reaffirmed his influence in the party.