As George Floyd said he was going to die, officer said his pleas were using up oxygen, transcripts show

Floyd repeatedly asked police officers not to shoot him and complained of being claustrophobic in the minutes before he was killed in May, according to transcripts of police body camera footage released Wednesday.

Facebook’s auditors said its policy decisions are ‘tremendous setback’

Among the problems cited by the civil rights auditors hired by the company was its choice to leave untouched several posts by President Trump.

Man who allegedly drove car into Seattle demonstration, killing protester, charged with homicide

It was one of dozens of car attacks since the death of George Floyd sparked widespread protests on the nation's streets.
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What the ‘black-on-black crime’ fallacy misses about race and gun deaths

The majority of U.S. gun deaths are not homicides but suicides, and white men account for 74 percent of them.
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U.S. health-care workers are running short on masks, gowns and gloves. Again.

In a frustrating recurrence of a struggle that haunted the first months of the crisis, the workers on the front lines are scrambling for supplies, reusing masks and keeping some medical offices closed.
Emma Asch wipes the counter in May at the American Eagle/Aerie store at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. (Andrew Spear for The Post)
Emma Asch wipes the counter in May at the American Eagle/Aerie store at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. (Andrew Spear for The Post)

Retail workers are being pulled into the latest culture war: Getting customers to wear masks

Mixed messaging and politicization have turned a public health safeguard into a lightning-rod issue. As a result, workers have been berated, even assaulted, by aggressive anti-maskers.

CDC will issue new guidance on schools, Pence says, after Trump criticism

In a tweet, President Trump described the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention guidelines as “very impractical.” and said he would meet with the agency about them.
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Trump said 99% of coronavirus cases are harmless, which is wrong. Here are the actual numbers.
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Joe Biden needs black women to vote for him. What’s he offering in return?

What black women want from the Democratic Party. The relevance of political conventions during a pandemic. And what it’s like to get divorced via videoconference.
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Supreme Court says employers may opt out of ACA’s birth control mandate over religious, moral objections

At issue was the Trump administration’s decision to expand the types of organizations that could opt out of providing cost-free access to contraceptive care and the extent to which the government should create exemptions for religious employers and others who assert moral objections.

Russian ambassador calls reports of bounty program to kill U.S. soldiers a ‘downright lie’

Anatoly Antonov said the reports are “poisoning the atmosphere of cooperation” on Afghan peace between the two countries.
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Goodbye to the hometown paper: How the vanishing local-news industry leaves our democracy in peril

The consequences of rapidly vanishing local newspapers may not always be obvious, but they are insidious, The Post’s media columnist writes in an article adapted from her upcoming book.
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President Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sign a joint proclamation hailing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)
President Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sign a joint proclamation hailing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)

As economy reels under virus spread, Trump and Mexican leader tout start of three-nation trade pact

The event served as a reminder that the U.S. president had hoped to cruise to reelection behind a strong economy — a strategy dashed as tens of millions of Americans have been forced out of work since March.

Japan reels from rains and floods, with more coming

Torrential, record-breaking rainstorms have deluged southern and central Japan since Friday, killing at least 58 people and damaging over 4,000 properties.
The Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay, left, is being turned into the headquarters of Beijing's National Security Office in Hong Kong. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
The Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay, left, is being turned into the headquarters of Beijing's National Security Office in Hong Kong. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Beijing’s secret police get a room with a view in Hong Kong

China’s new security agency in the city will operate out of a four-star hotel that offers a vantage point over key protest zones — and a rooftop pool.
Lance Wissinger is hugged by Permon Thomas as Neil Volz looks on at the Lee County Supervisor of Elections office on Jan. 8, 2019, in Fort Myers, Fla. (Getty Images)
Lance Wissinger is hugged by Permon Thomas as Neil Volz looks on at the Lee County Supervisor of Elections office on Jan. 8, 2019, in Fort Myers, Fla. (Getty Images)

Voting rights of some felons in Florida in question after appeals court ruling

Advocates scramble to understand the effect on efforts to restore voting rights to as many as 1.4 million people.
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Harvard, MIT sue Trump administration to protect student visas, escalating fight over online learning

The complaint comes two days after immigration authorities announced that international students could not take only virtual classes this fall without risk of deportation.

Fed’s Main Street program has few big banks so far

More than three months after the Federal Reserve announced a new effort to shore up the economy aimed at small and medium-size businesses, only one of the nation’s largest banks has joined the $600 billion loan program.

Muslim woman files discrimination complaint after Target barista writes ‘ISIS’ on her cup

The 19-year-old woman said she was wearing a hijab and mask when she ordered a beverage. Target said the incident “was not a deliberate act but an unfortunate mistake that could have been avoided with more clarification.”
United Airlines planes on July 1 in Newark, N.J. (AP)
United Airlines planes on July 1 in Newark, N.J. (AP)

United says it may furlough as many as 36,000 workers

The carrier said the furloughs would start Oct. 1 because demand for air travel probably won’t return this year. The government grants given to airlines for the pandemic require them keep front-line workers on the job through Sept. 30.
Washington shortstop Trea Turner wore a mask on the field at Nationals Park this week. (Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post)
Washington shortstop Trea Turner wore a mask on the field at Nationals Park this week. (Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post)

The Nationals, used to spitting and sunflower seeds, have a new way to kick their habits: Masks

Players will not be allowed to spit or touch their faces in 2020's shortened season. Wearing a mask in training could help them remember that.

A Redskins name change would be costly at first, but it could end up as a lucrative move

Experts say there are big costs associated with a sports franchise makeover but also revenue opportunities if fans support the change.

Ryder Cup will move to 2021 so that fans can be on the course

It’s hard to imagine a Ryder Cup without rowdy spectators.

Md. will have ‘a normal election’ in fall despite pandemic, Hogan says

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said the state would open every precinct and early voting center while arming election workers with protective equipment. He also said he will ask the Board of Elections to send an application to vote by mail to all eligible voters.
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The cellphone bill came in her dead husband’s name. Changing it wasn’t easy.

Verizon told the widow it could change the account — but the monthly bill would increase.
Workers removed the “Vindicatrix” that sat atop the Jefferson Davis Memorial in Richmond on July 8. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
Workers removed the “Vindicatrix” that sat atop the Jefferson Davis Memorial in Richmond on July 8. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

‘Miss Confederacy’ statue removed as workers rid Richmond of Confederate icons

The female figure, also known as the South’s ‘Vindicatrix,’ towered above the Jefferson Davis monument. The statue was among the latest to fall in the former capital of the Confederacy in the week since Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney (D) ordered their removal.
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Can Washington’s football team pick a name already, so we can stop talking about polls?

The team’s name should have been changed long ago — not because of or despite any polls — but because real people were standing up to say that it was offensive and they were tired of being used as mascots.
Jammin Java, shown here in 2019, has been reoriented into an all-seated venue. (Rey Lopez/Jammin Java)
Jammin Java, shown here in 2019, has been reoriented into an all-seated venue. (Rey Lopez/Jammin Java)

As indoor concerts slowly return, music venues wonder what the future holds

The Birchmere and Jammin Java will host their first shows since March, but clubs across the D.C. region are struggling because of the pandemic.

Shepard Smith, former Fox News anchor and frequent Trump target, to host CNBC news show

“The News with Shepard Smith” comes after Smith's abrupt departure from Fox News.
Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer. (HBO)
Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer. (HBO)
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In ‘Expecting Amy,’ Amy Schumer shares the intimate details of what’s about to pop

In the HBO Max series “Expecting Amy,” the comedian and her husband document the ups and downs of procreation.
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(Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Post)
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Refreshing cocktails to carry us through a summer like no other

Pour one of these drinks — a daiquiri, a Pimm's cup or a spicy watermelon margarita — and raise your glass to the hope that we make our way to something better.
With some exceptions, U.S. citizens are currently forbidden from entering European Union countries. (iStock)
With some exceptions, U.S. citizens are currently forbidden from entering European Union countries. (iStock)
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Everything Americans need to know about the E.U. travel ban

Who can travel to Europe? Who can’t? How long will the ban last? Can I get a refund for my airline ticket if I cancel? And is there a way around any of these restrictions? Many of the answers depend on how long it takes the U.S. to control covid-19.

A senator wants to ban middle seats after finding himself on a packed flight during the pandemic

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) of Oregon plans to introduce a bill that would ban the sale of middle-seat tickets as a coronavirus precaution.
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