Scientists ask whether the asymptomatic are key to unraveling virus

Researchers are trying to find out why so many infected people show no symptoms — and their efforts are finally beginning to yield results, raising hope for faster development of vaccines and therapies.

Trump expected to sign executive orders related to economic relief as soon as today, officials say

The actions are expected to focus on jobless benefits, eviction protections, student loans and a payroll tax deferral.
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Calling it a ‘peaceful protest,’ Trump flouts virus guidelines with golf club gathering

People wearing face masks walk in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles on Friday. (Reuters)
People wearing face masks walk in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles on Friday. (Reuters)
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Stress from the pandemic can destroy relationships with friends — even families

Differing views on masks, how to guard against covid-19 and other related issues are leading people to choose sides or even self-imposed isolation.
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Most VA workers see racism against colleagues, veterans, survey finds

Nearly 80 percent of Veterans Affairs employees surveyed by their workers union said endemic racism in the agency is a moderate or serious problem.
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Beirut rocked by protests as grief over blast turns to fury

Demonstrators stormed the Foreign Ministry amid deep anger in a country already reeling from economic collapse and chronic corruption.

TikTok’s fate was shaped by an Oval Office shouting match

Trump advisers Steven Mnuchin and Peter Navarro fought bitterly over TikTok as Silicon Valley dealmakers tried to get closer to the president.

Venezuelan court sentences two former U.S. Green Berets to 20 years for role in botched raid

The men were linked to a failed mission in May seeking to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
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A novelist writes of her concussion and loss of memory during the pandemic

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Gretchen Whitmer met with Biden to discuss VP nomination

The Michigan governor is one of several Democratic women under consideration as Joe Biden nears his decision.
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Danyell Lanier is a candidate for Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District. (Girls with Pearls Photography)
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130 Black women filed to run for Congress this year. That’s a record.

According to the Center for American Women and Politics, 117 Black women filed to run for the U.S. House and 13 Black women filed to run for the U.S. Senate.

The U.S. sanctions against Hong Kong officials, explained

Relations between Washington and Beijing are rapidly deteriorating — and Hong Kong is at the center of the fight.
A man pushes his bicycle through a flooded road Tuesday in Mumbai. (Hemanshi Kamani/Reuters)
A man pushes his bicycle through a flooded road Tuesday in Mumbai. (Hemanshi Kamani/Reuters)
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Year’s worth of rain in a month: Monsoon floods devastate Mumbai

In five days in July, Mumbai saw more rainfall than Washington typically sees in a year.
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Storm clouds sweep across Miami as Hurricane Isaias approaches on August 1. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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After a brief lull, hurricane season is set to roar back at breakneck pace later this month

There are indications that an active or even hyperactive period of cyclone activity is possible from late August into early September.

Appeals court will reconsider whether Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 plea deal was legal

The question at stake is whether prosecutors broke the law when they concealed from victims a lenient non-prosecution agreement with Epstein, a registered sex offender.
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Renovations take place at the park in Franklin Square. (Matt McClain/The Post)
Renovations take place at the park in Franklin Square. (Matt McClain/The Post)

For Franklin Square to be saved, much of it and 63 trees will be destroyed

Officials hope the addition of a pavilion, fountain, art exhibit space, children’s play area and public restrooms will transform Franklin Square into a welcoming space that will no longer be just a place to wait for a bus.

Should police be in charge of traffic enforcement? In a suburb beset by racial inequities, lawmakers aren’t sure.

Black drivers are more than twice as likely to be stopped by police than White drivers in Montgomery County, Md. The jurisdiction is unique in the region for still targeting traffic enforcement in policing, though the District last year moved automated enforcement from police to the transportation department.
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A masked runner exercises at the Lincoln Memorial. (Matt McClain/The Post)

Outdoor stairs or stadium bleachers offer an excellent all-around covid-era workout

If you’ve got some stairs nearby, you can create a regimen that rolls three workouts in one: cardio, strength and plyometric movements such as leaps, jumps and bounds.
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“Untitled, San Quentin, California” (1957) by Gordon Parks. (Museum of Modern Art, Family of Man Fund/Gordon Parks Foundation)
“Untitled, San Quentin, California” (1957) by Gordon Parks. (Museum of Modern Art, Family of Man Fund/Gordon Parks Foundation)
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With his camera, Gordon Parks humanized the Black people others saw as simply criminals

A timely new book presents the photographer’s 1957 photo essay on crime in expanded form.
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(The Washington Post illustration/iStock)

Stuck stateside needn’t mean you can’t chat with foreign locals — and improve your language skills

Now can be an opportunity to supercharge your foreign language skills with online tutors. Or at least enjoyably kill time.
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