57,000 federal workers are paid for long absences

Over three years, federal workers cost taxpayers $775 million in salary while on extended paid leave of at least a month — waiting to be cleared or punished for misbehavior, records show.

    700 in Syria slain during revolt against Islamic State

    The bloody consequences of the attempted uprising point to the challenge of persuading people under militant rule to join the battle against the jihadists.

    Poor supervisors are tied to a bigger heart attack risk. (D. Murray for The Post)

    A bad boss can actually make you sick

    Besides causing employees to dread work, a bad boss — someone who is inept, hypercritical or a blame-thrower — can have a negative effect on others' physical and mental well-being.

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    Jesse Matthew Jr. is charged
    in Fairfax sex assault case

    Jesse Matthew Jr. is charged <br> in Fairfax sex assault case

    Matthew is also suspected in the September disappearance of U-Va. student Hannah Graham.

    D.C. rabbi accused of voyeurism
    is focus of other allegations

    D.C. rabbi accused of voyeurism <br> is focus of other allegations

    Converts alleged non-sexual misconduct while he led a “protocol and standards” group.

    D.C.’s African American electorate
    fragmented for first time in years

    D.C.’s African American electorate <br>fragmented for first time in years

    The city’s black voters usually unite behind a single mayoral candidate. This time, their choice isn’t so clear.

    A 20,000-year-old mammoth gets dismantled — carefully

    A 20,000-year-old mammoth gets dismantled — carefully

    The mammoth is being restored as part of a five-year makeover of the Smithsonian’s fossil hall.

    My sons love getting their toenails painted. Why should that wig me out?

    My sons love getting their toenails painted. Why should that wig me out?

    COLUMN | Despite herself, a mother is uncomfortable with her sons’ desire for Hot Wheels orange nails.

    Coach, resist the urge to play RGIII
    on Monday night against Dallas

    Coach, resist the urge to play RGIII <br> on Monday night against Dallas

    COLUMN | Washington needs its quarterback to be healthy more than it needs a short-term gain from him.

    Unhappy with your raise this year?
    In Washington, you’re not alone.

    Unhappy with your raise this year? <br> In Washington, you’re not alone.

    Raises are still modest in D.C., and the region is adding fewer jobs than most other regions.

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    Hunt for foreign submarine sends
    a Cold War chill across the Baltic

    Hunt for foreign submarine sends <br>a Cold War chill across the Baltic

    Sweden’s search has alarmed a region where Russia has been accused of border violations.

    4.7 million vehicles recalled over
    air bag that can spray metal fragments

    4.7 million vehicles recalled over <br>air bag that can spray metal fragments

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    Police identify suspect in killings of 7 women

    Police identify suspect in killings of 7 women

    Darren Deon Vann, 43, met at least two victims through a prostitution scheme in Indiana, police say.

    Local Columnists

    My sons love getting their toenails painted. Why should that wig me out?

    My sons love getting their toenails painted. Why should that wig me out?

    COLUMN | COLUMN | Despite herself, a mother is uncomfortable with her sons’ desire for Hot Wheels orange nails.

    Sports

    Orakpo out for year with torn pectoral muscle

    Orakpo out for year with torn pectoral muscle

    Injury to Pro Bowl linebacker robs defense of second starter in four weeks. Rookie Trent Murphy steps in.

    Real Estate

    Town Square | Contemporary mansion on James River to be auctioned

    Town Square | Contemporary mansion on James River to be auctioned

    Also new Capitol Hill condos selling quickly.

    Federal Government

    DOE contractors refuse to turn over documents in firing of whistleblower

    DOE contractors refuse to turn over documents in firing of whistleblower

    FEDERAL EYE | The whistleblower contractor raised concerns about safety with the development of a treatment plant for radioactive waste in Washington state.

    National

    How a dumb software glitch kept thousands from reaching 911

    How a dumb software glitch kept thousands from reaching 911

    THE SWITCH | The six-hour outage disconnected Washington state from emergency services.

    Lifestyle

    Dave Grohl follows his ‘Sonic Highways’ home to Washington D.C.

    Dave Grohl follows his ‘Sonic Highways’ home to Washington D.C.

    The Foo Fighters frontman discusses his new rockumentary series for HBO.

    Arts

    Smithsonian seeks $1.5 billion for programs, endowment

    Smithsonian seeks $1.5 billion for programs, endowment

    The institution has raised $1 billion since 2011 in “quiet phase” of first unified fundraising campaign.

    Technology

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    Thinking of upgrading to OS X Yosemite?

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    Business

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    Are data breaches creating smarter consumers?

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