Fatal checkpoint gunfight raises Ukraine tensions

The Russian Foreign Ministry seizes on the clash as evidence the government can’t keep order despite Easter truce.

Camaraderie of military life leaves veterans with a void

Camaraderie of military life leaves veterans with a void

The transition to civilian life becomes defined by isolation for many.

Elyse Morehead, 3, hunts for Easter eggs in Paducah, Ky. (AP)

Five myths about Easter

OUTLOOK | When death and resurrection mix with bunnies and chocolate eggs, you get the most misunderstood of holy days.

Local News

Judge sends Md. man, free after 4 murder charges, to prison for burglary

Judge sends Md. man, free after 4 murder charges, to prison for burglary

Raoul “Manny” Hughes will be locked up 25 years after his conviction for taking jewelry.

Teenage party in Potomac ends
with fights and two stabbings

Police say the violence started at the house party after uninvited guests showed up and didn’t leave.

There won’t be dinosaurs on the Mall, but no need to roam far to find more

There won’t be dinosaurs on the Mall, but no need to roam far to find more

While the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum exhibit is renovated, explore beyond the beltway.

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Navy looks at sleep research to
address fatigue on submarines

Navy looks at sleep research to <br>address fatigue on submarines

Study shows that sailors, who typically work every 18 hours, aren’t as tired on a more natural schedule.

Divers pull bodies from sunken ferry
as hope fades among those left behind

Divers pull bodies from sunken ferry<br>  as hope fades among those left behind

Korean officials release a transcript that sheds light on confusion aboard over evacuations as the ship tipped.

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Boxer whose wrongful conviction came to symbolize racial injustice dies at 76

Boxer whose wrongful conviction came to symbolize racial injustice dies at 76

“Hurricane” spent 19 years in prison for the deaths of three whites before the convictions were overturned.

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Racism, violence, drunkenness
‘hijacking’ Dartmouth’s future

Racism, violence, drunkenness <br>‘hijacking’ Dartmouth’s future

Ivy League college’s president offers an unusually candid campus assessment and promises change.

Having trouble sleeping? Here are foods to seek out — and to avoid.

Having trouble sleeping? Here are foods to seek out — and to avoid.

You can find claims about all kinds of foods that will help you sleep, but what does science really say?

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.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 9: Diana Minshall, one of the younger homeowners of Georgetown, taking a walk with Teddy, a 10-year-old Golden Retreiver on April, 09, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Diana Minshall owns a home in Georgetown. (Bill O'Leary/Post)

Georgetown’s quiet boom

As other parts of Washington get the hip restaurants and slick condos, this enclave prospers, too, in its own understated way.

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Blue search light cast by South Korean Coast Guard helicopter shows a sunken ferry in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Fears rose Thursday for the fate of more than 280 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea. (AP Photo/Yonhap)  KOREA OUT

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Best news photos of the week

PHOTOS | Our favorite images include a ferry accident in the Yellow Sea and a gaucho rodeo in Uruguay.

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Capitol dome gets a little TLC

INTERACTIVE | Extensive repairs are underway on the leaks, cracks and corrosion dotting the cast-iron dome.

Featured Photo Galleries

Best news photos of the week

A look at some of our favorite images from the week of April 13.

After the Wars: ‘Ugh. I miss it.’

Returning to civilian life can be a shift from camaraderie to isolation.

Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies

The former boxer was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1967, spending almost two decades in jail before being exonerated.

Families mourn Nepalese Sherpas

The deadly avalanche on Mount Everest was a brutal reminder of the risks they face.

Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge and son in New Zealand, Australia

The British royal family are visiting New Zealand and then Australia.

Landslide in Wyoming picks up speed

The slide in Jackson, first noticed April 4, had been moving at a rate of about an inch a day.

A change in justice on Indian reservations

Pascua Yaqui is one of three tribes chosen for pilot project allowing prosecution of non-tribal men.

Chelsea Clinton through the years

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

Politics

Stevens: Justices may weigh politics when retiring

Stevens: Justices may weigh politics when retiring

“It’s an appropriate thing to think about your successor,” retired justice said.

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

‘Mad Men’ star Christina Hendricks talks Season 7, Joan’s evolution and getting ready for the end

‘Mad Men’ star Christina Hendricks talks Season 7, Joan’s evolution and getting ready for the end

“[The men] don’t know how to see someone smart and talented and powerful and also take pride in how they look,” Christina says of the male characters’ reaction to Joan.

Arts

Spirit of Professor Longhair alive at annual jazz festival

Spirit of Professor Longhair alive at annual jazz festival

Two film projects are in the works to tell the life story of Henry Roeland “Fess” Byrd, who died in 1980.

Local Columnists

The return of the ring(s)

COLUMN | David Copperfield has nothing on this amazing magic trick, 30 years in the making.

Sports

Postseason position

Postseason position

COLUMN | With the postseason underway, Couch Slouch offers his 24-second guide to this year’s NBA playoffs.

Federal Government

Does the GPO need a Web-savvy name?

Does the GPO need a Web-savvy name?

FEDERAL EYE | A bipartisan bill would swap “printing” for “publishing” to better reflect the agency’s digital-age offerings.

Going Out Guide

Free and Easy: Ella Fitzgerald and Spring Arts Festival

Free and Easy: Ella Fitzgerald and Spring Arts Festival

The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.

Technology

Here’s how Washington is preparing for a future of wireless everything

Here’s how Washington is preparing for a future of wireless everything

The FCC expects to set aside at least 18 megahertz of spectrum for unlicensed uses in its upcoming broadcast auction.

Business

Barry Ritholtz: What’s gone up won’t always come down

Barry Ritholtz: What’s gone up won’t always come down

You might think that after last year’s strong gains, the markets might be due for a breather, but . . .

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

Phillip Hayes Dean, ‘Paul Robeson’ playwright, dies at 83

Phillip Hayes Dean, ‘Paul Robeson’ playwright, dies at 83

Playwright’s dramatic portrait of the singer, actor and activist faced a backlash at its premiere in the 1970s.

Diversions