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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 …

U.S. May Revamp Hostage Procedure

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Washington — The White House is considering revamping its overseas hostage-rescue program after CIA drone strikes that mistakenly killed an American and an Italian held captive by terrorists in Pakistan, the latest incident to reveal gaps in U.S. counterterrorism efforts. A key proposal would create an interagency task …

3 More Sentenced in Florida Hazing

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Orlando, Fla. — The convictions Friday of three former Florida A&M University band members in the 2011 hazing death of a fellow percussionist represent the end of the state’s prosecution against all the students involved in the case. …

NASA Gathers Scientists to Help Find ET

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The search for life beyond our solar system is about to get a boost of brain power. Last week NASA convened the first meeting of a team of scientists who will work collectively to determine the best way to look for life around other stars. The new group …

Richard Corliss, 71, Was Longtime ‘Time’ Film Critic

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — Richard Corliss, the longtime film critic for Time magazine, has died after suffering a major stroke last week, the magazine said Friday. He was 71. “He conveyed nothing so much as the sheer joy of watching movies — and writing about them,” Time theater critic …

‘Norton Anthology’ Editor, Scholar M.H. Abrams Dies at 102

Sunday, April 26, 2015

M.H. Abrams, a literary scholar who revived interest in the Romantic poets with a landmark study in the 1950s and who edited the Norton Anthology of English Literature, which has been required reading for millions of students for the past half-century, died April 21 at a retirement community …

Aid Arrives; Aftershocks Shake Nepal

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Kathmandu, Nepal — Tens of thousands of Nepalese who spent the night under a chilly sky were jolted awake by strong aftershocks Sunday, and rescuers aided by international teams cleared rubble in search of survivors after a powerful …

‘Adaline’ Is a Love Story for the Ages

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hollywood long ago ceded “love that stands the test of time” to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, so The Age of Adaline falls neatly into a genre that includes The Time Traveler’s Wife, About Time, and …

‘While We’re Young’ Wittily Examines the Anxieties of Aging

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Noah Baumbach delivers a precise, amusing and deeply felt missive from the most anxious depths of mid-adulthood in While We’re Young, a comedy of manners in which the manners themselves are maddeningly in flux. Ben Stiller and Naomi …

Iraqi Boy’s Dream of Becoming Dancer Defied Threats, Borders

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Amman, Jordan — As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD. For over a decade, he pursued his passion despite daunting challenges and …

Shonda Rhimes Speaks Out on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Shocker

Saturday, April 25, 2015

This article contains details about Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. If you haven’t seen the episode, read on at your own peril. Grey’s Anatomy fans were shocked when Thursday’s episode of the long-running medical drama ended with the …