Why evangelicals are having trouble finding a unified voice in Washington

In decades past, leaders from evangelist Billy Graham to Focus on the Family founder James Dobson had a unique ability to rally leaders' attention toward a candidate or an issue. That's no longer true to the same degree.

Amazon, Google roll out online shopping features

Faster shipping and a “buy button” are the latest innovations in the fight to entice buyers.

Justice Department acts to end sexual assault at women’s prison in Alabama

Women held at a maximum security facility were preyed on by correctional staff, investigators found.


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Nike’s deal for soccer stardom overshadowed by FIFA probe

The sports giant risks losing the loyalty of soccer fans it has spent years developing.

The Iowa straw poll, once a kingmaker, fades into irrelevance for 2016

Few of the leading GOP contenders have expressed interest this year, and several are skipping the event entirely.

Business digest

A roundup of national business and economic news.

D.C. schools to introduce more challenging ‘cornerstone’ lessons

Activities are already common in some schools, but not systemwide.

Chris Christie finalizes his slow-motion flip-flop on Common Core

After months of hinting at an about-face, Christie is officially forswearing the Common Core academic standards he welcomed into the state five years ago.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted by federal grand jury

The former speaker was indicted by federal prosecutors on Thursday.

Seeking to expand GOP appeal, Marco Rubio takes campaign to Nevada

The diverse early nominating state is a testing ground for his self-portrait as a new kind of Republican.

California’s largest lake is slipping away amid an epic drought

The Salton Sea, once a playground for Hollywood stars in the 1950s and ’60s, needs more water — but so does just about every other place in the state amid an epic drought.

After SAT exams go missing, Virginia students might have to retake the test

Paper tests for more than 260 students at a Loudoun County high school were lost in transit.

USPS contract talks stall; federal unions have little to say on pot policy

Stalled USPS contract talks will not affect service. Federal labor leaders have little to say about OPM directive prohibiting use of weed by feds.

Pataki makes long-shot bid for presidency, joins cluttered GOP field

The former New York governor aims to position himself as a relative centrist in a right-leaning race.

At least 18 labs received Army anthrax from batch with live sample

A hazardous materials teams at Osan Air Base in South Korea destroyed a sample found there Wednesday, defense officials said.

Why thousands of members of the military will be getting checks next month

Thousands of troops who were charged excess interest on their student loans by Navient Solutions will start getting checks in the mail next month for up to $100,000.

Women of all ages more likely to have serious mental health problems than men, report says

New federal report highlights chronic-disease risks and daily life struggles for people with serious mental health problems.

Black motorist beaten by white Inkster officer will receive $1.4 million settlement

Floyd Dent testified that he feared for his life. Former officer William Melendez will stand trial on assault charges.

Nebraska just banned the death penalty, but opponents say the fight isn’t over. What happens next?

What happens next in the fight over the death penalty in Nebraska — and what happens to the state's 10 death row inmates.

Chris Christie, a onetime booster, now wants to dump the Common Core

N.J. governor joins other GOP presidential hopefuls in a revolt against the academic standards.

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