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“The Residence” dishes tales of maids and butlers who served the first families in their private quarters. Illustrates BOOKS-WHITEHOUSE (category e), by Krissah Thompson © 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Monday, April 6, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Courtesy of Kate Andersen Brower.)

White House Staff Discuss Roles in Book

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Washington — Many of the men and women who have worked in the White House residence — serving presidents and their families in their private quarters — are breaking with a long-held tradition of silence: They are dishing about life behind the scenes at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For her forthcoming book, The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, Kate Andersen Brower managed to elicit stories from domestic staff who witnessed up close the loneliness of President Richard Nixon as he faced impeachment, the weariness of Hillary Clinton as her husband’s sex scandal exploded, and other surprisingly intimate moments involving the first families. …

Riding Aside Instead of Astride

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Leesburg, Va. — The first riders appeared in the distance just before noon, dark silhouettes galloping along the crest of a hill in the bright April sunshine. It wasn’t until they closed in on the final jump that spectators at the finish line could see it — the way the riders sat high …

6 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Credit Repair Efforts

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Although the financial climate is improving and unemployment rates continue to drop, many consumers are struggling. Last year alone, U.S. courts reported nearly 1 million cases of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings. How does a financial hardship like bankruptcy affect your long-term credit health? For one, the damage can remain on your credit report for seven to 10 years. If your …

How to Keep Your Dishwasher Running

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dishwashers are prone to breaking down and even conking out if not maintained correctly. Here are four ways appliance technicians say you can prevent premature dishwasher repairs. Don’t Overload Do you ever end up with too many dishes …

Consumer Confidential: Federal Data-Breach Bill Would Replace Dozens of Stronger State Laws

Sunday, April 26, 2015

It’s called the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015, and, if passed into law, it would be the first federal rule requiring businesses to let consumers know that their personal information may be in the hands of hackers. Sounds good, right? It’s not. Dozens of states, …

Money Talk: A Small Fee Can Have a Large Impact Over Time

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Question: What can I do to stop my broker from deducting trading fees from my Roth IRA contributions, which I make monthly? Let’s say I invest $420 each month, but the broker takes $7, or $84 a year. Shouldn’t this be payable from a separate source so that …

How London Man May Have Helped Trigger ‘Flash Crash’

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — He operated from a modest suburban London home he shared with his parents, far from the city’s glamorous financial center. He used off-the-shelf software anyone can buy. Yet, if U.S. authorities are correct, Navinder Singh …

Oil, Gas, Power, Prices

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Houston — In the year since the energy industry last gathered in for its big annual confab in Houston, prices for oil and natural gas took a dive that few, if anyone, saw coming. A chastened parade of …

Tech Earnings Push Nasdaq to Record

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — Stocks advanced slightly Friday as investors cheered the quarterly results of three large technology companies: Google, Microsoft and Amazon. The modest gains helped close out a relatively strong week for U.S. stocks, with the three major indexes rising between 1.4 and 3.2 percent in five …

Thousands Honor Soldiers on 100th Year of Gallipoli Battle

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Gallipoli, Turkey — For the first time at age 95, Bill Grayden has come to Gallipoli, where his father stormed the beach and took a bullet through his lung during the ill-fated British-led World War I invasion. Grayden …

Cable Consolidation Efforts Will Go On

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — Even though Comcast’s $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable is dead, consolidation among the companies that pipe in our TV, phone and Internet will carry on. Combining the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. …

Thousands Rally in Baltimore

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Baltimore — Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday to demand answers in the case of Freddie Gray, the largest rally since the 25-year-old black man died in police custody. Signs in hand, with slogans such as …

Documents: Ex-A.G. Misled on NSA

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Washington — Alberto Gonzales, a U.S. attorney general in the George W. Bush administration, misled Congress by downplaying a dispute the White House and the Justice Department over the legality of the National Security Agency’s warrantless spying program, according to previously classified documents. The documents — released Saturday …