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D.C. police use fake robberies to lure criminals

(Obtained by The Washington Post)

Police say they’re after “bad guys,” but defense lawyers worry that suspects are talked into committing crimes.

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Washington’s most dangerous intersections

Check out our map to see where the most crashes occurred from 2010 to 2012.

Metro police search for father who abducted his child

Police said the man took his daughter from her mother Tuesday night at the Southern Avenue station.

Prince William County crime report

A listing of incidents reported by police in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

8 facts about D.C. traffic accidents

8 facts about D.C. traffic accidents

Researchers working for DDOT analyzed just about every aspect of the District’s traffic accidents from 2010 through 2012.

Hot and humid today; potentially stormy into Thursday

Hot and humid today; potentially stormy into Thursday

Surging heat and humidity but it looks like a fantastic Friday is on the horizon.

Kastles earn home-court advantage

Kastles earn home-court advantage

Sloane Stephens’s win propels Washington past Springfield, sets up home court for the conference final.

Term limits, tree canopy and casino on council agenda

In the last day before the summer recess, Prince George’s County Council has a lot to consider.

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The collapsed hillside that united a Md. neighborhood

The collapsed hillside that united a Md. neighborhood

Compassion and acts of kindness are flowing in Piscataway Hills.

D.C. area’s new distinction: Most late mail deliveries

D.C. area’s new distinction: Most late mail deliveries

More than two-thirds of the time, carriers are still working after 5. And those in N.Va. have problems, too.

MoCo Council nears final approval of plan for White Oak

The plan would eventually create a 300-acre town center and hub for medical and life-sciences firms.

Washington area obituaries of note

Washington area obituaries of note

Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Martin R. Hoffmann, former Army secretary, dies at 82

Martin R. Hoffmann, former Army secretary, dies at 82

Mr. Hoffmann helped guide the Army through the West Point cheating scandal in the mid-1970s.

Virginia’s psychiatric-bed registry not working as intended

Virginia’s psychiatric-bed registry not working as intended

List meant to give up-to-the-minute information on availability is being updated as seldom as once a day.

Thomas Berger, author of ‘Little Big Man,’ dies at 89

Thomas Berger, author of ‘Little Big Man,’ dies at 89

Mr. Berger wrote 23 novels, including the rollicking western that was made into a Dustin Hoffman movie.

Beretta to move gun-factory jobs, blames Md. gun laws

Beretta to move gun-factory jobs, blames Md. gun laws

The decision by Beretta USA will cost about 160 jobs in southern Prince George’s County.

Montgomery police officer fatally shoots man at bank

Police said Donovan Bayton, 54, was displaying a knife and acting erratically.

New life span-predicting technology is on today’s cover

This facial recognition software doesn’t just analyze the age a person’s face appears — it also predicts how long that person will live.

Fatal accident in Fort Washington closes roads

One person died in the two-car collision.

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Birds on the brain

Birds on the brain

When it comes to feeding the birds, humans of a feather flock together.

In domestic dispute, man stabbed dog to death, police say

Dumfries man fought with woman at his home, then allegedly stabbed her pit bull with a kitchen knife, police say.

McAuliffe decides against appeal of school takeover ruling

McAuliffe decides against appeal of school takeover ruling

Va.’s governor won’t fight decision that a state board set up for school takeovers is unconstitutional.

Dan Borislow, MagicJack creator, dies at 52

Dan Borislow, MagicJack creator, dies at 52

The device helped pioneer free phone calls through the Internet.

State fines CSX contractor after Anacostia River fish kill

State fines CSX contractor after Anacostia River fish kill

Hundreds of Anacostia River fish were trapped and killed in a bridge construction site in Pr. George’s.

La. parents, teachers, charters sue over Common Core

La. parents, teachers, charters sue over Common Core

Lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal aims to get the state’s Common Core curriculum back on track.

Astro Doughnuts concocts Old Bay fried chicken sandwich

Astro Doughnuts concocts Old Bay fried chicken sandwich

Maryland’s favorite seasoning blend is the star of a new sandwich from the D.C. doughnut maker.

Artist On Kawara. who focused on time’s passing, dies at 81

Artist On Kawara. who focused on time’s passing, dies at 81

Though widely exhibited, he avoided publicity, adding to his reputation, and that of his work, as enigmatic.

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D.C. police turn to high-risk sting operations

D.C. police turn to high-risk sting operations

Undercover D.C. police officers are recruiting people they think are likely to commit armed robberies. The robbery scenarios are fake and designed to put violent offenders in jail.

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D.C. police arrest would-be armed robbers

D.C. police arrest would-be armed robbers

On the night of a planned robbery in September 2013, an undercover D.C. police officer met with five members of a crew. The men were arrested after they agreed to carry out the crime.

Nine things to know about Sauf Haus in Dupont

Nine things to know about Sauf Haus in Dupont

Sauf Haus has three floors of pretzels and German beer, topped with a huge outdoor beer garden.

Chance for storms increases on Wednesday

Chance for storms increases on Wednesday

Tuesday was a little muggy, and Wednesday should be moreso. Storms are back in the forecast starting Wednesday, as well.

 

P.Wm. prosecutors say they won’t use, seek explicit photos in Manassas City ‘sexting’ case

Photos taken of the teen last month will not be used, and a new search warrant will not be served, prosecutors said.

Activists plan to take D.C. service requests to Md. rep

D.C. Vote wants residents to ‘be creative’ in asking for Andy Harris’s help with city services.

Washington’s most dangerous intersections

Check out our map to see where the most crashes occurred from 2010 to 2012.

8 facts about D.C. traffic accidents

Researchers working for DDOT analyzed just about every aspect of the District’s traffic accidents from 2010 through 2012.

Fatal accident in Fort Washington closes roads

One person died in the two-car collision.

Malaysia Air black boxes may not reveal much

Airplane-crash investigators say tiny holes in the wreckage could confirm a missile did the damage.

U.S. airlines prohibited from flying to or from Tel Aviv

The ban comes after Delta diverted a flight to Paris, citing a report of a rocket near the Israeli airport.

86 Metro stations in a single day

What did Mark Kawar do on his day off? He rode Metro -- all day and all night long.

Overturned tractor-trailer spawns delays on I-95 in Howard County

Police said crews are working to clean up the crash, but as of 7 a.m. traffic was still backed up on the highway.

Update: Delays on Metro’s Yellow Line resolved

Metro said residual delays to Mount Vernon Square station on the line because of an earlier train malfunction were resolved.

Construction starts on D.C. shipping-container apartments

The boxy three-story unit being built near Catholic U. is a test for lower-cost, faster-moving construction.

Metro riders experience ‘simulated service’

This morning’s ride may offer tips for rest of the week.

Metro says ‘all systems go’ for scheduled opening of Silver Line Saturday

After simulating Silver Line service all day Sunday and Monday morning, transit authority says the new rail route is glitch-free so far.

Places you CAN park near a Silver Line station

Fairfax County officials want to encourage folks to find other ways of getting to the new Silver Line stations in Tysons and Reston, but for those determined to drive, here are some options for parking.

Pr. George’s council backs MGM National Harbor casino

The Pr. George’s Council gives MGM Resorts International a green light to build a $925 million casino complex.

Local Columns

John Kelly

John Kelly

When it comes to feeding the birds, humans of a feather flock together.

Courtland Milloy

Courtland Milloy

Compassion and acts of kindness are flowing in Piscataway Hills.

Clinton Yates

The nonprofit L’Enfant Trust has renovated an abandoned house that was a former crack den.

Petula Dvorak

Petula Dvorak

COLUMN | Lawmakers could have helped some of the thousands who flock annually to the Wise County Fairgrounds for health care. But instead they blocked, bickered and weaseled until the state forfeited billions in Medicaid expansion funds.

Photo Galleries

Robert E. Lee mansion renovation plan gets a boost

Philanthropist David M. Rubenstein is donating more than $12 million to restore the property.

Washington kids go to ‘Farm Camp’

At Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria, Va., kids learn about where their food comes from, healthy eating, cooking and bugs.

No easy ride

Americans participated in the Brompton National Championships folding bike race for a chance to win a trip to England.

Saying goodbye to a Prince George’s leader

Mourners pay their respects to Wayne K. Curry, the first black Prince George’s County executive.

Stolen grave markers returned

Volunteers canvassed the grounds of Congressional Cemetery to match up stolen memorial items to their original monuments.

He grew up never knowing his mother

The day Tyshon Williams was born was the same day that his mother died. Now 19, he is graduating from high school.

Celebrating the Fourth of July

Washington is full of red, white and blue as Americans celebrate Independence Day.

Protesters halt buses carrying undocumented migrants

Demonstrators picket against the arrival of undocumented migrants in Southern California

Our Washington

From waterfronts to monuments, Post photographers share their favorite D.C. spots.

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