U.S. health-care workers are once again short of protective supplies

In a recurrence of a struggle that haunted the first months of the crisis, workers on the front lines are scrambling for equipment, reusing masks and keeping some medical offices closed.

Surge in hospitalizations strains hospitals in several states

As hospitals race to add intensive care beds, doctors and nurses are under growing pressure.

Trump pushes to fully reopen schools. Schools say not so fast.

Many districts are planning a hybrid system of classroom learning and remote instruction to safeguard the health of employees, students and family members.
Students practice dance moves with a robot at a school in Seoul. (Min Joo Kim/The Post)
Students practice dance moves with a robot at a school in Seoul. (Min Joo Kim/The Post)
Three robots developed by Japan’s ZMP are seen in the company’s lobby in Tokyo: a self-driving wheelchair, left, a patrol robot, center, and a delivery robot. (Simon Denyer/The Post)
Three robots developed by Japan’s ZMP are seen in the company’s lobby in Tokyo: a self-driving wheelchair, left, a patrol robot, center, and a delivery robot. (Simon Denyer/The Post)
A robotic bartender that can make coffee or mix drinks is in the offices of Qbit Robotics in Tokyo. (Simon Denyer/The Post)
A robotic bartender that can make coffee or mix drinks is in the offices of Qbit Robotics in Tokyo. (Simon Denyer/The Post)
Akira Fukabori, the founder and chief executive of Avatarin, demonstrates his company’s “newme” robot avatar by chatting to a colleague in Tokyo on June 18. (Simon Denyer/The Post)
Akira Fukabori, the founder and chief executive of Avatarin, demonstrates his company’s “newme” robot avatar by chatting to a colleague in Tokyo on June 18. (Simon Denyer/The Post)

No masks, no coughs: Robots can be just what the doctor ordered in time of social distancing

They rove. They disinfect. They make drinks. They even bust a few dance moves.

As Floyd said he was going to die, officer said his pleas were using up oxygen, transcripts show

George Floyd repeatedly asked police officers not to shoot him and complained of being claustrophobic before he was killed in May, according to transcripts of body camera footage released Wednesday.

Man who allegedly drove car into Seattle demonstration, killing protester, charged with homicide

It was one of dozens of car attacks since the death of George Floyd sparked widespread protests on the nation's streets.

New Redskins name, logo unlikely to use Native American imagery

People familiar with the team's review say it is an informal process, primarily led by Daniel Snyder, with the owner speaking to key advisers and league officials.
An Ethiopian domestic worker waits at the Ethiopian Consulate east of Beirut after she was abandoned by her Lebanese employer. (AP)
An Ethiopian domestic worker waits at the Ethiopian Consulate east of Beirut after she was abandoned by her Lebanese employer. (AP)

Black Lives Matter protests spark debate over racism in the Arab world

Dozens of African migrant workers have been abandoned on the roadside by Lebanese employers.
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Court upholds contraceptive care exception

At issue was the Trump administration’s decision to expand the types of organizations that could opt out of providing cost-free access to contraceptive care and the extent to which the government should create exemptions for religious employers and others who assert moral objections.

Russian ambassador calls reports of bounty program to kill U.S. soldiers a ‘downright lie’

Anatoly Antonov said the reports are “poisoning the atmosphere of cooperation” on Afghan peace between the two countries.
Emma Asch wipes the counter in May at the American Eagle/Aerie store at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. (Andrew Spear for The Post)
Emma Asch wipes the counter in May at the American Eagle/Aerie store at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. (Andrew Spear for The Post)

Retail workers are being pulled into the latest culture war: Getting customers to wear masks

Mixed messaging and politicization have turned a public health safeguard into a lightning-rod issue. As a result, workers have been berated, even assaulted, by aggressive anti-maskers.
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President Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sign a joint proclamation hailing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)
President Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sign a joint proclamation hailing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)

As economy reels under virus spread, Trump and Mexican leader tout start of three-nation trade pact

The event served as a reminder that the U.S. president had hoped to cruise to reelection behind a strong economy — a strategy dashed as tens of millions of Americans have been forced out of work since March.

Japan reels from rains and floods, with more coming

Torrential, record-breaking rainstorms have deluged southern and central Japan since Friday, killing at least 58 people and damaging over 4,000 properties.
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Why Chinese officials chose to crack down on Hong Kong now

Beijing saw an opportunity this year, with the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests taking up much of the attention of other countries. But China has wanted to exert more control for quite awhile.
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A Transportation Security Administration officer in Atlanta. (EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

TSA head orders new safety measures after meeting whistleblower

Officers must wear eye protection when they are in close contact with travelers and aren’t protected by a plastic screen, the whistleblower’s attorney said.

Harvard, MIT sue Trump administration to protect student visas, escalating fight over online learning

The complaint comes two days after immigration authorities announced that international students could not take only virtual classes this fall without risk of deportation.

Fed’s Main Street program has few big banks so far

More than three months after the Federal Reserve announced a new effort to shore up the economy aimed at small and medium-size businesses, only one of the nation’s largest banks has joined the $600 billion loan program.

Muslim woman files discrimination complaint after Target barista writes ‘ISIS’ on her cup

The 19-year-old woman said she was wearing a hijab and mask when she ordered a beverage. Target said the incident “was not a deliberate act but an unfortunate mistake that could have been avoided with more clarification.”
Roger Stone in February. (Reuters)
Roger Stone in February. (Reuters)

Facebook takes down network affiliated with Roger Stone that included fake accounts

The longtime Trump friend and former campaign adviser violated Facebook’s rules by using more than 100 accounts and pages to manipulate public debate, among other deceptive tactics, the company said.
Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo talks with manager Dave Martinez during summer camp at Nationals Park. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo talks with manager Dave Martinez during summer camp at Nationals Park. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The Nationals, used to spitting and sunflower seeds, have a new way to kick their habits: Masks

Players will not be allowed to spit or touch their faces in 2020's shortened season. Wearing a mask in training could help them remember that.

A Redskins name change would be costly at first, but it could end up as a lucrative move

Experts say there are big costs associated with a sports franchise makeover but also revenue opportunities if fans support the change.

Caseload rises slightly in D.C. region with key metrics mixed

Hospitalizations rose in Virginia for the second consecutive day and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said he was closely watching surrounding states for a surge to cross the border.

Md. will have ‘a normal election’ in fall despite pandemic, Hogan says

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said the state would open every precinct and early voting center while arming election workers with protective equipment. He also said he will ask the Board of Elections to send an application to vote by mail to all eligible voters.
Workers removed the “Vindicatrix” that sat atop the Jefferson Davis Memorial in Richmond on July 8. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
Workers removed the “Vindicatrix” that sat atop the Jefferson Davis Memorial in Richmond on July 8. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

‘Miss Confederacy’ statue removed as workers rid Richmond of Confederate icons

The female figure, also known as the South’s "Vindicatrix," towered above the Jefferson Davis monument. The statue was among the latest to fall in the former capital of the Confederacy in the week since Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney (D) ordered their removal.
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The team’s name should have been changed long ago — not because of or despite any polls — but because real people were standing up to say that it was offensive and they were tired of being used as mascots.
Jammin Java, shown here in 2019, has been reoriented into an all-seated venue. (Rey Lopez/Jammin Java)
Jammin Java, shown here in 2019, has been reoriented into an all-seated venue. (Rey Lopez/Jammin Java)

As indoor concerts slowly return, music venues wonder what the future holds

The Birchmere and Jammin Java will host their first shows since March, but clubs across the D.C. region are struggling because of the pandemic.

Shepard Smith, former Fox News anchor and frequent Trump target, to host CNBC news show

“The News with Shepard Smith” comes after Smith's abrupt departure from Fox News.
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Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer. (HBO)
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In the HBO Max series “Expecting Amy,” the comedian and her husband document the ups and downs of procreation.
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Refreshing cocktails to carry us through a summer like no other

Pour one of these drinks — a daiquiri, a Pimm's cup or a spicy watermelon margarita — and raise your glass to the hope that we make our way to something better.
With some exceptions, U.S. citizens are currently forbidden from entering European Union countries. (iStock)
With some exceptions, U.S. citizens are currently forbidden from entering European Union countries. (iStock)
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Everything Americans need to know about the E.U. travel ban

Who can travel to Europe? Who can’t? How long will the ban last? Can I get a refund for my airline ticket if I cancel? And is there a way around any of these restrictions? Many of the answers depend on how long it takes the U.S. to control covid-19.

A senator wants to ban middle seats after finding himself on a packed flight during the pandemic

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) of Oregon plans to introduce a bill that would ban the sale of middle-seat tickets as a coronavirus precaution.
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