Obama heralds 8M sign-ups under health law

He calls the feat a success story that Democrats should “forcefully defend” even as enrollees ages 18 and 34 make up only 28 percent, short of experts’ goal.

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing 12 guides

Four Sherpa guides remain missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were injured.

Queen Elizabeth II is escorted by Peter Cosgrove. (Getty file)

Returning to an era of knights, dames

Some question the Australian PM’s decision on knighthoods in a country that has been independent from Britain for 113 years.

Local News

Strangers linked in death by heroin

Strangers linked in death by heroin

They were young, loved and full of potential. And none of their mothers was prepared to bury them.

Judge deals another blow to defense McDonnell’s in corruption case

Judge deals another blow to defense McDonnell’s in corruption case

A judge rules against the former Va. governor and wife, possibly halting their bid to separate their cases.

Washington and Lee U. administrators urged to atone for Confederate past

Washington and Lee U. administrators urged to atone for Confederate past

Black students want the school to be more welcoming to minority students and to confront its heritage.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 11: 'Ron Harper', a juvenile male osprey (top) with his mate have returned to nest beneath the South Capitol Bridge on the Anacostia in Washington, DC on April 11, 2014. Ron Harper was one of two male osprey were outfitted with an satellite tracking system by Rob Bierregaard to track their migration. Apparently Ron wintered over in Brazil before coming back to DC to build on pylons on the Anacostia River. (He was named after Bryce Harper's father). The other male osprey, Rodney, is expected to return to the area over the weekend. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

"Ron” and his mate nest beneath South Capitol Bridge. (Post)

The D.C. ospreys’ long journey home

After wintering in South America, two ospreys named Ron and Rodney return to D.C., arriving just days apart.

At Hot N Juicy, you get crawfish with
a side order of sexual innuendo

At Hot N Juicy, you get crawfish with <br>a side order of sexual innuendo

REVIEW | Go for the crawfish, but only when they’re from Louisiana. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Baseball panic springs eternal

Baseball panic springs eternal

COLUMN | There are many reasons to be nervous about the Nats, and a few might even turn out to be true.

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S. Korean ferry passengers told to stay put after captain abandoned ship

S. Korean ferry passengers told to stay put after captain abandoned ship

Compounding the tragedy, a surviving high school vice principal committed suicide, media reported.

Pro-Russian activists defy accord, maintain grip in eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian activists defy accord, maintain grip in eastern Ukraine

Militants say they will pull back if Ukrainian forces also withdraw.

Romney returns to political stage, emerging as a Republican star

Romney returns to political stage, emerging as a Republican star

The former candidate is beginning to embrace the role of party elder.

Take your questions to the expert

Take your questions to the expert

LIVE Q&A | Advice for life based on the experiences of someone who has been there.

Editors’ Picks

Washington, DC - March 27, 2014: Peep diorama's were photographed at The Washington Post in Washington, DC on Thursday March 27, 2014. (Photo by Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post)

(Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Post)

The best of Peeps Show 2014

PHOTOS | What kinds of scenes come together when marshmallow, ingenuity and tiny props are involved?

WASHINGTON, DC  April 9, 2014.  
Rustic Omelet Cake photographed in Washington, DC.  Photo by Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

(Deb Lindsey / For The Washington Post)

The best ways to cook eggs

PHOTOS | Turn one of the most versatile foods into a nutritious meal, from breakfast to dinner.

Featured Photo Galleries

Photos of the day

Ukrainian crisis, Iranian mother spares the life of her son’s killer just before his execution, Easter play and more.

Scenes of Pompeii

Italy’s culture minister inaugurated three restored ancient homes at Pompeii with the aim of attracting Easter visitors.

The search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects

Shortly after the Boston bombing in 2013, police searched for the suspects in Watertown, Mass.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

The Nobel Prize-winning author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” influenced generations of writers around the world.

Chelsea Clinton through the years

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

Michelle Obama tells students to dream big

Visiting Howard University, she says a high school diploma is not enough.

Peeps Show 2014 winner and finalists

PHOTOS | Judges whittled 700-plus dioramas in our annual contest to select these top five entries.

Animal views

Fun and fascinating creatures around the world.

Politics

Obama campaign gurus to face off in British vote

Obama campaign gurus to face off in  British vote

David Axelrod signs up for Labor, pitting him against Jim Messina and the Tories.

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

‘Orphan Black’ returns, engineered to near-perfection

‘Orphan Black’ returns, engineered to near-perfection

TV REVIEW | Tatiana Maslany’s brilliant performance(s) as a group of clones is worth all the silliness.

Arts

Moss Hart’s memoir ‘Act One’ opens as Broadway play

Moss Hart’s memoir ‘Act One’ opens as Broadway play

Hart’s memoir converted to Broadway play starring Tony Shalhoub.

Local Columnists

E-cig ads target a new generation.
Don’t let Big Tobacco get away with it.

E-cig ads target a new generation. <br>Don’t let Big Tobacco get away with it.

COLUMN | The “vape” market is a growing one, and it’s not too late to stop teens from getting hooked.

Sports

Nats lose in 8-0 blowout to Cardinals

Nats lose in 8-0 blowout to Cardinals

Shoddy defense and an inept offense produce an 8-0 blowout at the hands of defending NL champions.

Federal Government

Feds Talk: How do they feel about political appointments?

Feds Talk: How do they feel about political appointments?

FEDERAL EYE | We asked federal workers in a survey this week to share their thoughts about the prevalence of political appointees in the government.

Going Out Guide

Another round! 21 fresh bars for every occasion

Another round! 21 fresh bars for every occasion

A toast to Washington’s fresh batch of bars: Places to sip, snack and celebrate right now.

Technology

Michaels: Nearly 3 million customers hit by breach

Michaels: Nearly 3 million customers hit by breach

Retailer posts list of stores affected by breach, including several in the Washington area.

Business

The British want to stop Starbucks from dodging taxes. It won’t work.

The British want to stop Starbucks from dodging taxes. It won’t work.

Tax experts also suspect that Starbucks could ultimately end up paying less in taxes, not more, by going to London.

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

Armando Peraza, world-recognized drummer, dies at 89

Armando Peraza, world-recognized drummer, dies at 89

The Cuban-born musician performed with Carlos Santana for nearly two decades.

Diversions