57,000 federal workers paid for long absences

Over three years, federal workers cost taxpayers $775 million in salary while on extended paid leave of at least a month — waiting to be cleared or punished for misbehavior, records show.

    U.S. and Turkey give Kurds a boost in Islamic State clash

    Turkey said it would allow Iraqi Kurds passage to Syria, and the U.S. announced it had dropped weapons and aid to Kobane where Kurdish fighters have been battling the militants.

    Street vendors sell "Crazy Doritos" in Mexico City. (Nick Miroff/Post)

    A snack craze on Mexican streets that starts with Doritos and goes on and on

    “Crazy Doritos” — a combo of corn chips, pork rinds, veggies and sauce — emerge from the snack laboratory of street-food culture.

    Local News

    National board knew of accusations against D.C. rabbi for at least 2 years

    National board knew of accusations against D.C. rabbi for at least 2 years

    Converts alleged non-sexual misconduct while he led a “protocol and standards” group.

    The pay gap on security clearances is narrowing for the first time in 6 years

    The pay gap on security clearances is narrowing for the first time in 6 years

    Access to confidential information is still a hot commodity in D.C., but it doesn’t pay like it used to.

    Police probe area around discovered remains for clues on U-Va. student

    Police probe area around discovered remains for clues on U-Va. student

    A body found Saturday is thought to be 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who vanished on Sept. 13.

    The Redskins finally managed to eke out a win, but this team is not saved

    The Redskins finally managed to eke out a win, but this team is not saved

    COLUMN | While this victory does matter for the win-starved team, it has many issues to work through.

    Three restaurants that narrowly missed a spot in our fall dining guide

    Three restaurants that narrowly missed a spot in our fall dining guide

    The critic explains why Buck’s Fishing & Camping, Restaurant Eve and Vermilion fell off his list.

    What is Metro’s future: New stations on existing lines or another new line?

    What is Metro’s future: New stations on existing lines or another new line?

    Q&A TRANSCRIPT | “Dr. Gridlock” takes your questions (and gripes) on traffic, transit and commuting.

    The tough choice D.C. landlords face: Help low-income tenants or cash in

    The tough choice D.C. landlords face: Help low-income tenants or cash in

    As property values rise and poor renters’ housing vouchers do not, landlords are confronting a crisis.

    Police: Man confessed to slayings,
    led them to at least 7 bodies

    Police: Man confessed to slayings, <br> led them to at least 7 bodies

    The man won’t be named until charges are filed in the deaths in Gary and Hammond, Ind.

    Denmark tries a soft-handed approach to returned Islamist fighters

    Denmark tries a soft-handed approach to returned Islamist fighters

    As other Western countries bar or jail returning jihadists, the port city of Aarhus is taking a novel approach.

    Local Columnists

    Watching her sons battle for equal pedicure rights

    COLUMN | Despite herself, a mother of two boys is uncomfortable with their desire for Hot Wheels orange toenails.

    Sports

    Here is when Kirk Cousins lost the Redskins’ fan base

    Here is when Kirk Cousins lost the Redskins’ fan base

    Based on Twitter mentions, fans also are starting to turn on Coach Jay Gruden, whose fortunes seem to be tied to Cousins.

    Real Estate

    Town Square | Contemporary mansion on James River to be auctioned

    Town Square | Contemporary mansion on James River to be auctioned

    Also new Capitol Hill condos selling quickly.

    Federal Government

    Loop Guidance for new Ebola Czar Ron Klain

    Loop Guidance for new Ebola Czar Ron Klain

    IN THE LOOP | President Obama’s new Ebola “czar,” veteran Washington player Ron Klain, needs to do something fast.

    National

    How a dumb software glitch kept thousands from reaching 911

    How a dumb software glitch kept thousands from reaching 911

    THE SWITCH | The six-hour outage disconnected Washington state from emergency services.

    Lifestyle

    King of Late Night gets his laugh lines

    King of Late Night gets his laugh lines

    Mark Twain Prize honoree Jay Leno holds his own in a house full of stand-up stars.

    Arts

    Music based on Anne Frank’s diary doesn’t reflect her voice

    Music based on Anne Frank’s diary doesn’t reflect her voice

    The choral piece centers on the fear and horror she suffered, not her spirited personality.

    Diversions