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For years, health authorities around the world have warned people that they are eating too much salt. Too much salt is causing heart attacks and strokes, according to these warnings, and in the U.S. alone, authorities say too much salt is precipitating...
From: Washington Post | By: Peter Whoriskey | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Puerto Rico has been laid low for nearly a decade by crippling debt and a near-perpetual recession that has triggered a migration to the U.S. mainland unmatched since the 1950s. Now, a growing number of people on the island worry that another crisis...
From: Washington Post | By: Michael A. Fletcher | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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TAMPA — After Army Staff Sgt. Alex Dillman was paralyzed from the abdomen down in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid to retrofit his Chevy Silverado truck so he could drive it and bought him a handcycle so he could...
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Wax-Thibodeaux | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Two months after debuting on the iPhone, Twitter announced Tuesday that it's finally making its live-video app, Periscope, available to Android users as well.Android users have had to wait to get in on the live-streaming fun, but they're getting something...
From: Washington Post | By: Hayley Tsukayama | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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It's a little bit unclear what Bernie Sanders has against the deodorant aisle. It is apparently, in the eyes of the Vermont senator seeking the Democratic nomination for president, a proxy for the ills of the American economy. Too many deodorant choices...
From: Washington Post | By: Jim Tankersley | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Government officials say they have found little evidence of  student loan servicers, the middlemen who collect and apply payments to debt, unlawfully charging active-duty service members high interest rates on student loans.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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KABUL — Heavily armed militants stormed an upscale Kabul neighborhood Tuesday night, resulting in a fierce gun battle and more than a dozen explosions. Police said the attack was taking place in Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood, at the base...
From: Washington Post | By: Tim Craig | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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The sexual orientations and personal details of millions of Internet users may have been exposed in an alleged breach of a social networking site aimed at intimate encounters. But it's just the latest sign that Internet users looking for love online...
From: Washington Post | By: Andrea Peterson | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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The strange case of a Florida mom who took her 4-year-old into hiding to avoid circumcision has rekindled interest in the controversy around the practice. Circumcision proponents point to studies by the World Health Organization showing that it's effective...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will decide an important “one person, one vote” case next term to determine whether states should consider total population — or only eligible voters — when drawing roughly equal legislative districts.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Barnes | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Puerto Rico has been laid low for nearly a decade by crippling debt and a near-perpetual recession that has triggered a migration to the U.S. mainland unmatched since the 1950s. Now, a growing number of people on the island worry that another crisis...
From: Washington Post | By: Michael A. Fletcher | Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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You can find genius almost anywhere.That might seem obvious. But the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, known for bestowing six-figure grants on exceptionally creative people, provided evidence Thursday that standout talent is nurtured at...
From: Washington Post | By: Nick Anderson | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Employing the sort of deft cuts he used to amass 1,825 rushing yards on Loudoun Valley’s football team last fall, Andrew Cordani kept a pair of Woodgrove defenders lunging at his heels. Then, as the Vikings senior turned the corner to score the final...
From: Washington Post | By: Joey LoMonaco | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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In less than two hours, four people were wounded Wednesday night in separate shootings in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said.About 8:50 p.m., a man was shot in the 1500 block of V Street SE, said Officer Paul Metcalf, a spokesman. The victim was...
From: Washington Post | By: Clarence Williams | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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With the field of Republican presidential contenders expanding quickly, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sought to cast himself as a seasoned leader while faulting other candidates for shifting course to fit public opinion.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Ed O'Keefe | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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THE REPUBLICAN speaker of Virginia’s House of Delegates, William J. Howell, faces a challenge in the state’s June 9 primary from a former protege, Susan Stimpson, who attacks him for being insufficiently conservative. Recently, Ms. Stimpson, the...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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RICK SANTORUM officially entered the GOP presidential race Wednesday, pitching himself as an economic populist in touch with working-class voters suspicious of both “big government and big business.” So his candidacy may test how strong populist...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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When Michael Ellenbogen calls for a more aggressive fight against Alzheimer’s disease, he speaks with passion that comes from experience. As someone who was diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Ellenbogen can convey firsthand the pain and frustration...
From: Washington Post | By: Fredrick Kunkle | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Monica Camacho-Perez came to the United States from Mexico as a child, crossing into Arizona with her mother in the same spot where her father made the trip before them. “Nobody stopped us,’’ Camacho-Perez, now 20, said of her journey in 2002....
From: Washington Post | By: Jerry Markon | Thursday, May 28, 2015
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When a split Supreme Court last June exempted some companies from providing female employees with some contraceptive coverage because of the employers’ religious objections, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sounded the alarm.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Barnes | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Associates of former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley are launching a super PAC intended to bolster the Democrat’s prospects as he formally announces his long shot presidential bid in Baltimore on Saturday.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: John Wagner | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Daniel Meltzer, a Harvard Law School professor who served as a top legal adviser to President Obama, died May 24 at a hospital in Boston. He was 63.The cause was cancer, Harvard officials announced.Mr. Meltzer had been on the Harvard Law faculty since...
From: Washington Post | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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A federal judge on Wednesday denied a challenge to the Obama administration’s rules limiting the amount of debt students can carry in career-training programs, delivering a blow to the beleaguered for-profit college industry.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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On Wednesday night, the Nebraska legislature overrode the governor's veto of a bill banning the death penalty in the state. The decision will probably have a much bigger effect outside the state's borders.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Bump | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Alicia Nash, who studied physics in the 1950s and worked in computer science at a time when few women entered the profession, once aspired to be the next Madame Curie. That she did not accomplish that goal didn’t seem to matter to her. What did was...
From: Washington Post | By: Amy Ellis Nutt | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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A Herndon man was arrested Wednesday in the connection with an attempted robbery that led to a man’s death, Fairfax County police said.Jalan Merrill, 21, is the third person charged in connection with the robbery, during which Rashad Kejuan Daye, 24,...
From: Washington Post | By: Julie Zauzmer | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Students have been leaving D.C. Public Schools in droves after the elementary grades because of a dearth of appealing middle school options. A series of graphs from D.C.’s Office of Revenue Analysis shows what’s been happening and suggests that things...
From: Washington Post | By: Natalie Wexler | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Orange and Silver Line trains are using only one track due to a “smoldering crosstie” near the East Falls Church station, Metro said on Twitter at 5:44 p.m.Trains will be delayed in both directions.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Julie Zauzmer | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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RICHMOND — State cabinet officials, legislators and corrections experts met in Richmond on Wednesday to discuss whether a simple logistical swap with incoming and outgoing state prisoners could make it easier to rehabilitate them.Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Laura Vozzella | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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The White House will be measuring its fence on Thursday, in preparation for installing sharp points to prevent any more people from climbing over it.After high-profile fence-jumping incidents at the White House, including one in which a man with a knife...
From: Washington Post | By: Julie Zauzmer | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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For corporate sponsors, the beautiful game is not looking so beautiful right now.Just a week ago, several of the major business partners of FIFA, soccer's governing body, came out with statements recognizing concerns over migrant workers in Qatar,...
From: Washington Post | By: Jena McGregor | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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The Senate Finance Committee will hold a public hearing Tuesday morning to grill IRS officials about the data breach that gave criminals access to sensitive tax information about more than 100,000 consumers.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Jonnelle Marte | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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The developer of the popular D.C. foodie destination Union Market is pushing city officials to fund $90 million in street and infrastructure improvements to support plans it and other developers have to add apartments, office space, hotels, a movie...
From: Washington Post | By: Jonathan O'Connell | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Well, that escalated quickly.Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and their respective campaigns launched one of the most aggressive media flame wars of the campaign season to date Wednesday, exchanging increasingly hostile statements...
From: Washington Post | By: Jose A. DelReal | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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One of the favorite statistics offered by political candidates is how often his or her opponent voted with The Person Voters Are Supposed to Hate. "My opponent voted with Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton/Ted Cruz/Vermin Supreme98.4 percent of the time!"...
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Bump | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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If you live in the District or one of the 23 states that have legalized marijuana, think twice before lighting a joint if you work for the federal government:Pot is still illegal for you.New guidance from the Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday...
From: Washington Post | By: Lisa Rein | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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CABOT, Pa. — Rick Santorum, the brusque and deeply conservative former senator who won nearly a dozen contests in the 2012 race for the Republican nomination, announced here Wednesday that he would seek to recapture that fleeting magic by entering...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Costa | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton accused Republicans and business interests Wednesday of turning a blind eye to unequal pay and advancement opportunities for working women and said she isn’t “afraid to take...
From: Washington Post | By: Anne Gearan | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will not seek an emergency stay from the Supreme Court to immediately lift an injunction on President Obama's deferred action program for undocumented immigrants.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: David Nakamura | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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This story has been updated.Former President Bill Clinton served as the honorary chairman of the U.S. committee that worked unsuccessfully to win the right to host the 2022 World Cup. The surprise winner that year was Qatar--and it turns out that the...
From: Washington Post | By: Rosalind S. Helderman | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Jim Webb has shed his second Iowa operative since he began weighing a presidential bid. Rania Batrice, who was brought on in March to coordinate Webb’s Iowa activity, resigned last week. Her sudden departure leaves the potential candidate, who known...
From: Washington Post | By: Rachel Weiner | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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The international bribery, fraud and corruption charges against nine high-profile FIFA officials involved some surprising American names: the Miami chairman of a popular nationwide soccer league, and a major U.S. sportswear firm some believe could...
From: Washington Post | By: Drew Harwell | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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The international bribery, fraud and corruption charges against nine high-profile FIFA officials involved some surprising American names: the Miami chairman of a popular nationwide soccer league, and a major U.S. sportswear firm some believe could...
From: Washington Post | By: Drew Harwell | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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SOCCER IS a game, a beautiful game — but it isn’t only a game. It is a global cultural obsession, and its quadrennial showcase, the World Cup, is one of the biggest entertainment spectacles on the planet. Hungry for prestige, revenue, tourism and...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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David Mader left the Internal Revenue Service in 2003 for the private sector after more than three decades of federal service. Yet last year he returned to government, from Booz Allen Hamilton, this time as controller of the Office of Management and...
From: Washington Post | By: Tom Fox | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Merriam-Webster announced Tuesday that it is adding more than 1,700 new entries to its unabridged dictionary. "WTF," "meme," "emoji," "clickbait," and "photobomb" got the most attention, but also included was "dark money," one of the most important terms...
From: Washington Post | By: Hunter Schwarz | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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THU 28“Balancing the Scales: Susquehannocks, Maryland and the Firearms Trade of the 17th Century” A lecture by George Washington University professor David J. Silverman on how Colonial Marylanders traded guns and ammunition to the Susquehannock Indians....
From: Washington Post | By: Jillian S. Jarrett | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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In the end, it only took a $150 million scandal to make Americans care about soccer.FIFA, the notoriously corrupt and yet seemingly invincible governing body of world soccer, has finally landed itself an indictment that some would say is worthy of...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Twelve years ago, the federal government took aim at pesky telemarketers whose annoying phone calls interrupted dinnertime conversations everywhere. The result was the Do-Not-Call list — a national registry that, if you signed up, told telemarketers...
From: Washington Post | By: Brian Fung | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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In weird Apple news today, it turns out there's a text message that you can send iPhone users that will shut down their phones. Just sending the message -- which we won't include here but is incredibly easy to find online -- includes Arabic and other...
From: Washington Post | By: Hayley Tsukayama | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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