For-profit firms provide less in hospice care

A Washington Post analysis found a striking gap between the service provided by for-profit hospices as a group and that of their nonprofit counterparts.

Obama to seek GOP help
in push for free-trade pact

The president is already facing fierce blowback from fellow Democrats, who are accusing him of abandoning past promises on trade and potentially undermining his domestic priority.

Iraqis line up for supplies at a refugee camp. (Ayman Oghanna for The Post)

In Iraq, a scramble for survival

A new crisis is unfolding as winter descends on millions uprooted from their communities by the advance of the Islamic State, with international aid scant and slow to arrive.

Local News

Robbery of $18 put police on collision course with the man they fatally shot

Robbery of $18 put police on collision course with the man they fatally shot

Several in D.C. held a vigil for Raymond Robinson, saying they’re wary of what police have said.

Balmy weather today, then Sunday's rain and chill snap us back to winter

Balmy weather today, then Sunday's rain and chill snap us back to winter

WEATHER GANG | Lots of sunshine today, then temperatures will dip as a cold front approaches Monday.

After a year of budget fireworks, Virginia sees smooth sailing ahead

After a year of budget fireworks, Virginia sees smooth sailing ahead

Despite a budget gap and a brush with a shutdown, the state’s finances are largely safe from partisan battles.

Metro is tightening its belt, but it’s still planning $1.3 billion in new projects

Metro is tightening its belt, but it’s still planning $1.3 billion in new projects

For next year, Metro plans new escalators, buses and canopies among its long-term capital projects.

A Manassas assisted-living facility is deploying the arts against Alzheimer’s

A Manassas assisted-living facility is deploying the arts against Alzheimer’s

Researchers are trying to measure the effects of music, art and dance on age-related disabilities.

Redskins protesters plan a first:
A large, game-day rally near stadium

Redskins protesters plan a first: <br>A large, game-day rally near stadium

Meanwhile, a nearby fundraiser named “Scalp Out Cancer” will take place at the same time Sunday.

New name urged for local fountain named after a white supremacist

New name urged for local fountain named after a white supremacist

Francis Griffith Newlands essentially created Chevy Chase, but he also called blacks “a race of children.”

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Pakistani forces kill key figure in the massacre of 149 students and teachers

Pakistani forces kill key figure in the massacre of 149 students and teachers

As the country mourns, the government is stepping up its assault on Islamist militant groups.

North Korea rebukes Obama
for release of ‘The Interview’

North Korea rebukes Obama <br>for release of ‘The Interview’

North Korea compared the president to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet.

The lucrative Obamacare connection that Jeb Bush is trying to cut

The lucrative Obamacare connection that Jeb Bush is trying to cut

WONKBLOG | He’s quitting the board of a hospital chain that’s gained from Medicaid’s expansion.

Dog waste in the yard? Using DNA to nab canine culprits and their owners

Dog waste in the yard? Using DNA to nab canine culprits and their owners

A service that matches the DNA in dog waste helps identify those who neglect to scoop.

Sports

Redskins not running short on motivation entering finale

Redskins not running short on motivation entering finale

Pride is on the line, and so are future job considerations, Coach Jay Gruden reminds his players.

Real Estate

Mortgage rates wander up slightly heading into holiday

Mortgage rates wander up slightly heading into holiday

The 30-year fixed-rate average edged up to 3.83 percent, but has remained below 4 percent for all but two weeks since October.

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

‘Our backs have turned to you’

‘Our backs have turned to you’

Retired members of law enforcement deliver a scathing message to embattled NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio as a slain NYPD officer is laid to rest.

Business

Consider this New Year’s resolution: A financial checkup

Consider this New Year’s resolution: A financial checkup

COLUMN | Studies show Americans are more financially confident, but beware the tendency to forget the past.

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