Relations grow more fragile after police shot dead

With police-community relations already strained by nationwide protests, New York’s mayor faces intense criticism amid concerns about more anti-police violence.

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

Heavily armed police swarm
into Gaithersburg neighborhood

Police described the incident on Maryland Avenue
as a “possible domestic-related barricade.”

Faith groups pressure Bowser to act against D.C.’s surge in homelessness

Faith groups pressure Bowser to act against D.C.’s surge in homelessness

With shelters at capacity or filling fast, organizers warn more must be done to address the growing need.

Despite investigation’s dark cloud, Gray’s term had many bright spots

Despite investigation’s dark cloud, Gray’s term had many bright spots

As one activist put it, the fraud allegations tarnished “what could have been a pretty amazing legacy.”

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.

Wizards struggle offensively as Suns end their 6-game winning streak

Wizards struggle offensively as Suns end their 6-game winning streak

A victory would have cemented Washington’s best start in franchise history. Instead, a 12-point loss.

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.

5 questions about the winter solstice

5 questions about the winter solstice

WEATHER GANG | The official
start of astronomical winter
will be at 6:03 p.m. Eastern.

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.

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

Lighting the way for more Cuban cigars?

Lighting the way for more Cuban cigars?

ON LEADERSHIP | For cigar aficionados around the country, the warming of US-Cuba relations might best be celebrated beside the smoky glow of a Cohiba.

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