U.S. businesses rush to find Cuba opportunities

U.S. trade and tourism are expected to grow with the historic decision to mend diplomatic ties, and some are scrambling to position themselves as first in line.

Castro brothers face sharp test amid renewed diplomacy

If tensions with the U.S. ease, Cubans will look inward at the shortcomings of their Soviet-style planned economy.

A worker removes a billboard for "The Interview" in Hollywood. (Getty)

North Korea's bizarre Sony saga
uncovers Hollywood's hidden truth

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK | Despite Hollywood's protests that movies are "just" movies, “The Interview” shows that they are all political.

Local News

The Morrissey scandal: Nude photos, hacking claims and a pregnant teen

The Morrissey scandal: Nude photos, hacking claims and a pregnant teen

Convicted Virginia Del. Joseph Morrissey announced he will resign — and then run again for his seat.

Son of ex-Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell charged with driving while intoxicated

Son of ex-Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell charged with driving while intoxicated

Robert Ryan McDonnell, 23, was arrested Thursday morning in Virginia Beach, authorities said.

The weekend will be cold and breezy, then a stormy Christmas week arrives

The weekend will be cold and breezy, then a stormy Christmas week arrives

WEATHER GANG | Expect clouds, but only a passing chance of rain or snow on Saturday.

Why Arlington is saving Signature,
but leting Artisphere shut down

Why Arlington is saving Signature, <br>but leting Artisphere shut down

Loaning $5 million to the theater keeps an “economic anchor” of Shirlington alive, officials said.

The last minute gifts you need are in
an unlikely place: Federal gift shops

The last minute gifts you need are in <br>an unlikely place: Federal gift shops

NASA, NIH, the FBI and the CIA are here to bail you out. No, really. Freeze-dried ice cream, anyone?

Fehr heard a voice shout, ‘You’re the hero,’ then he saved the Caps’ game

Fehr heard a voice shout, ‘You’re the hero,’ then he saved the Caps’ game

Eric Fehr’s overtime goal lifted the Capitals over the Blue Jackets for a wild win on the road.

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In wake of school massacre, Pakistan kills dozens of militants near border

In wake of school massacre, Pakistan kills dozens of militants near border

The ground and air strikes took place just days after a school shooting killed 148 people.

He promised himself he was done handling the dead. Then Ebola came.

He promised himself he was done handling the dead. Then Ebola came.

Andrew Kondoh cared for bodies during Sierra Leone’s civil war. Now, he buries them amid a new tragedy.

On final show, Stephen Colbert’s alter-ego roars, ‘I am immortal!’

On final show, Stephen Colbert’s alter-ego roars, ‘I am immortal!’

Many wrongly predicted that he’d kill off his famous character on his last Comedy Central show.

‘Governor, this is Barack Obama...
I’ve got a few complaints.’

‘Governor, this is Barack Obama... <br>I’ve got a few complaints.’

The president called into the Massachusetts leader’s last “Ask the Governor” program on Thursday.

Real Estate

House of the Week | Robert Gurney-designed Spring Valley house for $4.99M

House of the Week | Robert Gurney-designed Spring Valley house for $4.99M

The D.C. architect cleverly integrated the bones of the post-World War II spec house into his modern design.

Federal Government

Growing portion of FEMA disaster funding goes to admin costs, auditors say

Growing portion of FEMA disaster funding goes to admin costs, auditors say

FEDERAL EYE | Federal auditors say FEMA needs to do a better job controlling its administrative costs, which have risen dramatically in recent years.

National

Tainted water prompts new look at coal-ash dumps

Tainted water prompts new look at coal-ash dumps

Dam breaks and tainted wells prompt a harder look at coal-ash dumps that escaped EPA oversight for years.

Business

Economic impact from new Cuba policy limited for now

Economic impact from new Cuba policy limited for now

Agriculture, telecom and construction could benefit, but the U.S. trade embargo still stands.

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