Democracy Dies in Darkness
            The effort reflects a broader reality for Democrats: Many of the voters who were energized to come to the polls for Barack Obama did not turn out for Hillary Clinton, contributing heavily to her loss.
            (Glenn Harvey for The Post)
            Researchers say the online feedback loop between Trump, high-profile influencers and rank-and-file followers is a danger to the election.
            Jeremy Carl, who has called Black Lives Matter a racist organization, cited an opinion by a leading alt-right figure who said Black people destroy any civilization they control.
            Republican Jackie Johnson, who previously coasted to victory, faces an independent who made the ballot late this year in part because of people seeking “Justice for Ahmaud.”
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            Local election officials are bracing for possible legal filings challenging the tabulation of mail-in and absentee ballots, which have arrived in record-shattering numbers.?
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            The battles between Armenia and Azerbaijan have claimed thousands of lives and may escalate further.
            Others play down fears of a less supportive stance toward Taipei, pointing to a fundamental shift in U.S.-China relations.
            People visit a cemetery on the outskirts of Mexico City. (Marco Ugarte/AP)
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            The report concluded that the party did not adequately address anti-Semitism within its ranks during Corbyn’s time at the helm.
            Two referendum questions were put to voters alongside Oct. 17 elections in which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term.
            The storm affected 17 early-voting centers on the second-to-last day of early voting in Georgia, where polls show tight presidential and congressional races.
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            A demonstrator protesting the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. wears a hoodie with a photo of Trayvon Martin on Oct. 27. (Joshua Lott/The Post)
            Wallace’s death is the latest chapter in a long, painful history between the city and its police.
            Christian Zionist activist Mike Evans sued Georgia megachurch pastor Jentezen Franklin over fundraising to benefit Holocaust survivors in Israel.?
            The world’s largest retailer said Thursday that customers can continue to purchase guns and ammunition by request. Walmart currently sells firearms at about half of its 4,700 U.S. stores.
            The average is the highest in the region since Aug. 8 and mirrors a national increase.
            Authorities said the man followed three women in the Arlington area over the past few months and that there may be more victims.
            Zoey Schneider, 9, affixes spiders to webs as she decorates her front porch with parents Drew and Heather. (Bill O’Leary/The Post)
            With socially distant parades, scavenger hunts and candy chutes, the pandemic has shifted celebrations away from traditional trick-or-treating.
            It’s chilly today and into Halloween. Frost and freeze are possible tonight in western parts of the area.
            In an election year like no other, bars and restaurants and planning candidate-themed food and drink specials to get you through election night.
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            The collective shrug from analysts highlights the depths of investor faith in the iPhone maker and its CEO, Tim Cook.
            Recent growth in the U.S. economy relied on one-time purchases of items such as cars, decks and dishwashers. That’s unlikely to last.
            A bike messenger rides through Time Square on October 16. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
            Months of fraught negotiations on Capitol Hill have fixed attention on the Fed and what more it can do to expand the reach of its emergency lending programs.
            YouTube now has 30 million paid subscribers, up from 20 million at the beginning of the year.
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            Star quarterback Trevor Lawrence of No. 1 Clemson will be in isolation for at least 10 days. (AP)
            There is no bigger or more important star, no young sports leader handling every facet of this traumatic year better than Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Yet he is no match for the novel coronavirus.
            The junior quarterback, a leading candidate to go No. 1 in next year’s NFL draft, is set to miss the top-ranked Tigers’ game Saturday against Boston College.
            Cornhuskers fans are seeing big red after the Nebraska-Wisconsin game was canceled.?
            Atlanta beat Carolina, 25-17, as Teddy Bridgewater throws a final-minute interception for the Panthers after reentering the game following a third-quarter exit on a play on which two Atlanta defenders were called for illegal hits.
            The former heavyweight champions will headline a four-bout card on Nov. 28 at Staples Center.
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            Brandy performs at the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/NBC/AP)
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