Jobless caught in long-term trap with few escapes

New research shows that many of the long-term unemployed who finally land work can’t hold onto those jobs, and economists say that those people could become a permanent underclass.

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing 12 guides

Four Sherpa guides remain missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were injured.

Police in Watertown, Mass., following the Boston Marathon attack. (Getty)

ESSAY | A year ago, the author found himself at the frightening scene where police confronted the suspected Boston Marathon bombers.

Local News

Woodson High parents seek action at Fairfax school after 6 student suicides

Woodson High parents seek action at Fairfax school after 6 student suicides

They want school administrators to help students cope with stress and other issues before problems arise.

Strangers linked in death by heroin

Strangers linked in death by heroin

They were young, loved and full of potential. And none of their mothers was prepared to bury them.

Sunnier and warmer this weekend

Sunnier and warmer this weekend

CAPITAL WEATHER GANG | Clouds and ocean air kept us fairly cool today, but a nice weekend awaits.

This baby squirrel is recovering at City Wildlife after a 75-foot fall onto a sidewalk. The image was shared hundreds of times on social media after it was posted by the wildlife rehabilitation center.

City Wildlife's mini-celebrity suffers a broken ankle. (CW)

After a tumble from tree, a baby squirrel becomes a starlet

Young squirrels fall out of trees frequently. This cute one became a bit of a Facebook celebrity.

The D.C. ospreys’ long journey home

The D.C. ospreys’ long journey home

After wintering in South America, two ospreys named Ron and Rodney return to D.C., arriving days apart.

At Hot N Juicy, you get crawfish with
a side order of sexual innuendo

At Hot N Juicy, you get crawfish with <br>a side order of sexual innuendo

REVIEW | Go for the crawfish, but only when they’re from Louisiana. Otherwise, what’s the point?

More Top Stories

S. Korean ferry passengers told to stay put after captain abandoned ship

S. Korean ferry passengers told to stay put after captain abandoned ship

Compounding the tragedy, a surviving high school vice principal committed suicide, media reported.

Pro-Russian activists defy accord, maintain grip in eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian activists defy accord, maintain grip in eastern Ukraine

Militants say they will pull back if Ukrainian forces also withdraw.

The real reason people
root for Chelsea Clinton

The real reason people<br>root for Chelsea Clinton

COLUMN | Seeing the former first daughter happy feels like payback for all the years she was a target.

Editors’ Picks

Washington, DC - March 27, 2014: Peep diorama's were photographed at The Washington Post in Washington, DC on Thursday March 27, 2014. (Photo by Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post)

(Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Post)

The best of Peeps Show 2014

PHOTOS | What kinds of scenes come together when marshmallow, ingenuity and tiny props are involved?

WASHINGTON, DC  April 9, 2014.  
Rustic Omelet Cake photographed in Washington, DC.  Photo by Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

(Deb Lindsey / For The Washington Post)

The best ways to cook eggs

PHOTOS | Turn one of the most versatile foods into a nutritious meal, from breakfast to dinner.

Featured Photo Galleries

Photos of the day

Scenes from Holy Week events, South Korean ferry search efforts, macaw conservation and more.

Scenes of Pompeii

Italy’s culture minister inaugurated three restored ancient homes at Pompeii with the aim of attracting Easter visitors.

Images of space: 2014

Discoveries in our solar system and beyond.

The search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects

Shortly after the Boston bombing in 2013, police searched for the suspects in Watertown, Mass.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

The Nobel Prize-winning author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” influenced generations of writers around the world.

Chelsea Clinton through the years

The former first daughter is a special correspondent for NBC News and works with the Clinton Foundation.

Peeps Show 2014 winner and finalists

PHOTOS | Judges whittled 700-plus dioramas in our annual contest to select these top five entries.

Animal views

Fun and fascinating creatures around the world.

Politics

The top 11 Senate races of 2014

The top 11 Senate races of 2014

THE FIX | The battle to define state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) is on in North Carolina.

Real Estate

House of the Week | Kalorama home for $5.25M

House of the Week | Kalorama home for $5.25M

The former residence of William H.G. FitzGerald gets a facelift.

Lifestyle

‘Orphan Black’ returns, engineered to near-perfection

‘Orphan Black’ returns, engineered to near-perfection

TV REVIEW | Tatiana Maslany’s brilliant performance(s) as a group of clones is worth all the silliness.

Arts

‘Peter Pan’ is modern, family-friendly fun

‘Peter Pan’ is modern, family-friendly fun

The ballet succeeds with a strong cast despite some missteps in choreography along the way.

Local Columnists

E-cig ads target a new generation.
Don’t let Big Tobacco get away with it.

E-cig ads target a new generation. <br>Don’t let Big Tobacco get away with it.

COLUMN | The “vape” market is a growing one, and it’s not too late to stop teens from getting hooked.

Sports

Nats lose in 8-0 blowout to Cardinals

Nats lose in 8-0 blowout to Cardinals

Shoddy defense and an inept offense produce an 8-0 blowout at the hands of defending NL champions.

Federal Government

Feds Talk: How do they feel about political appointments?

Feds Talk: How do they feel about political appointments?

FEDERAL EYE | We asked federal workers in a survey this week to share their thoughts about the prevalence of political appointees in the government.

Going Out Guide

Another round! 21 fresh bars for every occasion

Another round! 21 fresh bars for every occasion

A toast to Washington’s fresh batch of bars: Places to sip, snack and celebrate right now.

Technology

Michaels: Nearly 3 million customers hit by breach

Michaels: Nearly 3 million customers hit by breach

Retailer posts list of stores affected by breach, including several in the Washington area.

Business

The British want to stop Starbucks from dodging taxes. It won’t work.

The British want to stop Starbucks from dodging taxes. It won’t work.

Tax experts also suspect that Starbucks could ultimately end up paying less in taxes, not more, by going to London.

Discussions

Q&A with ‘Clean Person’ Jolie Kerr

Q&A with ‘Clean Person’ Jolie Kerr

TRANSCRIPT | Tips for dealing with a cluttered house and annoying stains.

Obituaries

Armando Peraza, world-recognized drummer, dies at 89

Armando Peraza, world-recognized drummer, dies at 89

The Cuban-born musician performed with Carlos Santana for nearly two decades.

Diversions