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From left, Charlie Laughlin, Leeta Gill and Sen Francis talk while attending an Autism Self Advocacy Network gathering in British Columbia on June 18. Illustrates AUTISM (category a), by Sandhya Somashekhar, (c) 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Monday, July 20, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Photo by Ben Nelms for The Washington Post.)

Adults With Autism Want Acceptance, Not Cure

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Langley, British Columbia — Alanna Whitney was a weird kid. She had a strange knack for pronouncing long words. Anchovies on pizza could send her cowering under a table. Her ability to geek out on subjects like Greek mythology and world religions could be unsettling. She drank liquids obsessively, and in her teens her extreme water intake landed her in …

Dance DJ Mixes Multiple Music Genres

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Writer and the Serial Killer

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Few journalists are lucky enough to stumble into stories that grab the national consciousness for decades. And when they do, even fewer are lucky enough to know their subjects intimately enough before the news breaks to offer readers not just a scoop, but a kind of dual biography. Ann Rule, who died last …

A Crossover That Measures Up

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Nissan Rogue has a name that’s the antithesis of its look. There’s nothing rogue about it. And that’s a good thing. Or at least consumers think so. Since the vehicle’s launch in 2007, annual sales have climbed …

Higher Wages a Surprising Success for Seattle Eatery

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Seattle — Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don’t have to tip at Ivar’s Salmon House on Seattle’s Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage ahead of schedule. It is …

S&P 500 Trims Monthly Advance

Sunday, August 2, 2015

New York — The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index pared its best monthly gain since February after disappointing results from Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corp. Energy shares fell the most since January as Exxon and Chevron slumped at least 4.5 percent. LinkedIn tumbled 10 percent amid concerns growth …

Divided Taliban Clings to War In Wake of Its Leader’s Death

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Kabul — Less than a week ago, Afghanistan seemed to be edging toward peace. Taliban insurgent leaders were preparing to attend a second round of negotiations with Afghan officials, prodded by Pakistani authorities amid a thaw in their …

Big Donors Pumping Millions Into Race

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Washington — More than 50 individuals and entities have shelled out at least $1 million apiece to big-money groups backing presidential candidates — with nearly half of the big donors giving to a super PAC aligned with former …

New Wildfire Off California Interstate Jams Traffic; 1 Dead

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Firefighters were battling another blaze in Southern California’s Cajon Pass on Saturday, prompting the closure of several lanes of the 15 Freeway. The Scales fire has burned 10 acres near the junction of the 15 and Highway 138 …

Suspected Flight 370 Wing Flap Arrives at French Analysis Facility

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Balma, France — A wing flap suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Saturday arrived at a French military testing facility where it will be analyzed by experts. After a 10-hour journey by road …

Death Of A King

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Johannesburg — When Cecil the lion’s carcass was finally found after he was lured out of a Zimbabwe wildlife reserve to be killed by an American hunter, it was a headless, skinless skeleton the vultures had been picking at for about a week. Conservationists decided the most natural …

Buffett Family Funded Birth Control Revolution

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bloomberg Businessweek just ran a fascinating piece about how Warren Buffett’s family quietly donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the research and expansion of long-term, reversible birth control. The one-sentence summary: A stream of money from the Wizard of Omaha apparently helped spark a significant increase in …

Cleaner Cow Burps Could Help Climate Change

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Cows digest their food in four-part stomachs, including a “rumen,” which is a site that allows for fermentation — a process that gives off a lot of carbon dioxide and methane gas, as microorganisms aid in the process of digestion. That gas has to get out of the …