Boy Scouts lift ban on openly gay adult leaders

The national organization will no longer allow discrimination against its paid workers, but local troops can decide for themselves whether to allow openly gay volunteer leaders.

Gap in gun law allowed
La. shooter to buy weapon

Although John Houser was ordered to a mental hospital in 2008, he was never involuntarily committed — which means his purchase of the gun he used to kill two people last week was entirely legal.

(Illustration by Robert Carter/The Washington Post)

Was it her co-workers’ fragrances
that forced her into exile at the office?

MEDICAL MYSTERY | Doctors initially blamed adult-onset asthma triggered by perfumes for the coughing that forced Vickie Harwood into isolation at work and made her fear she would lose her job.

Under Bush, housing prices fueled Florida’s boom. Then it all went bust.

Under Bush, housing prices fueled Florida’s boom. Then it all went bust.

The presidential hopeful points to his state’s economic success, but critics say the fallout hurt the middle class.

Poised to make history, a judge
in Afghanistan hits a familiar wall

Poised to make history, a judge <br> in Afghanistan hits a familiar wall

Most agreed that Anisa Rasooli was qualified to be a Supreme Court justice. But she was also a woman.

Applicants to GWU no longer
need to take standardized tests

Applicants to GWU no longer <br> need to take standardized tests

The move underscores a belief that the SAT and ACT tests are a barrier to recruiting disadvantaged students.

A brother Emanuel, and a ‘relentlessly competitive’ champion of breakfasts

A brother Emanuel, and a ‘relentlessly competitive’ champion of breakfasts

A bad brunch annoys health-care wonk Zeke Emanuel, so he’s aiming to be a top (guest) chef.

Former Vietnam POW to Donald Trump: ‘Today? You don’t go there.’

Former Vietnam POW to Donald Trump: ‘Today? You don’t go <i>there</i>.’

COLUMN | Everett Alvarez was a prisoner in North Vietnam for almost 9 years — longer than John McCain.

A new compound ‘mimics’ exercise. Could a workout pill be far behind?

A new compound ‘mimics’ exercise. Could a workout pill be far behind?

Scientists hope the molecule, which tricks cells into thinking they’re out of energy, can be used to treat obesity.

Researchers discover a 6th basic taste that could revolutionize how we eat

Researchers discover a 6th basic taste that could revolutionize how we eat

Fat interacts with our taste buds in a way similar to sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami sensations.

Local

Man accused of stabbing missionaries at retreat said he hit a breaking point

Man accused of stabbing missionaries at retreat said he hit a breaking point

Song Su Kim was staying at the Md. facility and told police he wanted to “invade a Korean” for disrespect.

Sports

Arizona Cardinals make history by hiring female assistant coach

Arizona Cardinals make history by hiring female assistant coach

Jen Welter, a 14-year veteran of women’s football leagues, was also the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men’s pro league.

Business

The dark side of China’s heavy-handed response to its plunging stock markets

The dark side of China’s heavy-handed response to its plunging stock markets

WONKBLOG | WONKBLOG | Beijing is addicted to intervening in its markets, and that spells trouble for the economy.

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