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Kirk Douglas Publishes Poetry Book

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kirk Douglas may be one of the biggest actors of his era, with starring roles in 1960’s Spartacus, 1949’s Champion and 1951’s Ace in the Hole. But on a recent crisp morning, he was having a grand time simply reciting his poetry by heart for an audience of one. With a twinkle of his blue eyes, he proclaimed: Romance begins at 80 And I ought to know. I live with …

On Fashion: Ugly Christmas Sweater Season, When Grandma’s Trash Is a Nation’s Treasure

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Elbow deep in ugly, the Christmas sweater connoisseur is immersed in a daily ritual: bows and bears, sequins and shoulder pads, gold glitter thread woven into non-denominational holiday wishes, snowmen of the literal button-nosed variety and ... “I know it is here,” she says, digging to the bottom of the pile. Santa has a velvet rucksack. Carrie Kraft has black plastic trash bags. …

For and About Women’s Sections

Sunday, December 21, 2014

“For and About Women”: The very name of this daily and Sunday section that ran for decades in The Washington Post now draws patronizing smiles and, recently, worse. In appreciations of the late Ben Bradlee, justified praise for the snappy Style section he founded in 1969, which changed feature journalism throughout the newspaper …

Secret Talks Led To Cuba Deal

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — There was no hint in December 2013, when President Obama shook hands with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, that something bigger was afoot between the United States and its Cold War nemesis. Their encounter at a memorial service in Johannesburg for South African leader Nelson Mandela …

Populists Press Democrats on Wall Street

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — When populist Democrats such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren complain about the consequences of Wall Street influence on government policy, here’s what they mean: Since the March 2009 depths of the credit crisis, the KBW Bank stock index, which includes the nation’s largest financial companies, has gained …

Two NYPD Officers Shot, Killed

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New York — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death …

Many Hospices Fail to Send Visiting Nurse Prior to Death, Records Show

Saturday, December 20, 2014

When a hospice patient has chosen to die at home, as they typically do, the days immediately before death are typically the most difficult, and the time when families most need a visiting nurse. But many U.S. hospices regularly fail to send a nurse out to patients in …

First College Rating Details Emerge

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Obama administration on Friday is releasing the rough outlines of a much-anticipated college ratings system that may grade schools on such factors as graduation rates, loan repayments and post-graduation income. Many details remain to be decided over the next few months, with some wary colleges and universities …

Pakistan Executes 2 Militants

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Islamabad — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country’s first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan — part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban …

Parents Push For Plea Deal In Colo. Trial

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Denver — The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the …

Fate of Retailers’ Season Still in Doubt

Saturday, December 20, 2014

New York — Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season. Sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 …

Stalwarts Won’t Relent on Cuba

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Washington — Opponents of President Obama’s diplomatic opening toward Cuba began plotting for the long road ahead to block the administration’s new policy, focusing on areas where congressional consent is necessary. The most likely targets are funding for new diplomatic operations in Havana, as well as the requirement …

Obama Says Sony Wrong To Pull Film

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Washington — President Obama criticized Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday for retreating on a film that seemingly instigated a devastating cyberattack now blamed on the North Korean government. Amid escalating concerns over porous U.S. electronic security, the FBI said it had amassed evidence linking North Korea to the …