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Brian Friel, playwright who wrote about his native Ireland, dies at 86

Mr. Friel explored Irish identity in his plays, including the Tony-winning “Dancing at Lughnasa.”

Rain, floods, wind hit Washington area, but the worst was in the South

Up to 10 inches in five days filled local rivers, as tide and waves battered beaches.

In a year of outsider politics, Gillespie faces GOP skeptics

The Republican insider will have to win over the grass roots — again — as he runs for Virginia governor.

Teachers union PAC endorses Clinton for 2016 Democratic nomination

NEA, nation’s largest labor union, gives nod to Clinton, but dissent grows win the rank-and-file

Denis Healey, prominent British political figure, dies at 98

As British Treasury chief in the 1970s, Mr. Healey had to seek a loan to keep the British economy afloat.

Ken Denlinger, longtime Washington Post sports columnist, dies at 73

Mr. Denlinger investigated college recruiting scandals in his columns and books and once stood up to Vince Lombardi.

Confusing Ohio test results are latest effort to unravel Common Core’s promise

Advocates hoped to be able to compare student performance across state lines, but that’s still hard to do.

Saying hello — and goodbye — to a little bit of England in Foggy Bottom

What was up with those British phone booths on the GWU campus? Answer Man answers the call.

Ken Cuccinelli leaves the door open for another run for Virginia governor

The former attorney general said he has not ruled out making another bid in 2017.

One dead, two others wounded after shooting on H Street NE

Police said a fight on the busy commercial street ended with gunfire.

Man and woman found dead outside Walmart on rainy night

The sheriff’s office is investigating the deaths of the two people, who were found next to dumpster at a store.

D.C. area forecast: Today's rain focuses early, but staying gloomy and damp through much of the weekend

A majority of the rain for this stretch is behind us. Clouds, showers, drizzle, and wind just aren't in a hurry to depart.

Man shot by Prince William officers identified and charged

Jonathan Alexander Diaz-Chavez faces an assault charge related to a crowbar incident, authorities said.

No. 16 Howard tops No. 20 Oakland Mills in a battle of unbeaten teams

FOOTBALL | Malik Anderson completes a seven-play, 80-yard drive with a six-yard rushing touchdown to lift the Lions.

Charles Peeler makes the big plays for H.D. Woodson in a 35-0 win at Dunbar

FOOTBALL | Peeler’s two first-quarter touchdown catches send the Warriors on their way to victory.

Duncan, a close Obama friend, to leave Education Dept. with mixed legacy

Arne Duncan dramatically expanded federal role in education, compelled changes in nation’s public schools.

The Oregon community college victims

Students younger and older, plus one teacher, are remembered for their passions and ambitions.

Scooter rider dies days after collision with car in Capitol Heights

Prince George’s County police said the scooter rider, Robert Peryear Jackson, died Thursday.

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