Obama drops bid to end tax break on 529 accounts

The administration retreated after a strong backlash to the proposal, which would have curtailed a major tax benefit of the popular college savings accounts.

    Apple’s iPhone sales
    crush analyst predictions

    The 74.5 million iPhones sold in the last quarter of 2014 were more than 5 million more than industry watchers had predicted and led the company to a record $18 billion profit.

    Keri Russell stars as a Russian spy masquerading as an American mom. (FX)

    TV’s best show is back and serving
    up the Cold War perfectly chilled

    REVIEW | “The Americans” pairs high-anxiety espionage with tense and poignant drama about a family eroding from within.

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      U-Va. sorority sisters ordered to stay home while fraternity brothers party

      U-Va. sorority sisters ordered to stay home while fraternity brothers party

      The edict “perpetuates the idea that women are inferior, sexual objects,” a petition opposing it says.

      Don’t be fooled by sunny skies today; temperatures to hover near freezing

      Don’t be fooled by sunny skies today; temperatures to hover near freezing

      WEATHER GANG | We’re locked into a wintry pattern now, and we’re watching two potential storm threats.

      Intelligence worker piloted drone that crashed on White House grounds

      Intelligence worker piloted drone that crashed on White House grounds

      The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency says the man was off duty and talked to the Secret Service.

      Woman’s testimony describes the rape and abuse that led her to suicide

      A friend reads the victim’s statement, which she gave days before killing herself in 2013, to a Fairfax jury.

      Wizards climb out of a hole to send the Lakers to their ninth-straight loss

      Wizards climb out of a hole to send the Lakers to their ninth-straight loss

      John Wall had 21 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds as the Wizards rallied from a 19-point deficit.

      The cause of her growing fatigue was something no one guessed: A snack

      The cause of her growing fatigue was something no one guessed: A snack

      MEDICAL MYSTERIES | A Va. woman’s symptoms seemed like a heart attack, but tests ruled it out.

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      Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

      Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia

      WORLDVIEWS | In that country, the simple act of not covering your head can be political, intentionally or not.

      Researchers push for data-sharing, greater transparency in experiments

      Researchers push for data-sharing, greater transparency in experiments

      The scientific community is confronting a pernicious issue: experiments that can’t be replicated.

      Facebook censors Muhammad images despite CEO’s ‘Je suis Charlie’ post

      Facebook censors Muhammad images despite CEO’s ‘Je suis Charlie’ post<br>

      THE INTERSECT | Incident shows how hard it is to preach free speech as an international social network.

      5 ways that 3D-printed food will change the way we ‘cook’ and eat

      5 ways that 3D-printed food will change the way we ‘cook’ and eat

      Consumers can’t just go out and buy a 3D printer to make dinner tonight, but change is on the way.

      Why the snow forecast for NYC was so bad, and what should be done about it

      Why the snow forecast for NYC was so bad, and what should be done about it

      The weather service admits it didn’t do enough to communicate the uncertainty in its forecast.

      Nobel physics laureate whose work paved way for the laser dies at 99

      Nobel physics laureate whose work  paved way for the laser dies at 99

      Charles H. Townes made a habit of changing jobs because he was always searching for new puzzles.

      Sports

      Capitals’ losing streak grows to 4 games

      Capitals’ losing streak grows to 4 games

      Blue Jackets keep Washington on the ropes with 4-3 win, extending the team’s struggles from before the all-star break.

      Real Estate

      Home buyers’ top five regrets

      Home buyers’ top five regrets

      Here are some tips to avoid feeling remorse after your purchase.

      Federal Government

      House panel easily passes veterans sick-leave bill

      House panel easily passes veterans sick-leave bill

      FEDERAL DIARY | Lawmakers unanimously vote to give disabled vets increased leave but are haunted by partisanship.

      National

      Mormon Church shifts its stance on LGBT rights

      Mormon Church shifts its stance on LGBT rights

      Church leaders called for gay equality and religious freedom to be on equal moral footing.

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