Decisions after 9/11 led to Secret Service’s decline

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

AirAsia plane with 162 aboard missing in Indonesia

The airliner lost contact with ground control after takeoff from Indonesia on the way to Singapore, and search and rescue operations are underway.

Kelvin Cook in his sparsely decorated apartment. (Matt McClain/Post)

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

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 write letters seeking leniency for Robert McDonnell.

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.

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.

Increased spotlight magnifies Redskins’ persistent problems

Increased spotlight magnifies Redskins’ persistent problems

Small issues often become big ones on a team whose only recent stability has been in last place.

Redskins protesters gearing up for rally offended by nearby event’s title

Redskins protesters gearing up for rally offended by nearby event’s title

The group says organizers of a fundraiser originally called “Scalp out Cancer” are “clueless.”

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.”

Braden Holtby pulls out all the stops as Capitals handle Penguins, 3-0

Braden Holtby pulls out all the stops as Capitals handle Penguins, 3-0

Pittsburgh return for Orpik and Niskanen is a winning one as Holtby stops 31 shots.

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.

How to ask for more money

How to ask for more money

@WORK ADVICE | The best time to ask for more money is before you accept the job.

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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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