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Similar to the way that footage of chokeholds and fatal shootings has led to a reassessment of police tactics, video of attacking police dogs and the resulting physical injuries are beginning to alter the image of the controllable K-9.
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In a year that made history in myriad, often tragic ways, our reading habits reflected our coping methods, as we reached for apocalyptic fiction, primers on race, political books that reflected highly partisan worldviews, plus thrillers, romance and science fiction — anything to help us escape.
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English actor David Prowse poses with a fan in a Darth Vader costume in 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
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David Prowse used his towering height and broad shoulders to portray the bionic body of the evil Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. The phenomenal success of the series after its launch in 1977 made the Dark Lord of the Sith one of cinema's most instantly recognizable villains — even as Prowse remained largely unknown to moviegoers.
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Harrison Ruffin Tyler is 91. His grandfather, John Tyler, was president from 1841 to 1845.
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Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis and President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani at a Nov. 19 news conference. (Reuters)
The Republican lawsuit had sought to halt certification of the state’s election results and challenged a 2019 law establishing universal mail voting.
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Retirements of three GOP chairmen effective Jan. 3 mean their committees will not be able to conduct business — or hold confirmation hearings for Biden nominees — until the Georgia races have been decided.
The increase raises questions about pandemic-related stress. There are no comprehensive studies of suicide rates and lockdowns, but the data from East Asia adds to the debate.
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Binish Desai has already made more than 40,000 bricks for projects including homes and factories, and is gearing up to produce 15,000 a day.
Because of the pandemic, the state’s House and Senate will strictly limit the number of bills that can be introduced for the General Assembly session that begins Jan. 13.
The Vatican’s ceremony to elevate new cardinals was unusual for its new safety rules in light of the pandemic. 
Terrence Byrd, coach of the Maryland Heat Youth Football team, talks to his players on a field in Virginia where they were allowed to practice. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Post)
Youth coaches and parents say some shut-down teams are traveling to counties where sports are permitted.
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Their date for dating’s sake last year transcended their age difference.
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The Vanderbilt senior became the fourth woman to play in a major college football game but the first to appear in the Power Five, the sport’s tiptop tier. 
Mike Tyson, 54, and Roy Jones Jr., 51, went the distance in their eight-round exhibition Saturday night before the judges scored the fight a draw.
Joanna Harcourt-Smith in “My Psychedelic Love Story.” (Nafis Azad/Showtime)
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