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The president-elect began choosing his top health-care officials, naming Vivek H. Murthy and Anthony S. Fauci as he prepares to take office during a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans
Many of them saw how their competitiveness can translate beyond the field or court.
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What a shift is like for an overwhelmed contact tracer in North Dakota
Kailee Leingang is a contact tracer for the state of North Dakota. Her work involves calling people who tested positive for the coronavirus.
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The president’s baseless claims of fraud in the November elections have sparked a Republican civil war in the state, where voters will return to the polls Jan. 5 in a pair of races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday. (Reuters)
Tina Flournoy, a trailblazer with decades of Washington experience, has been tapped as chief of staff, while Harris’s longtime aide Rohini Kosoglu will serve as domestic policy advisor. Former ambassador to Bulgaria Nancy McEldowney will advise Harris on national security. 
Losing ControlHow Criminal Groups are Transforming Mexico
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For the first time, Mexico has committed to a serious effort to find its missing people. But a new wave of disappearances is more baffling, more complex than what happened during Latin America’s dirty wars of the 1970s and 1980s. It coincides with the drug war and the country’s troubled transition to democracy.
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) said she might subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over his department’s failure to release documents related to the 2020 Census, and call him and the Census Bureau’s director to appear next week to answer questions.
Bruce McDougal watches embers fly over his property in Orange County, Calif. (Video: The Post; photo: AP)
Howling winds and dry vegetation are leading to a volatile situation in Southern California as coronavirus cases surge and people are told to stay at home.
Prosecutors say the altered document by Kevin Clinesmith in the Carter Page surveillance warrant “fueled public distrust of the FBI.”
Some of the harshest words about Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt’s “day of prayer and fasting” for those affected by the pandemic have come from faith leaders in Oklahoma.
Montgomery County, Maryland’s largest school system, saw failure rates in math and English soar as much as sixfold for some of the most vulnerable students as the pandemic’s toll becomes increasingly visible in schools across the country.
Carmelo Duncan was fatally shot Wednesday in the 5700 block of Southern Ave SE. (Family photo)
The 15-month-old boy was struck several times when at least two people opened fire on the car in which he was a passenger as it moved along Southern Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
Artificial-intelligence ethics researcher Timnit Gebru. (Getty Images for TechCrunch)
Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) pressed the treasury secretary at a congressional oversight hearing about a $25 million low-interest loan that went to Wellshire Financial Services, part of title loan empire owned by Atlanta businessman Rod Aycox.
Waller could be President Trump’s last addition to the central bank. On Thursday, Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said another vote on Shelton’s nomination was “unlikely” at this point.
The Justice Department sued Facebook over allegations that it discriminated against Americans in the way it hired temporary foreign workers for thousands of well-paid positions.
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Russell Westbrook is a nine-time all-star. (AP)
Le Batard, one of ESPN’s most prominent personalities, will be bought out of the remaining time of his contract. The decision was described as mutual in the announcement.
The oft-suspended wide receiver, set to return to the Seattle Seahawks after another year out of action, has not been a dominant force in the league since 2013 but has a rare skill set and is still just 29 years old.
He called the former college football coach "one of the greatest coaches in American history" in a mostly mask-free White House ceremony.
Perspective
Can Washington give the Steelers their first loss? Who knows? But it can compete with Pittsburgh.
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The work is the first to emerge from Ava DuVernay’s Law Enforcement Accountability Project, which launched in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Emmy winner Ahmed evaluates projects such as “Sound of Metal” using two metrics: “Does it stretch me, and does it stretch culture?”
“It takes a huge toll to live the trauma of being a Black person in a white-supremacist country and then write it as well,” Oluo said.
Book Review
Discovered in his attic, the letters in “Love, Kurt” feel both very private and very important.
The project’s aftermath made overt what happened behind the scenes as the video game industry grew from small teams to major productions.