In Russia, elections are typically theatrical affairs with the winner and loser preordained. Sometimes, though, they go off script.
Mike BakerThe mayor of a Russian village was looking for someone, anyone, to be on the ballot against him to sustain the farcical illusion of democratic choice.
He finally convinced the woman who cleans city hall. And then she won.
Utah officials issued urgent pleas and said they were planning to open a field hospital, which Wisconsin has already done. At least 14 states have a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations.
Mike BakerIn Idaho, one hospital may have to start sending coronavirus patients to Seattle or Portland.
In Missouri, medical centers have had to turn away ambulances.
In Wisconsin, an emergency field hospital at the state fairgrounds has started taking patients.
The state is seeing record case numbers, adding to evidence that the virus is poised to thrive as the weather grows colder.
Mike BakerIn one Alaska community with a coronavirus outbreak and without running water, officials have at times struggled to deliver supplies due to weather.
In another, 68 out of 800 residents have tested positive so far, and 4 have needed medevac flights.
Mike BakerAs temperatures fall, coronavirus cases are rising, with weekly records reached in many states.
Not only is the cold weather sending people indoors, there is evidence that the coronavirus is more virulent in colder weather and lower relative humidities.
A C.D.C. analysis finds that overall death rates have risen, particularly among young adults and people of color.
Mike BakerCDC researchers say there have been nearly 300,000 excess deaths in the U.S. this year.
Most are from Covid-19, but deaths linked to other causes are also higher, perhaps due to trends such as delayed medical care and psychological stress.
New accounts from the scene raise questions about whether Michael Reinoehl, suspected of killing a far-right Trump supporter, pulled out a gun before officers fatally shot him.
Mike BakerNEW: After a federal task force gunned down antifa activist Michael Reinoehl last month, Attorney General Bill Barr reported that Reinoehl was shot after he had "produced" a gun.
But it turns out the gun was found in Reinoehl’s pocket.
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz apologized for engaging in a “consensual, inappropriate messaging relationship” with a local news anchor after she posted a photo on social media.
Mike BakerThe headline can't capture the totality of what's going down in Anchorage.
It includes a rogue journalist, a nude photo, a laughing emoji, an admission, a fight, an arrest, an anti-Semitic voicemail, a murder threat... And that's just since Friday.
Mike BakerNEW: Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is resigning
A visual guide to the president’s movements and contacts in the days before he announced his positive test for the coronavirus.
Mike BakerUpdated list of coronavirus infections in and around the White House:
• Trump adviser Hope Hicks
• Kellyanne Conway
• RNC chair Ronna McDaniel
• John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame
• GOP Sen. Mike Lee
• GOP Sen. Thom Tillis
Mike BakerOur live-updates article has essentially become a White House contact-tracing feed. Infections so far:
• Trump advisor Hope Hicks
• GOP Sen. Mike Lee
• RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
• Rev. John I. Jenkins, president of Notre Dame
Firefighters were making progress against several significant wildfires, but a coming change in conditions could allow fires to quickly spread.
Mike BakerOfficials in Oregon are still trying to dispel rumors linking Antifa to wildfires.
Here's the sheriff in Clackamas County, which has had a lot of people fearing those rumors, talking about investigations into reports such as people carrying a gas can.
Mike BakerA sheriff's office has issued criminal citations against three people for their role in a "civilian traffic stop" east of Portland.
The office had warned about people setting up illegal checkpoints amid wild rumors about Antifa activists causing trouble.
The fires have killed at least 17 people, leaving families and communities devastated up and down the West Coast.
Mike Baker17 people have now been found dead from the wildfires, and more could come.
This story takes a closer look at two of the deaths:
• 16-year-old Josiah Williams in California
• 13-year-old Wyatt Tofte in Oregon
A tumultuous summer of protests has become a complication in the wildfires raging around Portland.
Mike BakerThere’s a troubling fallout to those widely discredited social-media rumors that Antifa activists were out setting fires and looting homes:
@jackhealyNYT found a bunch of people who were defying evacuation orders because they feared the mobs were coming.
If climate change was a somewhat abstract notion a decade ago, today it is all too real for Californians fleeing wildfires and smothered in a blanket of smoke, the worst year of fires on record.
Mike BakerThe crisis in California is an example of something climate experts have long worried about, but which few expected to see so soon: a cascade effect, in which a series of disasters overlap, triggering or amplifying each other.