WASHINGTON—One of the first victims of the government shutdown: the dress code. Capitol Hill—usually a staid, formal workplace where members of Congress refer to one another as “gentleman” or “gentlelady” in debates and where the use of “Mr.” and “Ms.” never went out of style—has seen an outbreak of casual attire since government funding lapsed in the early hours of Saturday morning.

January 21, 2018 21:56 UTC

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. The first manned survey of the rusting RMS Titanic in 13 years will depart in June from St. John's, N.L. OceanGate provides manned submersibles for industry, research and exploration but has built a novel sub specifically for the Titanic dives. The Cyclops 2 is expected to reach St. John's in May, and anticipation is already building. Rush said there are plans for presentations at Memorial University of Newfoundland, a public show and tell and maybe even some "shallow dunks" in the St. John's harbour.

January 21, 2018 21:56 UTC

Thousands of people gathered Sunday in Las Vegas for a “power to the polls” rally held on the first anniversary of a wave of marches organized by women across the U.S. The Las Vegas rally capped a weekend packed with more than 250 events nationwide that aimed to carry on the momentum from last year’s marches held in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles and other major cities. National...

January 21, 2018 21:45 UTC

Several of his acquaintances were similarly beset by combustion, based on the numerous insurance claims they filed for ruined vehicles, houses, apartments and trailers. Two other participants in the scheme are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty, court records show, and the case against one person was dismissed. “A classic scheme,” said Frank Scafidi, spokesman for the insurance crime bureau, which was not involved in the investigation. On May 11, 2016, six months after the purchase, fire consumed the mobile home, and Taylor filed a claim with Foremost Insurance Group. “On or about September 20, 2016,” the indictment says, “Foremost issued a letter to VERDON TAYLOR denying his claim.”

January 21, 2018 21:45 UTC

Apple chief executive Tim Cook. (Andrew Burton/For The Washington Post)Anyone remember Ping — Apple’s “music-oriented social network,” the hot new thing back in 2010? Apple seems to have ceded the social media landscape to Facebook since then. Even Tim Cook, who became Apple’s chief executive in the middle of its ill-fated Ping experiment, in 2011, has apparently turned against the technology. Every student got an iPad, and Cook told them that learning to code is more important than speaking a second language.

January 21, 2018 21:33 UTC

PHILADELPHIA — What in the name of Cristiano Ronaldo would prompt Kyle Martino to run for the unpaid position of president of the U.S. Soccer Federation? Kyle Martino, a former U.S. national team midfielder, is among eight candidates seeking to become USSF president. “Youth soccer is the hardest to galvanize and connect. He also wants to bring joy back into the youth game: “We’ve professionalized youth soccer,” he said. Martino is proposing hiring a technical director to oversee the national teams.

January 21, 2018 21:32 UTC

The Statue of Liberty is seen from Liberty State Park in New Jersey on January 21. Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty ImagesNew York state will pay to reopen the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, both of which have been closed due to the government shutdown, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday. “The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom and opportunity for all, and it is a gross injustice that this (Trump) administration would shut it down,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a statement. “When they try to deport immigrants, when they close down the Statue of Liberty, they are attacking who we are.”The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

January 21, 2018 21:22 UTC

Robyn Tomlin, managing editor of the Dallas Morning News, has been chosen by McClatchy to become the first regional editor for the Carolinas. Given the precipitous decline of the newspaper business in recent years, she knows this new role will be far from easy. “The area itself is growing like crazy, and it’s an area that really needs and deserves strong local coverage,” she said. Many years later, after considerable achievement in the news business — including several stints as executive editor — Tomlin found herself living in New York City, serving as top editor of Digital First’s Thunderdome newsroom. And, Wilson said, she is a “brilliant digital media strategist.”She’ll need all of her admirable qualities working at full capacity.

January 21, 2018 21:11 UTC

Richard Cordray asked Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen for $217 million in October—his last such request as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Last week Mr. Cordray’s acting successor, Mick Mulvaney, made his first quarterly funding request: “$0.” What a difference a few months make. Established in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis according to now-Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s vision, the CFPB ran wild under Mr. Cordray’s leadership—issuing reams of punishing regulations and conducting endless fishing...

January 21, 2018 20:48 UTC

For 40 years, the debate over “affirmative action” in college admissions has seemed to play on loop. Each side airs the same arguments over and over, with the same passion. Yet there is ample evidence that what actually works to move disadvantaged students up the socioeconomic ladder is the colorblind admissions system in California’s public universities. The affirmative-action debate ignited with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1978 decision in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke. The justices ruled that explicit quotas—setting...

January 21, 2018 20:37 UTC

?”That’s the question I’m hearing from an optimistic portion of the Walking Dead community. After all, The Walking Dead did the same thing with Glenn’s dumpster death, right? (I would hope that The Walking Dead learned its lesson about fake-outs after fans tore them apart for that move). Chandler Riggs has not been seen on set since shooting began. Despite filming one last episode, with the amount of spoiler-hounds around The Walking Dead we would have heard something about his return by now if that was happening.

January 21, 2018 20:26 UTC

JOHANNESBURG—After years of surviving controversy, South Africa’s scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma is nearing his endgame. Since his ex-wife and preferred candidate lost a December vote to become the new leader of the ruling African National Congress, the 75-year-old Mr. Zuma, South Africa’s president since 2009, has been under pressure from his own party to cede power.

January 21, 2018 20:26 UTC

Clockwise from top left: The crowd at Women’s March in Los Angeles, Viola Davis, Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman. One out of every five women will be sexually assaulted and raped before she reaches the age of 18. [Viola Davis is next in line to Meryl Streep’s Hollywood throne]Natalie Portman speaks as Eva Longoria, left, and Constance Wu applaud. [Natalie Portman calls out ‘all-male’ Golden Globe directing nominees while presenting award]Scarlett Johansson speaks as Mila Kunis holds the microphone. At Harvard, Natalie Portman acknowledges what many of us feel: Impostor syndrome

January 21, 2018 20:26 UTC

Rachel Baxa was tending to her infant daughter, Georgia, when "the horrific phrase said by President Trump ran through my mind," the Idahoan said. It was the morning after Donald Trump was elected president. "I was staring down at what would become her womanhood someday," Baxa said. So on Sunday, Baxa and her daughter joined forces at the women's march in Boise, Idaho. She's one of many parents who brought their children to this weekend's rallies supporting women's right and protesting harassment.

January 21, 2018 20:26 UTC

Perez's message was reiterated by every speaker at the rally, which began at 10 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m. PT. We have a responsibility as women to register and vote on behalf of candidates who promote these issues. "I'm so heartened by seeing all these folks coming out here today to support women and women's rights and to register to vote, of course," he told CNN. Volunteers were stationed everywhere, holding clipboards with "register to vote with me" sprawled on the back. A few in attendance didn't need the reminder to vote, but were happy to continue to back the Women's March agenda.

January 21, 2018 19:58 UTC