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Presidential Pets: Through the years, dogs have been a popular choice for presidents seeking the companionship of a pet. January 13, 2005

Rains Lead to Deadly Calif. Mudslides: After days of rain, an unusual occurrence in Southern California, dangerous mudslides destroyed homes, snarled traffic, and left at least four dead. January 11, 2005

Winter Storms Strike Much of U.S.: Storms with snow, ice and flooding have brought miserable conditions across much of the western, central and northeastern United States. January 07, 2005

Energized Rovers Keep Going and Going: In January 2004, two Mars rovers -- Spirit and Opportunity -- landed in Gusev Crater and Meridiani Planum, respectively, to explore and photograph the Martian surface. Their mission accomplished -- a safe landing, amazing photographs and the accumulation of evidence that the rock-strewn wasteland once accommodated liquid water -- their stay was extended. Spirit went to Columbia Hills and its twin rover was sent to Endurance Crater. December 20, 2004

The Best of the Post Photography 2004: The best pictures of 2004 from the staff at The Washington Post. December 13, 2004

Clinton Library Dedication: The William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark. designed to evoke a "Bridge to the 21st Century," the metaphor Clinton invoked during his 1996 reelection drive -- was dedicated Nov. 18. November 19, 2004

Warrior-Turned-Statesman Resigns: Secretary of State Colin L. Powell announced his resignation on Monday, saying he plans to continue in his current role for weeks -- or even months -- until a successor is in place. November 15, 2004

Attorney General John Ashcroft Resigns: Attorney General John Ashcroft resigned Tuesday, one of the first two members of the Cabinet to quit before the start of a second term. Commerce Secretary Don Evans also resigned from his position the same day. November 09, 2004

Aurora Borealis: Aurora Borealis November 08, 2004

Braving the Streets Her Way: Music has gotten Felicia Holt through the hardest moments of her life. From gospel to R&B, she knows the lyrics to hundreds of songs, and her friends often challenge her to singing contests. Here she sits outside a friend's house on South 8th St. in Newark October 03, 2004

Mount Saint Helens: Mt. St. Helens seen through a set of historical photos, may erupt in the next few days following a series of tremors and earthquakes. October 01, 2004

Jeanne Batters Florida: Hurricane Jeanne is the fourth hurricane to hit Florida this year, tracing almost the same course as Hurricane Frances followed only three weeks ago. The storm had dawdled in the Caribbean for days, even making a complete circle far from land after devastating Haiti, where more than 1,000 people were killed from its wrath. September 26, 2004

Young and Gay in Real America: A Separate Place: Michael Shackelford, 17 and gay, deals with being a homosexual in small-town Oklahoma, where he dropped out of high school after being harassed by classmates. and He has had difficulty coming to terms his identity in a his fundamentalist Christian community. September 24, 2004

Ivan Thrashes Gulf Coast: Gulf Coast residents dealt Thursday with the damage from a major hurricane: The storm's surge wreaked havoc on barrier island communities, tornadoes tore through Florida's panhandle, destroying homes, while the entire region was inundated by heavy flooding. September 17, 2004

Battening Down the Hatches: Businesses in New Orleans are boarding up in case Hurricane Ivan hits the low-lying metropolitan area. Forecasters predict the hurricane will hit 70 miles to the east, but Ivan has consistently drifted further west than expected. September 15, 2004

Hurricane Ivan on to US: As the storm heads toward Cuba, hundreds of thousands evacuate their homes and towns. September 12, 2004

9/11/2001: Three Years Later: The nation mourns for those lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. September 11, 2004

Frances Pounds Florida: Reduced for the moment from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Frances headed for the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida panhandle late Sunday afternoon after flooding streets, felling trees, hurling debris and cutting off power across a wide swath of Florida. September 05, 2004

Frances Pounds Florida: Reduced for the moment from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Frances headed for the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida panhandle late Sunday afternoon after flooding streets, felling trees, hurling debris and cutting off power across a wide swath of Florida. September 05, 2004

Hurricane Charley Hits Florida: Hurricane Charley hit Florida on Friday with more force than predicted, leaving thousands homeless and causing an estimated $15 billion in damage. August 14, 2004

Mission to the Moon: Americans watched 35 years ago as the Apollo 11 mission, manned by Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., became the first mission to land a man on the moon July 20, 1969. July 18, 2004

SpaceShipOne Takes Off: The flight of SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed spacecraft that flew to the outer edge of the Earth's atmosphere over California's Mojave desert. June 21, 2004

Remembering a President: The body of Ronald Reagan rode in a final parade through Washington to the Capitol rotunda, where the 40th president will lie in state until his funeral. June 09, 2004

Tenet Leaves CIA: CIA Director George J. Tenet, dogged by controversies over a string of U.S. intelligence setbacks, has decided to resign for personal reasons and will leave the agency in July June 03, 2004

Seven Linked to Al Qaeda: In a press conference, the FBI issued a plea for help in searching for seven suspected al Qaeda operatives. The FBI released photos of six men and one woman. May 27, 2004

Same-Sex Couples Marry in Massachusetts: On Monday, America's first same-sex marriages fully authorized by law took place in Massachusetts. The marriages were authorized under a ruling of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which declared last November that denying the rights of marriage to same-sex couples violated the state's constitution. May 17, 2004

Rumsfeld Testifies on Capitol Hill: During a sometimes testy hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee Friday, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld apologized to Iraqi prisoners who were abused by U.S. military guards in Iraq. Audio is from today's hearing. May 07, 2004

Search for Passengers: One person died and three were missing and feared dead after a Baltimore harbor shuttle with 25 people aboard capsized Saturday during a sudden, severe thunderstorm. The 36-foot ferry flipped over about 4 p.m. while about 1,000 feet from shore, near historic Fort McHenry, possibly during a savage microburst of wind, authorities said. March 07, 2004

The Making of a Combat General: The Washington Post's Rick Atkinson was embedded with the 101st Airborne during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He spent the war at the elbow of Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus where he got a commander's view of combat. March 05, 2004

Mars Rover Finds Evidence of Water: The space rover Opportunity has discovered that the ancient surface of Mars was soaked in water -- and may therefore have supported life -- NASA scientists announced today. March 02, 2004

Gay Marriages: San Francisco has become a flash point for the national gay marriage debate after the city began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The issue has inflamed passions on both sides in other cities. February 17, 2004

Second Rover Reaches Mars: The U.S. spacecraft Opportunity bounced onto a Martian plain called Meridiani, and relieved engineers took its crippled twin, Spirit, off the critical list. January 25, 2004

The Nation Commemorates Martin Luther King Day: Across the U.S., the 75th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr., birth was celebrated. January 19, 2004

Spirit Rover Eyes Mars: NASA's Spirit rover landed on Mars to photograph and collect knowledge about whether life might have formed on the red planet. January 06, 2004

WTC Memorial Designs Unveiled: Eight designs for the World Trade Center memorial were unveiled in New York. The designs remember the dead with quiet gardens, reflecting pools, inscribed names and lights for lost lives. November 19, 2003

Fielding Hope in Montana: The Geraldine Tigers are a power in six-man football. The team has been to the state championship game eight times in the past 10 years. November 16, 2003

Honoring Veterans: As the military continues to grapple with the challenges of a complicated, unfinished mission in Iraq, this year's Veterans Day is especially poignant. November 11, 2003

National Elections Play Out: Across the country voters turned out to cast ballots in state elections. Republicans swept to victories in elections for governor of Kentucky and Mississippi Tuesday, ending 32 years of Democratic control in the Bluegrass State and ousting the only Democratic chief executive of a Deep South state in Mississippi. November 05, 2003

California Wildfires Part Three: The California wildfires claimed the life of a firefighter Wednesday near San Diego as his commrades continued to battle at least 11 blazes that have consumed more than 600,000 acres and spew smoke as far away as the Las Vegas Strip. October 30, 2003

California Wildfires Part Two: An army of firefighters continue to battle Southern California wildfires driven by seasonal Santa Ana winds. The flames have scorched more than 500,000 acres and destroy at least 1,100 homes so far as thousands of residents in four counties are forced to evacuate. October 28, 2003

California Wildfires Part One: A series of wildfires in the most populous state in the U.S. have killed more than a dozen people and forced thousands to evacuate their homes -- often only minutes before they burned to the ground. October 26, 2003

In Isabel's Wake: The waters have yet to fully recede in cities and towns along the mid-Atlantic coast, but city officials and area residents are moving swiftly to clean up after one of the most damaging hurricanes in decades. September 19, 2003

Surviving Isabel: Heavy winds and torrential rain from Hurricane Isabel caused severe propery damage and left over 1.5 million people without power across a wide swath of the Mid-Atlantic region. September 19, 2003

Isabel Makes Landfall: As Hurricane Isabel's front end makes landfall, residents feel the brunt of the wind and rain. September 18, 2003

Preparing for Hurricane Isabel: Hundreds evacuate the Outer Banks of North Carolina over the Oregon Inlet bridge before Hurricane Isabel makes landfall. September 16, 2003

Two Years Later: The victims of the September 11 terror attacks were honored Thursday in ceremonies around the world two years after more than 3,000 were killed in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. September 11, 2003

Main Street, Las Vegas: Boomtown Dreams Busted: After 54 weeks in Las Vegas, Alex Arreguin and Diane Garcia have free bus tickets back to their starting point, Houston, and ponder whether they should go or stay. August 30, 2003

Politics and Corn Dogs: Style reporter Mark Leibovich spends a day at the Iowa State Fair, a "can't miss" event for presidential hopefuls. August 13, 2003

Hurricane Claudette Pounds Texas Coast: The first hurricane of the Atlantic storm season hit the Texas coast late Tuesday morning with winds gusting up to 88 mph. Hurricane Claudette has been losing some of its punch as it moves inland and is expected to sweep west across South Texas and into northern Mexico. July 15, 2003

Louisiana's Vanishing Gulf Coast: While the Gulf of Mexico consumes the southern Louisiana coastland, ethnic communities rich in centuries of tradition are also threatened as the rich Mississippi Delta mud they were built upon simply washes away. July 12, 2003