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Visitors crowd the beach in Newport Beach, Calif. (Shutterstock)
Vietnam veteran Bernie Klemanek touches a name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. (Matt McClain/The Post)
Moviegoers watch a film from a vehicle at the Badin Road Drive-In Theater in Badin, N.C. (Bloomberg News)

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While U.S. and Britain struggle to roll out contact tracing, Germany has been doing it from the start

In contrast to the tracing programs heralded in other countries, Germany’s effort is decidedly low-tech, relying heavily on phone calls.

In veterans’ home slammed by virus, chronic problems aided a disaster

Residential centers for the aged of all kinds have been hit hard by the virus, but the disaster at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, a state-run facility in western Massachusetts, has highlighted gaps in the patchwork oversight of state-run veterans’ homes.

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In Florida, some older voters cast a skeptical eye toward Trump’s reelection

Those 65 and older in the swing state are moving toward Joe Biden amid the chaos of the Trump presidency and the coronavirus pandemic that has savaged the economy.
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Explorers find wreck of USS Nevada, the ship that almost escaped Pearl Harbor

As Japanese bombers swarmed overhead on Dec. 7, 1941, the battleship tried to escape the devastation and nearly made it to safety.
Astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Bob Behnken. (SpaceX)
Astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Bob Behnken. (SpaceX)

Meet Doug and Bob, the hilarious (and kinda goofy) NASA astronauts about to make history

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have lived parallel lives and married astronauts. Now they’re about to fly SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, in one of the most important launches NASA has attempted in years.
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President Trump played golf Saturday, during Memorial Day weekend at his club in the Washington D.C., suburbs. (Reuters)

On weekend dedicated to war dead, Trump tweets insults, promotes baseless claims and golfs

The president, who urged Americans to return to church, did not do so himself.

A family grieves as Trump shares conspiracy theory to attack MSNBC host

The president has tweeted multiple times in recent days to falsely suggest the congressman-turned-television host Joe Scarborough murdered an employee whose death was ruled an accident.
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With masks and sanitized hands, Italian Catholics return to church

In one of the world’s most Catholic countries, churches celebrated the first Sunday Mass since the arrival of the coronavirus — with plenty of new rules.

Boris Johnson wants to reopen Britain’s schools in a week. Parents, teachers and local officials push back.

Johnson’s government is looking to Germany, Denmark and New Zealand. But Britain has been hit much harder by the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's news conference on the lifting of the state of emergency is broadcast on a large outdoor screen in Tokyo. (Issei Kato/Reuters)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's news conference on the lifting of the state of emergency is broadcast on a large outdoor screen in Tokyo. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

Tokyo lifts state of emergency, braces for ‘new lifestyle’ with the virus

Japan’s approach relies on social pressure rather than government edicts. Despite some shortcomings, it appears to be working.
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(Photos by Jonas Jungblut)
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Even before covid-19, Social Security was facing a shortfall

Absent legislative action to fix a coming shortfall, Social Security will have only enough tax income to pay out 76 percent of scheduled payments, a trustee report said.

Number of working black business owners falls 40 percent, far more than other groups

Minority-owned businesses have suffered disproportionately in a crisis that’s also killing nonwhite Americans at higher rates and taking more of their jobs, an analysis of new data shows.
Members of the military place flags near headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in advance for Memorial Day. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
Members of the military place flags near headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in advance for Memorial Day. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
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The storms they weathered: Memorial Day reflections on service and sacrifice

For strangers and friends, weather or sports are often the first step in exchanging pleasantries. But weather and war — who talks about that? Combat meteorologists do.
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Jennifer King was an assistant coach of the Arizona Hotshots in 2019. (Norm Hall/AAF/Getty Images)
Jennifer King was an assistant coach of the Arizona Hotshots in 2019. (Norm Hall/AAF/Getty Images)

Jennifer King has been a cop, a QB and a national champion. Next: Redskins assistant coach.

“I think the ultimate drive for me is to be successful and great at whatever I was doing,” said King, who is the first African American woman to hold a full-time NFL coaching job.
People on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., this weekend. (Video: The Post; photo: AFP via Getty Images)

Spike in D.C. numbers, crowds at region’s beaches renew virus concerns

A one-day jump in the District’s numbers raised questions about whether it can begin reopening as expected Friday.
Viral images of a packed Ocean City boardwalk and a mask-free Gov. Ralph Northam (D) mingling with crowds had many wondering whether safety guidelines were being taken seriously.

D.C. region will have enough testing and tracing capacity by July to contain virus, officials say

For months, the limits on testing and contact tracing have been a principal barrier to resuming business, social and cultural activities.
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Not a crafter? Here’s why you should consider becoming one during the pandemic.

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Shawna Rivera, who says she first started working for Jeffrey Epstein when she was a teen, is one of the women who tell their stories in Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich. (Netflix)
Shawna Rivera, who says she first started working for Jeffrey Epstein when she was a teen, is one of the women who tell their stories in "Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich." (Netflix)
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Netflix’s Jeffrey Epstein docuseries honors his victims and their stories, but the creep still gets away

Four-part “Filthy Rich” ought to say more about the world that made and sustained a guy like Jeffrey Epstein.
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Cattle grazing at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Ga. (White Oak Pastures)

The meat industry’s supply chain is failing, but these smaller farms can still meet your needs

Supermarkets may have a limited supply of beef and chicken, but you can still get your meat at these online shops dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices.
Krish Raghav, left, and Yan Cong in an elevator on our last day of quarantine April 10 in Beijing. (Yan Cong for The Post)
Krish Raghav, left, and Yan Cong in an elevator on our last day of quarantine April 10 in Beijing. (Yan Cong for The Post)

Room and bored

A couple returned from overseas and entered a 14-day quarantine in a Beijing hotel, but in separate rooms. This is their journey in photos, comics and words.
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