New York City is turning 5,000 old toilets into oyster beds


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Increasing humidity today
Hot, humid weather increases the chance of storms in the D.C. area, with humidity expected to stick around until the weekend.

New York City is turning 5,000 old toilets into oyster beds
Porcelain toilets recycled from New York City are becoming part of the new home for nearly 50,000 oysters in the city’s Jamaica Bay, in an attempt to re-establish New York Harbor’s oyster population and promote a healthier coastline.

In every state, pessimism about Trump, Clinton and the impact of the election
A new poll also indicates that the Obama coalition believes the country reflects its values more than other Americans.

I wondered if I was ‘Jewish enough.’ Then I tested positive for a Jewish genetic disease.
When I got pregnant, I got a surprise that made me reevaluate my lifelong relationship with my religion.

The long, steady decline of literary reading
An American Tragedy.

California may soon eliminate the statute of limitations for rape charges
Activists and lawyers urge the governor to make the change.

Stanford scientists are redefining cool clothes. Here’s how.
Profuse sweaters, rejoice.

A frugal librarian drove an old car, ate TV dinners — and left $4 million to his university
“He was a very unusual gentleman,” Robert Morin’s financial adviser, Edward Mullen, said of his client, who left his estate to the University of New Hampshire.

New evidence that summer programs can make a difference for poor children
District-run academic programs appear to help stave off “summer slide” — as long as kids show up.

Mural depicting Gov. Paul LePage in KKK regalia sparks paint fight in Maine’s biggest city
“I do not want it up there,” Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling said of the painting that depicted the controversial governor as a Klansman.

Trump: No visas for countries refusing to take back criminal undocumented immigrants
At a rally in Greenville, N.C., Sept. 6, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that countries refusing to take back undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes will lose access to the U.S. visa program.

Trump will ask generals to submit plan against ISIS
At a rally in Greenville, N.C., Sept. 6, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that as president he would give his top generals 30 days to present him with a plan to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group.

Trump on Clinton’s emails: She destroyed evidence
At a rally in Greenville, N.C., Sept. 6, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump blamed his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton for her email practices while she was secretary of state, adding that “people who have nothing to hide don’t smash phones with hammers.”

Gun violence surges in Chicago, where residents want to show ‘everything is not all bad’
How residents in the violence-stricken city are trying to reclaim their streets in the face of mounting bloodshed.

Why Fox’s apology to Gretchen Carlson is so stunning
It’s the first thing most plaintiffs making sexual harassment claims want — but the last thing most ever receive

Investigation interrupts Cigna’s sign-ups for private Medicare plans
A roundup of business news from around the world.

Clinton steps up attacks on Trump’s character, accusing him of concealing ‘scams’
The Democrat prodded the business mogul to explain his past donation to Florida’s attorney general.

Trump won’t talk about being a birther — or many other controversial comments
The GOP nominee tries to ignore old controversies as he focuses on the general election.

How scientists found Philae
A researcher at the European Space Agency explains how the Rosetta mission team found the Philae lander, which has been lost on a comet for nearly two years.

Retired generals endorsing Trump include one reprimanded for disclosing classified information
Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin’s is one of several officers who endorsed Trump, but have complicated pasts.

Clinton: Trump ‘clearly has something to hide’ in his tax returns
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attacked Republican nominee Donald Trump for not releasing his tax returns during a question-and-answer session on her campaign plane on Sept. 6.

One pharmaceutical company’s unusual solution to public fury over price hikes
Allergan is taking on pharma’s pricing problem — a ‘festering wound’

Obama’s Asia foreign policy in six stories
A determined pivot, but a tough and slow turnaround.

Here’s what you need to know about Trump’s improper gift
The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold breaks down the controversy over Donald Trump’s improper $25,000 donation to a political group connected to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was at the time considering whether to open a fraud investigation against Trump University.

Big jump in number of Maryland drivers who illegally pass school buses
School bus violations increased in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

This doctor breaks down language and cultural barriers to health care
A Cuban American physician is helping lead the future of research on minority health and health disparities.

Trump wants U.S., Russia to fight Islamic State together
At a campaign stop in Virginia Beach Sept. 6, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said it would be “awfully good” for the United States, Russia and other countries to fight against the Islamic State together.

Trump: If leaders didn’t greet me, I would ‘go back to Washington’
At a campaign event in Virginia Beach, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump mocked President Obama’s arrival at Hangzhou airport and spoke about what he would do as president if foreign officials didn’t greet him upon his arrival in their countries.

House oversight chair asks for new investigation of deleted Clinton emails
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) wants a probe into a tech company staffer’s actions.

The facts on how your credit report can factor into a job offer
Your history — not your score — could be considered

Clinton fields reporters’ questions on plane
After months of not engaging with the traveling press, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to and answered questions from members of the media at the back of her new campaign plane Sept. 5.

New book reveals Bill Clinton’s rogue diplomacy against the Iraq War
The effort came after Hillary Clinton’s vote authorizing George W. Bush’s use of force.

Where today’s jobs are most likely to vanish tomorrow
Why the unemployment rate may be a bad measure of economic anxiety this election.

Clinton calls Trump Foundation donation to Bondi ‘questionable’
Speaking to reporters aboard her plane Sept. 5, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she’s “taken aback” by revelations about Donald Trump’s foundation’s gift to a political group connected to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

ITT Technical Institutes shuts down after 50 years in operation
ITT Educational Services, one of the largest operators of for-profit technical schools, ended operations at all of its ITT Technical Institutes.

The surprising reason Lego wanted people to stop buying its toys
Why the company began pulling ads for its products as business was booming.

Dear Science: Why do we get allergies? What’s the point of a runny nose?
The evolution of allergic reactions is a little murky.

The Philae spacecraft was lost on a comet for two years. Now it’s been found.
“It is incredible we have captured this at the final hour,” Rosetta mission manager Patrick Martin said.

People thought this iconic Oregon rock formation fell on its own. Then a video emerged.
The “Duckbill” formation in Oregon’s Cape Kiwanda Natural Area has been destroyed. Authorities are investigating its demise as an act of vandalism.

Chronic fatigue syndrome may be a human version of ‘hibernation’
Researchers said it appears to be similar to the “dauer state” in nematode worms when faced with starvation, overcrowding or other toxic environments.

Zika may persist in eyes and play a role in spreading virus, study finds
Eye infection in mice raises the possibility that people could become infected with Zika through contact with tears from infected people.

No end in sight for troubled Guantanamo trials, once seen as a swift path to justice
Ten years after the 9/11 suspects were sent to Cuba, military commissions crawl forward.

These stunning new maps of Alaska could transform Arctic science
New high-resolution elevation data will allow for observation of melting glaciers, slumping permafrost, and much more.

Is Donald Trump still a ‘birther’?
Donald Trump spent a lot of time raising doubts over President Obama’s birth certificate in 2011 – but now he won’t clarify what he really believes.

‘Am I good enough?’ and other fears that paralyze college applicants
How they can look beyond their fears.

Brock Turner is now registered as a sex offender in Ohio after spending three months in jail
Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a Stanford University fraternity house. He must register as a sex offender for life.

The road to the White House
It’s a long road to the White House, so The Washington Post polled all 50 states to find out what each candidate needs to do to get there.

Behind the scenes of The Post’s 50-state poll
The Washington Post and Survey Monkey polled all 50 states about the 2016 presidential election. Here’s how it all came together.

The most surprising revelations from The Post’s 50-state poll
The Washington Post and Survey Monkey polled all 50 states. Here are the most surprising pieces of data we found.

A new 50-state poll shows exactly why Clinton holds the advantage over Trump
Midwest battlegrounds offer Trump hope; white college grads remain his biggest weakness.

Real-life Nessie: Ancient Scottish sea monster finally getting its due
The Storr Lochs Monster was first discovered in 1966, but scientists couldn’t study the fossil until now.

Gun violence surges in Chicago, where residents look to escape fear and show that ‘everything is not all bad’
How residents in the violence-stricken city are trying to reclaim their streets in the face of mounting bloodshed.

This software startup can tell your boss if you’re looking for a job
Is it Big Brother? Or does it offer companies and workers big benefits?

Larry Summers: The Fed thinks it can fight the next recession. It shouldn’t be so sure.
The Fed’s complacency about its current toolbox is unwarranted.

Gretchen Carlson said to settle lawsuit against Roger Ailes, Fox
The former Fox News host will receive $20 million and a public apology from Fox News parent 21st Century Fox, according to people close to her. Her suit claimed she was fired for refusing sexual advances from former Fox chairman Roger Ailes. This is a developing story. It will be updated.

Palestinian students in Gaza develop solar-powered car
The vehicle is significant because of the environment in which it was built.

‘I love being a teacher – and my greatest joy is the tough kids’
‘ I love being a teacher. And my greatest joy is the tough kids. Every year, that’s usually who I get.’

Mom: Why I don’t want my son to read in kindergarten
‘I want to protect my son’s childhood, and I want him to grow and learn at his own pace.’

To attract young people to your church, you’ve got to be warm. Not cool.
By interviewing 1,300 young churchgoers, we developed some strategies: Offer mentorship, rearrange the furniture and always supply food.

How I learned to ‘just be’ after my father’s suicide this year
It’s through this present-tense state of mind that I find my rhythm, my sense of calm, and my appreciation for all that is.

American schools have a chronic absentee problem
A new study reveals 13 percent of students miss at least three weeks of school.

Clinton tells story of her dad’s drapery printing business
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton described the process by which her father used to make drapery fabrics while discussing small businesses at a campaign event in Hampton, Ill. on Sept. 5.

Clinton: Trump ‘choked’ in Mexico
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Donald Trump “choked” during his Aug. 31 meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, at a rally in Hampton, Ill. on Sept. 5.

Trump, Clinton go to Cleveland in pursuit of the working-class voter
Same city, different pitches as the “mad dash” to Election Day begins.

Trump dismisses questions about improper gift to Florida attorney general
Donald Trump’s charity violated federal rules in 2013 with a $25,000 contribution to a group connected to Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was then considering whether to open a fraud investigation against Trump University.

Inside Bill Clinton’s nearly $18 million job as ‘honorary chancellor’ of a for-profit college
The ex-president’s contract showed how his charity work overlapped with the Clintons’ private and public lives.

Without conservative Supreme Court majority, voter-law challengers make gains
Two of their top targets, Texas and North Carolina, won’t be able to implement their strict ID laws in the fall.

Clinton jokes about Trump allergy during rally
During a coughing fit at a rally in Cleveland on Sept. 5, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton joked she was allergic to thinking about her Republican rival Donald Trump.

There’s new hope for blood cancers, and it comes from umbilical cords
Many people who would have died for lack of a blood-type match can now be saved.

Many kids are overdoing it when it comes to sports, and that’s dangerous
Injuries abound, and parents and coaches are often complicit.

The stunning geographic divide in American creativity
Where America’s most creative people live.

Intelligence community investigating covert Russian influence operations in the United States
Agencies are probing whether the Kremlin intends to sow public distrust in the November elections through a cyber- and disinformation campaign.

The Supreme Court is never going to look like America. Get used to it.
Sotomayor and Kagan reflect on how the justices are similar, and different.

A new school year begins with changes, innovations, new facilities
Districts across the Washington region expand to deal with growing student populations, aim to offer new programs geared toward preparation for college and careers.

Can Democrats ride an anti-Trump wave to retake the House and Senate?
Democrats are well-positioned to reclaim the Senate but face a tougher path in the House

Mike Pence emerges as Donald Trump’s evangelist, emissary and explainer
In private meetings, vice-presidential nominee tries to assuage worries about Trump.

S.C. officer who fatally shot unarmed teen a year ago will be fired
A roundup of news from around the country.

6 things we know heading into the final months of the presidential race
The trust factor, the likability factor, the demographic factor and more . . .

Beach businesses: Hermine ‘could have been a lot worse’
Business owners clean up the boardwalk after Tropical Storm Hermine passed through Ocean City, Md., over Labor Day Weekend.

Is this volunteer parent an enemy spy? A school district treats her like one.
A Virginia mother is told she can’t volunteer if she asks the staff too many questions.

Only a fraction of Oklahoma’s disposal wells shut down after quake
There are about 4,200 total wells across the state, and 37 will be shut down.

University of Missouri defends experiment that killed 6 beagles
Pet-adoption group denounces research on damaged corneas as ‘cruel’

‘A lot of our plaintiffs have died waiting to get out of the nursing home’
District did not follow federal mandate to integrate people into community, suit alleges

Six reactions to the FBI report on Clinton’s email investigation
Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence and his Democratic counterpart Tim Kaine reacted on political television shows that aired Sept. 4 to the FBI report on Hillary Clinton’s email investigation.

Jeh Johnson tells American Muslims, ‘Your story is the quintessential American story’
The homeland security secretary spoke at the Islamic Society of North America conference in Chicago.

World’s largest gorilla moved to ‘critically endangered’ status
An update of International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List contains bad news about great ape species.

Dabney Montgomery, Tuskegee Airman who safeguarded Martin Luther King Jr., dies at 93
Montgomery fought the Germans in World War II, then came home and fought Jim Crow laws with Martin Luther King Jr.

This Herndon publisher’s business plan doesn’t go by the book
Titles have revolved around the Redskins and the HokieBird mascots, as well as Clinton and Trump.

Washington-area appointments and promotions for Sept. 5, 2016
Here is a look at who is moving where in the area’s job market.

Washington-area bankruptcy filings for the week of Sept. 5, 2016
These firms recently filed with a U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s local court clerk’s office.

Georgetown joins Brown, U-Va. and others in looking anew at slavery
How schools are examining their connections to the nation’s painful history of human trafficking and bondage.

Experiences from both sides of the therapist’s couch: Not always pretty
Shrinks and the shrunk write about what they’ve learned.

Just because you’re being treated for depression doesn’t mean you have it
A study found that people who are actually depressed often don’t get treatment.

How dementia makes it harder to offer end-of-life comfort
Families worry that their loved ones are in pain but can’t communicate about it.

Inside the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since 9/11
Harrowing accounts of a sniper assault that killed 5 police officers in Dallas on July 7.

Loneliness can be depressing, but it may have helped humans survive
Genes may explain why some people feel less bad than others when they’re lonely.

Father was attempting to make his gun ‘safe’ before he shot his daughters, police say
Investigators say they think the shooting that left a 2-year-old dead was accidental.

How change came to Ferguson, Mo., and a community ‘willing to answer the call’
“The reason Ferguson happened the way it happened had a lot to do with people not being a part of the process,” said Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss, who was sworn in earlier this year.

In a bid to soften his image, Trump makes a brief visit to a black Detroit church
The event provided a jarring contrast to the GOP nominee’s hard-edged campaign.

Jacob Wetterling’s mother says remains found; officials mum
MINNEAPOLIS — The mother of a Minnesota boy missing since 1989 said Saturday that his remains have been found. Patty Wetterling said in a text message to KARE-TV that 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling “has…

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