Rising alarm as virus spreads deeper into country

The situation in Mississippi, which is experiencing the country’s highest rate of positive tests, is unfolding in other largely rural areas. People who are infected often don’t know it, leading to “inherent community spread.”

White House, Democrats fail to reach deal on virus relief bill, leaving next steps uncertain

After meeting for more than three hours, the parties said they remain far apart on key issues.
Ebony Brown-Olaseinde and Segun Olaseinde with their twins, Jurnee and Jordan Olaseinde, who were born 12 weeks premature. (John O’Boyle/Saint Barnabas Medical Center)
Ebony Brown-Olaseinde and Segun Olaseinde with their twins, Jurnee and Jordan Olaseinde, who were born 12 weeks premature. (John O’Boyle/Saint Barnabas Medical Center)
Hospital workers mobilized to turn an intensive care unit into a makeshift operating room. (Saint Barnabas Medical Center)
Hospital workers mobilized to turn an intensive care unit into a makeshift operating room. (Saint Barnabas Medical Center)

A pregnant woman with covid-19 was dying. With one decision, her doctors saved three lives.

An oral history of a desperate moment in a pandemic.
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Acting Homeland Security chief bristles at criticism over response to Portland protests

Judge’s blistering opinion says courts have placed police beyond accountability

A federal judge in Mississippi said a White police officer’s stop of a Black driver was a miscarriage of justice, but he still dismissed the civil suit because of a controversial legal doctrine.
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Trump issues executive orders against TikTok and WeChat

The president's orders against TikTok owner ByteDance and WeChat cited national security concerns and come after a week of political threats.

Bill Hagerty, endorsed by Trump, wins Tennessee Senate GOP primary

On the Democratic side, voters shunned the party pick in a surprise upset, choosing an environmentalist over an Army veteran and attorney.
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N.Y. attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA, accuses gun rights group of fraud

In a civil lawsuit, New York Attorney General Letitia James alleges that CEO Wayne LaPierre and other top leaders drained $64 million from the National Rifle Association in three years.
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A woman slides her mail-in ballot into a drop box in Newark, N.J., on July 7. (Seth Wenig/AP)

More states are using ballot drop boxes for absentee voters, but the boxes are already drawing skepticism

Elections officials across the country are accelerating their efforts to install ballot drop boxes, but critics worry that the boxes will be hard to find or may not be properly monitored to prevent tampering.

Trump revives tariffs on Canadian aluminum

President Trump accused Canada of reneging on a promise not to “flood” the United States with its exports.
The mother of Nicole al-Helou, who was killed by this week’s explosion in Beirut, mourns on her daughter's coffin Thursday in Sarba village, southern Lebanon. (AP)
The mother of Nicole al-Helou, who was killed by this week’s explosion in Beirut, mourns on her daughter's coffin Thursday in Sarba village, southern Lebanon. (AP)

In Beirut, known for its cosmopolitanism, explosion victims span nationalities

Lebanon's capital has a magnetic pull for people of many backgrounds, who seek the city or are forced there to find refuge or work.

Court sides with administration on ‘public charge’ rule for immigrants

Under a Department of Homeland Security policy, immigrants in the United States legally are considered “public charges” and ineligible for green cards if they use any benefits or are declared likely to someday rely on such assistance.

Judge says woman who accused Trump of rape can proceed with defamation suit

President Trump had tried to delay the suit filed by journalist E. Jean Carroll while an appeals court considered a similar, but separate, case.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend South Dakota's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year. (Rapid City Journal/AP)
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend South Dakota's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year. (Rapid City Journal/AP)

‘We cannot stop people’: South Dakota motorcycle rally expected to draw 250,000

Even during a pandemic, organizers of one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the world anticipate hundreds of thousands of people will make the annual pilgrimage to the community of Sturgis for a 10-day extravaganza.

Trump orders government to ‘buy American’ for certain drugs

The administration said President Trump issued the order to plug gaps in the medical supply chain that have been revealed during the coronavirus crisis.
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The older sister of investor Warren Buffett gave away $200 million of her wealth, often granting requests from people who wrote to her and her brother for help.
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President Trump holds a message from Tennessee Valley Authority's CEO on Monday before signing an executive order on hiring American workers. (AP)

TVA backtracks after Trump’s demand that it rehire some of its dismissed tech workers

The Tennessee Valley Authority rehired more than 100 employees just three days after President Trump singled out the federally owned utility for outsourcing those jobs and blasted its CEO over his “ridiculous” pay package.
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Brooks Koepka, the two-time defending PGA champion, is in the mix again after a first-round 66 at TPC Harding Park. (Getty Images)

Early at PGA, but packed leader board has Jason Day, Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods near top

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A’s coach apologizes for ‘racist and horrible salute’ he says was unintentional

Oakland bench coach Ryan Christenson said he was "sorry" and "cringing" about his gesture, which he repeated after a player told him to change his arm angle.

Mail-in ballot applications in Va. tap into worries about fraud with faulty instructions

A voter registration group with a history of error-prone mailers sent the forms with return envelopes addressed to the wrong elections offices.
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Healthcare workers check in patients at a drive-through coronavirus testing site earlier this summer in Arlington. (Bloomberg)

Coronavirus cases plateau across D.C. area as region’s caseload surpasses 200,000

The seven-day average of new daily cases in D.C., Maryland and Virginia more than doubled during July, starting the month with fewer than 1,000 and ending with more than 2,000. But daily caseloads have ticked downward in recent days

Johns Hopkins switches to virtual semester as pandemic worsens, urges students not to return to Baltimore

The university also cut tuition and increased financial aid for the fall.
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The "Saturday Night Live" writer taped "3 in the Morning," her one-hour special, "right before the world blew up."
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Tex-Mex has long depended on imported and Indigenous ingredients, as well as American appetites. But like Southwestern cuisine, its lasting, primary influence is tied to the foodways of Mexico.
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