Senate reaches deal, paves way for Lynch vote

Debate on the attorney general nominee had been held up due to partisan bickering over an anti-trafficking bill. But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that her confirmation process could begin “in the next day or so.”  

    DEA chief to resign following
    ‘sex parties’ scandal

    Michele Leonhart’s departure follows the release of an inspector general report that detailed a series of incidents alleging misconduct by agents, including parties with prostitutes paid for by cartels.

    An assistant mixes essences in a perfume lab in France. (Reuters)

    Modern life smells so good that it’s killing the cheap perfume industry

    The explosion of specialized scents in household cleaners and body sprays has made the typical American smell cleaner, but it’s been terrible news for the perfume and cologne industry.

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      Fairfax pays $2.95 million to settle
      suit in John Geer police killing

      Fairfax pays $2.95 million to settle <br>suit in John Geer police killing

      The civil suit in the 2013 death ends, but no decision has been made on charging the officer who shot Geer.

      Six Baltimore officers suspended after man’s death while in police custody

      Six Baltimore officers suspended after man’s death while in police custody

      City officials pleaded for calm as they launched an investigation into what happened to Freddie Gray.

      Arlington man’s Mercedes ‘burned
      to a crisp’ after lightning strike

      Arlington man’s Mercedes ‘burned <br>to a crisp’ after lightning strike

      “It looked like something out of a car bomb scene in Iraq or Afghanistan,” the owner said after the blaze.

      Fairfax supervisors approve budget $14 million shy of what schools want

      Fairfax supervisors approve budget $14 million shy of what schools want

      The new budget keeps the tax rate the same and limits raises for county employees in a tough economy.

      What is considered wealthy in D.C.? A net worth of $1.25 million, apparently.

      What is considered wealthy in D.C.? A net worth of $1.25 million, apparently.

      Most area residents said that a personal net worth of $270,000 is enough to be “comfortable.”

      Inn at Little Washington chef has tips to impress the queen or the in-laws

      Inn at Little Washington chef has tips to impress the queen or the in-laws

      In his new book, Patrick O’Connell shares lessons from his over-the-top and more ordinary occasions.

      Second only to July 4: D.C. area
      hosted memorable lightning show

      Second only to July 4: D.C. area <br>hosted memorable lightning show

      WEATHER GANG | As storms lit up the skies Monday night, several dramatic images were captured.

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      Vatican accepts resignation of U.S. bishop convicted of sex abuse coverup

      Vatican accepts resignation of U.S. bishop convicted of sex abuse coverup

      Missouri Bishop Robert Finn had remained in office — a fact that horrified abuse survivors.

      Saudis to end bombing campaign
      that targeted rebels in Yemen

      Saudis to end bombing campaign <br> that targeted rebels in Yemen

      A Saudi general said that allies will focus on rebuilding the country while blocking rebel operations.

      It’s not very bubbly, but 170-year-old shipwrecked champagne tastes sweet

      It’s not very bubbly, but 170-year-old shipwrecked champagne tastes sweet

      The wine was “cheesy” at first but improved after getting some much-needed oxygen.

      Sports

      Kings of the road: Wizards aim to double down on road success

      Kings of the road: Wizards aim to double down on road success

      Washington is 6-1 on the road in the playoffs since last season and could be poised to seize control of the series with a Game 2 win Tuesday.

      Real Estate

      6 key things to decide before your home remodel

      6 key things to decide before your home remodel

      It’s important for the family to sit down and determine the needs of everyone and the desired flow of the house before calling a contractor.

      Federal Government

      Two decades after Oklahoma City bombing, the crime still sears workers

      Two decades after Oklahoma City bombing, the crime still sears workers

      FEDERAL DIARY | The terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building also changed Washington.

      National

      Boston Marathon bombing trial shifts to the death penalty question

      Boston Marathon bombing trial shifts to the death penalty question

      The penalty phase got underway Tuesday, as prosecutors began arguing that the “unrepentant” bomber deserved a death sentence.

      Business

      Why women are afraid to tell employers they’re pregnant

      Why women are afraid to tell employers they’re pregnant

      WONKBLOG | Pregnant workers often fear employers will start viewing them as distracted or less competent. So they sometimes overcompensate.

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