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ITANAGAR, India — Nearly 24 hours after a devastating earthquake shook Nepal, killing more than 1,900, workers were still trying to rescue victims in rural areas of the Himalayan nation and atop Mount Everest, efforts that were complicated by weather...
From: Washington Post | By: Annie Gowen, Rama Lakshmi, Anup Kaphle | 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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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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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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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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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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The U.S. mail is slowing down.In January, the Postal Service eliminated overnight delivery for local first-class letters that used to arrive the next day. Anywhere from 20 percent to half of the rest of the first-class mail sent every day now takes...
From: Washington Post | By: Lisa Rein | Monday, April 27, 2015
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KATHMANDU, Nepal — With international aid flowing in and desperation rising, rescue crews in Nepal Monday began expanding helicopter operations into some of the remote villages believed to be the worst hit in an earthquake that’s already claimed...
From: Washington Post | By: Rama Lakshmi, Annie Gowen | Monday, April 27, 2015
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The coming week has its share of nice days but really takes until the weekend to offer some real warmth....
From: Washington Post | By: Jason Samenow | Monday, April 27, 2015
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RIO DE JANEIRO — At first glance, the glittering career of Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen is not very Brazilian. The supermodel, who has retired at 34 from the catwalks on April 15 in a blizzard of publicity, has pursued her profession with...
From: Washington Post | By: Dom Phillips | Monday, April 27, 2015
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“It’s not hard in the technology age. Let’s put every regulation out on the Internet for anyone to see. By the way, can you name me a single regulation that has ever been repealed — ever? I can’t. There isn’t one.”Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Glenn Kessler | Monday, April 27, 2015
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The Montgomery County Council’s on-again, off-again plans for a $31 million renovation of its aging office building appear to be on again. Council President George Leventhal (D-At-Large) pulled the proposal from consideration last month, following...
From: Washington Post | By: Bill Turque | Monday, April 27, 2015
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Jeb Bush told about 350 of the top donors to his super PAC on Sunday evening that the organization has raised more money in 100 days than any other Republican operation in modern history, according to several people in attendance.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Ed O'Keefe, Matea Gold | Monday, April 27, 2015
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WITH THE special election for D.C. Council seats in Ward 8 and Ward 4 set for Tuesday, the main line of attack directed against the perceived front-runners seems to be that they are in sync with Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D). That actually is an argument...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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THAT WAS some lecture President Obama delivered to free-trade opponents within his own party Thursday night. “When people say this trade deal is bad for working families, they don’t know what they’re talking about,” he said. Democrats who oppose...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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BEIRUT — A surge of rebel gains in Syria is overturning long-held assumptions about the durability of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which now appears in greater peril than at any time in the past three years.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Liz Sly | Monday, April 27, 2015
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With scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation’s financial practices threatening to create political problems for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, the organization on Sunday took the unusual step of acknowledging “mistakes,” but insisted...
From: Washington Post | By: Rosalind S. Helderman | Monday, April 27, 2015
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RICHMOND — Republicans and Democrats are targeting a handful of Virginia Senate seats in fall elections, convinced that just a few races will determine both the control of the chamber and Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s prospects for a legislative legacy.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Laura Vozzella, Rachel Weiner | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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NICOSIA, Cyprus — Mustafa Akinci, a veteran politician with a strong track record of reaching out to rival Greek Cypriots, was elected Sunday as leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus, pledging to focus his energy on...
From: Washington Post | By: Associated Press | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Montgomery County police do not have to send unattended children to Child Protective Services if they do not believe neglect is involved in the case, and instead they can notify parents and drive the children home, according to a newly released memo...
From: Washington Post | By: Donna St. George, Bill Turque | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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THE DISTRICTTeenager shot in Southeast WashingtonA teenager was shot just after noon Sunday in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said.The teen, who was not identified and whose exact age was not known, was shot in the 1300 block of Savannah Street, one...
From: Washington Post | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Jim Fanning, the longtime Montreal Expos executive who guided the club to its only playoff appearance before the franchise moved to Washington, died April 25 in London, Ontario. He was 87.The Toronto Blue Jays confirmed the death. The cause was a heart...
From: Washington Post | By: news services | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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WAUKEE, IOWA — Within seconds of taking the stage in the packed suburban megachurch Saturday night, Carly Fiorina was mocking Hillary Rodham Clinton — and offering herself as a Republican alternative.Fiorina, a wealthy former corporate chief executive,...
From: Washington Post | By: Jenna Johnson | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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When Lauryn Santiago’s grades started to slip two years ago, her mother, Linda Diaz, suspected something was wrong. Diaz called her daughter’s high school and asked the counselor to meet with Lauryn. But the meeting never happened.Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Ovetta Wiggins | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Antonin Scalia were born in the same year, chosen by the same president, live on the same Northern Virginia street and, in serving together on the Supreme Court longer than any current pair of justices, have many times...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Barnes | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Pitching his Pacific free-trade initiative to business leaders last December, President Obama framed it as a foreign policy gambit: He mentioned the looming threat of China 18 times in remarks to the Business Roundtable.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: David Nakamura | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Twenty years ago, when Marion S. Barry Jr. ascended to the mayor’s office and left his D.C. Council seat vacant for the first time, the free-for-all to replace him was far from settled the night of the election. After the ballots were counted, Barry’s...
From: Washington Post | By: Aaron C. Davis | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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A Northwest Washington man has been charged in connection with a murder that took place in mid-March in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said Sunday.Rashad Allen, 33, was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death...
From: Washington Post | By: Michael Smith | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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There are two reasons that Maura Pelly, the acting CEO of the Clinton Foundation, wrote a blog post on Sunday clarifying questions about the organization's contributions and tax returns. First, she needed to respond in order to clear any clouds hanging...
From: Washington Post | By: Philip Bump | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Ten years ago this week, the first-ever YouTube video was uploaded. It involved a zoo. And elephants. But it wasn’t until more than a year later that YouTube got real for politicians. On Aug. 15, 2006, the “macaca” video was uploaded to the site.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Chris Cillizza | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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MIAMI BEACH — This is the kind of story that makes locals here shrug their shoulders and wonder what all the fuss is about. But it marvels out-of-town political reporters more accustomed to filing dispatches from Iowa farm fields and New Hampshire...
From: Washington Post | By: Ed O'Keefe | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Religious freedom was a big topic of discussion Saturday night at an Iowa church. Several Republicans running for president attended the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition -- but Jeb Bush wasn't among them.Read full article >>...
From: Washington Post | By: Anne Gearan, Ed O'Keefe | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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The ancient Greek city Sybaris was notorious for the luxurious and sensual excesses of its citizens. Its namesake, the string quintet Sybarite5, which performed at the Barns at Wolf Trap on Friday, prefers to focus on another aspect of the city’s reputation...
From: Washington Post | By: Joan Reinthaler | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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At the top of The Washington Post’s new America’s Most Challenging High Schools list is a collection of intense little public schools you’ve probably never heard of. One of the most obscure, Corbett Charter School in a rural area east of Portland,...
From: Washington Post | By: Jay Mathews | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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LAS VEGAS — Former president George W. Bush plans to stay off the 2016 campaign trail as his younger brother prepares to mount a presidential bid, telling a group of Republican Jewish donors here that he does not want to fuel an anti-dynastic backlash.Read...
From: Washington Post | By: Matea Gold | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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If there's one thing we can count on from President Obama at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner every year, it's him making jokes about being Muslim, foreign-born and socialist.On Saturday, he joked about how busy he is, dealing with...
From: Washington Post | By: Hunter Schwarz | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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In an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources" with Brian Stelter on Sunday morning, Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron said the paper is doing everything to free its reporter in Tehran, who has been in prison for nine months.Read full article...
From: Washington Post | By: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Nepal was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake Saturday, leaving thousands dead. Although rescue efforts are underway, aftershocks and cold weather have made attempts to help victims difficult.Here are some vetted charities in the region that have teams...
From: Washington Post | By: Swati Sharma | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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At one time, they might have been seen as a novelty. But after a year of calls for greater police accountability across the nation, many communities increasingly see them as a necessity.Police in Prince William County will become the latest in Virginia...
From: Washington Post | By: Victoria St. Martin | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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national educationJudge to reconsider cheating sentencesAn Atlanta judge will reconsider the tough prison sentences he handed down to three former school administrators who were convicted of participating in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student...
From: Washington Post | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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After receiving heavy pushback from mid-county residents, Prince William County Schools Superintendent Steven L. Walts backed down from a proposal to move the Mary G. Porter Traditional School from its location in Woodbridge to a site known as the Ferlazzo...
From: Washington Post | By: Jim Barnes | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Reston-based contracting giant Leidos is looking for an electrochemical research scientist to join the company’s advanced power and energy group in Bethesda, Md..The Virginia company needs a PhD-level candidate with a secret-level security clearance...
From: Washington Post | By: Aaron Gregg | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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The acting chief of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation acknowledged in a new statement that the global philanthropy launched 15 years by the former president has made missteps — but defended the organization’s charitable work and its...
From: Washington Post | By: Rosalind S. Helderman | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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ASTANA, Kazakhstan — In a nation where the president won his last election with 96 percent of the vote, not even Kazakhstan’s pro-government media bothered to cover the campaign this time around.“We know the result. It’s not interesting for people,”...
From: Washington Post | By: Michael Birnbaum | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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ITANAGAR, INDIA — Helicopter teams began evacuating critically injured climbers at base camp at Mount Everest Sunday morning, but the effort came to an abrupt halt when a significant new aftershock triggered more avalanches and fears of additional...
From: Washington Post | By: Annie Gowen | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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When a student shows up at Charles Barrett Elementary with worn-through shoes held together by tape, or when they’re falling behind on homework, or when they miss class for days at a time, it’s likely they will end up in Ana Bonilla-Galdamez’s...
From: Washington Post | By: Moriah Balingit | Sunday, April 26, 2015
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