Watchdog said to alter reports to shield USAID

The inspector general’s office removed many critical findings and had increasingly become a defender of the agency under the acting inspector general, employees said.

    U.S. to train Syrians only
    in defensive role

    Officials do not believe the units will be able to seize towns from the Islamic State without the help of U.S. combat troops, which President Obama has ruled out.

    Two Israeli immigrants have opened a business in Berlin. (A. Faiola/Post)

    Former Nazi capital becomes a
    beacon for waves of young Israelis

    The wave of newcomers from Israel is accelerating the rebirth of Jewish culture in the country that nearly extinguished it.

      Local News

      Another man jumps White House fence, is captured on North Lawn

      Another man jumps White House fence, is captured on North Lawn

      Officials said the man, identified as Dominic Adesanya, 23, was caught after being bitten by a guard dog.

      The rain has moved out, but gusting winds up to 30 mph are still in town

      The rain has moved out, but gusting winds up to 30 mph are still in town

      WEATHER GANG | The sun will make only a few brief appearances as highs struggle to reach the 60s.

      Briar Woods High football players being investigated for alleged assaults

      Briar Woods High football players being investigated for alleged assaults

      Loudoun County authorities are looking into claims that two junior varsity players were assaulted.

      Female substitute teacher accused of having sex with D.C. charter student

      Female substitute teacher accused of having sex with D.C. charter student

      Police say the encounter occurred at Options Public Charter, behind the 22-year-old teacher’s desk.

      Confessions of a Metro commuter

      Confessions of a Metro commuter

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      WASHINGTON, DC - OCT14: A DC streetcar in testing stops before the intersection of H Street and 3rd Street, NE, October 16, 2014. The streetcars haven't started carrying passengers but are already slowing down Metro buses (and other traffic) on H Street. (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post)

      An SUV turns in front of a streetcar in testing on H Street. (Post)

      Streetcar test runs lead to snarled traffic, accidents and questions

      D.C. intends to start the service this year, but basic safety and operation questions are still unanswered.

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      Kevin Vickers, gun in hand, after taking out killer. (CBC)

      Kevin Vickers, gun in hand, after taking out killer. (CBC)

      'Thank God' for Kevin Vickers, Canada's new national hero

      Amid the chaos, parliament’s sergeant-at-arms calmly retrieved his gun and prevented a massacre in Ottawa.

      Wizards are hobbling from freakish injuries as season opener looms

      Wizards are hobbling from freakish injuries as season opener looms

      The roster, constantly in flux from injuries and suspensions, is still trying to find its chemistry.

      For gardeners, there are plenty of
      fall chores in addition to harvesting

      For gardeners, there are plenty of <br>fall chores in addition to harvesting

      In October, the garden requires a flurry of cleaning, harvesting, preserving — and planting.

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      Canada gunman classified
      as a ‘high-risk traveler’

      Canada gunman classified <br> as a ‘high-risk traveler’

      The shooter killed a soldier and opened fire inside the Parliament building, shocking a country.

      Testimony of some witnesses said to back officer in Ferguson shooting

      Testimony of some witnesses said to back officer in Ferguson shooting

      Michael Brown and Darren Wilson fought for the officer’s gun, interviews and the autopsy indicate.

      Dallas nurse Amber Vinson free
      of Ebola virus, family says

      Dallas nurse Amber Vinson free <br> of Ebola virus, family says

      Vinson has been approved for transfer from isolation at Emory University Hospital, her family said.

      The best places in the world
      to be a rich foreigner

      The best places in the world <br> to be a rich foreigner

      WORLDVIEWS | New rankings point to the allure of Asia, but which country topped the list?

      Local Columnists

      Barras: Swimming with sharks

      Barras: Swimming with sharks

      Muriel Bowser’s campaign is surrounded by shady characters.

      Sports

      Capitals open road trip with loss to Edmonton Oilers

      Capitals open road trip with loss to Edmonton Oilers

      Hamstrung by untimely penalties and turnovers, the Capitals fell 3-2, suffering their first regulation loss of the season.

      Real Estate

      A restored Victorian with a distinct personality

      A restored Victorian with a distinct personality

      The Lauber-Hoffman home is filled with art and furnishings from the far corners of the world — and wine.

      Federal Government

      Transgender federal employee wins historic discrimination case

      FEDERAL EYE | The Office of Special Counsel said the Army discriminated against a transgender civilian employee.

      Lifestyle

      Facebook finds friends among the senior set

      Facebook finds friends among the senior set

      Age and technical difficulties aside, seniors apply the lessons of life to the etiquette of the Internet.

      Arts

      ‘Us’: A fractured family’s trip into parenthood’s regrets

      ‘Us’: A fractured family’s trip into parenthood’s regrets

      Author David Nicholls paints a picture of a summer holiday sprinkled with as much humor as tragedy.

      Business

      A big profitable company that lets its workers go surfing

      A big profitable company that lets its workers go surfing

      Can a business that pampers its employees be profitable? It works for Patagonia.

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