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.

Strasburg exits another game early

Strasburg exits another game early

The Nationals starter left with a sore neck in the second inning of Friday’s eventual loss to the Reds.

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.

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.

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.

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.

More Top Stories

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.

Verdicts often set before trials take place in Iran’s revolutionary courts

Verdicts often set before trials take place in Iran’s revolutionary courts

The case of The Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian may stem from Iranian political infighting.

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.

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.

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.

Sports

Another early exit for Strasburg as Nationals fall to Reds, 5-2

Another early exit for Strasburg as Nationals fall to Reds, 5-2

Right-hander leaves in second with apparent injury as Washington falls in the opener of series in Cincinnati.

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

Nebraska banned the death penalty, but opponents say the fight isn’t over.

Nebraska banned the death penalty, but opponents say the fight isn’t over.

For foes of capital punishment, the bill’s passage offered a moment of relief after a long, emotional debate.

Business

Start your engine and stop your watch

Start your engine and stop your watch

New laws in Canada and other countries require motorists to take a time out from wearable gadgets.

Diversions