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A helicopter drops water on a fire after a massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for the Post)
A helicopter drops water on a fire after a massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for the Post)
A woman is carried to an ambulance after a massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)
A woman is carried to an ambulance after a massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)
A firefighter at the scene of a massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)
A firefighter at the scene of a massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)
The scene of a massive explosion that destroyed parts of Beirut on Tuesday. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)
The scene of a massive explosion that destroyed parts of Beirut on Tuesday. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)
The scene of a massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)
The scene of a massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Post)

At least 63 killed after explosions rock Beirut

More than 3,000 people were injured after at least two huge blasts shook the city, Lebanon’s health ministry said. The nation's head of general security said the explosions occurred after a warehouse holding highly explosive materials caught fire.

For the unemployed, rising grocery prices strain budgets even more

A city employee stacks egg cartons during a drive-through food distribution in Hialeah, Fla., last week. (AP)
A city employee stacks egg cartons during a drive-through food distribution in Hialeah, Fla., last week. (AP)
The cost of groceries has been rising at the fastest pace in decades since the coronavirus pandemic seized the U.S. economy, leading to sticker shock for basic staples like beef and eggs and forcing struggling households to rethink how to put enough food on the table.
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With bad coronavirus news at home, Trump points misleadingly to rising cases abroad

The president has increasingly pointed to the experiences of other countries in an attempt to dilute the bad news at home and justify the largely hands-off federal response.

White House, Democrats agree to try to reach deal on unemployment, evictions by end of week

After days of bickering both sides now appear to be trying to move closer to a compromise.
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D.C. representative demands information after moms said they were held at gunpoint on National Mall

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service demanding information about the incident, in which the two mothers say officers held them at gunpoint.
A youth-led Baltimore protest of the killing of George Floyd and police brutality June 1. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Post)
A youth-led Baltimore protest of the killing of George Floyd and police brutality June 1. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Post)

Baltimore officials remove BLM murals, sparking investigation

Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks officials are investigating the removals after two city park rangers took down several painted plywood murals in Patterson Park.
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Millions lack power after Isaias moves up East Coast

The storm unleashed damaging winds, flooding rains and destructive tornadoes while inundating some coastal areas.

Republicans consider White House South Lawn for Trump’s convention speech

Although the Hatch Act prevents federal officials from certain forms of political activity at work, it exempts the president and the vice president from restrictions.
Howard Kakita is an American hibakusha, a Japanese word for survivor. In 1945, he was staying with his grandparents in Hiroshima. (Philip Cheung for The Post)
Howard Kakita is an American hibakusha, a Japanese word for survivor. In 1945, he was staying with his grandparents in Hiroshima. (Philip Cheung for The Post)
Howard Kakita, right, his brother, Kenny, and paternal grandfather, Yaozo, lost their hair because of radiation from the atomic blast in Hiroshima. (Family photo)
Howard Kakita, right, his brother, Kenny, and paternal grandfather, Yaozo, lost their hair because of radiation from the atomic blast in Hiroshima. (Family photo)
Hiroshima's downtown shopping district was a center of activity before the city was flattened by a U.S. atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945. (National Archives)
Hiroshima's downtown shopping district was a center of activity before the city was flattened by a U.S. atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945. (National Archives)
The atomic bomb obliterated virtually all of Hiroshima. Eight months later, the landscape was little changed. (Army Recruiting Service/AP)
The atomic bomb obliterated virtually all of Hiroshima. Eight months later, the landscape was little changed. (Army Recruiting Service/AP)

He was an American child in Hiroshima on the day the atomic bomb dropped

Howard Kakita’s story is distinctly both a Japanese and American tale, one filled with tragedy, betrayal, heroism and eventual forgiveness.
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Islamic State attack on Afghan prison ends on second day, with at least 29 dead

The prison raid was the most sophisticated Islamic State attack in Afghanistan since the group formed its Afghan branch in 2015.
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An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard near a police barricade during curfew in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

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Federal officials warn of seasonal spike in polio-like condition that mostly affects children

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The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP)
The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP)

Elon Musk’s spacecraft roared like ‘an animal.’ But astronauts say the SpaceX Dragon flew flawlessly.

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley talked about their plunge through Earth’s atmosphere to a soft landing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Disney revenue, hit by pandemic, fell by more than $8 billion last quarter

The company said that the much-delayed release of “Mulan” will be on Disney Plus in the United States, a major strategy switch in response to the pandemic.
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The average workday lengthened by 48.5 minutes in the weeks following lockdowns, researchers found. (Bloomberg News)

Remote work really does mean longer days — and more meetings

Those who sense that this grand experiment in working from home comes with plenty of downsides — longer days, more meetings and more email to answer — are now backed up by data.

Rivera ‘pleasantly surprised’ with Alex Smith’s progress, says he could join QB competition

Washington's coach also said he is pleased with how second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been developing this offseason.
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Washington Mystics forward Myisha Hines-Allen (2) goes up for a shot over Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) on July 30 in Bradenton, Fla. (AP)

The Mystics weren’t supposed to be this good. Someone forgot to tell the Mystics.

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A man walks down the waterfront as Tropical Storm Isaias inundated the City Dock area in Annapolis on Tuesday. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)
A man walks down the waterfront as Tropical Storm Isaias inundated the City Dock area in Annapolis on Tuesday. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)

One killed, thousands lose power in Va. and Md. as Isaias spawns tornadoes, drenches D.C. region

The storm left many without power, and one person died after a tree fell onto a vehicle. But the nation’s capital avoided the brunt of the storm as it barreled up the East Coast.

Del. Norton, Rep. Raskin will offer bill to remove name of racist senator from Chevy Chase fountain

“There is simply nothing to teach here by preserving his name,” D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said of Nevada Sen. Francis G. Newlands, who died in 1917.

Six states form testing coalition in absence of federal strategy

A bipartisan group of governors agreed to a first-of-its-kind purchasing compact, hoping to pressure rapid-testing companies to quickly scale up supply.

Several communication failures compounded Metro Red Line derailment, safety commission head says

The train derailed in Silver Spring on July 7, after the operator ran a red light signal. Two cars of the 7000-series train left the tracks.
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The cast of “Veep” in Hollywood in May 2017. (Kevin Winter/Getty)

Many thought Trump’s Axios interview felt like ‘Veep.’ The showrunner says, ‘We’re being outdone regularly.’

"Honestly, it’s a perfectly written comedy," David Mandel tells The Post of President Trump's interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios.
Geoff Edgers and Hannah Gadsby talk during Edgers’ twice-weekly Instagram Live show “Stuck with Geoff.” (The Post)
Geoff Edgers and Hannah Gadsby talk during Edgers’ twice-weekly Instagram Live show “Stuck with Geoff.” (The Post)

Hannah Gadsby really, honestly, does not hate comedy

The Post’s national arts reporter is hosting “Stuck With Geoff,” with whoever will take his calls.
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(Tom McCorkle for The Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Post)

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