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There's hardly a pocket of the media cosmos with more literary journalism stars than The New Yorker, and Susan Orlean has been one of its bright fixtures. She joined the magazine more than two decades ago, writing stories about a gospel group traveling...
From: Washington Post | By: Lillian Cunningham | Friday, April 24, 2015
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The Internet community reddit has become a destination for all kinds of arcane topics, including cats dressed up as lobsters, creepy things found at garage sales, and people riding invisible bicycles. But once in a while, the forum also hosts a conversations that...
From: Washington Post | By: Ana Swanson | Friday, April 24, 2015
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Gluten, which gives bread, pizza dough, and other starchy foods their chewiness, is one of the most beloved proteins in the world. But it's also quickly becoming one of the most feared—at least here in the United States. An estimated 20 million...
From: Washington Post | By: Roberto A. Ferdman | Friday, April 24, 2015
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NEW YORK CITY -- There's a quiet medical crisis going on in this country: the number of women dying in childbirth.The United States is the only advanced economy in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate. Deaths related to childbirth in the United...
From: Washington Post | By: Danielle Paquette | Friday, April 24, 2015
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It ought to be a good thing that human society is richer than ever before, so rich that the storage tanks in Cushing, Okla., are nearly overflowing with crude oil and some 110 million bales of cotton are sitting in warehouses around the world, as Josh...
From: Washington Post | By: Max Ehrenfreund | Friday, April 24, 2015
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Opposition to the trade bill President Obama is promoting in Congress is now coalescing around a definite proposal. Democrats want language that would prevent countries from manipulating their currencies to help their exporters at the expense of their...
From: Washington Post | By: Max Ehrenfreund | Thursday, April 23, 2015
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HAVANA — As they begin to visit this long-forbidden island in greater and greater numbers, it is only natural that some American travelers will fall in love with Cuba. Others, with Cubans.And when they do, a few may return home anguished by doubts...
From: Washington Post | By: Nick Miroff | Friday, April 24, 2015
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A botched U.S. drone strike along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan inadvertently caused the deaths of two aid workers in al-Qaeda captivity — Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto. The January operation killed Ahmed Farouq, an al-Qaeda leader and...
From: Washington Post | By: Ishaan Tharoor | Thursday, April 23, 2015
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A U.S. operation along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan inadvertently killed two hostages earlier this year, including an American contractor who had been held by al-Qaeda for years, the White House said on Thursday.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Missy Ryan | Thursday, April 23, 2015
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On the last Saturday in April, 115 days into the year, anyone who woke in the small hours and asked for another blanket, increased closeness, or one more log on the fire, was justified in explaining: “It’s freezing!”Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Martin Weil | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Mount Everest on Saturday, an army spokesman said, after a massive earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the world’s tallest mountain at the start of the main climbing season.Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Peter Holley | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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If we told you that the winner of a contest to have lunch with Jeb Bush was a Latino school choice advocate from Wisconsin, would you believe it?Well, believe it.Out of an apparently 12,331 entries, Bush's aides have selected Zeus Rodriguez to meet Sunday...
From: Washington Post | By: Ed O'Keefe | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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MAX STIER remembers learning in school that one of the practices that make the United States a great country is the quadrennial peaceful transfer of power. “What no one explained,” Mr. Stier noted during a recent visit to The Post, “is that the...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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NEARLY THREE months after a mentally ill inmate at the Fairfax County jail fell into a coma and died after she was shot repeatedly with a stun gun, the county’s jailers have suspended use of the weapon at the facility.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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SERVICE AT the highest levels of the United States government demands a certain instinctive sensitivity to right and wrong when it comes to ethics. So much can happen belowdecks that a Cabinet member or president must set high standards and expect that...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Bruce Alger, a provocative Republican congressman from Texas whose staunch conservative views prefigured the tea party movement decades later, and whose angry confrontation with Lyndon B. Johnson may have affected the outcome of the 1960 presidential...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt Schudel | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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The future of home energy sits in Josh and Susan Fried’s Rockville basement near shelves of old tools and canned soup, an unadorned box the size of a wine cooler filled with a dozen silent batteries.Annoyed by blackouts, the retired dentist and his...
From: Washington Post | By: Drew Harwell | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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LAS VEGAS — Disgust with the Iranian nuclear framework agreement dominated this weekend’s meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, as a crop of White House aspirants sought to outdo each other in opposition to the deal before a record crowd. Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Matea Gold | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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In late 2013, Cisco chief executive John Chambers used a portentous phrase while telling analysts that sales in emerging markets were spiraling downward, forcing the networking equipment company to cut its three- to five-year revenue growth target: “We’re...
From: Washington Post | By: Jeffrey Rothfeder | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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The Royal Blue coup took shape with a single word.“Tag!” O’Connell softball Coach Tommy Orndorff commanded. Elizabeth Hoeymans was “it,” and the freshman dutifully retreated to the third base bag, where she awaited further orders. Orndorff...
From: Washington Post | By: Joey LoMonaco | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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John Guevara, a novice politician in Fairfax County, took the Republican nomination for the county’s Sully District supervisor Saturday, in a firehouse canvass election that drew just 1,362 voters.Guevara collected 478 votes during the election at...
From: Washington Post | By: Antonio Olivo | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — As Democratic leaders and activists gathered here Saturday for their annual state party convention, they chatted in corridors and at coffee stands about Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her campaign staffers buzzed around with clipboards signing...
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Rucker, John Wagner | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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A Maryland group that backs “free range” parenting is asking families to show their support for independent outdoor play by taking their children to a downtown Silver Spring park and letting them walk home by themselves.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Donna St. George | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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MEXICO CITY — One day, it’s police and soldiers killing civilians. The next, top government officials lapping up perks of wealth and power. After months of scandals and public outcry, the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto has endorsed...
From: Washington Post | By: Joshua Partlow | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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KIEV, Ukraine — As the country’s eastern conflict drags into a second year, Ukraine's military leaders are trying to learn from past mistakes. They are trying to be better trained and prepared — because no one knows when the warm weather might...
From: Washington Post | By: Karoun Demirjian | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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When the Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday on same-sex marriage, they will come from four people that many Americans probably have never heard of: attorneys Mary Bonauto, Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, John Bursch and Joseph Whalen. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Catherine Ho | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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The devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that violently shook Nepal on Saturday left more than human casualties in its wake.The country also saw a number of its iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites and most popular tourist attractions -- some dating...
From: Washington Post | By: Peter Holley | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Jeb Bush jolted his prospective rivals for the Republican presidential nomination last winter when he dived with unexpected aggressiveness into the 2016 campaign. Few of them seem to be quaking now.The former Florida governor is still the biggest name...
From: Washington Post | By: Dan Balz | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Metro Transit police are searching for the person authorities say punched a 69-year-old man at the Eastern Market station on Friday.Police released a video of two men on an escalator exiting the station at about 1:05 p.m. The video shows a man at the...
From: Washington Post | By: Lynh Bui | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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D.C. police have identified the man who died in a shooting earlier this week as Charles David Hatcherson of Southeast Washington.Police say they were called to the 4300 block of Gault Place NE at about 1:50 p.m. Thursday and found Hatcherson, 49, unconscious...
From: Washington Post | By: Lynh Bui | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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BALTIMORE — This city braced for protests Saturday afternoon in what is expected to be the largest gathering of demonstrators since Freddie Gray died last Sunday after injuring his spine while in police custody.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Peter Hermann, Lynh Bui | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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KATHMANDU, Nepal — At 11:58 a.m., I glanced at the clock in the lobby of the Yak & Yeti Hotel in the Durbar Marg neighborhood of the Nepalese capital. I walked toward the elevator, and the floor rolled in front of me. It felt like a small boat...
From: Washington Post | By: Melody Schreiber | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Republican presidential politics in Nevada -- a key early-voting state -- have been chaotic in recent years, thanks in large part to former congressman and two-time GOP White House contender Ron Paul. Now his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is running for...
From: Washington Post | By: Katie Zezima | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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KATHMANDU, Nepal — A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing hundreds of people, as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveling centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches in the Himalayas. It was the worst temblor to hit the...
From: Washington Post | By: Associated Press | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner will be Saturday. ICLt's the one night a year Washington can come together and laugh at itself (or scowl at whoever's making the joke, in the case of Donald Trump). Can you tell who these White House Correspondents'...
From: Washington Post | By: Hunter Schwarz | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Not many motorbike groups can claim to have a head of state as a supporter, but the case of Russia's Night Wolves is an exception. President Vladimir Putin has publicly embraced the group, and after Russia's annexation of Crimea last year, the Night...
From: Washington Post | By: Rick Noack | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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We’ll struggle to reach 60 today. The possibility of rain increases during the afternoon....
From: Washington Post | By: Ian Livingston | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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LONDON — Less than two weeks before British elections, the race remains wide open, with half a dozen or more plausible permutations of what this country’s next government could look like.And for Washington, which has gazed across the Atlantic with...
From: Washington Post | By: Griff Witte | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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KATHMANDU, Nepal — A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Staff, wire reports | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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“CLIMATE CHANGE can no longer be denied,” President Obama said in Everglades National Park on Wednesday. “It can’t be edited out. It can’t be omitted from the conversation.” No matter how much, Mr. Obama might have added, Republican presidential...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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AFTER HOUSE Republican leaders announced last week that they would not act on President Obama’s request for an authorization of military force against the Islamic State, critics asked a fair question: How come legislators who insisted on congressional...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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THE AUGUST 2013 death of John Geer, who was standing unarmed in the doorway of his house in Springfield when he was shot in the chest by a Fairfax County police officer, may finally be nearing the point where something resembling justice is done.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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In an interview with ABC Friday, Bruce Jenner said he is transgender, and also Republican."I've always been on the more conservative side," Jenner said when asked by Diane Sawyer his thoughts on President Obama being the first president to say the word...
From: Washington Post | By: Hunter Schwarz | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Howard senior Eric Schroeder didn’t take long to identify why the Lions’ boys’ lacrosse team has spent this spring piling up lopsided results, like Friday’s 17-6 home win over Glenelg in Ellicott City. He immediately mentioned the classmates...
From: Washington Post | By: Mark Giannotto | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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As the members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee toured the half-finished VA medical center in Aurora, Colo., Friday, one of them called for an independent investigation of the $1 billion in cost overruns at the $1.7 billion hospital.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Wax-Thibodeaux | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Going between an event highlighting the bullying of gays and a political rally, Grace Rebecca Mann popped into the Fredericksburg home she shared with three other University of Mary Washington students, her father and friends said.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Justin Jouvenal | Friday, April 24, 2015
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Hillary’s new bumper sticker advert…or her ominous future as a cat lady? pic.twitter.com/bWuZTsEmsZHillary Clinton's campaign wants to give you a free bumper sticker. It's free (except for your first and last name, e-mail, street address, city,...
From: Washington Post | By: Hunter Schwarz | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Richard Corliss, the longtime film critic for Time magazine, died April 23 in New York City. He was 71.He had complications from a major stroke that occurred last week, the magazine reported. “He conveyed nothing so much as the sheer joy of watching...
From: Washington Post | By: News Services, Staff Reports | Friday, April 24, 2015
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Historic landmarks usually conjure up images of grassy Civil War battlefields and Colonial-era homes where George Washington once slept. In the affluent Spring Valley area of Northwest Washington, residents and city officials are hashing out the historical...
From: Washington Post | By: Katherine Shaver | Friday, April 24, 2015
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IQALUIT, Canada – The United States and seven other Arctic nations vowed Friday to work together to combat climate change at the top of the world and put aside tensions over Ukraine and Russian military activities.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Carol Morello | Friday, April 24, 2015
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