Hastert indicted over alleged secret payments

The longest-serving Republican speaker in the history of the U.S. House faces charges that he violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5 million to an unnamed individual to cover up “past misconduct.”

The shoreline of California's Salton Sea. (Bonnie Jo Mount/Post)

What’s going on at Calif.’s largest lake illustrates fight over water in West

The Salton Sea, once a playground for Hollywood stars in the 1950s and ’60s, needs more water — but so does just about every other place in the state amid an epic drought.

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Can you spell co-champions?
National Spelling Bee ends in tie.

Can you spell co-champions?  <br>National Spelling Bee ends in tie.

One winner was from Kansas, the other from Missouri. It marked the fifth time that two people won.

Memorial Bridge, symbol of U.S. strength, to close lanes for repairs

Memorial Bridge, symbol of U.S. strength, to close lanes for repairs

Because of corrosion, officials will close 2 lanes for up to 9 months. Most buses face an indefinite ban.

Local journalist among 6 killed in
6 days across District of Columbia

Local journalist among 6 killed in <br>6 days across District of Columbia

The violence included a freeway shooting and the slaying of a woman at her apartment building.

Prince George’s Council approves first hike in property taxes since 1978

Prince George’s Council approves first hike in property taxes since 1978

The council voted for a budget that would raise the tax rate by 4 percent, generating $34 million for schools.

Rats in your home should gross you out. Dealing with it is your problem.

Rats in your home should gross you out. Dealing with it is your problem.

What can the Department of Public Works do if you have rats around? In many cases, not a whole lot.

Metro says no to issue-oriented ads

Metro says no to issue-oriented ads

The transit system’s board voted to ban them after a group tried to place ads featuring a Muhammad cartoon.

D.C. doctor’s Rx: A stroll in the park instead of a trip to the pharmacy

D.C. doctor’s Rx: A stroll in the park instead of a trip to the pharmacy

There are medical benefits to simply being outdoors, he says, so he’s built a database of green spaces.

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Iowa’s GOP straw poll, once a kingmaker, fading into irrelevance

Iowa’s GOP straw poll, once a kingmaker, fading into irrelevance

Some Iowa Republicans, fed up with the spectacle in 2011, have worked to cripple it or at least tone it down.

He had a 3.5-pound tumor, months
to live. Here’s how he survived.

He had a 3.5-pound tumor, months <br> to live. Here’s how he survived.

Immune therapies are showing unimaginable progress, but experts warn the drugs don’t work for all.

Buckle up — it’s going to be a bumpy ride for Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’

Buckle up — it’s going to be a bumpy ride for Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’

REVIEW | The director misses the point in his latest rom-com, starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone.

A creationist museum supporter stumbles upon a major fossil find

A creationist museum supporter stumbles upon a major fossil find

For those who believe the world is 6,000 years old, what happens when a 60-million-year-old fossil is found?

Federal Government

USPS contract talks stall; federal unions have little to say on pot policy

USPS contract talks stall; federal unions have little to say on pot policy

FEDERAL EYE | The stalemate will not affect mail service, and labor leaders are mostly mum on the prohibition of weed use.

National

Women of all ages more likely to have serious mental health problems than men, report says

Women of all ages more likely to have serious mental health problems than men, report says

New federal report highlights chronic-disease risks and daily life struggles for people with serious mental health problems.

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