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

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

Senators warn of “unbearable” traffic with 2 lanes partly closed and most buses banned for up to 9 months.

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.

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.

Seeking business, Virginia rolls out welcome mat for foreign ambassadors

Seeking business, Virginia rolls out welcome mat for foreign ambassadors

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who recently hosted more than 50 ambassadors, has quietly courted dozens more.

Prince George’s Council approves first hike in property taxes since 1978

Prince George’s Council approves first hike in property taxes since 1978

The council voted for a budget that would raise the tax rate by 4 percent, generating $34 million for schools.

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.

D.C. doctor’s Rx: A stroll in the park instead of a trip to the pharmacy

D.C. doctor’s Rx: A stroll in the park instead of a trip to the pharmacy

There are medical benefits to simply being outdoors, he says, so he’s built a database of green spaces.

5 reasons (other than Bryce Harper) for the Nationals’ surge in May

5 reasons (other than Bryce Harper) for the Nationals’ surge in May

EXPRESS | Denard Span’s unlikely power and Wilson Ramos staying healthy have been key.

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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.

He had a 3.5-pound tumor, months
to live. Here’s how he survived.

He had a 3.5-pound tumor, months <br> to live. Here’s how he survived.

Immune therapies are showing unimaginable progress, but experts warn the drugs don’t work for all.

Buckle up — it’s going to be a bumpy ride for Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’

Buckle up — it’s going to be a bumpy ride for Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’

REVIEW | The director misses the point in his latest rom-com, starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone.

More than a ‘jihadi bride’: Western teen girls lured to ISIS by sisterhood

More than a ‘jihadi bride’: Western teen girls lured to ISIS by sisterhood

A British report says women are attracted to the extremist group for a number of complex factors.

Sports

First things first: Ryan Zimmerman’s position change hasn’t been an issue

First things first: Ryan Zimmerman’s position change hasn’t been an issue

Nationals bedrock switched corners of diamond, but performance has remained steady.

National

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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