Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDTTOKYO - As bodies washed ashore by the hundreds and an emergency deepened at a coastal nuclear plant, millions in Japan on Tuesday faced an unabating sense of apprehension, mourning and astonishment over the emerging scope of this nation-changing catastrophe.
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDTTurmoil in the Middle East l libya: When Secretary of State Clinton meets with the rebel leadership, she will hear from a movement of high ideals, under siege and desperate for recognition. A15
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDTIN SENDAI, JAPAN Outside the Rigoletto Tapas Lounge, an eatery that normally offers fine wines and Spanish delicacies, the bourgeoisie of this quake-crippled northern Japanese city lined up for hours Monday.
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDTJapan's nuclear emergency turned more dire on Tuesday after the third explosion in four days rocked the seaside Fukushima Daiichi complex and fire briefly raged in a storage facility for spent fuel rods at a fourth, previously unaffected reactor.
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDTMANAMA, Bahrain - Bahrain's king declared a state of emergency Tuesday, imposing a curfew, banning rallies and handing broad powers to a military bolstered by the fresh arrival of dozens of tanks sent by other Gulf monarchies.
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDTFormer D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown had had six run-ins with law enforcement, including three charges in the District and an attempted-murder charge in Chicago, at the time he received a $110,000-a-year job in the administration of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, said city officials and sources...
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:05:01 EDTThe White House is acknowledging popular revolutions might bring a more religious cast to politics.
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:48:01 EDTA lack of suitable crash test dummies has left many car seats unregulated - and untested.
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:46:01 EDTAfter a second explosion rocked a Japanese nuclear complex, a third reactor lost its cooling capacity, complicating engineers' efforts to limit the damage of a partial meltdown.
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDTEarly last month, President Obama addressed 1,000 people at Penn State about his ideas for reviving the country's economy. A couple of weeks later, he delivered a similar address to about 100 small-business owners at Cleveland State University.
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Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDTSENDAI, JAPAN - In the center of this city, the economic hub of northern Japan , the traffic lights and vending machines are still working.
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDTThe detection of the highly radioactive elements cesium-137 and iodine-131 outside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant heralds the beginning of an ecological and human tragedy. The open question is whether it will be limited, serious or catastrophic.
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Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDTTOKYO - Overwhelmed by a still-growing catastrophe, Japanese authorities struggled Monday to reach buried survivors and the missing, faced roadblocks in delivering aid and raced to contain an expanding nuclear emergency.
Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTCAIRO - The Arab League endorsed the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya on Saturday and recognized the fledgling rebel movement seeking to topple Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi as the country's legitimate government, increasing pressure on Western powers to intervene in what increasingly...
Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTIt's one of the oldest nuclear reactors in Japan, a boiling-water unit made by General Electric, just a couple of weeks shy of 40 years old and close to retirement age. On Saturday, something went very wrong. The explosion at Fukushima Daiichi's unit 1 rattled an already shaken nation and renewed...
Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe NCAA men's basketball tournament field will be announced at 6 p.m. Sunday night, the official opening bell for the spring rite known as March Madness .
Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTWhen a Stafford County jury this month found an autistic teenager guilty of assaulting a law enforcement officer and recommended that he spend 101/2 years in prison, a woman in the second row sobbed.
Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTTOKYO - Rescue teams searched through matchstick rubble Saturday for thousands of people missing in flooded areas of northeastern Japan, beginning one of the most complex relief efforts in history.
Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTJapanese authorities said Sunday that efforts to restart the cooling system at one of the reactors damaged by Friday's earthquake had failed, a major setback in the struggle to contain what has become the most serious nuclear power crisis in a quarter century.
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Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTHuge shock absorbers, walls that slide and Teflon foundation pads that isolate buildings from the ground all help explain why medium- and high-rise structures in Japan remained standing in the wake of the country's largest earthquake on record , construction experts said Friday.
Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTl SAUDI ARABIA: The "Day of Rage" planned by government critics proves to be a day of calm. A12
Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTJapanese authorities declared a state of emergency Saturday for five nuclear reactors at two quake-stricken power plants as military and utility officials scrambled to tame rising pressure and radioactivity levels inside the units and stabilize the systems used to cool the plants' hot reactor cores.
Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTHIROSHIMA, JAPAN - A bulldozing tsunami triggered by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake devastated the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, turning cars into driftwood, washing away neighborhoods and leaving this industrialized country bracing for an epic humanitarian disaster.
Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTZAWIYAH, LIBYA - In the battle-scarred center of this small town, evidence abounds that the popular uprising here has been brutally crushed, in a bitter blow to the fast-fading hopes of rebels that they can succeed in toppling Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi.
Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe Maryland House of Delegates effectively killed a measure Friday that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state - halting momentum in a year in which proponents thought they would prevail.
Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTNational Football League team owners locked out the league's players Saturday, shutting down professional football for the first time in 24 years and plunging the nation's most popular and prosperous sport into a time of uncertainty.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTOne half of the Muslim contingent in Congress paused, his voice high and breaking. He tugged at his glasses. He held up a finger and gathered himself.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe White House announced Thursday that it will send a government aid team into rebel-held parts of Libya and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she will meet next week with representatives of the transition council, moves that edged the Obama administration closer to the formal Libyan...
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTHayley Russell was 13 and worried about another acne flare-up when she brought an orange prescription bottle to Rachel Carson Middle School in Fairfax County. She placed the medication on the top shelf of her locker so she could retrieve an antibiotic pill to take at lunch.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTIN MONTERREY, MEXICO When American baseball executives were looking for a place to move the struggling Montreal Expos franchise five years ago, Mexican investors brought them here, to this booming metropolis two hours south of the Texas border.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTNew concerns about a widening U.S. trade gap and slowing Chinese growth combined Thursday with other signs of economic trouble to undercut some of the confidence about a recovery that has been building.
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Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTSenate Republicans abruptly passed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's plan to sharply curtail collective-bargaining rights for public employees Wednesday night, using a legislative maneuver to approve the measure without 14 Democratic senators who fled the state in an effort to block it.
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTDavid S. Broder, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and one of the most respected writers on national politics for four decades, died Wednesday at Capital Hospice in Arlington of complications from diabetes.
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTCAIRO - On the banks of the Nile, in the middle of a roiling protest Wednesday by hundreds of chanting Christians, a man raised a Koran in one hand and a wooden cross in the other. "I came here because we don't want sectarian strife," said Ahmed Moustafa, a 37-year-old Muslim. "Muslims and...
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTMore than three-quarters of the nation's public schools could soon be labeled "failing" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration said Wednesday as it increased efforts to revamp the signature education initiative of President George W. Bush.
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTPresident Obama is content to let other nations publicly lead the search for solutions to the Libyan conflict, his advisers say, a stance that reflects the more humble tone he has sought to bring to U.S. foreign policy but one that also opens him to criticism that he is a weak leader.
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTNPR lost its chief executive Wednesday, a day after the news organization was embarrassed by a secretly recorded video that caught one of its top managers calling Republicans "anti-intellectual" and tea party members "racists."
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTIt won't be on the official agenda. It might not even be asked out loud. But it may be the most important question during a congressional hearing Thursday on homegrown Islamic terrorists.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTIN FOSHAN, CHINA He doesn't like Chinese food much, has to fly economy instead of by private jet and makes a tiny fraction of the $20 million he earned each year playing basketball for the New York Knicks.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTCAIRO - For years, Marwa Farouk lived in fear of Egypt's state security agents, who arrested and interrogated her several times for her work as an activist.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe United States and its European allies are considering the use of naval assets to deliver humanitarian aid to Libya and to block arms shipments to the government of Moammar Gaddafi, even as they weigh the legality of imposing a no-fly zone without United Nations authorization, according to U.S...
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTNews this week of the first departure of a Cabinet secretary from the Obama administration comes amid a wide-ranging effort under the new chief of staff, William M. Daley, to repair badly frayed relations between the White House and the Cabinet.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTLOGAN, UTAH - Here's how you run for reelection if you're a powerful Republican senator from a state where powerful Republican activists want somebody new:
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTPepco's multimillion-dollar plan to reduce power outages and improve reliability was "cobbled together" without detailed study and could fail to achieve its goals, a team of independent consultants has found.
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTMontgomery Blair Sibley might be best known as the lawyer who defended the "D.C. madam ," the infamous escort service owner who claimed to attend to the needs of Washington's elite.
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTRAS LANUF, LIBYA - Government and rebel forces engaged in a fierce battle Monday for control of this oil depot on the Mediterranean coast, as regime loyalists mounted assaults on several fronts to reclaim ground lost since the Feb. 17 uprising began.
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTPresident Obama signed an executive order Monday that will create a formal system of indefinite detention for those held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who continue to pose a significant threat to national security. The administration also said it will start new military...
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTRICHMOND - While Washington bickers noisily over cutting a small slice of the federal budget, Sens. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, and Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, launched a campaign Monday to convince the public that merely cutting spending will do little to tame the $14 trillion ...
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Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTRAS LANUF, LIBYA - Moammar Gaddafi's loyalists escalated a lethal counterattack on Sunday, heightening assaults on rebel-held cities near his western stronghold of Tripoli and pushing back opposition forces attempting to advance toward the capital.
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTWhen the remains of a Vietnam War soldier buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were identified in 1998 using DNA, Pentagon officials proudly said that the days of interring service members as "unknown" could well be over.
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTDistrict Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Sunday acknowledged "missteps" and said he wants the city attorney general and the D.C. Council to investigate allegations that aides to his campaign paid mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown last summer to continue his attacks on then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in exchange...
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTNew Hampshire's new Republican state House speaker is pretty clear about what he thinks of college kids and how they vote. They're "foolish," Speaker William O'Brien said in a recent speech to a tea party group.
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTCongressional leaders prodded the Obama administration on Sunday for a more aggressive U.S. response to Libya's increasingly brutal attacks on opposition groups - calling for a no-fly zone and other military measures - but White House officials cautioned against being drawn into a potentially pro...
Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTWhen the U.S. Agency for International Development sought bids last March for a $140 million land reform program in Afghanistan , it insisted that the winning contractor meet specific goals to promote women's rights: The number of deeds granting women title had to increase by 50 percent; there would...
Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTFormer mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown told The Washington Post that he struck a deal last summer with the campaign of Mayor Vincent C. Gray to continue his attacks on incumbent Adrian M. Fenty in exchange for a city job if Gray won.
Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTBENGHAZI, LIBYA - Government forces carried out a bloody siege of Zawiyah on Saturday, bombarding the rebel-held western city with mortar fire and deploying tanks in the streets and snipers on rooftops.
Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTBy any measure, Netflix is having a marquee year. It has 20 million subscribers, way up from 12 million just a year ago. Its stock has tripled in that time. During periods of peak Internet use, a full fifth of all American bandwidth consumption is people watching movies on Netflix.com .
Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTHarriet Tubman has history on her side. But does she have the votes?
Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTAlmost a year of rancorous contract talks came to a head Friday when several hundred nurses at Washington Hospital Center, the region's largest hospital, walked off the job for a 24-hour strike.
Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTJoseph Mitchell monitors youngsters on behalf of the District's juvenile justice system, conducting daily checks that supplement the work of probation officers and social workers. He makes sure the youngsters make it to class. He stops by their homes to make sure they're in by curfew. He sits in...
Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTA Prince George's County police officer shot and wounded a man Friday during an investigation in the Clinton area of the county.
Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTBENGHAZI, LIBYA - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi on Friday unleashed their fiercest counterattack yet, assaulting rebel-held positions by ground and air and firing on demonstrators in the government stronghold of Tripoli.
Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe missing piece of the U.S. economic recovery - job creation - is finally falling into place.
Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe long search for the elusive East Coast Rapist yielded an arrest Friday after a tip came in from someone who knew the suspect. Detectives secretly picked up one of his discarded cigarette butts, had it tested and learned the DNA was a match, law enforcement officials said.
Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTIn 1985, the Irish government boycotted the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City, the biggest celebration in the Irish American calendar. The cause of its umbrage was Peter T. King , that year's grand marshal and someone the Irish government said was an "avowed" supporter of a terrorist...
Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTWhat do Congress's spoons say about its soul? Right now, nothing flattering. A debate over the utensils in the House cafeterias has evolved into a parable of Capitol Hill's dysfunction - and each party's willingness to live up to its own stereotype.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTBAGHDAD - Among the revolts sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, Iraq's has been an exception: Here, protesters are seeking to reform a democratically elected government, not to topple an autocrat.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTAmong the findings of a sweeping federal government survey of American sexual behavior is one that may surprise those bewailing a permissive and eros-soaked popular culture: More than one-quarter of people interviewed in their late teens and early 20s had never had sex.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTLawmaking can be a frustrating business, especially when you're outnumbered. But some Democratic state legislators have recently embraced a simple tool to gain leverage: the empty chair.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTKevin Ricks , the former teacher who molested a Manassas high school student, pleaded guilty Thursday to seven new federal charges of producing and possessing child pornography, ensuring that one of the region's most notorious sex offenders will spend significant time in prison.
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTBREGA, LIBYA - Rebels fought off a coordinated assault by military jets and armored ground forces near a key oil port Wednesday, thwarting Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's most significant attempt yet to retake eastern territory that he lost last week amid a nationwide uprising.
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTINDIANAPOLIS - The Republican faceoff with labor unions in the Midwest and elsewhere marks not just a fight over money and collective bargaining, but also a test of wills over how to improve the nation's schools.
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:29:00 EDTAmerican diplomats, aid workers and their families - evacuated from countries in turmoil - seek shelter in a nondescript apartment building in Falls Church, Va.
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTA month ago this Sunday, the National Football League capped another season as master of the professional sports universe by hosting the most-watched program in U.S. television history: Super Bowl XLV, seen by an average of 111 million viewers. A $9 billion industry, the league has brought unprec...
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe First Amendment protects a fringe church's anti-gay protests at military funerals, a nearly unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a powerful opinion that spoke to the nation's tolerance for even hateful public speech.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTHouse and Senate leaders on Tuesday bought themselves a little more time in their efforts to avoid a government shutdown, agreeing to a two-week funding extension that also includes $4 billion in spending cuts.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTCHARLOTTESVILLE - Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda, the historic heart of the University of Virginia, is among the most iconic structures in higher education. Yet a close inspection reveals that the proud Corinthian capitals above its entrance are crumbling. The elevator jams at inopportune moments. The...
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTBENGHAZI, LIBYA - Rebel leaders in eastern Libya called Tuesday for international military intervention to help topple Moammar Gaddafi, as the realization dawned that people power alone may not be enough to dislodge their nation's autocratic leader from his last remaining strongholds.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTBefore he addressed the crowd that had assembled in the St. Louis Hyatt Regency ballroom last November, Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly had one request. "Please don't mention my son," he asked the Marine Corps officer introducing him.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTTUNIS - The violence in Libya was threatening to turn into a humanitarian crisis Tuesday as thousands of people fleeing into Tunisia overwhelmed relief efforts, creating a bottleneck of evacuees stranded on the Libyan side of the border.
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe United States and its European allies tightened their noose around Libya's besieged government Monday, positioning military assets for possible action in the Mediterranean as they launched humanitarian efforts to assist refugees and rebel forces that have seized the eastern part of the country.
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTTAIZ, YEMEN - It's 10 p.m. on a Thursday, and Freedom Square is electric. Ten thousand protesters, perhaps more, are waving flags and banners clamoring for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign. On a makeshift stage, 12-year-old Ons Al-Ahdel, dressed in a head-to-toe black abaya and clutching a...
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTFrank W. Buckles died Sunday, sadly yet not unexpectedly at age 110, having achieved a singular feat of longevity that left him proud and a bit bemused.
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTIn just two months, a freshman class of Republicans has found a way to run the House.
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTPresident Obama sought to defuse criticism of the new health-care overhaul Monday by saying he is willing to give states an earlier opportunity to opt out of certain key requirements - but only if they can find their own ways to accomplish the law's goals.
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTIN LOS ANGELES "The King's Speech," a stirring British costume drama about King George VI's struggle with a speech impediment and the challenges of leadership at the dawn of mass media, won Best Picture and three other prizes Sunday night at the Academy Awards.
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTTUNIS - Tunisia, whose revolution convulsed the Arab world, ousted its second leader in less than two months Sunday, as the euphoria triggered by the uprising in January began to give way to the realization that achieving meaningful reforms may prove tougher than toppling dictators.
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTA synthetic form of marijuana is widely used at the U.S. Naval Academy because it cannot be detected in routine drug tests, according to several former midshipmen who have been removed from campus for using or possessing the substance.
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTCOLUMBUS, OHIO - Across Ohio last week, the legislative push to restrict the union rights of government workers was greeted again and again by noisy protests.
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTCAIRO - Fatema Salah said her students had never sung the Egyptian national anthem quite the way they did Sunday, the first day back to school for most Cairo pupils. Before, they shuffled through the morning ritual, heads down and sleepy. This time, standing in the school's shady courtyard for the...
Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTBENGHAZI, LIBYA - Army leaders in eastern Libya who have turned against Col. Moammar Gaddafi's regime are preparing to dispatch a rebel force to Tripoli to support the beleaguered uprising there, a top military official said Saturday in Benghazi.
Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTAs President Obama and his advisers measured their response to the mass killing in Libya over the past week , they were mindful of one particular scene unfolding thousands of miles away.