Colo. marijuana law greeted with hope, caution

If the state is able to successfully legalize marijuana without causing a social backlash, the tourism, tax and other considerations are likely to compel several other states to quickly follow suit.

Birth-control rule a hitch
as health law takes effect

The start of some of the law’s most popular provisions is overshadowed by the latest twist in the religious controversy over the contraception mandate.

A penguin in Antarctica. (Paul Nicklen/National Geographic via Taschen)

3 volumes. 1,500 pages. 43 pounds. And a magnificent view of the planet.

A colossal collection of National Geographic images showcases 125 years of capturing the world and its people.

Built to detect secret nuclear tests, network yields surprising science

Built to detect secret nuclear tests, network yields surprising science

Its listening stations continuously eavesdrop on Earth itself, helping scientists track natural disasters.

In Hawaii Senate primary, Democrats divided on ethnic, generational lines

In Hawaii Senate primary, Democrats divided on ethnic, generational lines

The state’s Japanese American political machine battles a younger and whiter progressive wing.

Is New York’s de Blasio prompting
a repositioning by the Clintons?

Is New York’s de Blasio prompting <br>a repositioning by the Clintons?

THE TAKE | Bill Clinton, in remarks at inauguration, signals an embrace of the mayor’s progressive ideals.

Oil gets in the way of Brazil’s
once-thriving ethanol industry

Oil gets in the way of Brazil’s <br>once-thriving ethanol industry

It’s facing forces not foreseen five years ago, when Brazil was hailed as the Saudi Arabia of ethanol.

Editors’ Picks

Distinguished homes of 2013

PHOTOS | From decades-old castles to modern mansions, peek inside stunning D.C. area homes.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: FILE - This June 3, 2013 file photo shows chef Dominique Ansel making Cronuts,  a croissant-donut hybrid, at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. Ansel makes only 200 to 250 Cronuts every morning and has been selling out within an hour. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NO WIRES, NO SALES, NO TRADES WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 3:
An egg cream is served at Buffalo and Bergen inside Union Market in Washington, DC on April 3, 2013. 
(Photo by Teddy Wolff for the Express)

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02:  Actress Shailene Woodley attends the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on December 2, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo, actress Jennifer Lawrence attends a special screening of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at AMC Lincoln Square in New York. Lawrence edged out Miley Cyrus by one vote in The Associated Press’ annual survey of its newspaper and broadcast members and subscribers for Entertainer of the Year. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

What’s in, out for 2014

THE LIST | A new year is here — and that means our annual list of what’s hot and what’s so 2013.

Featured Photo Galleries

2014 comes in with a bang

A look at how cities around the world rang in the new year.

NFL power rankings

Mark Maske assesses the league’s top teams.

Animal views

Dolphins, a polar bear cub, horses, a painting sea lion and more.

Photos of the day

Viking torchlight procession, crude oil train explosion, El Salvador volcano and more.

The career of Michael Schumacher

The German Formula One driver has won seven world championships.

Conflict continues in the
Central African Republic

A confrontation between Christian and Muslim militias leads to deaths, injuries and the displacement of civilians.

Icebound off Antarctica

A Russian ship has been trapped since before Christmas in the far south.

News photos of the year

A collection of the most striking images from around the world in 2013.

Politics

Obama’s OFA begins effort to showcase personal health care testimonials

Obama’s OFA begins effort to showcase personal health care testimonials

A new Web site features people from across the nation telling their stories about getting health insurance.

More Opinions

The GOP’s Darwinism

The GOP’s Darwinism

COLUMN | The party becomes even more theological, unlike everyone else.

Lifestyle

Keep your chin up, even if you can’t do 3 of them

Keep your chin up, even if you can’t do 3 of them

Pull-ups may be difficult, but the gender issues they entail are really complicated, the Marines find.

Arts

Last Stand Quartet and an evening of Shakespeare

Last Stand Quartet and an evening of Shakespeare

Actor Andre Braugher’s readings of the Bard are spellbinding, but the music doesn’t always blend in.

Local

D.C. truck driver charged with murder after hitting man who robbed him

Police say the driver chased the robber down in his truck, struck him and dragged him down a sidewalk.

Sports

Strides being made, but plenty to go

Strides being made, but plenty to go

COLUMN | COLUMN | The Wizards have plenty of reason for optimism, but they’re a long way from a finished product.

Technology

Snapchat security breach affects 4.6M accounts

Snapchat security breach affects 4.6M accounts

THE SWITCH | A vulnerability Snapchat said it patched is still open to attacks.

Business

Small business owners ho-hum about the new year

Small business owners ho-hum about the new year

Heading into the new year, the mood on Main Street is tepid, with many still discouraged about economy.

Real Estate

Cash offer key to buyer bargain on high-end D.C. property

Cash offer key to buyer bargain on high-end D.C. property

Offering more cash was the secret in winnning the competition against a developer also seeking the home.

Federal Government

Federal workers’ raise kicks in Jan. 1

Federal workers’ raise kicks in Jan. 1

FEDERAL EYE | An executive order from President Obama provides for a 1 percent pay increase.

World

Former Pakistan ruler refuses to appear in court

Former Pakistan ruler refuses to appear in court

Pakistan's ex-ruler refused to appear in court on treason charges, saying his life was at risk.

Discussions

All your Shanahan questions and gripes

All your Shanahan questions and gripes

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | Tom Boswell on Shanahan’s departure, Snyder’s future and whether the Redskins can bounce back.

Diversions