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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 …

Seven-Time World Champ In Squash Dies in Colorado

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hashim Khan, who learned to play squash barefoot in what is now Pakistan and broke class and racial barriers to become a seven-time world champion in the 1950s, a record that stood for more than a generation and helped launch a family dynasty of players, died Aug. 18 …

Health Care Attacks Fade in Campaigns

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Washington — Republicans seeking to unseat the Senate incumbent in North Carolina have cut in half the portion of their top issue ads citing the health-care act, a sign that the party’s favorite attack against Democrats is losing its punch. The shift — also taking place in competitive …

NBC’s Brian Williams Taking on New Competition

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New York — Wearing shades as he walked back to work following a pizza lunch recently, Brian Williams ducked into Rockefeller Center and passed a tour guide who noted the celebrity sighting to his group: “Ladies and gentlemen, …

Maggie Gyllenhaal Says She Had to Grow Up for ‘The Honorable Woman’

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New York — In The Honorable Woman, an eight-part miniseries airing on SundanceTV, Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Baroness Nessa Stein, a British Israeli heiress whose life is inextricably bound up in one of humanity’s most enduring conflicts. As a child, Nessa witnessed the brutal assassination of her father, …

Survey: One-Third Lack Retirement Savings

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Chicago — More than a third of Americans have no retirement savings, and millennials feel more financially secure than other age groups despite being the least likely to have socked away any cash for their golden years, a new survey shows. Bankrate.com, a publisher of personal finance content, …

Cost to Raise a Child Now $245,000

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Washington — The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born last year to age 18 is $245,340, a 1.8 percent increase from the previous year and the smallest jump since the financial crisis, according to the government. Housing was the largest expense at 30 percent, …

Jim Jeffords, 1934-2014: Vermonter Bent Arc of Politics

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Washington — In the late afternoon of May 22, 2001, an apocalyptic-looking set of thunderstorms rolled across the National Mall, with bolts of lightning striking just outside the Capitol dome. Inside the Senate chamber, an even bigger storm …

Obama: Iraq Reclaims Dam

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Washington — President Obama said Monday that Iraqi and Kurdish forces, aided by waves of U.S. airstrikes, had recaptured the country’s largest dam, hailing the development as “important progress” against Islamic State fighters. While he said other U.S. goals had also been met in Iraq, including stopping a …

Trial Test Of Ebola Vaccine Speeds Up

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Washington — Researchers at the National Institutes of Health are accelerating human clinical trials for what scientists hope is a promising new vaccine to combat the deadly Ebola virus. Phase 1 of the clinical trials, which were previously not expected to begin until the end of September, will …

Pathologist: Hands May Have Been Up

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ferguson, Mo. — An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his …