Hastert accused of paying victim of molestation

The former House speaker allegedly paid a male ex-student to keep quiet about acts that took place decades ago, a federal law enforcement official said.

Why don’t Americans feel better about the economy?

The newfound prudence of American consumers has turned into the country’s core economic dilemma.

Shotaro Abe, 6, trains on Saturdays and Sundays. (The Washington Post)

Sumo groups hope skinny Japanese kids can recapture their nation’s glory

As foreigners dominate in competition, officials struggle to draw the attention of children who have lost interest in their national sport.

Local News

Baltimore’s blight puts O’Malley on
the defensive in his presidential bid

Baltimore’s blight puts O’Malley on <br>the defensive in his presidential bid

Can the city tell the nation that the former mayor is the Democrat most ready to solve urban problems?

Police: Wife and her lover brutally beat Takoma Park man to death

Police: Wife and her lover brutally beat Takoma Park man to death

Larlane Brown and Hussain Zadeh are being held without bond in the death of 73-year-old Cecil Brown.

‘She overcame much and excelled at everything she put her hand to’

‘She overcame much and excelled at everything she put her hand to’

D.C. journalist Charnice Milton was shot and killed at a bus stop after an assignment on Wednesday.

As boomers hit retirement, they’re having to learn how to act their age

As boomers hit retirement, they’re having to learn how to act their age

Several classes in the D.C. area target a demographic that seems to see itself as forever young.

Ashburn high school video shows missing SATs getting picked up by UPS

Ashburn high school video shows  missing SATs getting picked up by UPS

The standardized test answer sheets vanished on their way to be scored, frustrating several students.

The 2015 Post Hunt promises brainteasers, puns and fun

The 2015 Post Hunt promises brainteasers, puns and fun

The annual afternoon of puzzles built into the D.C. landscape starts at Freedom Plaza at noon Sunday.

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New investment in middle schools? Many don’t see it in Bowser’s budget.

New investment in middle schools? Many don’t see it in Bowser’s budget.

The D.C. mayor’s spending plan doesn’t fund new programs to keep students in the public system.

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FBI notifies crime labs of errors used in DNA match calculations since 1999

FBI notifies crime labs of errors used in DNA match calculations since 1999

The errors are unlikely to reverse cases, the FBI said, but labs and attorneys want to know more.

Iran’s revolutionary courts are criticized as swift and unjust

Iran’s revolutionary courts are criticized as swift and unjust

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is being tried in a system known for preordained verdicts.

A shadow of suspicion hangs over world soccer’s governing body

A shadow of suspicion hangs over world soccer’s governing body

ON SOCCER | Much of FIFA still resists change, but some countries hope to force it on the organization.

Why the IRS’s efforts to help identity theft victims are likely to fall short

Why the IRS’s efforts to help identity theft victims are likely to fall short

Criminals can pose as the victims to claim government benefits, which aren’t tracked in credit histories.

What it really means for someone
to rely on food stamps and welfare

What it really means for someone <br>to rely on food stamps and welfare

WONKBLOG | Americans who live below the poverty line represent a shifting population.

Fewer songs by women would help country radio, industry expert says

Fewer songs by women would help country radio, industry expert says

Setting off a firestorm in Nashville, he said playing too many female artists on air is bad for ratings.

A creationist museum supporter stumbles upon a major fossil find

A creationist museum supporter stumbles upon a major fossil find

For those who believe the world is 6,000 years old, what happens when a 60-million-year-old fossil is found?

Politics

Bernie Sanders: So hot right now

Bernie Sanders: So hot right now

THE FIX | The rumpled Vermont independent has quickly emerged as the leading rival to Hillary Clinton’s juggernaut candidacy.

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

Fiance’s kayaking death was an alcohol-related accident, woman’s lawyer says

Fiance’s kayaking death was an alcohol-related accident, woman’s lawyer says

Angelika Graswald faces murder charges after the body of Vincent Viafore was recovered on the Hudson River.

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