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Peru President Refuses Calls to Quit Over Alleged Odebrecht Ties

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has rebuffed calls to resign over alleged ties to companies that received payments from disgraced Brazilian builder Odebrecht SA. Speaking on state television late Thursday night, Kuczynski said claims by opposition lawmakers that he received payments from Odebrecht while he was a government minister were false. He promised to allow investigators to examine his bank accounts. “I’m an honest man and have been all my life. I’m prepared to defend the truth before the Car Wash committee and the Attorney General’s office,’’ Kuczynski said, a reference to the congressional committee investigating the so-called Car Wash bribery case. “I’m not going to abdicate my honor, my values or my responsibilities as president.’’ Earlier, lawmakers from the Popular Fo...

For weeks, the Redskins have regressed. If they can’t stop it, jobs will be lost.

It is unfair to look at the past two disastrous games and make the sweeping conclusion that the Washington Redskins suddenly decided to quit and humiliate themselves. Scrutinize them in context, and their recent woes are not so simple. The problem is the fair point of view looks almost as ugly. Rather than random disinterest or defiance indicating a loss of belief in Coach Jay Gruden, this two-week competitive hiatus is the depressing culmination of at least five weeks of regression. The main issue is that the team is out of tricks to mask its injury attrition. It was bound to happen; blame is futile. But the severity of the decline could have been mitigated, and if the embarrassment does not stop in the final three games, jobs will be lost. The fact that jobs already are in question speak...

Metro audit shows Red Line defect similar to the one that caused deadly 2009 collision

Metro officials said Thursday that this week’s Red Line disruptions and coming weekend shutdown stem from defects in the line’s signal system similar to the one that caused the fatal 2009 train collision near Fort Totten. A recent audit and emergency testing in the past week found deteriorating insulation on the electrical cables used as part of Metro’s signal system — the network of electrical circuits that communicate the location of trains on the tracks — causing the cables to leak electricity in the area between the Brookland and Takoma stations. Such leaking could lead to “bobbing circuits,” when the electrical current indicating a train’s presence on the track flickers on and off. Usually it’s a nuisance more than a safety issue, but a rare type of bobbing circuit can cause a train t...

PM Update: Cold tonight as winds wane; snow showers a risk Friday, with light accumulation possible

A man reaches for his gloves as a cold front brings chilly temperatures to the Washington area on Dec. 13. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) [Snow showers possible Friday afternoon, which could cause some slick spots] 10:50 p.m. update This evening’s models have come in a bit snowier for Friday afternoon in the D.C. area and it now seems an increasing likelihood that some areas will receive a dusting to an inch or so, especially along and east/northeast of Interstate 95. Temperatures will fall and remain below freezing in snow, so some slick spots are possible Friday afternoon, especially on untreated roads. Keep this in mind for commutes. This may be a situation in which you want to wait out any snow, as it will end by 4 or 5 p.m., rather than get in the thick of it. Or best yet, avoid ...

The new D.C.: Outside an REI that sells tents, desperate people are living in them

There’s an American flag out front and a stylish gray doormat at the door. A hotel doorknob tag tells visitors “Please Do Not Disturb” in five languages. The neighbors have barbecues and bikes parked outside. Next door, a front entrance is flanked by smiling scarecrow decorations. The side yard has an array of high chairs, baby seats and toys. There is a sign explaining all the kid gear: “Hungry and tired/need help getting kids out of the system/trying to get full custody . . . I really miss my kids,” Father of 7. The “home” is an Ozark Trail tent that has been pitched on a stretch of M Street in Northeast Washington, just over a mile from the U.S. Capitol. It sits a few steps away from a glittering new REI, an upscale retail chain that sells all kinds of outdoor gear, including tents. The...

Tell me how Trump’s North Korea gambit ends

People watch a television showing pictures of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul in November. (AFP/Getty Images) The hard-working staff here at Spoiler Alerts does not live inside the Beltway. That can be a very good thing, as it prevents insider gossip color my read of trends within American foreign policy. Occasionally, however, it means I am slower on the draw to shifts that matter. Take North Korea. My position for most of this year has been that for all the Trump administration’s bluster on the DPRK, the lack of any decent military option rendered much of the war talk to be overblown wishcasting. As I wrote in September: “The current status quo is not great. Changing the status quo is not likely to make the situation any better and very l...

The FCC repealed net neutrality — here’s what that means for you

Click to expand Replay Video SETTINGS OFF UP NEXT Video by Reuters In a move that could fundamentally reshape the internet — and spur a new wave of legal wrangling — the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal its net-neutrality rules. Here’s what you need to know about net neutrality, the proposal, and what’s likely to happen next: What’s net neutrality? Net neutrality is the principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally. Under net-neutrality protections, internet service providers are barred from blocking, slowing, or providing preferred treatment to particular sites and services. The rules are designed to keep the internet open to all comers and give everyone a fair shot. Without net-neutrality protections, ISPs co...

Australia Gripped by Decades of Sexual Abuse of Children, Panel Finds

SYDNEY, Australia — A royal commission investigating the sexual abuse of children in Australia found Friday that the nation was gripped by an epidemic dating back decades, with tens of thousands of children sexually abused in schools, religious organizations and other institutions. The commission, the highest form of investigation in Australia, urged the government to consider and respond to its conclusions and 189 recommendations, among them the establishment of a new National Office for Child Safety and the adoption of laws to address the failure to protect children. “Tens of thousands of children have been sexually abused in many Australian institutions,” the commission’s report said. “We will never know the true number. Whatever the number, it is a national tragedy, perpetrated over ge...

Trump, Putin speak by phone

© JORGE SILVA/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump spoke Thursday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who earlier in the day praised progress made by the Trump administration but chastised its approach to North Korea. The Kremlin said the two men discussed US-Russia ties and increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula. The men last spoke by phone in mid-November. That followed a brief in-person handshake on the sidelines of a Pacific leaders summit in Vietnam. Trump’s relationship with the Russian leader is complicated by ongoing investigations into his campaign’s ties to Moscow. US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia, at Putin’s direction, attempted to meddle in last year’s presidential election with the goal of helping Trump. Putin has ada...

These States Are Most Likely to Have a White Christmas

© (Getty Images/Cultura RF) Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Some of you dreaming of a white Christmas might just see your wish come true. Historical trends show most of Idaho, Minnesota, Maine, upstate New York, the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada Mountains have a high probability of experiencing snow, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Aspen, Colorado, is also one of about a dozen places throughout the country with a 100 percent historical probability of seeing a white Christmas. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its “Historical Probability of a White Christmas” map to illustrate the climatological probability of at least 1 inch of snow being on the ground ...