All sorts of history was made at the National Spelling Bee Thursday night.Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam duked it out to a tie and were named co-winners of the annual contest.
While rumors of bribes and backroom deals spanning the globe have plagued world soccer’s governing body for years, the financial crimes that finally got a law enforcement agency focused on FIFA happened not in faraway locales, but in Miami and New York, starring a former suburban soccer dad with tax trouble.Read full article >>
Robert Zarr is walking from his Columbia Heights medical practice toward Meridian Hill Park, talking about what’s going on inside his head. If you could see his brain on an MRI, he says, far more extensive regions would be lighting up than if he were having this same conversation sitting at his desk.
BAGHDAD — A coordinated bomb attack hit two of the Iraqi capital’s most upmarket hotels Thursday night in a strike at targets frequented by foreigners and wealthy Iraqis.Two cars rigged with explosives blew up within minutes of each other around midnight Thursday, a security official said.
The family of one of the most celebrated Marine Corps heroes of the Iraq war will soon accept the nation’s second-highest award for valor on his behalf, nearly 11 years after he was killed in combat and almost seven years after the Pentagon made the controversial decision to deny him the Medal of Honor.Read full article >>
LONDON — Western women in the Islamic State are playing a crucial role in disseminating propaganda and are not simply flocking to the region to become a “jihadi bride,” according to a new British research report.Read full article >>
There’s only one thing more troubling than TLC pulling “19 Kids and Counting” off the air after allegations of child molestation against star Josh Duggar.
A gunman in a car opened fire on a sport utility vehicle during Thursday morning’s rush hour on the Anacostia Freeway in Southwest Washington, killing one man and seriously wounding another, according to D.C.
It was May 11, 2011, and “Trinidad Jack,” as reporters call him, was holding court.From his perch atop a raised table at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port of Spain, Jack Warner tried to quell the revolt within the ranks of the Caribbean Football Union.
Some big corporate backers of FIFA are expressing concern about the corruption charges leveled Wednesday by U.S.
The unexpected fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State this month is the latest sign of a basic intelligence problem: The United States doesn’t know enough about its jihadist adversaries to combat them effectively.Read full article >>
Somewhere on the incoherent pu pu platter that is Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha,” a nifty romantic comedy congeals and shrivels, inexplicably untouched.Crowe — who gave the world such deathless lines as “You had me at ‘Hello,’ ” the man who put the boom box in Lloyd Dobler’s defiantly upstretched arms — spends so much time running away from his roots in “Aloha” that he misses the point of his own movie.
THE OBAMA administration has responded to the recent gains by the Islamic State in Iraq with several remedial measures, including accelerating a shipment of antitank weapons to Iraqi forces and pledging to push harder for the delivery of arms to Sunni tribes.
Metro said Thursday that it will not allow new issue-oriented advertising in the transit system after a controversial pro-Israel group sought to place ads featuring a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad, a drawing that was linked to deadly violence in Texas this month.Read full article >>
If the Supreme Court guts subsidies for millions, Republicans will probably try to pass some form of “contingency fix” plan that would keep those subsidies going — at least, until after the 2016 elections.
Many of us have felt, at some point, that we haven’t truly earned our accomplishments. Part of impostor syndrome’s power is believing that the ultra-successful never feel like frauds.Well, next time you feel that way, consider Natalie Portman’s speech to graduating Harvard seniors.
Amazon announced Thursday that members of its Prime program in select cities will now have access to free same-day delivery on certain items, a move that broadens Amazon’s subscription offering at a time when new players are poised to provide fresh competition.Read full article >>
In 2007, the Food and Drug administration approved the first ever over-the-counter diet drug. Alli, as the pill was (and still is) called, could be taken by anyone, without a prescription.
This spring, the journal “International Archives of Medicine” published a delicious new study: According to researchers at Germany’s Institute of Diet and Health, people who ate dark chocolate while dieting lost more weight.Read full article >>
Former New York Gov. George E. Pataki -- a moderate Republican who led the state through the aftermath of the Sept.
When Iowa Republican officials convened a planning session Thursday for their quadrennial presidential straw poll, only a handful of advisers to GOP contenders bothered to show up.The sparse attendance and lack of enthusiasm, even from those who came, was worrying to state party brass: The straw poll — a carnival-like organizing ritual that has in past years winnowed the candidate field and marked the start of caucus season — has faded into irrelevance.Read full article >>
Oncologist Nizar M. Tannir has seen kidney tumors larger and more aggressive than the 8-inch, 31/2-pound behemoth surgeons removed from Philip Prichard. But not many.
ALONG THE SALTON SEA, CALIF. —The bone-dry lake bed burned crystalline and white in the midday sun.
A piece of evidence introduced in the Tehran trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is an online job application for a position in the Obama administration that the journalist submitted unsuccessfully in 2008, The Post’s executive editor said Thursday.Read full article >>
J. Dennis Hastert, the longest serving Republican speaker in the U.S.
Not long ago, I got an e-mail from the mother of a child in my son’s class. The subject line alone was enough to jack up my blood pressure. “Aren’t we done with this already?” I fumed to myself.
The head of world soccer’s crisis-wracked governing body faced open dissent Thursday — including a call to resign — a day before a vote on whether to keep him at the helm amid devastating charges that the sport’s leadership is riddled with corruption.Read full article >>
The woman charged in the fatal stabbing of a D.C. lawyer in the Donovan Hotel during a robbery pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court Thursday morning.Jamyra Gallmon, 21, was charged in the Feb.
Ever since anti-retrovirals became the standard therapy for HIV in the late 1980s, physicians have agonized over the timing of when to give the drugs.While the treatment has proven effective at decreasing patients' viral load, it often comes with severe, even toxic side effects -- a worry that led global public health officials to recommend only giving the drug when a patient's white blood cell levels drop to a certain level.Read full article >>
Comedian Tracy Morgan has settled with Wal-Mart after a crash involving one of the company’s 18-wheelers last year left the future of his career uncertain.On June 7, Morgan — best known for his work on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” — was in a limo bus when it was rear-ended by a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike.