Hastert indicted over alleged secret payments

The longest-serving Republican speaker in the history of the U.S. House faces charges that he violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5 million to an unnamed individual to cover up “past misconduct.”

The shoreline of California's Salton Sea. (Bonnie Jo Mount/Post)

What’s going on at Calif.’s largest lake illustrates fight over water in West

The Salton Sea, once a playground for Hollywood stars in the 1950s and ’60s, needs more water — but so does just about every other place in the state amid an epic drought.

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Local journalist among 6 killed in
6 days across District of Columbia

Local journalist among 6 killed in <br>6 days across District of Columbia

The violence included a freeway shooting and the slaying of a woman at her apartment building.

Metro says no to issue-oriented ads

Metro says no to issue-oriented ads

The transit system’s board voted to ban them after a group tried to place ads featuring a Muhammad cartoon.

Can you spell co-champions?
National Spelling Bee ends in tie.

Can you spell co-champions?  <br>National Spelling Bee ends in tie.

One winner was from Kansas, the other from Missouri. It marked the fifth time that two people won.

Praying for a miracle: Tickets for the Pope’s visit is causing Francis fever

Praying for a miracle: Tickets for the Pope’s visit is causing Francis fever

RELIABLE SOURCE | A spot to see the pope’s address to a joint session of Congress is a golden ticket.

Matchbox is looking to go national with a ‘big boy strategy’

Matchbox is looking to go national with a ‘big boy strategy’

The chain of casual restaurants is seeking $11 million to fund a national expansion to 48 locations by 2020.

Memorial Bridge, symbol of U.S. strength, to close lanes for repairs

Memorial Bridge, symbol of U.S. strength, to close lanes for repairs

Because of corrosion, officials will close 2 lanes for up to 9 months. Most buses face an indefinite ban.

Rats in your home should gross you out. Dealing with it is your problem.

Rats in your home should gross you out. Dealing with it is your problem.

What can the Department of Public Works do if you have rats around? In many cases, not a whole lot.

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Iowa’s GOP straw poll, once a kingmaker, fading into irrelevance

Iowa’s GOP straw poll, once a kingmaker, fading into irrelevance

Some Iowa Republicans, fed up with the spectacle in 2011, have worked to cripple it or at least tone it down.

Iran’s evidence in Post reporter’s ‘espionage’ trial is a job application

Iran’s evidence in Post reporter’s ‘espionage’ trial is a job application

Jason Rezaian, imprisoned in Iran, applied unsuccessfully for a position in the Obama administration.

Rand Paul, defender of freedom and shirtless (sort of), in new ad for 2016

Rand Paul, defender of freedom and  shirtless (sort of), in new ad for 2016

A Super PAC has taken out the first Republican-on-Republican ad of the election cycle.

A creationist museum supporter stumbles upon a major fossil find

A creationist museum supporter stumbles upon a major fossil find

For those who believe the world is 6,000 years old, what happens when a 60-million-year-old fossil is found?

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Women of all ages more likely to have serious mental health problems than men, report says

Women of all ages more likely to have serious mental health problems than men, report says

New federal report highlights chronic-disease risks and daily life struggles for people with serious mental health problems.

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