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Scrambled Eggs With Lobster and Brioche. (Washington Post photo -- Marvin Joseph)

Repairing Lobster’s Identity Crisis

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lobster, you’re on a roll. Recent news reports have chronicled your rise — or fall? — citing sustainability, affordability and sheer bounty. In Maine alone, marine biologists are happy to report that your numbers have grown “unbelievably” over the past 25 years. Will that diminish your white-tablecloth profile? If I’d known our friends were buying, I’d have ordered the lobster. …

Look to Old World For the New Wines

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fancy some furmint? How about a nice glass of grillo? If you’ve never heard of either, chances are you will. Wine lists are getting a makeover as producers all over the world make a play for U.S. palates. “There are so many new wines coming from around the world, Americans’ choices have increased …

‘SNL’ Announcer Dies at 96

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Don Pardo, the Saturday Night Live announcer whose career spanned the history of television and who made memorable appearances in skits and music videos that played the booming cadence of his voice for laughs, died Aug. 18 at his home in Tucson. He was 96. Pardo’s daughter, Dona Pardo, confirmed the death to …

Health Care Data Breaches Hit 30 Million Patients and Counting

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Washington — The recent theft of 4.5 million medical records by Chinese hackers highlights one undeniable truth about health care data: it’s valuable, and bad people want it. In this latest incident, hackers reportedly stole personal data from Community Health Systems patients, including their Social Security numbers, which …

Police: Teens Plotted Calif. School Massacre

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Los Angeles — South Pasadena police on Tuesday said two teens arrested this week had developed a “huge plan” to carry out a mass school shooting in which they wanted to kill “as many people as possible.” South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller told reporters at a news …

Cease-Fire E fforts Collapse

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gaza City, Gaza Strip — Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas militants collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across …

U.S. to Make It Easier to Object To No-Fly List

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Washington — The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. The decision comes after a federal judge’s ruling that there …

Greener Pastures Signal Rebound for Beef Industry

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chicago — Pasture conditions in the U.S., the world’s largest beef producer, are mostly recovered from a 2012 drought that forced ranchers to shrink the domestic herd to a 63-year low. While it takes years to reverse a decline in animal supply, record-high beef prices and the increasing …

Common Core Loses Support

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Washington — A year ago, the term Common Core meant little to the American public. But today, a vast majority of people in the country are familiar with the nationwide educational standards and most of them oppose the initiative touted by the Obama administration, a new survey shows. …

Man’s Chokehold Death Could Lead To Charges

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New York — Staten Island prosecutors said Tuesday they will present evidence to a special grand jury in the case of Eric Garner, the accused cigarette peddler put in a banned chokehold by a New York Police Department officer, to determine if criminal charges are warranted against the …

Militants Claim to Execute U.S. Journalist

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Washington — The Islamic State militant group claimed Tuesday to have beheaded an American photojournalist in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. A video posted on YouTube, later removed, purported to show the execution of James Foley, who …

Holder Attempts To Keep Pledge

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Washington — Eric H. Holder Jr.’s planned trip Wednesday to the center of riot-torn Ferguson, Mo., in many ways began 5 1/2 years ago, when he became the nation’s first African-American attorney general and pledged to make federal civil rights enforcement a hallmark of his administration. The police …

Grand Jury To Hear Case In Ferguson

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ferguson, Mo. — A Missouri state prosecutor on Tuesday prepared to present evidence to a grand jury in the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, hours before Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. was set to arrive …