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Officials: Dry Christmas tree likely fueled Md. mansion fire that killed 6

2 Israeli soldiers killed in clash with Hezbollah

The fighting marked one of the most serious flare-ups of violence in the area since a war in 2006.

Lynch pledges to mend relations with Congress

As the attorney general nominee’s confirmation hearing begins, Sen. Grassley blasts Eric Holder.

Barack and Michelle Obama in a receiving line in Saudi Arabia. (AP)

Michelle Obama just made a bold political statement in Saudi Arabia

THE FIX | In a country where women can’t drive, Obama gets high marks for her “fashion diplomacy” by not covering her head.

Local News

She’s dead, but she’s still the key witness in her ex-fiance’s rape trial

In testimony given days before she committed suicide, the Fairfax County woman said she was beaten, choked, raped and bound.

Nationals sign veteran reliever Casey Janssen in one-year, $3.5 million deal

Nationals sign veteran reliever Casey Janssen in one-year, $3.5 million deal

The former career Blue Jay will likely fill Tyler Clippard’s old spot in the eighth inning.

Arlington Co. board refuses to let district build new elementary school

Arlington Co. board refuses to let district build new elementary school

School leaders were told they didn’t consider enough alternatives or publicly explain plans.

Everyone seems to despise noisy D.C. restaurants, but I’m in search of them

Everyone seems to despise noisy D.C. restaurants, but I’m in search of them

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | The Post’s dining critic weighs in on your questions about eating in D.C.

It’s sunny but freezing today as we keep an eye on two storm threats

It’s sunny but freezing today as we keep an eye on two storm threats

WEATHER GANG | Thursday afternoon or evening could bring snow, and Sunday could, too.

John Wall played through a migraine — not an Achilles’ injury — last night

John Wall played through a migraine — not an Achilles’ injury — last night

He nearly didn’t play, though not for the official reason listed, then led the Wizards to a comeback win.

The Redskins are even further away from the Super Bowl than they look

The Redskins are even further away from the Super Bowl than they look

FANCY STATS | Sorry, fans, next year is not the year: ESPN just ranked Washington dead last.

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Arrest lifts the veil on the secret life
of the Islamic State leader’s ex-wife

Arrest lifts the veil on the secret life <br> of the Islamic State leader’s ex-wife

An investigation into Saja al-Dulaimi shows how some women are taking bigger roles in militant groups.

Mike Huckabee doesn’t like foul language. Especially from women.

Mike Huckabee doesn’t like foul language. Especially from women.

THE FIX | In the culture warrior’s new book, he expresses “shock” that the fairer sex has a filthy mouth.

Santorum’s claim that all net new jobs since 2000 went to immigrants

Santorum’s claim that all net new jobs since 2000 went to immigrants

FACT CHECKER | Santorum’s figures incited “wows” from crowd, but they do not tell the full story.

After embarrassing incidents, scientists look to share more data

After embarrassing incidents, scientists look to share more data

Centuries after the invention of the scientific method, researchers are recalibrating their requirements.

Sports

Nationals sign veteran reliever Casey Janssen in one-year, $3.5 million deal

Nationals sign veteran reliever Casey Janssen in one-year, $3.5 million deal

NATIONALS JOURNAL | The former career Blue Jay will likely fill Tyler Clippard’s old spot in the eighth inning.

Real Estate

Home buyers’ top five regrets

Home buyers’ top five regrets

Here are some tips to avoid feeling remorse after your purchase.

Federal Government

House panel easily passes veterans sick-leave bill

House panel easily passes veterans sick-leave bill

FEDERAL DIARY | Lawmakers unanimously vote to give disabled vets increased leave but are haunted by partisanship.

National

Blizzard of 2015 broke records in New England

Blizzard of 2015 broke records in New England

WEATHER GANG | Wind gusts peaked at 78 mph on Nantucket, but the island reported sustained gusts above 50 mph for nearly 24 hours.

Business

Pension plans that could be cut under new law

Pension plans that could be cut under new law

WONKBLOG | Pension experts say these retirement plans could see big cuts

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