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Jon Boeckenstedt, DePaul University's associate vice president of enrollment management and marketing, tests a device from YouVisit for virtual campus tours on Sept. 19, 2014 in Indianapolis at a convention for the National Association for College Admission Counseling. (Washington Post - Alan Petersime)

Colleges Worry About Attracting Students in Tech-Savvy World

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Indianapolis — Every year, high school students stress over whether they’ll get into their top-choice college. But this week, college admission officers from across the country are gathered here to contemplate their own big worries. Will students choose them? Will students even find them? The 70th annual convention of the National Association for College Admission Counseling brought together 6,000 professional …

Islamic State Again Routs Iraqi Forces

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Baghdad — The army base in Iraq’s western Anbar province had been under siege by Islamic State militants for a week, so when a convoy of armored Humvees rolled up at the gate, the Iraqi soldiers at Camp Saqlawiyah believed saviors had arrived. But this was no rescue attempt. The vehicles were driven by militants on suicide missions, and within seconds on Sunday …

Dry Roasting Peanuts May Cause Allergies

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Peanuts are one of the most common foods that trigger allergies in people, but a new study suggests that it’s not peanuts that are the problem — it’s the dry-roasting process. Researchers from Oxford University and the University of Pennsylvania injected mice with samples of peanut protein from nuts that were either raw …

Moving to The Center

Monday, September 22, 2014

In a midterm election year in which the political climate and map of battleground states clearly favors Republicans, many GOP candidates are nevertheless embracing some Democratic priorities in an effort to win over skeptical voters. The shift is evident in some of the most contentious Senate and gubernatorial …

Islamic State Needs Women To Succeed

Monday, September 22, 2014

Months after declaring an Islamic caliphate, the Islamic State, which has seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq, is seeking to address a need of any viable nation: women. In Internet posts and social media messaging, the extremist …

Out-of-Date Mail Trucks Will Soon Reach the End of the Road

Monday, September 22, 2014

Washington — The U.S. Postal Service mail truck, with its navy blue eagle’s head and beak on the side, is a reminder that the postal carrier still delivers the mail, even if Americans don’t write too many letters anymore. And now, as it turns out, one of the …

Feds Censure Local Police, Yet Give Them Weapons

Monday, September 22, 2014

Los Angeles — A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry. That lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a …

Uighur Knives Get a Bad Rap in China

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Yengisar, China — Here on the fertile edge of the Taklimakan Desert, people have long believed that placing a knife on their bedside keeps away bad dreams. On a baby’s seventh day of life, it’s tradition for parents …

Social Security Q&A: Can I Get Benefits Beyond SSI?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Question: I am getting Supplemental Security Income. Can I get other kinds of help? Answer: You may be able to get other assistance. For example, in most states, SSI recipients also get Medicaid. You should contact your medical assistance office. Also, SSI recipients are sometimes eligible for social …

Miss Manners: It’s Not a Good Idea to Get Engaged Before Getting Divorced

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dear Miss Manners : I have been going through a rough divorce for over a year now and have met a wonderful man who wants to get engaged. My husband is trying to hold out in settling the divorce as long as he can for his own financial …

NYC: Comfort, Florals And ‘Optimistic Chic’

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New York — After 10 days of fashion shows, it’s hard to imagine there’s a boundary left to push, a color that’s gone unused or a silhouette that hasn’t been relaxed. While the collections were all over the …

American Tests $8,000 ‘Lie-Flat Bed’ to Los Angeles

Sunday, September 21, 2014

For $8,000, American Airlines treats select Los Angeles passengers to private berths, three- course meals boasting shrimp scampi and even vented compartments that can house socialites’ chihuahuas. The costliest U.S. domestic fare is a bet that some fliers …

Horse power gains favor among small-scale farmers

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Marathon, n.y. — While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules. …