Air search is suspended for AirAsia flight

The Singapore-bound jet had 162 people aboard and lost contact with air traffic control 42 minutes after takeoff, when the plane was over the Java Sea.

For the mentally ill, a chance to take charge of their lives

Kelvin Cook, 33, is one of thousands across the country moving from an adult care facility to life on his own, with all of the complications.

The south side of the White House was hit by gunfire in 2011. (Getty Images)

The Secret Service’s slow, steady slide

Recent security lapses can be traced to rapidly growing demands on the agency after 9/11, combined with tight budgets and the loss of experienced staff that left the agency in a weakened state.

Local News

McDonnell daughter says former governor’s downfall is mom’s fault

McDonnell daughter says former governor’s downfall is mom’s fault

Two of the ex-Virginia governor’s children wrote letters seeking leniency for Robert McDonnell.

It’s still mild, but clouds are moving
in, and showers are likely by midday

It’s still mild, but clouds are moving <br>in, and showers are likely by midday

WEATHER GANG | Some rain showers are likely today, and light snow is possible Monday night.

Safety office: D.C. transportation officials misled on streetcar system

Safety office: D.C. transportation officials misled on streetcar system

District agencies have continued to argue as the transit line’s target opening date nears.

Increased spotlight magnifies Redskins’ persistent problems

Increased spotlight magnifies Redskins’ persistent problems

In Washington, losing has become ingrained in the environment of a once-proud franchise.

On game day, ‘Redskins’ protesters rally for support near FedEx Field

On game day, ‘Redskins’ protesters rally for support near FedEx Field

As the NFL team prepares for its season finale, demonstrators demand a name change.

New name urged for local fountain named after a white supremacist

New name urged for local fountain named after a white supremacist

Francis Griffith Newlands essentially created Chevy Chase, but he also called blacks “a race of children.”

After more than 80 years of sweet treats, doors closing at Heller’s

After more than 80 years of sweet treats, doors closing at Heller’s

A sense of melancholy was evident among patrons as they bid farewell to the Mount Pleasant institution.

Incoming GOP governor, Democratic attorney general seek comity in Md.

Incoming GOP governor, Democratic attorney general seek comity in Md.

But Brian Frosh crafted some of the laws that Larry Hogan campaigned against, and divisive issues loom.

There’s just no explaining 2014

There’s just no explaining 2014

The Clooney nuptials — they tied the knot at a Chuck E. Cheese, right? — is just part of this madcap recap.

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At NYPD funeral, police pay their respects, show their frustrations

At NYPD funeral, police pay their respects, show their frustrations

The service for Rafael Ramos was part solemn memorial and, for some, part counterprotest.

Divide over police and justice system isn’t just racial — it’s partisan, too

Divide over police and justice system isn’t just racial — it’s partisan, too

The differences are stark between blacks and whites, but a split also emerges depending on ideology.

American tourists eager to see Cuba face a long wait and tight restrictions

American tourists eager to see Cuba face a long wait and tight restrictions

Despite the new access, Americans will probably not be able to simply go sip rum in the sunshine.

Politics

Divide over police and justice system isn’t just racial — it’s partisan, too

Divide over police and justice system isn’t just racial — it’s partisan, too

The differences are stark between blacks and whites, but a split also emerges depending on ideology.

Real Estate

Mortgage rates wander up slightly heading into holiday

Mortgage rates wander up slightly heading into holiday

The 30-year fixed-rate average edged up to 3.83 percent, but has remained below 4 percent for all but two weeks since October.

Going Out Guide

Heller’s Bakery to close

Heller’s Bakery to close

One of the District’s oldest bakeries will close this week due to unpaid rent. Here’s a look back at its storied history.

Business

First he built the Au Bon Pain empire.
Then he made Panera omnipresent.

First he built the Au Bon Pain empire. <br>Then he made Panera omnipresent.

WHEN WE WERE SMALL | How Ron Shaich turned the fast-casual cafe in a billion-dollar business.

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