Ind. law draws GOP contenders into culture wars

Republicans had sought to avoid such disputes in 2016, but most top GOP presidential contenders quickly backed the bill, putting them out of step with growing national support for gay rights.

Secret, unlimited donations could boost a Jeb Bush run

Bush has given his tacit endorsement to a new group that lets donors give unlimited amounts without releasing their names, as a super PAC does.

A member of Iraqi security forces watches smoke rise from Tikrit. (Reuters)

Iraqi prime minister claims victory against Islamic State in Tikrit

But military officials said some parts of the city are still heavily rigged with explosives, keeping them out of reach of an uneasy coalition of U.S. air power, Iraqi troops and Iran-backed militias.

Lufthansa acknowledges that it knew
about co-pilot’s depression in 2009

Lufthansa acknowledges that it knew <br>about co-pilot’s depression in 2009

The company’s admission came after it said last week it hadn’t known Andreas Lubitz’s medical history.

Leaders in Iran nuclear talks struggle to reach consensus as deadline passes

Leaders in Iran nuclear  talks struggle to reach consensus as deadline passes

Negotiators were grappling with tough issues, including sanctions and Iran’s research program.

For the 1st time, a Nigerian president lost an election — to a former dictator

For the 1st time, a Nigerian president lost an election — to a former dictator

Muhammadu Buhari stuck to a populist message and pulled off the first upset in 16 years of democracy.

When a volleyball player was benched, her parents sued for playing time

When a volleyball player was benched, her parents sued for playing time

Families across the nation have increasingly turned to the courts to intervene in youth sports disputes.

Zappos is offering severance to those who don’t like its ‘no bosses’ approach

Zappos is offering severance to those who don’t like its ‘no bosses’ approach

ON LEADERSHIP | The company is gently showing the door to workers who dislike the lack of hierarchy.

Politics

Edward Kennedy, the last of the Senate’s partisan dealmakers

Edward Kennedy, the last of the Senate’s partisan dealmakers

A tribute to the late senator shows how today’s ideological warriors lack the relationships to get things passed.

Local

Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty to heroin theft

Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty to heroin theft

Matthew Lowry had worked on a team targeting violent drug traffickers in Md. and the District.

Sports

Ovechkin records sixth 50-goal season

Ovechkin records sixth 50-goal season

CAPS INSIDER | The Capitals star also tied Peter Bondra for the franchise record with 472 goals.

Federal Government

Do the very, very rich really want to be U.S. ambassadors?

Do the very, very rich really want to be U.S. ambassadors?

IN THE LOOP | The fears of the merely wealthy, eager for postings at U.S. embassies, may be unfounded.

Real Estate

What to watch in the Washington-area housing market this year

What to watch in the Washington-area housing market this year

A hike in the interest rates and/or a government shutdown could have a significant impact on whether house hunters maintain the financial ability and confidence to become buyers.

Diversions