Secret Service chief quits in wake of lapses

Julia Pierson resigned after a series of major security lapses that eroded President Obama’s confidence in her ability to run the agency that protects him.

Under Pierson, elite agency couldn’t shake turmoil

Julia Pierson was brought in 18 months ago to put an end to business as usual, but systemic problems persisted.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. (Mike Stone/Reuters)

Texas hospital failed to isolate Ebola patient, despite his travel in Africa

The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. sought help at a Dallas hospital but was told he had a common virus and sent home.

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Near Point Lay, Alaska. (Reuters/NOAA)

Near Point Lay, Alaska. (Reuters/NOAA)

As sea ice melts, 35,000 walruses cram together on Alaska shores

Researchers spotted the huge congregation in late September and say it threatens the species.

Obama’s controversial decision to wait on immigration is hurting Democrats

Obama’s controversial decision to wait on immigration is hurting Democrats

Activists in key states say it’s increasingly difficult to register Latinos who would vote Democrat.

China warns Hong Kong protesters of ‘unimaginable’ consequences

China warns Hong Kong protesters of ‘unimaginable’ consequences

In a front-page editorial, the People's Daily lent its full support to Hong Kong’s chief executive.

Giants have D.C. date with Nats after throttling Pirates in Pittsburgh

Giants have D.C. date with Nats after throttling Pirates in Pittsburgh

San Francisco rained all over the Pirates’ playoffs parade and advance to challenge the Nationals on Friday.

Suspect in U-Va. abduction accused of sex assault at 2 colleges he attended

Suspect in U-Va. abduction accused of sex assault at 2 colleges he attended

Jesse “LJ” Matthew Jr., who was not charged in those cases, left the schools shortly after each allegation.

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Man accused of theft killed executive’s wife and then himself, police say

Man accused of theft killed executive’s wife and then himself, police say

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation worker had been told police would likely be contacted the day before.

Sports

Find an autographed Jayson Werth gnome, win Nats playoff tickets

Find an autographed Jayson Werth gnome, win Nats playoff tickets

DC SPORTS BOG | Gnome Madness has now led to hidden gnomes throughout the metropolitan area.

Lifestyle

Fox’s ‘Gracepoint’: When TV’s copy machine gets jammed

Fox’s ‘Gracepoint’: When TV’s copy machine gets jammed

TV REVIEW | To enjoy this mystery series redux, you have to pretend ‘Broadchurch’ never happened.

Arts

A giant, new face emerges on the Mall

A giant, new face emerges on the Mall

REVIEW | An artist’s stunning new public portrait work in soil and sand pushes the boundaries of art.

Business

Washington’s unemployment rate continues to climb

Washington’s unemployment rate continues to climb

Government labor force, professional services firms continue to shrink, holding back the area’s recovery.

Federal Government

Hearing hits Secret Service problem: Work culture

Hearing hits Secret Service problem: Work culture

FEDERAL DIARY | The agency’s director was bombarded during a House committee hearing.

Real Estate

How first-time home buyers can beat the odds

How first-time home buyers can beat the odds

Sign up for e-mail alerts with your agent so you can be notified when a property in your price range first hits the market.

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