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 crushes predictions: 74.5 million iPhones sold

    Apple crushes predictions: 74.5 million iPhones sold

    How did the company manage to sell so many phones in the last quarter of 2014?

    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.

      It’s sunny but freezing today as we keep an eye on two storm threats

      It’s sunny but freezing today as we keep an eye on two storm threats

      WEATHER GANG | Thursday afternoon or even could bring snow, and Sunday could, too.

      She’s dead, but she’s still the key witness in her ex-fiance’s rape trial

      In testimony given days before she committed suicide, the Fairfax County woman said she was beaten, choked, raped and bound.

      Ted Leonsis wants to help D.C. students get into and graduate college

      Ted Leonsis wants to help D.C. students get into and graduate college

      The Caps and Wizards owner is taking over D.C. CAP, succeeding former Post chairman Don Graham.

      D.C. has issued 8 concealed gun permits so far, denied 11 people

      D.C. has issued 8 concealed gun permits so far, denied 11 people

      Police said 66 people — 34 D.C. residents and 32 nonresidents — have applied since October.

      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.

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      Brandon Vandenburg, left, and Corey Batey. (AP)

      Brandon Vandenburg, left, and Corey Batey. (AP)

      Ex-Vanderbilt football players convicted of dorm-room rape

      The victim remembered nothing. But a player took pictures and sent them to friends.

      The Redskins are even further away from the Super Bowl than they look

      The Redskins are even further away from the Super Bowl than they look

      FANCY STATS | Sorry, fans, next year is not the year: ESPN just ranked Washington dead last.

      A strong economic recovery in D.C.? Only for those with college degrees

      A strong economic recovery in D.C.? Only for those with college degrees

      The District’s wage gap is the widest in 35 years, with the poor struggling most, according to a new report.

      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.

      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.

      Santorum’s claim that all net new jobs since 2000 went to immigrants

      Santorum’s claim that all net new jobs since 2000 went to immigrants

      FACT CHECKER | Santorum’s figures incited “wows” from crowd, but they do not tell the full story.

      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.

      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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