NASA awards contracts to Boeing, SpaceX

It represents a significant shift for NASA, which has long owned and operated its own rockets. Now NASA’s astronauts would essentially rent space on vehicles provided by Boeing and SpaceX.

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Federal auto regulators face withering barrage on the Hill

The NHTSA chief was grilled in the Senate after a House report faulted the agency for slow action.

NII Holdings files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

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Virginia sues 13 banks, claiming mortgage securities fraud

The attorney general says the banks packaged faulty loans into securities sold to the state retirement system.

New Bethesda real estate company acquires Ohio firm for $4.3 billion

New Bethesda real estate company acquires Ohio firm for $4.3 billion

Combined company will own 119 properties and be headquartered in Columbus.

What 1.3 million tiny balls can do for your washing machine

What 1.3 million tiny balls can do for your washing machine

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Flooding would threaten D.C. infrastructure, report says

Flooding would threaten D.C. infrastructure, report says

A nonprofit’s analysis says a storm surge could exact tremendous toll financially and environmentally.

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An odd approach to attacking crony capitalism

It’s disappointing that both parties are content to focus this debate on the obscure Export-Import Bank.

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Thomas Heath

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The stock market is closing broadly higher as investors await the results of a key meeting by the Federal Reserve.

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What HUD Secretary Julian Castro says needs to be done to boost homeownership, and cut down on rental costs

What HUD Secretary Julian Castro says needs to be done to boost homeownership, and cut down on rental costs

In his first public policy speech since taking over at HUD, Castro pushed to expand homeownership and combat the nation’s “rental housing crisis.“

Mapping the future of sea-level rise on the Potomac, the Chesapeake and the Atlantic.

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Uh-oh, the credit rating agencies are up to their old tricks again

Uh-oh, the credit rating agencies are up to their old tricks again

Dumb and dumber: we still haven’t fixed the credit rating agencies’ perverse incentives.

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Health care is often the biggest expense in retirement — and the hardest to predict

Health care is often the biggest expense in retirement — and the hardest to predict

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NASA awards contracts to Boeing, SpaceX

NASA awards contracts to Boeing, SpaceX

It represents a significant shift for NASA, which has long owned and operated its own rockets. Now NASA’s astronauts would essentially rent space on vehicles provided by Boeing and SpaceX.

How the gaming community destroys its heroes

How the gaming community destroys its heroes

In game development, you die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

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