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U.S. town grows money from trees during pandemic downturn

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:25 PM

A town in the United States makes $10,000 worth of bills on wooden rectangles, which are given as a grant to locals and good for use inside the town limits

Mayor Wayne Fournier holds $25 in wooden money, in Tenino, Washington on July 10, 2020. - Tenino had become a ghost town, and small businesses were struggling to survive amid the coronavirus pandemic, so local officials revived an unconventional idea from the last century: print its own currency on planks of wood. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)

Beal out for Wizards in NBA restart with shoulder injury

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The Wizards absorb another major blow as Bradley Beal, the league’s second-best scorer, sits out the rest of the season

TOUGH RESTART. The Wizards face a grueling climb minus Bradley Beal. Photo from NBA

U.S. should resist Maria Ressa verdict – Washington Post

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:54 AM

The conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa 'ought to be shocking to democratic nations,' says the Washington Post Editorial Board

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa (C), along with former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr (Back), leave courtroom after the promulgation on June 15, 2020, for cyber libel. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Wizards 2020 playoff preview: Disney death sentence

Jun 10, 2020 - 12:21 PM

All season long, the Washington Wizards have been suffering a never-ending curse of injuries, resulting in inconsistent starting lineups

MAJOR LOAD. Bradley Beal again needs to carry the Wizards on his back. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Shut up and dribble? Wizards take stand after George Floyd death

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:51 PM

'We will no longer tolerate the assassination of people of color in the country,' Washington Wizards players say in a united statement

ADVOCACY. Wizards star Bradley Beal has been vocal on social media about the "Black Lives Matter" movement. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Asian giant hornets spotted for first time in U.S.

May 07, 2020 - 3:29 PM

The hornets, which are native to East Asia and Japan, don't usually attack people, but they are known for decimating honeybee colonies. In Japan, some 30 to 50 people die each year from their venomous and excruciating sting.


Washington region a new coronavirus hotspot

May 06, 2020 - 3:39 PM

Washington DC and the neighboring states of Maryland and Virginia now have more than 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and there have been some 2,300 deaths

(FILES) In this file photo people social distance themselves as they shop at Costco in Washington, DC, on April 5, 2020. Big-box retailer Costco is limiting consumer purchases of meat in the wake of shutdowns of US processing plants due to the coronavirus reported May 5, 2020. Costco, which has about 440 stores in the United States, is limiting purchases to three items among beef, pork and poultry products, the company said on its website.  JIM WATSON / AFP

Wall has 'not lost a step,' says Wizards coach

May 03, 2020 - 4:27 PM

Five-time All-Star John Wall continues to recuperate from an injury that has sidelined him since December 2018

GETTING THERE. Expect John Wall to be the focal point of the Wizards’ offense again when he returns. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Cuban embassy in Washington DC struck by gunfire; police arrest suspect

May 01, 2020 - 1:57 PM

While the suspect was arrested by Washington police, the investigation also includes the Secret Service, which is involved in assuring the security of foreign diplomats and embassies

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Police investigate the scene where a shooter opened fire on the Cuban Embassy on April 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. According to authorities, no injuries have been reported after a gunman used an assault rifle to open fire on the embassy early on Thursday morning. Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/AFP Sarah Silbiger / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Boeing to restart Washington state commercial plane manufacturing

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:55 AM

Boeing says about 27,000 workers will return to its manufacturing facility in Everett, Washington, with a 'phased approach' to ensure safety

BOEING. The Boeing logo is seen during the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, DC, on October 22, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Boeing extends factory shutdown in Washington state

Apr 06, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Boeing says its factories in Washington state will remain closed indefinitely in an effort to protect staff from the coronavirus

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 27, 2019 (FILES) In this file photo taken on March 27, 2019, employees work on Boeing 737 MAX airplanes at the Boeing Renton Factory in Renton, Washington. - Boeing has said it will indefinitely extend a shutdown at its factories in Washington state because of the coronavirus pandemic.The aerospace giant had already halted production at its Puget Sound facility near Seattle, where the company builds the long-range 777 jet and other models, after announcing a two-week stoppage last month.Boeing announced April 5, 2020 that the shutdown would continue indefinitely in an effort to protect staff from COVID-19, which has already claimed the life of one employee at the company's Everett facility. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)

U.S. man teaching dog how to drive arrested after high-speed chase

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Emergency services receive multiple calls about a car traveling erratically at more than 160 kilometers per hour

DOGGIE. Grendol, a pitbull mastiff mix, takes the stage during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Taiwan says U.S. media expelled from China are welcome

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:32 PM

'I'd like to welcome you to be stationed in Taiwan – a country that is a beacon of freedom and democracy,' Taipei's foreign minister tells journalists expelled from China

EXPELLED. In this file photo New York Times Beijing bureau chief Steven Lee Myers (center) speaks with other journalists after the daily Foreign Ministry briefing in Beijing on March 18, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Biden wins Washington state Democratic primary – U.S. media

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Media reports say Joe Biden had won 37.9% of the vote, with the leftist Bernie Sanders close behind with 36.4%

JOE BIDEN. Democratic presidential hopeful former US vice president Joe Biden makes a point as he and Senator Bernie Sanders take part in the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in a CNN Washington Bureau studio in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump wins key court case on snub of Congressional subpoenas

Feb 29, 2020 - 2:57 PM

'We lack authority to resolve disputes between the legislative and executive Branches until their actions harm an entity beyond the federal government,' the decision says

KEY CASE. A key court victory bolsters US President Donald Trump's refusal to allow current and former White House staff to testify before Congress and to supply documents on the grounds of executive privilege. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

KEY CASE. A key court victory bolsters US President Donald Trump's refusal to allow current and former White House staff to testify before Congress and to supply documents on the grounds of executive privilege. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

Senate poised to acquit Trump as witness motion appears doomed

Jan 31, 2020 - 2:32 PM

If the witness motion is rejected, Mitch McConnell could call for a vote to acquit the president as soon as Friday

CHIEF. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Democrats warn of 'lawless' president in Trump impeachment arguments

Jan 31, 2020 - 1:30 PM

'What we have seen in the last couple of days is a descent into constitutional madness,' Adam Schiff tells the Senate trial

THE DON. US president Donald Trump is flanked by her daughter White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump as he arrives at the Congress center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 22, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Kobe rape case tweet lands Washington Post journalist in hot water

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:13 PM

The reporter is harassed after tweeting a link to an article titled 'Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s Story, and the Half-Confession,' hours after the former player's death

KOBE BRYANT. The former NBA player, pictured at a press event here, dies in a helicopter crash, Monday, January 27, Philippine time. File photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Klay Thompson turns emotional after college jersey retirement

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:54 PM

More than 10,000 fans show up as Washington State University retires the No. 1 jersey of Warriors star Klay Thompson

HOMECOMING. Klay Thompson returns to his collegiate roots. Photo from WSU

Raptors tie franchise points mark with rout of Wizards

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:53 PM

The Raptors cruise to their seventh straight win over the Wizards behind 7 players scoring in double figures

WINNING STREAK. Marc Gasol and the Raptors reassert their mastery over the Wizards. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Clarkson, Jazz stretch win streak by toppling Wizards

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:18 PM

Jordan Clarkson provides spark off the bench as the Jazz win 14 of their last 15 games

SPARKPLUG. Jordan Clarkson continues to thrive on an off-the-bench role for the Jazz. Photo from Instagram/@jordanclarksons

NBA fines Wizards' Isaiah Thomas for bumping referee

Jan 05, 2020 - 1:06 PM

While it can be argued that Isaiah Thomas just tried to steady himself against the referee, it made no difference in enforcing the rules designed to protect officials

UNFORTUNATE. The woes continue to pile up for Isaiah Thomas and the Wizards. Photo from Instagram/@isaiahthomas

Suspended Isaiah Thomas explains side on frosty fan incident

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas bares he confronted two Philadelphia 76ers fans for their obscene comments and gestures

SIDELINED. The Washington Wizards will be without Isaiah Thomas for two games. Photo from Instagram/@isaiahthomas

Wizards' Isaiah Thomas banned 2 games over fan incident

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:07 PM

Isaiah Thomas will serve his suspension when the Wizards visit New York and Detroit

BANNED. Isaiah Thomas is set to serve a two-game suspension over a confrontation with fans. Photo from Instagram (@isaiahthomas)

Adversity made Strasburg's World Series MVP award sweeter

Nov 01, 2019 - 3:08 PM

Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals win their first World Series title, just months after being given only a .01 percent chance of winning the crown by oddsmakers

HISTORIC. Stephen Strasburg becomes the first pitcher to go 5-0 in a single playoff run and is named the first World Series MVP pitcher since San Francisco's Madison Baumgartner in 2014. Photo from Instagram/@nationals

Harden explodes for 59 points as Rockets escape Wizards

Oct 31, 2019 - 3:03 PM

'I work hard every single day. I fall in love with it, mastering the game,' says Rockets star James Harden after unleashing 59 points

ESCAPE ACT. James Harden and the Rockets slip past the Wizards by a point. Photo from Houston Rockets

Nationals rally past Astros to capture World Series

Oct 31, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Written off months ago after a poor start, the Washington Nationals complete one of the most shocking championship runs in baseball history

HISTORIC. The Washington Nationals celebrate after defeating the Houston Astros in Game 7 to win the 2019 World Series. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Astros rout Nationals to reach brink of World Series title

Oct 28, 2019 - 12:53 PM

The Astros seize a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven finals of Major League Baseball to zero in on their second World Series crown in 3 seasons

ON THE VERGE. The Astros win 3 straight after dropping the first two games of the World Series. Photo from Twitter/@astros

Nationals rout Astros to take command of World Series

Oct 24, 2019 - 5:32 PM

Unlikely heroes turn up as the Washington Nationals dump the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the best-of-seven finals

DOMINANT. Juan Soto, Michael A. Taylor and Gerardo Parra of the Nationals celebrate their Game 2 dumping of the Astros. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Nationals outlast Astros to capture World Series opener

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:39 PM

In his World Series debut, 20-year-old Juan Soto becomes the fourth-youngest player in history to homer

COMPOSURE. Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals (right) steals second base against Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros during the 8th inning in Game 1. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Astros seek World Series dynasty as Nats hunt fairytale title

Oct 21, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Astros eye a second title in 3 seasons, while the Nationals aim to end a 95-year MLB title drought for Washington

BACK AT IT. The Astros advance to the World Series for the second time in 3 years. Photo from Twitter/@astros

Wizards ink All-Star guard Beal to two-year extension

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:32 PM

The Washington Wizards lock in Bradley Beal as the NBA All-Star guard enters the 'prime of his career'

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says Rouhani meeting not scheduled as speculation swirls

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Speculation is rife over whether the leaders of the two arch-foes will meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York

SPECULATION. This combination of file pictures shows US President Donald Trump and a file handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency showing President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech on Iranian TV in Tehran. Handout, Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Iranian presidency

Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas out 6-8 weeks after thumb surgery

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:20 PM

After playing just 12 games with the Nuggets last season, Isaiah Thomas still won't see action with his new team

 Isaiah Thomas  Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Washington Post ad tech platform targets Google-Facebook duopoly

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The new tech aims to provide newspapers better monetization and ad targeting to free them from dependence on the large platforms

WASHINGTON POST. The Washington Post was founded in 1877 with its first publication on December 6, 1877. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Hachimura: Japan's basketball star who once 'hid from the world'

Aug 26, 2019 - 5:16 PM

Rui Hachimura is raising the profile of biracial sportspeople in a homogenous country where mixed-race children still face prejudice

POSTER BOY. Rui Hachimura will lead Japan in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Kyrgios edges Medvedev to win ATP Washington Open title

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Known for his fiery temperament and inconsistency, Nick Kyrgios was resilient all tournament long, breaking rackets but holding his emotions together

CHAMP. Nick Kyrgios becomes Washington's first unseeded ATP champion since 2011. Photo from Twitter/@ATP_Tour

Murray moves nearer return as Tsitsipas inches into top 5

Aug 03, 2019 - 2:05 PM

'Physically, I'm so much better now. To be competing again and pain-free is brilliant,' says former world No. 1 Andy Murray

BACK SOON. After fearing that his operation could force him into retirement, Andy Murray is back practicing singles. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP)

Wimbledon teen star Coco Gauff reaches Washington main draw

Jul 29, 2019 - 4:48 PM

The 15-year-old Coco Gauff continues to impress by advancing to the field of 32 of the tournament that serves as tuneup for the US Open

TEEN SENSATION. Coco Gauff defies her age yet again. Photo from Twitter/@Wimbledon

Washington DC hit by torrential rain, flooding

Jul 09, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Footage from local TV stations and posted on social media shows vehicles submerged on roads near major landmarks like the Washington Monument, with some motorists standing on the roofs of their cars as floodwaters rise

FLOODING. A park bench sits under water in East Potomac Park in Washington, DC on July 8, 2019, after a storm caused flooding. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Embattled Isaiah Thomas signs 1-year minimum deal with Wizards

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Isaiah Thomas is aiming for a resurgence as the 'King of the Fourth' with the Washington Wizards

RISING AGAIN. Isaiah Thomas hopes the Washington Wizards will open the door for him to get back to his A-game. Photo from Isaiah Thomas' Instagram

Trump's Pentagon nominee quits; Iran targets CIA network

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:12 AM

Foreign powers are watching the situation in the Middle East with growing concern as Tehran and Washington exchange warnings about an escalation in their conflict

QUITS. In this file photo taken on April 3, 2019 US President Donald Trump (right) is briefed by senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 3, 2019, including Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

[OPINION] The press owes society courage

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post says: 'The American press has been given extraordinary freedom by the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the First Amendment. In return, it owes society courage.'

Denzel Washington honored by Hollywood with Life Achievement award

Jun 07, 2019 - 7:03 PM

The award given by the American Film Institute is considered the 'highest honor for a career in film'

China says US 'playing with fire' over Taiwan

May 31, 2019 - 11:50 AM

'The US recently often played the Taiwan card, in a vain attempt to use Taiwan to contain China. This is purely wishful thinking,' says a Chinese defense ministry spokesman

4 men drown in well in Aklan

Apr 26, 2019 - 10:41 AM

The victims, among them two brothers and their cousin, die while trying to save each other

WELL ACCIDENT. Authorities retrieve one of the victims of a drowning incident in New Washington, Aklan, on April 25, 2019. Photo from New Washington, Aklan MDRRMO

Investigator says Amazon chief's phone hacked by Saudis

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:26 PM

The investigator links the hack to the Bezos-owned Washington Post's extensive coverage of the Jamal Khashoggi murder

BEZOS. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018 Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos provides the keynote address at the Air Force Association's Annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Oxen Hill, MD. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP)

Nuggets grind out victory over fading Wizards

Mar 22, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Playoff-bound Denver leans on a balanced charge as the Nuggets struggle to dispose of the Wizards

ON A ROLL. Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets still hold 2nd behind the defending champion Warriors in the Western Conference. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Towns hurt as Timberwolves nip Wizards in OT

Mar 10, 2019 - 3:37 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns erupts for 40 points and 16 rebounds but hobbles out late in regulation

GRITTY. Minnesota loses Karl-Anthony Towns late in regulation, but the Timberwolves still pull through. Photo from NBA Twitter

Jay Washington back to where it all started in TNT

Mar 03, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Bouncing from different teams, the 37-year-old forward finds himself back with his first PBA squad

REUNION. Jay Washington reunites with TNT after he was relegated as an unrestricted free agent by Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images