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2014 NBA playoffs: Wizards head home with 2-0 series lead on the Bulls after win in overtime

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 05:08

CHICAGO — The Washington Wizards had to wait six years to get back to the postseason. But they only needed two games to really get introduced to playoff basketball, with more physical play, short tempers and extreme rallies. In the intense cauldron of United Center — a place that has devoured more seasoned units — the Wizards refused to relent after watching a 17-point lead turn into a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and didn’t crumble when they were betrayed by missed free throws and calls that went against them.

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U.S. to partially resume military aid to Egypt

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 03:22

The United States has decided to resume delivery of Apache helicopters to Egypt, the Pentagon announced late Tuesday, backtracking on a decision officials made last summer following the country’s military coup and its violent aftermath.

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Lawsuit says FBI uses no-fly list in bid to recruit Muslim informants

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 03:19

Awais Sajjad, a lawful permanent U.S. resident living in the New York area, learned he was on the no-fly list in September 2012 after he tried to board a flight to Pakistan at John F. Kennedy International Airport and was turned back.

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Nats Journal: Albert Pujols hits career home run No. 500 off Taylor Jordan

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 01:09

In the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels, fans at Nationals Park witnessed a moment of baseball history. Albert Pujols hit the 500th home run of his career, a towering two-run shot into the center field seats off Nationals right-handed starter Taylor Jordan. He became the 26th player in history to hit 500 home runs.

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Army general disciplined over mishandling of sexual-assault case in Japan

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:57

The sexual misconduct complaints piled up on the desk of Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison Sr., the commander of U.S. Army forces in Japan. A colonel on his staff had been accused of having an affair with a subordinate, of drunken and inappropriate behavior with other women at a military club and lastly, of sexual assault.

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Navy to award contract for Marine One helicopter fleet in shadow of previous failure

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:52

The last time the Pentagon tried to upgrade the president’s coolest ride — the fleet of helicopters that drop him at his doorstep on the South Lawn of the White House — it didn’t go well. Costs doubled. Delays sparked ridicule, then outrage. And President Obama, then just a few weeks in office, said it was “an example of the procurement process gone amok” before defense officials killed the program outright.

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Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on racial preferences in university admissions

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:47

The Supreme Court on Tuesday made clear that states are free to prohibit the use of racial considerations in university admissions, upholding Michigan’s constitutional amendment banning affirmative action.

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Parker: A grandchild might just be the push Hillary Clinton needs to run

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:11

The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination a soon-to-be grandmother.

The headlines were inevitable — “Grandma Hillary” — followed by the similarly crucial question: Will being a grandmother help or hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances in the 2016 election?

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Editorial: Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action ruling should focus colleges on improving diversity

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:05

ON TUESDAY, the Supreme Court refused to strike down Michigan’s ban on affirmative action at the state’s public universities. We disagree with the 58 percent of Michigan voters who, in 2006, inserted the ban into the state’s constitution. But the court, which ruled 6-2, nevertheless made the right call in respecting voters’ prerogative to make a different judgment.

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Fairfax mother of young heroin addict: ‘There were clues. But we had no clue.’

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 22:38

After Madison Walker quit heroin, he urged Connor Brennan to get clean, too.

Brennan, 20, thought about Walker, who had grown up in the same Fairfax County subdivision and was sober, healthy, close with his parents again. Look how happy he is, Brennan thought. I want to be like that.

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Stephen Colbert visits David Letterman and his future ‘Late Show’ home, and yes, they took a selfie

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 22:26

Sporting a fancy pair of glasses, Stephen Colbert arrived on the “Late Show” Tuesday night to sit down with David Letterman and chat about the future — a future that will, of course, see Colbert take over for Letterman next year when the iconic late-night host retires sometime in 2015, as CBS recently announced .

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To buoy shaky Ukrainian government, U.S. pledging aid and sending troops to E. Europe

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 22:20

KIEV, Ukraine — Vice President Biden pledged additional American aid Tuesday to help the government here, as the Pentagon announced that it would respond to Russia’s involvement in Ukraine by sending about 600 U.S. troops to conduct exercises and training in Poland and the three Baltic states.

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Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:37

Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fierce defense of the affirmative action efforts such as the ones that helped move her from a Bronx housing project to the upper echelons of American law found renewed voice Tuesday in an impassioned dissent that accused colleagues of trying to “wish away” racial inequality — and drew a tart response from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

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The story behind that Boston Marathon photo of runners carrying a competitor toward the finish

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:11
Runner falls just short of the finish. Four others pick him up and carry him. I’m literally in tears pic.twitter.com/vb9cjxG6pQ — Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 21, 2014

It was a sadly common sight on Boylston Street during Monday’s Boston Marathon.

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S.C. college production highlights political battle between lawmakers, public universities

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:11

CHARLESTON, S.C. — More than 750 people packed into a city auditorium here this week for a sold-out production of “Fun Home,” a musical by a New York-based troupe about a woman coming to terms with her closeted gay father’s suicide. The crowd rose in a standing ovation before the show even began.

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Justices test Aereo on copyright issue but raise concern about harming cloud services

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:26

Several Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical of Internet streaming start-up Aereo during oral arguments Tuesday, questioning if the company was created as a technical workaround of copyright laws to bypass license payments.

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What you’d need to make in every county in America to afford a decent one-bedroom

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:42

Last month we wrote about a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition on how much a worker would have to earn to afford what the Department of Housing and Urban Development considers "fair market rent" in local communities across the country. The government sets these housing rates, which include rent plus utilities, based on the local market for decent-quality apartments of different sizes -- neither dumps nor luxury flats. These are also the rates that HUD uses to establish local housing subsidies.

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Romney gives $10,000 to McDonnell’s legal defense fund

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:28

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, has made a personal donation of $10,000 to former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell's legal defense fund, a Romney aide confirmed Tuesday.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted in January on federal charges of bribery and fraud involving their relationship with a prominent Virginia businessman and campaign donor. The McDonnells are scheduled to face trial in July.

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“I will get the people to buy into my works just to rip their hearts out.” A Q&A with a professional Internet troll

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:59

The Internet, as we resignedly recap every Friday, has no great regard for truth. But among the pranksters and hoaxers, the rumor-mongers and the thoughtless retweeters, the performance artists and the gullible olds, there’s one unusually insidious, inscrutable set of characters: the people who write fake Internet news not as a joke or stunt or meta social commentary … but as a running career, for profit and without qualms.

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Tea party attacks Boehner at home

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:25

House Speaker John Boehner’s tenure as the top Republican in Congress has not been smooth. He has sparred with a combative Democratic president and a Democratic Senate. He has been attacked by conservatives in his own party who think him insufficiently ideological, and he has had to deal with constant rumors that his top lieutenant, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), is plotting to steal his speakership.

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