Under Pierson, agency couldn’t shake turmoil

Julia Pierson was brought in 18 months ago to put an end to business as usual at the Secret Service, but systemic problems persisted.

Texas hospital failed to isolate Ebola patient

The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. sought help at a Dallas hospital but was told he had a common virus.

Crowds outside government offices protest. (EPA)

China warns Hong Kong protesters of ‘unimaginable’ consequences

In a front-page editorial, the flagship newspaper of China’s Communist Party said the protesters have “shamed” Hong Kong.

Local News

Here come the Giants: The Nationals
will face S.F. in NL division series

Here come the Giants: The Nationals <br>will face S.F. in NL division series

The Giants throttled the Pirates — the only team that could rival the Nationals as baseball’s hottest.

Suspect in U-Va. abduction accused of sex assault at 2 colleges he attended

Suspect in U-Va. abduction accused of sex assault at 2 colleges he attended

Jesse “LJ” Matthew Jr., who was not charged in those cases, left the schools shortly after each allegation.

This is the calm before the cool down

This is the calm before the cool down

WEATHER GANG | A cold front — and probably storms — are headed here as the Nats start the playoffs.

He gave a man 27 years and regretted it. Now this judge wants redemption.

He gave a man 27 years and regretted it. Now this judge wants redemption.

Urging clemency, he wants to undo the “unjust” term he was required to put on a low-level drug player.

D.C. teens were playing with loaded handgun when 13-year-old was killed

D.C. teens were playing with loaded handgun when 13-year-old was killed

The death of the NE boy, who was shot in the chest in an apartment, was likely an accident, police say.

High-ranking Democrat endorses independent Catania for D.C. mayor

High-ranking Democrat endorses independent Catania for D.C. mayor

The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association backed him over Muriel Bowser.

Man accused of theft killed executive’s wife and then himself, police say

Man accused of theft killed executive’s wife and then himself, police say

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation worker had been told police would likely be contacted the day before.

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Near Point Lay, Alaska. (Reuters/NOAA)

Near Point Lay, Alaska. (Reuters/NOAA)

As sea ice melts, 35,000 walruses cram together on Alaska shores

Researchers spotted the huge congregation in late September and say it threatens the species.

UberX and other ride-sharing services could soon face stricter rules in D.C.

UberX and other ride-sharing services could soon face stricter rules in D.C.

A D.C. Council member proposed more insurance, a ban on street hails and background checks.

A giant, new face emerges on the Mall

A giant, new face emerges on the Mall

REVIEW | An artist’s stunning new public portrait work in soil and sand pushes the boundaries of art.

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Obama’s controversial decision to wait on immigration is hurting Democrats

Obama’s controversial decision to wait on immigration is hurting Democrats

Activists in key states say it’s increasingly difficult to register Latinos who would vote Democrat.

Are there signs of thaw between China and the exiled Dalai Lama on Tibet?

Are there signs of thaw between China and the exiled Dalai Lama on Tibet?

The Dalai Lama said talks are continuing with China about a return visit to the homeland he fled in 1959.

Ferguson shooting grand jury under investigation for possible misconduct

Ferguson shooting grand jury under investigation for possible misconduct

Posts on Twitter suggest a member of the jury may have discussed the proceedings with a friend.

Who tops shortlist to replace Holder?

Who tops shortlist to replace Holder?

Many names have been floated, but the list appears to be narrowing.

Local Columnists

Nats’ success astounds old D.C. fans
of the Washington Senators

Nats’ success astounds old D.C. fans <br>of the Washington Senators

COLUMN | For former fans of the hapless Senators, a winning team is a contradiction in terms.

Sports

Find an autographed Jayson Werth gnome, win Nats playoff tickets

Find an autographed Jayson Werth gnome, win Nats playoff tickets

DC SPORTS BOG | Gnome Madness has now led to hidden gnomes throughout the metropolitan area.

Real Estate

How first-time home buyers can beat the odds

How first-time home buyers can beat the odds

Sign up for e-mail alerts with your agent so you can be notified when a property in your price range first hits the market.

Federal Government

Hearing hits Secret Service problem: Work culture

Hearing hits Secret Service problem: Work culture

FEDERAL DIARY | The agency’s director was bombarded during a House committee hearing.

National

Pentagon to target hospitals providing poor care

Pentagon to target hospitals providing poor care

The Defense Department healthcare system performs well on the whole, but certain facilities do not, a review found.

Lifestyle

Fox’s ‘Gracepoint’: When TV’s copy machine gets jammed

Fox’s ‘Gracepoint’: When TV’s copy machine gets jammed

TV REVIEW | To enjoy this mystery series redux, you have to pretend ‘Broadchurch’ never happened.

Arts

A giant, new face emerges on the Mall

A giant, new face emerges on the Mall

REVIEW | An artist’s stunning new public portrait work in soil and sand pushes the boundaries of art.

Business

Washington’s unemployment rate continues to climb

Washington’s unemployment rate continues to climb

Government labor force, professional services firms continue to shrink, holding back the area’s recovery.

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