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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 …

Ebola Vaccine Has Potential

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The World Health Organization announced Friday that an Ebola vaccine has shown great promise in halting the spread of the deadly virus during a clinical trial in Guinea. “We believe that the world is on the verge of an efficacious Ebola vaccine,” Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director general …

U.S. Bombs Al-Qaida Group in Syria

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Kilis, Turkey — The U.S.-led coalition launched airstrikes against al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate Friday after the jihadists acknowledged the abduction of members of an American-backed rebel group. The clashes came as Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida-linked group, claimed the Thursday capture of Nadim al-Hassan, commander of the rebel group known …

Defendant in South Carolina Church Massacre Pleads Not Guilty

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Charleston, s.c. — The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he couldn’t advise his client to do so until prosecutors say whether they’ll seek …

Islamic State Is No Weaker Than Before

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Washington — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. U.S. military commanders on the ground aren’t disputing the …

Zimbabwe Seeks Lion ‘Poacher’

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Harare, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already …

Former University Cop Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Motorist

Friday, July 31, 2015

A white former university police officer pleaded not guilty Thursday to murdering black motorist Samuel DuBose, whose shooting death after a traffic stop was captured on video and became the latest killing by law enforcement to fuel protests demanding policing reforms. Raymond Tensing, 25, entered the packed Cincinnati …

Subtypes of Prostate Cancer Identified

Friday, July 31, 2015

Through genomic profiling of 259 men with prostate cancer, scientists have identified five groups of prostate cancer with distinct DNA signatures. The discovery represents a major advance, as researchers can now begin trying to tailor therapies to those subtypes. The approach has worked well in breast cancer and …

Man Stabs 6 People at Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade

Friday, July 31, 2015

Jerusalem — Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the holy city’s annual gay pride parade were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday night, as an anti-gay extremist lunged into a group leading the …

U.S. Troops Will Have More Arms

Friday, July 31, 2015

Washington — Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will allow more U.S. troops to be armed while stateside and called for other security measures to be put in place following the attack in Chattanooga, Tenn., that killed five service members. The decision was outlined in a two-page memo released at …

U.S. Economy Sees Small Spring Rebound

Friday, July 31, 2015

Washington — The U.S. economy isn’t moving at warp speed, but it looks like it will be strong enough to handle an expected interest rate increase later this year. Fueled by solid consumer spending, Thursday’s report on the gross domestic product underscored the steady growth that is likely …