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The swift drop in the price of oil is realigning global economic power — and might help President Obama achieve some of his foreign policy goals. The precipitous fall in oil prices, which is hammering countries heavily dependent upon oil exports, could...
From: Washington Post | By: Steven Mufson | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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It's no secret that there has long been suspicion, on the political left, about nuclear power. Research has often shown that liberals, more than conservatives, distrust or oppose nuclear energy, even though many of the more dramatic claims about nuclear...
From: Washington Post | By: Chris Mooney | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Congratulatory message from the outcast Syrian president? Check. Floral tributes from the president of Guinea and the communist parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Benin? Check. Fawning coverage in the Russian press? Check.Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Anna Fifield | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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David Garth, a political adviser who helped elect governors, senators and big-city mayors with TV ads and campaign strategies that elevated his role from consultant to kingmaker, died Dec. 15 at his home in Manhattan. He was 84. Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Langer | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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A 21-year-old Hyattsville man was charged Tuesday with killing his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son.The baby, Jason Perez, was rushed to a hospital on Dec. 10 when he became unresponsive. He died Friday.Prince George’s County police said in a statement...
From: Washington Post | By: Julie Zauzmer | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Nearly 2.5 million people picked new health plans through HealthCare.gov during the first month of Obamacare's second-ever enrollment period, according to the Obama administration — far outpacing enrollment during the law's glitch-filled first year...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Vivek Murthy's nomination to surgeon general was confirmed by the Senate on Monday night, ending the suspense of whether the 37-year-old's nomination would be doomed because of previous comments linking guns to public health. One of those comments was...
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Millman | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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SHINZO ABE has made, at best, only modest progress in reviving the Japanese economy during his two years as prime minister. But his bet that voters would agree with him that there’s no alternative to his policies paid off in a snap election Sunday....
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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A funny thing happened on the way to Vladimir Putin running strategic laps around the West. Russia's economy imploded. The latest news is that Russia's central bank raised interest rates from 10.5 to 17 percent at an emergency 1 a.m. meeting in an attempt...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Monday, December 15, 2014
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The Supreme Court was forgiving of a police officer’s misunderstanding of the law Monday, ruling that it did not invalidate a traffic stop that led to a drug bust.The justices ruled 8 to 1 that a North Carolina officer made a reasonable mistake when...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Barnes | Monday, December 15, 2014
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Did you try to catch up on sleep this weekend? You're not alone. More than one third of American adults report getting less than 7 hours of sleep on weekdays, and many of them try to sleep extra-long on weekends to make up for it. This isn't a particularly...
From: Washington Post | By: Christopher Ingraham | Monday, December 15, 2014
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Sony has canceled the Christmas-day release of "The Interview," the film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, bowing to threats from an anonymous squad of hackers riled by the film. The move sets a worrying precedent, as The Post reports here, and will...
From: Washington Post | By: Ishaan Tharoor | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a series of state budget amendments Wednesday morning that laid out what his top priorities will be in the coming year even as he contends with a crippling budget crunch and a hostile, Republican-controlled...
From: Washington Post | By: Jenna Portnoy, Laura Vozzella | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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IN RECENT months, the outlook for the Castro regime in Cuba was growing steadily darker. The modest reforms it adopted in recent years to improve abysmal economic conditions had stalled, due to the regime’s refusal to allow Cubans greater freedoms....
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The Federal Reserve has the opposite problem everyone expected it to. The Fed's big balance sheet, you see, made people think that it'd get stuck with more inflation than it wanted while it still had more unemployment than it wanted. The question, people...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The Federal Reserve has the opposite problem everyone expected it to.The Fed's big balance sheet, you see, made people think that it'd get stuck with more inflation than it wanted while it still had more unemployment than it wanted. The question, people...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Silver Spring-based United Therapeutics has slashed the compensation of chief executive Martine Rothblatt, one of the highest paid executives in the country last year, after large shareholders criticized the amount of money she made. Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Steven Overly | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan announced his first four Cabinet appointments on Wednesday — retaining the state’s current head of the juvenile detention system and tapping a Laurel business owner, a state delegate from Frederick County and a town...
From: Washington Post | By: Jenna Johnson | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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A higher education leader in Massachusetts and former president of Towson University will be the next chancellor of Maryland’s state university system, officials announced Wednesday.Robert L. Caret, president of the five-campus University of Massachusetts...
From: Washington Post | By: Nick Anderson | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The District’s primary election date will remain in flux for the next four years, first moving to June, then to September as city lawmakers continue searching for a way to prevent a repeat of this year’s record-low voter turnout in April.Read full...
From: Washington Post | By: Aaron C. Davis | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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President Obama has announced an effort to normalize relations with Cuba more than half a century after the historic rift between the two countries. Under the new plan, the United States plans to ease travel and trade restrictions and reopen its embassy...
From: Washington Post | By: Washington Post Staff | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Did hip-hop's royal couple just pull a real life Bonnie and Clyde on "Drunk in Love," Beyoncé's smash hit with her husband, Jay Z?That's what the Hungarian folk singer known as Mitsou claims in a lawsuit, which alleges that the song samples vocals...
From: Washington Post | By: Peter Holley | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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As U.S. government contractor Alan Gross languished in a Cuban prison last year, he wrote a letter to his cousin Shelly Gross in Colorado’s ski country, thanking her for the Jewish prayers said in his honor at her synagogue.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Ian Shapira | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Six weeks after a catastrophic rocket explosion at Virginia’s Wallops Island, Sen. Timothy M. Kaine (D) toured the damaged site and touted $20 million in federal funds for the private space facility. The funds should help “speed along” the repairs...
From: Washington Post | By: Rachel Weiner | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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This week's essential DJs, bands, dance nights and parties.Wednesday, December 17 A wave of ethereal chanteuses is breaking on the urban and pop charts, and Tinashe is one of the top ones to watch. The 21-year-old had already put in years on the entertainment...
From: Washington Post | By: Fritz Hahn, Rhome Anderson | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Thursday, Dec. 18Hanukkah on Ice Family and friends skate, raffle, menorah lighting ceremony. 6-8:30 p.m. Pentagon Row Ice Rink, 1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington. 703-370-2774. www.chabadaa.org . $13; in advance, $10; skate fee.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Arlington Commission on Long-Term Care Residences seeks prospective commission members and volunteers willing to serve as liaisons. To apply, http://commissions.arlingtonva.us. Information: 703-228-1700 or arlaaa@arlingtonva.us.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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In the not-too-distant future, LaSharen Howell will graduate from college. If all goes according to plan, she’ll follow that with graduate school. But as accomplishments go — for sheer psychological distance traveled — it will be hard to beat the...
From: Washington Post | By: John Kelly | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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THU 18Sotterley Christmas Traditions Tour the decorated, 300-year-old plantation house and meet costumed actors posing as former residents. Visitors can also enjoy live holiday musical performances and light refreshments. 6:30-9 p.m., tours depart every...
From: Washington Post | By: Jillian S. Jarrett | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Residents of a small area of D.C., north of Logan Circle, were warned on Wednesday not to drink or bathe with their tap water, which might have a petroleum smell.D.C. Water spokesman John Lisle said that Cleveland Elementary School officials and a resident...
From: Washington Post | By: Julie Zauzmer | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The District’s incoming Democratic mayor and the Utah Republican soon to assume congressional oversight of D.C. affairs agree on this bipartisan goal: It would be great to have the Olympics in Washington.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Aaron C. Davis, Mike DeBonis | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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"Change is hard, but today America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past," said President Obama on Wednesday, announcing his administration's historic effort to normalize ties with Cuba. Relations were severed in 1961, following the ascension...
From: Washington Post | By: Ishaan Tharoor | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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BlackBerry is making another targeted appeal to its core customers with a new, updated version of the iconic BlackBerry: the BlackBerry Classic.The phone sports a full physical keyboard, trackpad, 3.5-inch touchscreen and promises up to 22 hours of...
From: Washington Post | By: Hayley Tsukayama | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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When Zakaria Ugonoh stepped onto the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, there were no jitters. No stage fright. No butterflies.“I felt like I was supposed to be there,” said Ugonoh, 17, a senior at Largo High School in Prince George’s...
From: Washington Post | By: Ovetta Wiggins | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Winds were gusty today, but temperatures in the 50s felt mild. After a frozen overnight, we’re about 10 degrees colder tomorrow....
From: Washington Post | By: Ian Livingston | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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It’s time for more tales from Maryland’s casino crime blotter. November’s more notable entries involve restitution, temptation and death.Before you scoop up that pile of unattended chips, would-be thieves be warned: Not only will you get caught,...
From: Washington Post | By: Annys Shin | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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For cigar aficionados around the country, the warming of U.S.-Cuba relations might best be celebrated beside the smoky glow of a Cohiba. And yet stateside, that still won't be easy to do for some time.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Lillian Cunningham | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Sprint, the country's third-largest wireless carrier, for taking hundreds of millions of dollars from its customers without their knowledge.Sprint allowed third parties to add fees to customers bills,...
From: Washington Post | By: Brian Fung | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The country’s top movie-theater chains will cancel premiere showings of The Interview, backing down to threats from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hackers who threatened a “bitter fate” for the movie’s viewers, according an industry executive.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Drew Harwell | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Families in the District have an abundance of school options. But many low-income families don’t have access to the information they need to make good choices.Some argue that school choice will ultimately result in a better education system, as families...
From: Washington Post | By: Natalie Wexler | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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While forecast confidence is still low seven days out, the models have been suggesting that a winter storm could be brewing for parts of the Great Lakes around Christmas....
From: Washington Post | By: Angela Fritz | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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When Marion Christopher Barry took the stage at the Washington Convention Center to honor his father on Dec. 6, he dressed like himself: a 34-year old brother from D.C. For those who were unfamiliar with the only son of the “Mayor for Life,” or had...
From: Washington Post | By: Clinton Yates | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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A man carjacked a taxicab at the Addison Road Metro stop, then drove it all the way to the Bay Bridge while police pursued him, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said Wednesday.The man was apprehended on the bridge, about 40 miles away from the Metro stop...
From: Washington Post | By: Julie Zauzmer | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said that it “can be patient in beginning to normalize” its monetary stance before raising rates. The Fed said would keep its target range for federal funds interest rate between zero and a quarter percent. The central...
From: Washington Post | By: Steven Mufson | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Don't light up those Cuban cigars just yet. The news that the United States and Cuba will begin the process of normalizing relations doesn't mean you can book that Havana vacation right away. Tourists still won't be able to get visas, although businesses,...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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In the past week, I've written a bit about how broadband industry execs are telling Washington one thing about strict net neutrality while suggesting something else to Wall Street. The companies are telling investors that they'll keep making their...
From: Washington Post | By: Brian Fung | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The Federal Reserve on Wednesday dropped two key words -- "considerable time" -- from its guidance about how long it would wait before nudging up interest rates, making it more likely that the central bank would raise rates around the middle of 2015.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Steven Mufson | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Don't light up those Cuban cigars just yet.The news that the United States and Cuba will begin the process of normalizing relations doesn't mean you can book that Havana vacation right away. Tourists still won't be able to get visas, although businesses,...
From: Washington Post | By: Matt O'Brien | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Earlier this fall, the Census Bureau reported that child poverty in America is finally declining for the first time in more than a decade. But while the national trend is ticking down, in many parts of the country — particularly the South — poverty...
From: Washington Post | By: Emily Badger | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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BE’ER ORA, Israel — Crews swaddled in white biohazard suits have been dunking nozzles into streams of oil, racing to soak up the ooze seeping into the desert valley floor here, two weeks after a major spill threatened one of Israel’s most precious...
From: Washington Post | By: William Booth | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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