Tensions rise after slayings of NYPD officers

As the strain mounts between the police and City Hall, attention turned to the shooter, who posted that he would kill officers as retribution for the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Mayor De Blasio faces crisis, resentment by city’s police

New York’s mayor and police department have had a contentious relationship since his 2013 campaign.

An undated photo of Assata Shakur, who fled to Cuba in 1979. (AP)

Cuba harbors a wanted U.S. fugitive. What happens to Assata Shakur now?

Thirty years ago, the fugitive, who is Tupac Shakur’s godmother, fled to Cuba after being convicted in the slaying of a New Jersey state trooper. Now officials are renewing calls for her return.

Local News

Virginia’s HOT lanes aren’t everything advocates hoped or critics feared

Virginia’s HOT lanes aren’t everything advocates hoped or critics feared

GRIDLOCK | But, 15 years after the conversation started, commuters are still trying to figure them out.

Forecast starts to turn Monday, with a Christmas storm waiting in the wings

Forecast starts to turn Monday, with a Christmas storm waiting in the wings

WEATHER GANG | Our lump of coal could arrive Christmas Eve in the form of wind-driven and heavy rains.

Firing this principal makes no sense

Firing this principal makes no sense

COLUMN | Peter Cahall has made progress at D.C.’s Wilson High. Yet his contract is not being renewed.

With win against the Eagles, Gruden
can count on not getting fired

With win against the Eagles, Gruden <br>can count on not getting fired

COLUMN | For better or worse, the coach and RGIII will likely get a chance for a do-over next season.

A bowl of late-night comfort

A bowl of late-night comfort

PLATE LAB | Izakaya Seki’s garlic fried rice seems simple, but making it requires a little attention.

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Grandma’s obsession with straight tinsel, and other Christmas gems

Grandma’s obsession with straight tinsel, and other Christmas gems<br>

COLUMN | Among the memories that come flooding back each year: My grandmother ironed her tinsel.

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Obama to name No. 2 at Justice Dept.

Obama to name No. 2 at Justice Dept.

Sally Yates, the U.S. attorney in Atlanta is expected to be Obama’s pick for deputy attorney general.

Russians keep paying the price
for their leaders’ incompetence

Russians keep paying the price <br>for their leaders’ incompetence

WONKBLOG | Whether it’s 1989, 1998 or 2014, the nation’s economy crashes every time oil prices do.

The top ‘Simpsons’ scenes that ‘MythBusters’ should re-create

The top ‘Simpsons’ scenes that ‘MythBusters’ should re-create

As the Discovery Channel show enters its 13th season, here’s what it should prove — or disprove.

Politics

Obama: North Korea hack ‘cyber vandalism,’

Obama: North Korea hack ‘cyber vandalism,’

The president also draws criticism from some Republicans over his overall response to the hack.

Sports

Gruden finds a blueprint to help Griffin succeed

Gruden finds a blueprint to help Griffin succeed

COLUMN | In 27-24 win against the Eagles, Jay Gruden devised a plan that helped Robert Griffin III play well enough to win.

Real Estate

Renovation integrates 1950’s house into a contemporary design

Renovation integrates 1950’s house into a contemporary design

HOUSE OF THE WEEK | The Spring Valley home feels modern, but kept its traditional warmth and intimacy.

Federal Government

Obama gives federal workers a modest pay raise

Obama gives federal workers a modest pay raise

FEDERAL EYE | The 1% increase is small compared with those given in past presidential administrations.

National

Obama commuted less than 1% of 100,000 jailed for minor drug crimes

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WONKBLOG | WONKBLOG | The president has been unforgiving with clemency, granting it for 1 in 213 cases.

Business

Fixing the broken U.S. talent flow

Fixing the broken U.S. talent flow

PART 6 | An exceptional economy has been lost because Americans stopped doing exceptional work.

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