Democracy Dies in Darkness
A Washington Post-ABC poll finds Joe Biden at 49 percent and President Trump at 48 percent among likely voters, with the economy buoying the president’s candidacy and Biden boosted by his potential handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The president argued that the American people were no longer interested in taking precautions to prevent the coronavirus’s spread, even as the number of confirmed cases has been rising in most states.
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Gov. Ralph Northam (D), a Virginia Military Institute graduate, said the “culture is unacceptable for any Virginia institution in the 21st century, especially one funded by taxpayers.”
A House panel is seeking eight years of information that lawmakers say they need to amend financial disclosure and conflict-of-interest laws.
A movie theater at a shopping mall in Beijing. (EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
Movie theaters across the country have reopened to eager audiences as Beijing keeps a close watch over new coronavirus cases.
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SNL vs. reality: Trump and Biden's dueling town hall events
Jim Carrey and Alec Baldwin returned as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Trump on "Saturday Night Live" on Oct. 17.
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National polling average

Biden is leading (+11) the national polling average.

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Biden

54%

Trump

43%

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Average of national polls since Oct. 4 that meet Washington Post standards for transparency and quality. Includes polls by CNN, Economist-YouGov, Fox, PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist, Pew, Post-ABC, NBC-WSJ and SurveyMonkey-Tableau.

A school bus drives past a sign welcoming visitors to Asbestos, Quebec. (Bloomberg News)
A Quebec community, named for its most infamous export, tries to rebrand.
In return, Sudan is expected to normalize relations with Israel and pay millions of dollars to the families of victims of terrorist attacks.
A lawsuit by writer E. Jean Carroll, who says President Trump sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, has led to a fight over whether the president’s barbed denials were made in his official capacity.
Rising coronavirus infection rates may change plans, but for now many systems are aiming to reopen.
Los Angeles County firefighters keep watch on the Bobcat Fire as it burns through the night in Juniper Hills, Calif., on Sept. 20. (Reuters)
The drought is exacerbating wildfires and taxing water resources.
Lisa Montgomery will be the first woman put to death by the federal government since 1953, when Bonnie Heady was executed for kidnapping and killing the 6-year-old son of a wealthy car dealer.
The Trump administration had asked the court to intervene after receiving adverse decisions in lower courts.
Officers Alejandro Amaya and Lucas Vinyard are charged in the 2017 fatal shooting of unarmed motorist Bijan Ghaisar. 
Didi Elsyad celebrates Eid al-Adha with her parents in Lorton, Va., in July. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for The Post)
Didi Elsyad, one of six Black students in her grade at Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia, found confidence and self-love in her fight for diversity. But would the adults listen?
Lawmakers are set to establish new rules, including requiring scooter users to lock the devices to poles or bike racks after each ride.
A state is considered high-risk if its average number of new coronavirus cases is 10 or more per 100,000 people.
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) said the government “simply cannot afford” the lost revenue during the pandemic.
A dreary start this morning should break through to a sunny and mild afternoon, with warmer weather moving in the next few days.
The president of Daniels Manufacturing Corp. told employees in a letter placed in their pay stub envelopers that the company “could be forced to begin permanent layoffs” if Joe Biden wins.
Hundreds of billions of dollars from the Cares Act remains uncommitted and may go unspent despite a scramble by White House to produce more aid.
Child labor among agricultural households in cocoa-growing areas of Ivory Coast and Ghana, the two primary suppliers, increased significantly between 2008 and 2019, according to the survey.
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Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers will face the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series. (AP)
The outfielder has Los Angeles in cheers, Tampa in fear and Boston in tears.
There are only so many ways to explain the October emergence of Randy Arozarena, the MVP of the AL Championship Series. Even his  teammates are running out of them.
Bellinger said Monday his shoulder is feeling “pretty good” ahead of the World Series.
NFL Week 6
The visiting Kansas City Chiefs moved to 5-1 with a 26-17 win over the Buffalo Bills in a rescheduled “Thursday Night Football” game.
Kyle Larson has "fulfilled the requirements set by NASCAR, and has taken several voluntary measures, to better educate himself so that he can use his platform to help bridge the divide in our country," NASCAR said.
The new high is still a number “well below” pre-covid volumes, which hit 2.6 million passengers the same day last year.
The pandemic’s long-term repercussions for tourism to key sites are still uncertain.
Buffalo, elk, a grand canyon, slot canyons and a sand cave all can be found in the southwest part of the state.
An hour outside Little Rock, taking the waters in a revitalized nineteenth-century spa town.