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  • Israel blocks Jerusalem holy site amid rising tensions after activist shot

    30 October 2014, 2:04 pm by: William Booth, Ruth Eglash

    JERUSALEM — Israeli security forces sealed off access to one of Islam’s most holy sites Thursday in a rare move that reflected soaring tensions after a suspected Palestinian gunman targeted a prominent American-Israeli activist and Israel responded with a…
  • Small plane crashes into building at Kansas airport; at least four people killed

    30 October 2014, 12:39 pm by: Mark Berman

    A small plane crashed into a building at a Kansas airport Thursday morning, killing at least four people, according to authorities. The pilot reported losing engine power shortly after taking off from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport shortly before 10 a.m. local…
  • Thomas M. Menino, elected five times as Boston’s mayor, dies at 71

    30 October 2014, 11:45 am by: Paul Duggan

    Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, who gained support from working-class neighborhood “townies” and corporate chieftains alike during his 20 years in office and presided over a steel-and-glass economic boom in one of America’s most…
  • Presidential run not off the table for Paul Ryan

    30 October 2014, 11:35 am by: Robert Costa

    MONROE, Wis. — Rep. Paul Ryan sat in the front booth of Baumgartner’s Cheese Shop and Tavern on a recent weekday, his wiry frame hunched over a plate filled with slices of smoked Gouda. He waved me over to take a seat. When the waitress stopped by, he told…
  • Theoretically quarantined nurse who treated Ebola patients goes for bike ride

    30 October 2014, 11:04 am by: Mark Berman

    The nurse who has been (technically) quarantined in Maine because she treated Ebola patients went for a leisurely bike ride Thursday morning, following through on her vow to ignore the voluntary quarantine order. Read full article >>
  • Wonkblog: U.S. GDP grows at 3.5 percent in third quarter

    30 October 2014, 10:25 am by: Chico Harlan

    The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 percent annualized rate between July and September, the government said Thursday morning, providing fresh hope that a wobbly recovery could be gaining some stability. The latest gross domestic product figure, released by the…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

    30 October 2014, 10:15 am by: Abby Phillip

    Breaking his years of silence, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in an article that he is is “proud” to be gay. Cook acknowledged in the essay published on Thursday that while his sexual orientation has not been a secret to many people at Apple (and has long been…
  • The metal fragment that could solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance

    30 October 2014, 4:04 am by: Terrence McCoy

    On June 1, 1937, a Miami Herald photographer arrived at the Miami Municipal Airport to document the most famous female adventurer in national history. Amelia Earhart was in town on the fourth leg of her doomed trip across the globe. The image the photographer…
  • Why Kaci Hickox might lose a legal battle against Ebola quarantine

    30 October 2014, 3:35 am by: Gail Sullivan

    The Doctors Without Borders nurse fighting state-imposed Ebola quarantines, first in New Jersey and now in Maine, has threatened to challenge the restrictions in court. “If the restrictions placed on me by the state of Maine are not lifted by Thursday…
  • Boswell: Giants’ Madison Bumgarner is just scary good as San Francisco wins World Series over…

    30 October 2014, 12:14 am by: Thomas Boswell

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At 8:53 Central Bumgarner Time here, a certain 6-foot-5 left-handed San Francisco Giants pitcher walked from the bullpen to the mound in Kauffman Stadium to provide a little Show Me to Missouri. It’s said in this town that half the kids…
  • Obama administration issues rules to regulate colleges with career-training programs

    30 October 2014, 12:01 am by: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel

    For-profit colleges will have to limit how much debt students amass in career-training programs or have their federal funding cut, according to rules issued Thursday by the Obama administration. The rules are the culmination of years of contentious debates…
  • Ferguson police chief, Thomas Jackson, to leave post, law enforcement officials say

    29 October 2014, 10:53 pm by: Sari Horwitz, Wesley Lowery

    Thomas Jackson, chief of police in the small St. Louis suburb where a white officer shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9, is leaving his post, according to law enforcement officials. The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity…
  • ICE twice breached privacy policy with license-plate database

    29 October 2014, 10:32 pm by: Ellen Nakashima

    After the Department of Homeland Security canceled a plan for broad law enforcement access to a national license-plate tracking system in February, officials established a policy that required similar plans be vetted by department privacy officers to ensure…
  • Family, friends and colleagues gather to pay final tribute to Benjamin C. Bradlee

    29 October 2014, 9:44 pm by: Marc Fisher

    Following a small choir’s soft alto affirmation of America’s beauty, the organ swelled, and the people joined in, and the national hymn that Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee chose for his own funeral filled the cathedral, its pews lined with the powerful and…
  • Family of jailed Washington Post journalist, held for 100 days, asks Iran to free him

    29 October 2014, 8:58 pm by: Carol Morello

    The family of a Washington Post reporter held without charge in Iran for more than three months called Wednesday on the authorities in Tehran to free him. An open letter signed by Jason Rezaian’s brother, Ali, and his mother, Mary Breme Rezaian, was released…
  • Will: George Will: In Georgia, a Republican becomes a capitalist punching bag

    29 October 2014, 8:13 pm by: George F. Will

    MCDONOUGH, GA. In a sun-dappled square decorated with scores of entrants in the community’s Halloween scarecrow contest, a balky sound system enables, if barely, the Republican Senate candidate to exhort a few hundred people, mostly supporters, to urge…
  • First vaccine for deadly form of meningitis approved in U.S.

    29 October 2014, 7:56 pm by: Julie Zauzmer

    When meningitis outbreaks sickened students at Princeton and at the University of California at Santa Barbara last year, the schools had to seek special permission to vaccinate their students, using a vaccine that was not yet approved for use in the United…
  • Editorial: Can voters look forward to a Congress that actually governs?

    29 October 2014, 7:30 pm by: Editorial Board

    AS NEXT week’s midterm elections approach, Americans are in a dark mood. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, released Tuesday, reports that 68 percent of likely voters think that the country is “on the wrong track”; a CNN-ORC International poll…
  • Wonkblog: Fed looks toward debate on raising rates as quantitative easing ends

    29 October 2014, 7:17 pm by: Ylan Q. Mui

    The Federal Reserve closed a chapter in its long-running stimulus campaign on Wednesday and pivoted to the even bigger challenge of deciding when to raise interest rates after six years of easy money. The central bank slashed its benchmark interest rate to…
  • Dionne: EJ Dionne: Moderate thunder out of Kansas

    29 October 2014, 6:47 pm by: E.J. Dionne Jr.

    IOLA, Kan. The several dozen people gathered at a street corner just off the main square of this southeastern Kansas town of 5,600 were polite and friendly in the Midwestern way. They did not look in the least like a band of counterrevolutionaries intent on…
  • For Turkey and U.S., at odds over Syria, a 60-year alliance shows signs of crumbling

    29 October 2014, 6:46 pm by: Liz Sly

    ANKARA, Turkey — The increasingly hostile divergence of views between Turkey and the United States over Syria is testing the durability of their 60-year alliance, to the point where some are starting to question whether the two countries still can be…
  • For Kurds in Kobane, a long-awaited boost as reinforcements begin arriving via Turkey

    29 October 2014, 6:09 pm by: Liz Sly, Brian Murphy

    ISTANBUL — A small group of Free Syrian Army fighters moved across the Turkish border Wednesday into the embattled Syrian town of Kobane to reinforce a Kurdish militia struggling against an Islamic State offensive, ahead of an expected convoy of Kurdish…
  • Unnamed U.S. official’s slur about Israeli leader shows acrimony of relationship

    29 October 2014, 4:39 pm by: Carol Morello

    The sometimes acrimonious relationship between the Obama administration and the current Israeli government burst into public view on Wednesday when an anonymous U.S. official was quoted using a barnyard epithet to describe Israel’s leader. Read full article…
  • Murky Pentagon contract to build silencers ends in guilty verdicts

    29 October 2014, 4:35 pm by: Craig Whitlock

    A Navy intelligence official and a California hot-rod mechanic were found guilty Wednesday on federal conspiracy charges stemming from a mysterious scheme to manufacture hundreds of AK-47 rifle silencers for a secret military project. Read full article >>
  • NATO says Russian jets, bombers circle Europe in unusual incidents

    29 October 2014, 4:24 pm by: Michael Birnbaum

    MOSCOW — NATO said Wednesday that it had intercepted a large number of Russian aircraft flying close to European airspace in the past two days, in an “unusual” series of incidents that brought Russian bombers as far afield as Portugal. Read full article…

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