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Louisiana Rep. Higgins says he, wife, son have coronavirus

FILE - Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, May 14, 2021. Higgins, who represents southwest Louisiana, said he, his wife and son have contracted the coronavirus. Higgins made the announcement Sunday, July 25, 2021 on his Facebook page. The Republican representative said he and his wife previously contracted the virus in 2020 but said this time around was much more difficult. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

A Republican Congressman from Louisiana who has criticized mask mandates and public health restrictions says he and his wife and son are now sick with the coronavirus

Senators race to overcome final snags in infrastructure deal

In this July 21, 2021, file photo, workers repair a park near the Capitol in Washington. Senators working on the infrastructure plan hope to have a bill ready to be voted on this week. President Joe Biden has made passing the bipartisan plan a top priority, the first of his two-part $4 trillion proposal to rebuild, but a Senate test vote failed this past week after Republicans said they needed more time to finish the package and review the details. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Lawmakers racing to seal a bipartisan infrastructure deal early this coming week are hitting a major roadblock over how much money should go to public transit

Breakthrough virus cases are extremely rare - here's what it's like to be one of them

Kim Marin and her 12-year-old daughter, Kate, isolate at home Friday in Fairfax County, Va. Both are fully vaccinated and recently tested positive for the coronavirus. (Photo for The Washington Post by Amanda Voisard)

Kim Marin planned to spend her 51st birthday on Friday eating a cherry pie made by her 80-year-old mother and 12-year-old daughter. But Marin and her daughter, Kate, began feeling ill earlier in the week. On Wednesday the pair, who are fully...

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across U.S.

Jennifer Osgood, center, teaches her son, Noah, 12, while reviewing school work at their home in Fairfax, Vt., on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The U.S. Census Bureau reported in March that the rate of households homeschooling their children rose to 11% by September 2020, more than doubling from 5.4% just six months earlier. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Some U.S. parents say they're planning to continue to homeschool their children, even as schools resume in-person classes

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Fauci: U.S. is headed in 'wrong direction' as virus cases spike among unvaccinated

Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Cases of COVID-19 have tripled over the past three weeks, and hospitalizations and deaths are rising among unvaccinated people. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)

As the number of coronavirus infections continues to rise among unvaccinated Americans, Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, said Sunday that the United States is in an "unnecessary predicament" at this point of the pandemic.

Debate over wearing masks in schools rises as academic year begins for some

Fourth and fifth graders at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Alexandria receive an ice cream treat on May 12 after winning at recess. Virginia is urging elementary schools to require masks indoors in the coming year. (Washington Post photo by Sarah L. Voisin)

It's still July, but the 2021-22 school year has started for some students around the country, even as coronavirus cases are rising sharply in places with low vaccination rates and contentious debates about mask mandates are escalating.

Oklahoma justice system reels after Supreme Court ruling on Indian tribes

Kyle Willis and his sister Corrie Mckenzie in Broken Arrow, Okla., on July 21, 2021. Their mother and stepfather were killed by Kimberly Graham in a drunken-driving crash. (Photo for The Washington Post by Nick Oxford)

The ruling has upended Oklahoma's criminal justice system, imperiled convictions in thousands of cases, sowed confusion for police and emergency responders and led to the direct release of more than 50 criminals convicted on charges including...

Airline passengers behaving badly rarely face U.S. prosecution

The passenger on the Alaska Airlines flight repeatedly dialed 911 before it even left the gate in Seattle. He claimed the plane was being hijacked. Then he called the FBI to say there was a bomb.

States scale back virus reporting just as cases surge

In this Jan. 11, 2021, file photo, Nebraska Gov. Pete Rickets points to vaccination statistics during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb. Several states scaled back their reporting on COVID-19 in July 2021, just as cases across the country tripled with the delta variant of the virus spreading quickly among the unvaccinated. The shift to weekly instead of daily reporting in Florida, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota was also accompanied by less detail about the virus in Florida and Nebraska, and some officials described the move as part of a return to normal. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Several states scaled back their reporting on COVID-19 this month just as cases across the country tripled with the delta variant of the virus spreading quickly among the unvaccinated

Poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don't want shots

In this July 21, 2021, file photo, a signboard marks the location of a city-run pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Brownsville, Texas.  Most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll that underscores the challenges facing public health officials amid soaring infections in some states. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

A new poll shows that most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots

'Patience has worn thin': Frustration mounts over vaccine holdouts

In this July 22, 2021, file photo, Soile Reyes, 12, of Brooklyn, receives the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as her mother Evelyn Pereira looks on at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  Most Americans who haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll that underscores the challenges facing public health officials amid soaring infections in some states. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Seven months after the first coronavirus shots were rolled out, vaccinated Americans - including government, business and health leaders - are growing frustrated that tens of millions of people are still refusing to get them, endangering themselves...

Haitian president's hometown holds funeral amid violence

Police carry the coffin of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise at the start of the funeral at his family home in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, early Friday, July 23, 2021. Moise was assassinated at his home in Port-au-Prince on July 7. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

The funeral for slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has been briefly interrupted by nearby gunfire and tear gas as well as agitated supporters that caused U.S. and U.N. officials to leave before his widow spoke publicly for the first time...

Pfizer to supply U.S. with extra 200M doses for children, possible boosters

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE will supply the U.S. with another 200 million doses of their COVID-19 shot, setting up a stream of vaccine deliveries through next April in a push to protect kids and potentially provide boosters.

Guaranteed income: Will it reduce poverty or increase jobless?

In this April 19, 2021, file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, talks with Michael Tubbs, founder of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, after holding his annual State of the City address from the Griffith Observatory, in Los Angeles. In experiments across the country, dozens of cities and counties, some using money from the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package approved in March, and the state of California are giving some low-income residents a guaranteed income of $500 to $1,000 each month to do with as they please, and tracking what happens. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool File)

Dozens of cities and counties and the state of California are experimenting with giving some low-income residents a guaranteed income of $500 to $1,000 each month to do with as they please, and tracking what happens

Vaccinations rise in some states with soaring infections

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra holds up a flyer promoting the Vax Nevada Days lottery after a briefing from officials at the Clark County Fire Department Training Facility in Las Vegas Thursday, July 22, 2021. The vaccine lottery awards cash and prizes to Nevada residents who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. (Steve Marcus /Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Vaccinations are beginning to rise in some states where COVID-19 cases are soaring

Garland vows crackdown on gun trafficking as violence surges

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in Washington, Thursday, July, 22 2021. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)

Attorney General Merrick Garland is vowing that the Justice Department will crack down on gun trafficking corridors as part of a comprehensive approach to combat surging gun violence

Crafty cockatoos master dumpster diving and teach each other

In this 2019 photo provided by researcher Barbara Klump, a sulphur-crested cockatoo lifts the lid of a trash can while several others watch in Sydney, Australia. At the beginning of 2018, researchers received reports from a survey of residents that birds in three Sydney suburbs had mastered the novel foraging technique. By the end of 2019, birds were lifting bins in 44 suburbs. (Barbara Klump/Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior)

Sulfur-crested cockatoos in Sydney have learned to open trash bins — and the technique is catching on like a hot dance move

Coast-to-coast heat dome expected to deliver sweltering weather next week

Smoke from countless wildfires burning across the West obscures the skyline as children seek relief from the 90-degree heat in a fountain outside the Museum of Nature and Science Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in east Denver. Wildfires across Colorado as well the entire West have made for extremely poor air quality in the region. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Summer is supposed to be hot. But this season has featured many large-scale North American heat waves that have roasted significant swaths of the country, helping temperatures skyrocket and toppling records.

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