Missing jet likely at bottom of sea, officials say

Hope for survivors dwindled as the second day of the search for an AirAsia jetliner drew to a close with no clear signs of what happened to it or where it lies.

Pakistan intensifies the crackdown on militants

Amid changing public opinion, authorities are now taking exceptional steps to rein in extremists with a major operation.

A health burial team carries a body in Liberia. (Michel du Cille/The Post)

7 painful lessons that Ebola taught us

Many of the lessons are surprising and specific — the color of body bags turns out to be important, as does the design of clinics.

    Local News

    After an ugly season, Redskins fans finally get a much-needed break

    After an ugly season, Redskins fans finally get a much-needed break

    COLUMN | For those that stuck around through this awful season, Sunday was a relief.

    Over 16 years, Jim Graham reshaped Ward 1. But did anyone notice?

    Over 16 years, Jim Graham reshaped Ward 1. But did anyone notice?

    The changes he made helped lead to his defeat, and Graham will exit D.C. Council questioning his legacy.

    2015’s finale will be on the cold side

    2015’s finale will be on the cold side

    WEATHER GANG | Christmas week was more mild than not. The week of New Year’s leans more wintry.

    Family of ramp agent killed at
    Dulles says the airport has flaws

    Family of ramp agent killed at <br>Dulles says the airport has flaws

    Confusion over rules and a lack of a risk management system led to the death, the man’s parents said.

    Tolls launch for 95 Express Lanes

    Tolls launch for 95 Express Lanes

    DR. GRIDLOCK | Get ready to pay 20 to 80 cents per mile to use the HOT lanes in No. Virginia today.

    Residents fight to keep alternative-ed programs out of their neighborhood

    Residents fight to keep alternative-ed programs out of their neighborhood

    The Aspen Hill group fears that the plan will disrupt the area and waste Montgomery taxpayers’ money.

    Eulogies begin for D.C.’s ‘Homicide Watch’ blog, which is shutting down

    Eulogies begin for D.C.’s ‘Homicide Watch’ blog, which is shutting down

    The four-year-old site, a combination true crime blog, case log and victim memorial, could not find a buyer.

    Morning Mix

    Stories from all over

    AirAsia plane through tinted window. (Reuters)

    AirAsia plane through tinted window. (Reuters)

    The truth about Indonesia's troubled aviation history

    Some say the country’s industry grew too fast.

    Spotlight | Editors’ Pick

    (Lettering by Joel Holland; photo by Marvin Joseph/Post)

    They made a Silicon Valley fortune. And they’re giving most of it away.

    Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz, who co-founded Facebook, are the vanguard of young philanthropists trying to shape a world beyond their communities.

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    A world-famous medicine man with a sweat lodge and an alleged dark past

    A world-famous medicine man with a sweat lodge and an alleged dark past

    Prosecutors say a Native American elder sexually abused and raped girls, including his own daughters.

    Greek lawmakers fail to pick president, forcing early elections

    Greek lawmakers fail to pick president, forcing early elections

    The move reflects a deep division over the tough economic stewardship imposed by the E.U.

    Consider this New Year’s resolution: Figure out your true net worth

    Consider this New Year’s resolution: Figure out your true net worth

    COLUMN | Studies show Americans are more financially confident, but be sure not to forget the past.

    Sports

    Redskins finish with a thud

    Redskins finish with a thud

    Dallas stars Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant step up and Washington goes down, 44-17, to close season 4-12.

    Real Estate

    Town Square | New apartment with artistic elements leasing in Alexandria

    Town Square | New apartment with artistic elements leasing in Alexandria

    Also alternative mortgage lender arrives in D.C.-area market.

    Going Out Guide

    Heller’s Bakery to close

    Heller’s Bakery to close

    One of the District’s oldest bakeries will close this week due to unpaid rent. Here’s a look back at its storied history.

    Federal Government

    2015 will be a year for second chances

    2015 will be a year for second chances

    RIGHT TURN | Pols, parties and even justices will have opportunities for precious do-overs in the coming year.

    National

    Ferguson Police officer put on leave after remarks about memorial

    Ferguson Police officer put on leave after remarks about memorial

    The Ferguson Police Dept. said in a statement that their public relations officer had been put on unpaid leave.

    Business

    Former ‘Most Wanted’ producer sees pirogies as foundation of food empire

    Former ‘Most Wanted’ producer sees pirogies as foundation of food empire

    VALUE ADDED | COLUMN | A TV veteran in the D.C. area wants the homely dumpling to be America’s ubiquitous meal.

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