The enduring appeal of Pamela Smart, the misunderstood murderess

Pamela Smart sits for a portrait at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, N.Y. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Jesse Dittmar

Smart lives with the echoes of the truths and the myths of those long-ago days at a maximum-security women's prison in New York.

Students in 'MAGA' hats mock Native American after rally

In this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 image made from video provided by the Survival Media Agency, a teenager wearing a

A diocese in Kentucky is looking into videos that show youths, possibly from the diocese's all-male high school, mocking Native Americans at a rally in Washington

A scaled-down, but still angry, Women's March returns

Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Av. during the women's march in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Amid internal controversies and a capital city distracted by the government shutdown, the third annual Women's March returned to Washington

Fireball at illegal Mexico pipeline tap kills 66

Staff of Pemex, Petroleos Mexicanos, works the area of a oil pipeline explosion in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, Mexico, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up fuel spilling from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in central Mexico killed several people and badly burned others.  (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)

Forensic experts are attempting to separate and count charred heaps of corpses in central Mexico after a massive fireball erupted at an illegal pipeline tap, killing at least 66


Schism leads to dueling women's march events in NYC

FILE - This March 8, 2017, file photo shows civil rights leader and activist Linda Sarsour, far left, during the International Women's Day rally and sit-down protest outside Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle, in New York. Conflicts over control, inclusivity and alleged anti-Semitism mean that women protesting on the second anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington will have competing demonstrations Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in New York City. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Conflicts over control, inclusivity and alleged anti-Semitism mean that women protesting on the second anniversary of the Women's March on Washington have competing demonstrations on Saturday in New York City

Trump team weighs surprise tariff cut in hopes of securing China trade deal

The Trump administration is considering eliminating tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports to spur progress toward a trade deal.

Florida school shooting suspect due back in court

Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz enters the courtroom for a hearing at the Broward Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Cruz returned court this week for hearings on the Valentine's Day 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and on accusations he assaulted a corrections officer. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is due back in court for more motions from defense lawyers.

Watchdog: Thousands more children may have been separated

File-In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, teen migrants walk in line inside the Tornillo detention camp in Tornillo, Texas. Government investigators say many more migrant children may have been separated from their parents than the Trump administration has acknowledged.  (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)

Government investigators say thousands more migrant children may have been separated from their parents than previously reported

Federal workers caught in the middle apply for unemployment

In this Jan. 10, 2019, photo, Will Kohler, an IRS tax examiner, holds a protest sign as union members and other federal employees rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown outside the IRS site, in Covington, Ky. Kohler applied for unemployment after getting furloughed but said his application is in limbo because the Treasury Department office that needs to verify his claim is closed as a result of the shutdown. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Thousands of federal employees and their families are applying for unemployment and food stamps to get by as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history drags on

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

FILE - This Dec. 29, 1968 photo made available by NASA shows the large moon crater Goclenius, foreground, approximately 40 statute miles in diameter, and three clustered craters Magelhaens, Magelhaens A, and Colombo A, during the Apollo 8 mission. For the past 290 million years, giant rocks from space have been crashing into Earth more than twice as often as they did in the previous 700 million years, according to a new study published in the Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 edition of the journal Science. (NASA via AP, File)

A new study finds that we're still in a period when asteroids are crashing into Earth more than they used to

Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

FILE - In this Saturday Aug. 28, 2018 file photo, Earth starts to cast its shadow on the moon during a complete lunar eclipse seen from Jakarta, Indonesia. Starting Sunday evening, Jan. 20, 2019, all of North and South America will be able to see the only total lunar eclipse of 2019 from start to finish this weekend. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Moon, Earth and sun line up this weekend for the only total lunar eclipse this year and next

U.N. health chief orders probe into misconduct

FILE - In this Tuesday Aug. 14, 2018 file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on WHO Ebola operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has ordered an internal investigation into allegations the U.N. health agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption, after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top managers last year. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/keystone via AP, File)

AP Exclusive: The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal probe into allegations that the agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top managers

Judge acquits three Chicago police officers of Laquan McDonald cover-up

Ex-Officer Joseph Walsh, center, and  his attorney Todd Pugh, right, chat as they walk in the courthouse Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in Chicago. Former Detective David March, ex-Officer Joseph Walsh and Officer Thomas Gaffney, three Chicago police officers accused accused of trying to cover up the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014, were acquitted by a judge on Thursday.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Judge acquits 3 Chicago police officers of trying to cover up 2014 shooting of black teen

Negotiations resume as Los Angeles teachers picket in the rain

Negotiations resumed Thursday for the first time in a week to settle the teachers’ strike in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Trump says U.S. will develop space-based missile defense

President Donald Trump speaks about American missile defense doctrine, Thursday, Jan 17, 2019, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Moving to protect the U.S. from advanced missile threats from China and Russia, Trump is laying out plans for a new array of space-based systems

FBI: Man wanted to attack White House with antitank rocket

Authorities in Georgia have arrested a man accused of planning to attack the White House

Los Angeles teachers union hints at new talks during strike

Elementary students, from right, Sawyer Mack is joined by his sisters, Capri and Kaya in support of a teachers strike in front of Hamilton High School  in Los Angeles on Wed. Jan. 16, 2019. Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as tens of thousands of teachers planned to walk picket lines for a third day Wednesday, after being joined on strike for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

The head of the Los Angeles teachers union has hinted at contract talks resuming amid the third day of a strike in the nation's second-largest school district

Pentagon to unveil large-scale plan to track, shoot down missiles in space

The Trump administration is seeking to expand the scope and sophistication of American missile defenses on a scale not seen since President Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" initiative in a new strategy that President Donald Trump plans to roll out...



Murder, suicide, fire and a crazy Mallory locked up at home in early Mystic

Helen Mary Clarke entertains and informs with her charming memoir, "An Account of My Life,...


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