16 states report record highs of average daily new cases

Florida on Friday reported its seven-day average of new cases was 7,948 — the 26th consecutive day the state has set a record in its seven-day rolling average. And other hot spots are also seeing their rolling average of new cases hit record highs.

July 4 weekend could mark a crossroads for efforts to quell outbreak

Americans' willingness to forgo cookouts and patio parties may determine whether the country will withstand the coronavirus's recent surge.

More covid-19 patients are surviving ventilators in the ICU

Experts say it’s because clinicians have become more skilled and are deploying new tactics as they learn more about the course of covid-19.
Oscar Burnette, 2, has his temperature checked at Penn Quarter KinderCare in Washington, D.C., last month. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for The Post)
Oscar Burnette, 2, has his temperature checked at Penn Quarter KinderCare in Washington, D.C., last month. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for The Post)

The big factor holding back the U.S. economic recovery: Child care

The child-care crunch triggered by the pandemic has rapidly become a crisis for many workers and companies that is disproportionately harming women and threatening to leave deep scars for years to come.
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Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly turned an intuitive female bond into a tool for abuse

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Battle over how U.S. will cast ballots in the fall is just heating up

Legal battles in about two dozen states are poised to shape how roughly 130 million registered voters cast ballots in upcoming contests.
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A “common pot” meal for vulnerable families in Santiago, Chile, on June 30. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

How has the pandemic affected global poverty? Here’s what’s happening — and what may follow.

The World Food Program says it needs to reach more people than ever before.

Khashoggi murder trial begins in Turkey, without the accused

Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist, was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018 by Saudi government agents sent from Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has refused to extradite the suspects.

New Iraqi leader tries to rein in Iran-backed militias, but task proves daunting

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s raid on Kataib Hezbollah was the boldest move yet against the armed groups.

After he fatally shot an unarmed teen, a Kansas police officer was paid a $70,000 severance

Officer Clayton Jenison fired 13 times into a van being driven by a teenager. The Johnson County district attorney ruled the killing was justifiable, and the officer resigned — but city officials did not disclose the severance package.
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The Paso del Norte border bridge as seen from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. (Reuters)

Mexico raises new concern about Americans bringing virus south

With rising coronavirus numbers in Southern California, Texas and Arizona, leaders in Sonora and Tamaulipas are seeking tighter border restrictions and pleading for Americans not to cross.
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Yekaterina Gorbunova and three of her four children outside Moscow. (Oksana Yushko for The Post)

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U.S. economy has defied the grimmest forecasts. But it may still need years to heal.

The economy has defied the most pessimistic forecasts, but the unemployment rate remains worse than at any point during the Great Recession.

June’s cautious economic recovery is based in part-time work and vulnerable industries

The unemployment rate isn’t wrong: Part-time work is still work. However, those jobs have already proved to be vulnerable to a slowing economy.
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The Nationals began workouts for the shortened 2020 season Friday at Nationals Park. (Jonathan Newton/The Post)
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NFL Players Association pushes to scrap preseason, is working with league on player opt-out guidelines

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The image of George Floyd is projected on the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond on June 10. (John McDonnell/The Post)

Judge who issued injunction blocking removal of Richmond’s Lee statue recuses himself from case

Judge Bradley B. Cavedo's recusal does not appear to affect the injunction, although it could affect the July 23 hearing date.

American flag, deemed ‘target’ for protesters, ordered off Virginia Capitol construction site

Workers unfurled the flag ahead of Independence Day, at a corner that’s drawn sometimes violent protests.
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Breonna Taylor in Louisville. (Taylor family attorney Sam Aguiar/AP)

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