Hastert indicted over alleged secret payments

The longest-serving Republican speaker in the history of the U.S. House faces charges that he violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5 million to an unnamed individual to cover up “past misconduct.”

Economy shrank 0.7 % in first 3 months of the year

The contraction, the country’s third in the aftermath of the Great Recession, provides a troubling picture of the economy.

The shoreline of California's Salton Sea. (Bonnie Jo Mount/Post)

What’s going on at Calif.’s largest lake illustrates fight over water in West

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.

Local News

Local journalist among 6 killed in
6 days across District of Columbia

Local journalist among 6 killed in <br>6 days across District of Columbia

The violence included a freeway shooting and the slaying of a woman at her apartment building.

Metro says no to issue-oriented ads

Metro says no to issue-oriented ads

The transit system’s board voted to ban them after a group tried to place ads featuring a Muhammad cartoon.

Can you spell co-champions?
National Spelling Bee ends in tie.

Can you spell co-champions?  <br>National Spelling Bee ends in tie.

One winner was from Kansas, the other from Missouri. It marked the fifth time that two people won.

Pray for a miracle: Tickets for pope’s visit already causing Francis fever

Pray for a miracle: Tickets for pope’s visit already causing Francis fever

RELIABLE SOURCE | A spot to see the pope’s address to a joint session of Congress is a golden ticket.

Matchbox is looking to go national with a ‘big boy strategy’

Matchbox is looking to go national with a ‘big boy strategy’

The chain of casual restaurants is seeking $11 million to fund a national expansion to 48 locations by 2020.

Memorial Bridge, symbol of U.S. strength, to close lanes for repairs

Memorial Bridge, symbol of U.S. strength, to close lanes for repairs

Because of corrosion, officials will close 2 lanes for up to 9 months. Most buses face an indefinite ban.

D.C. doctor’s Rx: A stroll in the park instead of a trip to the pharmacy

D.C. doctor’s Rx: A stroll in the park instead of a trip to the pharmacy

There are medical benefits to simply being outdoors, he says, so he’s built a database of green spaces.

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American wore a wire and helped build the case against FIFA officials

American wore a wire and helped build the case against FIFA officials

Chuck Blazer, a key figure in the history of American soccer, pleaded guilty to crimes in 2013.

Iowa’s GOP straw poll, once a kingmaker, fading into irrelevance

Iowa’s GOP straw poll, once a kingmaker, fading into irrelevance

Some Iowa Republicans, fed up with the spectacle in 2011, have worked to cripple it or at least tone it down.

Iran’s evidence in Post reporter’s ‘espionage’ trial is a job application

Iran’s evidence in Post reporter’s ‘espionage’ trial is a job application

Jason Rezaian, imprisoned in Iran, applied unsuccessfully for a position in the Obama administration.

Flames! Flag! Eagle! Paul is shirtless (sort of) and ready to rumble in ad.

Flames! Flag! Eagle! Paul is shirtless (sort of) and ready to rumble in ad.

A Super PAC has taken out the first Republican-on-Republican ad of the 2016 election cycle.

Real Estate

Whimsical details abound in English Tudor manor on Severn River

Whimsical details abound in English Tudor manor on Severn River

HOUSE OF THE WEEK | The home is considered one of Maryland’s grandest, early-20th-century abodes.

National

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

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.

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