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  • As U.S. attacks Islamic State, Syria steps up assaults on moderate rebels

    22 October 2014, 6:27 pm by: Hugh Naylor

    BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have dramatically intensified air and ground assaults on areas held by moderate rebels, attempting to deliver crippling blows as world attention shifts to airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State militants in…
  • Shots fired at Canadian War Memorial, Parliament; soldier killed, police scouring downtown Ottawa

    22 October 2014, 5:22 pm by: Mark Berman

    A soldier was killed during a shooting at Canada’s National War Memorial on Wednesday morning, which was followed quickly by additional gunfire inside the nearby Parliament, according to police. A gunman has also been killed, Ottawa police said. And there…
  • Four Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq shootings of 31 unarmed civilians

    22 October 2014, 4:30 pm by: Spencer S. Hsu, Victoria St. Martin, Keith L. Alexander

    A federal jury in Washington on Wednesday convicted four Blackwater Worldwide guards in the shooting of 14 unarmed Iraqis, seven years after the American security contractors fired machine guns and grenades into a Baghdad traffic circle in one of the most…
  • Weather Gang: Weather Service stops receiving satellite data, issues notice about forecast quality

    22 October 2014, 3:40 pm by: Jason Samenow

    The apparent network outage is the latest in a string of information technology problems for the service.
  • This is not an interview with Banksy

    22 October 2014, 3:22 pm by: Caitlin Dewey

    You may believe Paul Horner is the real name of anonymous graffiti artist Banksy. It is not. You may also have heard that Horner is a Facebook executive, bent on introducing a monthly user fee. Or a hapless 15-year-old, sentenced to life in prison for…
  • Dr. Gridlock: An additional 3 million vehicles may have defective airbags, NHTSA says

    22 October 2014, 2:59 pm by: Lori Aratani

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this week that three million additional vehicles may need urgent repairs to prevent drivers and passengers from being injured because of defective airbags. Read full article >>
  • Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson

    22 October 2014, 1:56 pm by: Kimberly Kindy, Sari Horwitz

    Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and…
  • Wainstein probe implicates over 3,000 students in University of North Carolina academic scandal

    22 October 2014, 1:21 pm by: Chuck Culpepper

    As a University of North Carolina “shadow curriculum” lasting almost 20 years neared its end in November 2009, two counselors who advise student-athletes on academics gave a presentation to the football coaching staff. Read full article >>
  • Sargent: A blistering attack on Mitch McConnell

    22 October 2014, 12:34 pm by: Greg Sargent

    Whatever chance Alison Lundergan Grimes has of ousting Mitch McConnell in Kentucky probably turns on just how badly disliked the Senate Minority Leader remains within the state. As Aaron Blake has observed, the McConnell camp has bet it all on tying Grimes to…
  • Wonkblog: It’s the worst year ever for auto recalls. Why are so many dangerous cars still on the…

    22 October 2014, 12:20 pm by: Drew Harwell

    It's the worst year for auto recalls in U.S. history, with more than one in five cars and trucks at risk of sometimes critical, deadly defects. But the disjointed recall system patched together by automakers and regulators is leaving millions of broken…
  • CDC: Travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries will be monitored for 21 days

    22 October 2014, 11:59 am by: Lena H. Sun

    All travelers who arrive in the United States from Ebola-stricken countries will be closely monitored for 21 days by public health officials starting Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. Read full article >>
  • A day buying (and returning) things with Apple Pay

    22 October 2014, 11:46 am by: Hayley Tsukayama

    Cash, credit or smartphone? Apple has promised that its Apple Pay service can revolutionize the way we shop, replacing the normal credit card swipe with a tap of the phone and a fingerprint scan. But we wanted to see if Apple Pay would work as promised by…
  • When things go wrong, Obama increasingly relies on his inner circle, not his Cabinet

    22 October 2014, 11:43 am by: Juliet Eilperin, David Nakamura

    As the White House grappled with the unpredictable nature of Ebola on U.S. soil, one aspect of the government’s response was relatively easy to forecast: Sooner or later President Obama would turn to a fixer to help solve the problem. Read full article >>
  • Weather Gang: Moon “takes a bite” out of sun on Thursday in partial solar eclipse

    22 October 2014, 11:36 am by: Blaine Friedlander, Angela Fritz

    A partial eclipse will be visible across most of North America on Thursday, weather permitting.
  • Did Michael Brown have his hands up when he was shot?

    22 October 2014, 11:36 am by: Justin Moyer, Lindsey Bever

    In protests held in Ferguson, Mo., for more than two months, some said 18-year-old Michael Brown had his hands up when he was killed by police officer Darren Wilson. Hence the clarion call: “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Read full article >>
  • Homecoming for American released by North Korea

    22 October 2014, 10:17 am by: Carol Morello, Brian Murphy

    An American tourist who was arrested in North Korea in May after leaving a Bible in a public place returned home Wednesday as he raced into the arms of his family at an airport reunion. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, bounded down the steps of a U.S. military plane…
  • Big spending by parties, independent groups drowns airwaves in negative attacks

    22 October 2014, 8:42 am by: Matea Gold

    The record amount of independent spending swamping this year’s congressional races is fueling a deeply negative political atmosphere, as attack ads from independent groups overwhelm the messages of candidates in many competitive races. Read full article >>
  • Where to go to business school if you want the highest salary

    22 October 2014, 8:13 am by: Jonnelle Marte

    There’s more to choosing a business school than its name. Unless your primary goal is to make as much money as possible. Unlike undergraduate programs, where the schools producing the highest earners are often relatively unknown, the graduate schools with…
  • The original Elvis as captured by the original Elvis photographer, dead at 85

    22 October 2014, 5:03 am by: Nick Kirkpatrick

    There was a time before the King was the King. In early 1956 at the tender age of 21, Elvis Presley was relatively unknown and on the verge of becoming a worldwide phenomenon — an object of sensual frenzy — unlike any performer who had come before. Even…
  • Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93

    22 October 2014, 3:42 am by: Robert G. Kaiser

    Benjamin C. Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years and guided The Post’s transformation into one of the world’s leading newspapers, died Oct. 21 at his home in Washington of natural causes. He was 93. Read full article >>
  • Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93

    21 October 2014, 11:21 pm by: Robert G. Kaiser

    Benjamin C. Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years and guided The Post’s transformation into one of the world’s leading newspapers, died Oct. 21 at his home in Washington of natural causes. He was 93. Read full article >>
  • Sunken World War II German U-boat and freighter found off coast of Cape Hatteras

    21 October 2014, 10:47 pm by: Michael E. Ruane

    The U-boat skipper, Hans-Dieter Heinicke, had a crippled submarine and was headed home when he spotted the juicy allied convoy off the coast of North Carolina. Although Heinicke, 29, had a damaged boat, he had sunk only three ships on his four prior patrols…
  • Crist and Scott knock each other on wealth in final Florida debate

    21 October 2014, 9:08 pm by: Sean Sullivan

    There was no fighting over a fan in Tuesday's Florida gubernatorial debate. But there were plenty of fireworks over other issues, most notably which candidate has led a more privileged life. In their final debate before the midterm election, former governor…
  • Attempted kidnapping in Turkey shows reach of the Islamic State

    21 October 2014, 8:45 pm by: Liz Sly

    SANLIURFA, Turkey — The men who snatched Abu Issa from the streets of this southeastern city were Turkish gangsters, but their client was the Islamic State, and they had been promised good money to spirit the Syrian rebel commander across the Turkish border…
  • Editorial: The dirty effects of mountaintop removal mining

    21 October 2014, 8:08 pm by: Editorial Board

    FOR DECADES, coal companies have been removing mountain peaks to haul away coal lying just underneath. More recently, scientists and regulators have been developing a clearer understanding of the environmental consequences. They aren’t pretty. Read full…

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