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A military plane carrying enough specialty infant formula for more than half a million baby bottles has arrived in Indianapolis, the first of several flights expected from Europe aimed at relieving a shortage that has sent parents scrambling to find enough to feed their children. President Joe Biden authorized the use of Air Force planes for the effort, dubbed “Operation Fly Formula,” because no commercial flights were available. he nationwide shortage of formula, particularly hypoallergenic varieties. The nationwide shortage of formula follows the closure of the largest domestic manufacturing plant in Michigan in February due to safety issues.

An explosion has occurred in a slag pit in northwestern Indiana. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the blast at Lafarge North America in East Chicago Sunday afternoon was at a contractor’s facility at a mill that turns slag into cement. Cleveland-Cliffs Indiana Harbor West spokeswoman Patricia Persico says no injuries were reported. The explosion was in the raw materials section of the mill along Lake Michigan. Several small fires at the mill had to be extinguished. The newspaper reports that slag is a highly volatile byproduct of steelmaking prone to exploding when mixed with water. Persico said recent rain caused the explosion.

Two men have been charged in a shooting that left two people dead and seven others hurt outside a fast food restaurant just blocks from Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile shopping district. Chicago police says 21-year-old Jaylun Sanders of Chicago faces first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and other charges., while 20-year-old Kameron Abram of Riverdale is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and other charges. A judge on Sunday denied bond for both men and ordered them to remain jailed. Thursday night's shooting sent bystanders scattering, including a female who was critically injured when she fell onto a third rail in a nearby subway station where many bystanders ran for safety.

A 22-year-old man faces aggravated assault of a peace officer and weapons charges following a shootout with an off-duty sheriff’s officer at Chicago’s Millennium Park. Chicago police say the man also was wounded in the Friday evening shooting. Police said the man jumped a fence into the park after refusing to be checked with a metal-detecting wand at an entrance. Shots were fired as he was approached by the Cook County sheriff’s officer who was working as a security guard at the park. The man later was arrested. The shooting follows the fatal shooting May 14 of a 16-year-old boy near “The Bean” sculpture in the downtown park that is popular with tourists.

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