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Nearly 50 killed after explosions rock Beirut

More than 2,750 people were injured in the blasts, Lebanon’s health minister said. The nation's head of general security said the explosions occurred after a warehouse holding highly explosive materials caught fire in the city's port.

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.
Parents help a student move into his dorm at the University of Maryland in August 2018. (Ricky Carioti/The Post)
Parents help a student move into his dorm at the University of Maryland in August 2018. (Ricky Carioti/The Post)

‘The kids will forget’: Custodians, housekeepers and other support staff brace for college reopenings

With the fall semester beginning soon, support staff at colleges and universities worry about inconsistent safety protocols and maskless students jeopardizing their health.

Nursing homes accused of misusing federal money got hundreds of millions in aid

More than a dozen for-profit nursing home providers that have faced accusations of Medicare fraud and kickbacks, labor violations and widespread failures in patient care received $300 million in “no strings attached” coronavirus relief aid, a Post analysis found.
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Does Trump understand how bad the pandemic is?

An interview with Axios revealed gaps in the statistics the president often cites.
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For this Black mom in Portland, every day is a protest
For this Black mom in Portland, every day is a protest
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Strong winds batter the D.C. region as Isaias moves up East coast
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What a lost school year means for children with disabilities
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How the rest of the world responded to the coronavirus

How some countries got their response to the coronavirus right — and how some got it terribly wrong.
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Trump muses on whether Epstein was killed in custody

The comment puts the president at odds with his own attorney general and the New York City medical examiner, who have both said the multimillionaire sex offender died by suicide.
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Isaias kills at least two in Carolinas and leaves hundreds of thousands without power

The storm is expected to bring floods and tornadoes up the East Coast.
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If Congress can’t pass coronavirus legislation, is the institution broken?

What former members say about why Congress has so much trouble acting in a crisis.

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.

Why TikTok was destined to land in Trump’s crosshairs

China’s Internet industry for the first time attained the triple threat of engineering know-how, marketing sheen and multicultural sensibility to deliver an international hit.
An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard near a police barricade during curfew in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard near a police barricade during curfew in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Voices from Kashmir: Inside India’s year-long crackdown

India promised Kashmiris a “new dawn” for the troubled region. They got repression instead.

Census Bureau says counting will end a month earlier than planned

Plans to shut down the count earlier drew fierce criticism from Democrats and civil rights groups.

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

The unusual illness, caused by viruses, is marked by sudden limb weakness or paralysis.
People carry a fake coffin as they march during the National Day of Resistance to schools re-opening in New York on Monday. (Reuters)
People carry a fake coffin as they march during the National Day of Resistance to schools re-opening in New York on Monday. (Reuters)

With coronavirus cases reported at some reopened schools, protesters take to the streets with fake coffins

President Trump’s demands that schools reopen while covid-19 infection rates are increasing in most states have politicized reopening decisions being made at the local and state levels.
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I’ve worn Alexa-enabled glasses for two weeks. They’re driving me bananas.

You have to really love Amazon’s Alexa to let the Echo Frames whisper in your ear all day.

BP built its business on oil and gas. Now climate change is taking it apart.

The oil giant is preparing for a 40 percent output cut and ten-fold increase in spending on low-carbon energy.

Trump fires chair of Tennessee Valley Authority board

The president cited the federally owned utility’s decision to outsource some technology jobs and blasted its current CEO.

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

Washington's head coach also said he is pleased with how second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been developing this offseason.
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The NFL has always prioritized competitive fairness. That won’t be possible this season.

Games could be rescheduled, teams could end up playing different numbers of games and key players could be put in quarantine as the NFL attempts to play a season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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)
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.

The Mystics opened play in the WNBA bubble minus four projected starters. But the defending champs have shown they still have the heart of a champion.
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, 400,000 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.

Hogan curtails power of local health officers to order blanket school closures

The governor’s order aims to reverse Montgomery County's decision to keep private as well as public schools closed this fall.

U-Va., in shift, will open online for undergraduates and start in-person classes after Labor Day

The University of Virginia will delay the return of many students. But the school year will start as scheduled on Aug. 25.
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Skipped your workout — again? An accountability partner can help you meet your fitness goals.

Tips for choosing the right person and structuring your partnership.
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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)

A flavor-packed sauce can be the linchpin to weeknight meal planning

Toss this umami-rich sauce with your favorite pasta, roasted broccoli or grilled chicken.
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The new rules for packing a bag during the pandemic

Checked bag vs. carry-on? Health experts weigh in on the best practices for air travel right now.
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