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  • Dozens killed in suicide bomber’s attack at Afghanistan bank

    18 April 2015, 4:19 am by: Sudarsan Raghavan

    KABUL — A suicide bomber killed 33 and injured scores more on Saturday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, the latest in a string of assaults to target the area in the past two weeks.The assault was one of several blasts that unfolded at about 8.30 a.m.…
  • Capitals rally from pair of two-goal deficits for 4-3 win in Game 2, evening series vs. Islanders

    17 April 2015, 10:08 pm by: Alex Prewitt

    At the moment Verizon Center detonated with sound, when the loopy madness reached its boiling point, Jason Chimera spun around and bolted. He high-stepped across the rink, red sweaters in hot pursuit, fists raised toward the rafters. In the stands, the raucous…
  • As police body cameras catch on, a debate surfaces: Who gets to watch?

    17 April 2015, 10:01 pm by: Peter Hermann, Aaron C. Davis

    The debate in the nation’s capital and across the country over whether police should wear body cameras has quickly evolved into a new and perhaps more difficult question: Who gets to see the video?Officials in more than a dozen states — as well as the…
  • NBA playoff primer: It’s Golden State and Cleveland, then everyone else

    17 April 2015, 7:48 pm by: Michael Lee

    TORONTO — Stephen Curry and LeBron James tried in the preseason to set people up for how this regular season would unfold but, for different reasons, it didn’t seem anyone would listen. Curry was confident that his Golden State Warriors would prove they…
  • Thousands of Iraqis flee as Islamic State makes gains in Sunni heartland

    17 April 2015, 7:44 pm by: Loveday Morris

    SADR AL-YUSUFIYAH — Thousands of families fleeing Iraq’s western city of Ramadi choked checkpoints leading to Baghdad on Friday, after an Islamic State advance spread panic and left security forces clinging to control.Read full article >>
  • Editorial: Rebuilding after Ebola will require the world’s help

    17 April 2015, 6:58 pm by: Editorial Board

    THE RAVAGING of populations in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea by the Ebola virus over the past year has been devastating. The virus killed 10,702 people and left behind vast economic and emotional tolls. The rest of the world responded slowly to the outbreak…
  • District officials decry disabled parking fraud, but have failed to fix it

    17 April 2015, 6:50 pm by: Michael Laris, Aaron C. Davis

    The blue Yukon, the red Smart car and the Nissan with the Uber sign in the window were all parked on a peaceful block in federal Washington. To the left was the 19th-century stone spire of St. Dominic Catholic Church, where President Lyndon B. Johnson often…
  • Race creeps into debate over stalled nomination for attorney general

    17 April 2015, 6:48 pm by: Sari Horwitz

    African American and other civil rights leaders infuriated over the stalled confirmation vote on Loretta E. Lynch, the first black woman to be nominated for attorney general, are casting the delay as an issue with racial overtones.Read full article >>
  • Oklahoma says it will now use nitrogen gas as its backup method of execution

    17 April 2015, 6:35 pm by: Mark Berman

    Oklahoma adopted a new backup method of execution Friday, making nitrogen gas the way it will execute inmates if lethal injection cannot be utilized.Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed the law Friday, less than two weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a…
  • Iraqi officials: Top Saddam Hussein aide may have been killed in fighting

    17 April 2015, 6:22 pm by: Loveday Morris, Brian Murphy

    BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials said they were carrying out DNA tests on a body they believe could belong to a top aide of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.Izzat Ibrahim Douri was reportedly killed during fighting against Sunni insurgent forces, senior Iraqi…
  • Mike Huckabee says he’ll announce his presidential plans May 5

    17 April 2015, 6:12 pm by: Philip Rucker

    This story has been updated.Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Fox News Friday he would officially announce his presidential campaign plans May 5 in his -- and former President Bill Clinton's -- hometown of Hope, Ark.Read full article >>
  • Report: Chicago schools chief takes leave as feds probe no-bid contract

    17 April 2015, 5:12 pm by: Emma Brown

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s schools chief has taken leave from her job amid a federal investigation into the school system’s $20 million no-bid contract with her former employer, Chicago officials said Friday.Read full article >>
  • Justice lawyers make appeal to lift stay on Obama immigration actions

    17 April 2015, 4:51 pm by: David Nakamura

    NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court appeared divided Friday over the Obama administration’s request to lift a lower-court ruling blocking the government from implementing the president’s executive actions to shield undocumented immigrants from…
  • Milbank: America’s new cycle of partisan hatred

    17 April 2015, 4:14 pm by: Dana Milbank

    After a political rally this week in which Democrats criticized the Obama administration for siding with Republicans on trade, I had a talk about the future of the party with Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat who is one of the most ferocious partisans in…
  • Why do so many ESPN personalities get suspended?

    17 April 2015, 3:59 pm by: Paul Farhi

    ESPN, the self-styled “Worldwide Leader” in sports broadcasting, may also lead the news media in another category: the number of employees suspended or fired for doing or saying something boneheaded.The cable network has a long and storied history of…
  • Obama blasts Senate over stalled Lynch confirmation, calling it an ‘embarrassing’ example of…

    17 April 2015, 2:10 pm by: Juliet Eilperin, Steven Mufson

    President Obama on Friday praised a Senate bill giving Congress a vote on an Iran nuclear deal as a “reasonable compromise” that would give U.S. negotiators latitude to continue negotiations and leave future presidents with the power to conduct foreign…
  • Wonkblog: This glorious Sizzler’s commercial from 1991 says a lot about food in America

    17 April 2015, 12:34 pm by: Roberto A. Ferdman

    A 1991 promo for Sizzler, the casual sit-down restaurant of yesteryear, recently surfaced on Reddit. And it's hilarious, as commenters on the thread have duly noted. "Human smiles are not meant to be this wide," one user wrote. "Can we option this for a full…
  • Verizon breaks up its bundle to give consumers more choice

    17 April 2015, 12:11 pm by: Cecilia Kang

    Verizon FiOs is moving closer to unraveling the cable bundle with new skinny packages of channels that can be designed based on a customer's interests, a significant departure from the traditional model of selling consumers hundreds of channels at once.Read…
  • From Woody to Lead Belly, the master of Smithsonian Folkways

    17 April 2015, 12:00 pm by: Geoff Edgers

    It was on a Friday night that Jeff Place finally heard Woody Guthrie’s missing verse.This was no small thing. “This Land Is Your Land” is the most storied folk song in American history. The verse, scribbled on paper but never thought to have been…
  • New Hampshire is not Iowa

    17 April 2015, 11:25 am by: Dan Balz

    It’s often said by detractors of the presidential nomination process that it ought not to begin in two small, predominantly white states like Iowa and New Hampshire. But as Republicans will be reminded this weekend, Iowa and New Hampshire can be strikingly…

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