Fear of seeking care in hospitals overwhelmed by pandemic may have caused thousands of deaths

Joseph Neufeld Jr. looks over caskets of bodies at the Gerard J. Neufeld funeral home in New York in April. (Reuters)
Joseph Neufeld Jr. looks over caskets of bodies at the Gerard J. Neufeld funeral home in New York in April. (Reuters)
Heart conditions drove a spike in deaths beyond those attributed to covid-19, a Washington Post analysis shows.

U.S. added 4.8 million jobs in June as labor market tried to continue its recovery

The June unemployment rate was 11.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. The president said he believes there will be a sharp economic recovery, but a spike in virus cases has led to a new round of layoffs.
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Moderna’s top leaders sold company stock as the share value skyrocketed.
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Complaint alleges that Facebook is biased against black workers

A black manager at Facebook is suing the company, along with two other African American applicants, alleging a culture of bias in promotions, evaluations, hiring and recruiting.
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‘The Cursed Platoon’

Clint Lorance had been in charge of his Army platoon for only three days when he ordered his men to kill three Afghans stopped on a dirt road. A second-degree murder conviction and pardon followed.
Today, Lorance is hailed as a hero by President Trump. His troops have suffered a very different fate.
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Robert S. Mueller III meets with members of the House Judiciary Committee last July. (Salwan Georges/The Post)
Robert S. Mueller III meets with members of the House Judiciary Committee last July. (Salwan Georges/The Post)

Supreme Court will hear arguments over Mueller’s secret evidence

A lower court had granted a request from the House Judiciary Committee for access to redacted portions of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. But in May, the Supreme Court put a hold on that ruling until the high court could decide whether the issue warranted its intervention.

Longtime associate of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on federal charges stemming from New York prosecutors’ investigation of the disgraced financier’s sex trafficking.

Book by Trump’s niece can be published, judge rules

A New York court lifted a temporary restraining order against the publication of an insider account by Mary L. Trump, clearing the way for its printing and distribution.
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The former vice president outraised the president for the second month in a row.
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Brad Parscale’s shoddy case for why Trump wins in 2020

President Trump’s campaign manager glosses over or ignores some uneasy realities of the race. Other points he makes provide dodgy comparisons to past elections.
President Trump leaves the BOK Center in Tulsa on June 20. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)
President Trump leaves the BOK Center in Tulsa on June 20. (Jabin Botsford/The Post)

In wake of Trump’s Tulsa rally, his campaign is still contending with the fallout

President Trump insisted on holding the June 20 rally inside the Tulsa arena, despite the adamant warnings of health officials about the rising risks of the novel coronavirus in Oklahoma.

Trump’s pick for ambassador was involved in racist smear against black politician

A Democratic senator called for the White House to withdraw the nomination for ambassador to Norway after the discovery of a 1994 court filing.
People are detained by riot police during a march against national security law at the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong on Thursday. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)
People are detained by riot police during a march against national security law at the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong on Thursday. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

Countries prepare to take in Hong Kong refugees fleeing China’s crackdown

Britain, Australia and the United States are among the countries that proposed measures to help, even as they risk blowback from Beijing.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has voted against conservative colleagues in key rulings despite having been nominated by a Republican president. (Jhaan Elker/The Washington Post)

How the chief justice became the Supreme Court’s wild card

The Washington Post's Robert Barnes explains how Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. became the court's newest swing vote and what his recent rulings mean going forward.

Commerce IG at impasse with Ross over NOAA ‘Sharpiegate’ report

The inspector general is accusing Secretary Wilbur Ross of holding up a report on the 2019 “Sharpiegate” scandal at NOAA.

Pfizer reports encouraging vaccine data

Early results suggested that the vaccine is safe, although it caused fevers in most patients who were given an intermediate dose.
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday. (Susan Walsh/Pool/Reuters)
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday. (Susan Walsh/Pool/Reuters)
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IRS says July 15 tax filing deadline won’t be extended

The Internal Revenue Service said that those who owe the government need to file and pay on time to avoid penalties and fees.

Mortgage rates just hit a new low again

The 30-year fixed-rate average sank to 3.07 percent, the fifth time in the past several months it has set a record low.

Administration makes it easier for companies to profit from publicly funded virus drugs, group says

In its race to control covid-19, the U.S. government is spending billions in agreements with drugmakers to subsidize development of medicines.
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In a 60-game MLB season, one thing is certain: It’s going to get late early

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For TV networks missing sports, there’s one unthinkable scenario: Losing the NFL season

Even as other sports plan their returns, network executives have nervously kept their eyes on the NFL season, which is America’s most valuable television property.
Lines are short during the soft opening Wednesday of Six Flags in Prince George’s County. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Post)
Lines are short during the soft opening Wednesday of Six Flags in Prince George’s County. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Post)

Virginia enters next recovery phase, while Maryland’s Six Flags reopens

Amid worries over rising coronavirus infections, the D.C. region is getting a head start on the Fourth of July weekend.

D.C. police officer stabbed while responding to call in downtown Washington

Police say a homeless man intervened to help the officer. The officer was being treated at a hospital, and the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

Richmond removes second Confederate statue, of Matthew Fontaine Maury

Maury, a naval officer and oceanographer, left the Navy and joined the Confederacy at the start of the Civil War.
Rehan Staton, 24, was accepted to Harvard Law School after working as a sanitation worker in Bladensburg. (Crishaun Thomas)

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Top row: Lena Waithe, Ashley Nicole Black, Zahir McGhee, Monica Macer. Bottom row: Michelle Amor, Prentice Penny, Melody Cooper, Cord Jefferson. (Illustration by Katty Huertas for The Post; based on Getty Images, handout photos)

Black TV writers have often felt like ‘diversity decoration.’ Now they’re braced for another round of promises.

As Hollywood decries anti-black racism, writers remain cautiously optimistic about whether this time will be different.
A woman eats a deep-fried Oreo at the Iowa State Fair in 2019. (Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman eats a deep-fried Oreo at the Iowa State Fair in 2019. (Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images)

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Passengers wearing face masks walk past the Southwest Airlines ticket counter earlier this month at the Tampa International Airport. (AP)
Passengers wearing face masks walk past the Southwest Airlines ticket counter earlier this month at the Tampa International Airport. (AP)

With few rules in place, airlines and airports adopt their own strategies for combating the coronavirus

Several months after the novel coronavirus pandemic devastated the nation’s aviation industry, there still is no uniform strategy for managing the virus as travelers begin to return to the skies.
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