Democracy Dies in Darkness
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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats slumped. The Social Democrats rose. That leaves both close and looking for coalition partners.
The exit polls suggest long negotiations to build a new government, with no easy path to a majority coalition.

Projected results

Number of votes and percentage of total vote received by eachparty
Estim. votes
SPD
Social Democrats
26%
CDU/CSU
Christian Democrats
24
GRÜNE
The Greens
15
FDP
Free Democratic Party
11
AfD
Alternative for Germany
10
DIE LINKE
The Left
5
In 2015, Congress passed a law to pay restitution to the Americans taken hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran from 1979 to 1981. But the funds have run dry. (Joy Yi/The Post)
The 1979 Iran hostage crisis gripped the country and may have cost a president his job. Now the Americans who spent 444 days in captivity and inspired a nation to tie yellow ribbons of support feel abandoned.
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In New Mexico, 4-H and similar organizations boycotted the state fair over a vaccine requirement and held their own livestock expo.
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Mayor Billy Coleburn walks down Main Street in Blackstone, Va. (Julia Rendleman for The Post)
The derailment of the train carrying emergency officials scrambling to get dozens of injured people to hospitals across the area with sparse resources.
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“Dream Boat,” by Stephanie Garmey, dazzles with 3-D effects. (Bethesda Urban Partnership)
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Britney Spears attends the premiere of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in July 2019. (Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)
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