Trump struggles to turn 2016 fling into durable bid

The driving force of the billionaire Republican’s campaign remains his mercurial and unpredictable personality, even as he enters a new phase in which questions about his temperament and scrutiny of his positions will mount.

A new oil dispute threatens to further divide Iraq

The Kurdish region has started selling oil independently rather than transferring it to Baghdad, increasing tensions as the country tries to turn back the Islamic State.

A miner walks in MTC's emerald mine in Muzo. (Dania Maxwell for The Post)

Inside a U.S. company’s dangerous quest for emeralds in Colombia

Since taking over the world’s largest emerald mine, a former diplomat’s company has faced violent attacks and threats from rivals and the region’s poorest residents.

Facing an eroding image, Clinton campaign goes on offense against GOP

Facing an eroding image, Clinton campaign goes on offense against GOP

The Democratic front-runner is taking some risks and is landing some punches against GOP rivals.

Hall of Fame player and ‘Monday Night Football’ broadcaster dies at 84

Hall of Fame player and ‘Monday Night Football’ broadcaster dies at  84

An eight-time Pro Bowler, Gifford played both offense and defense for the New York Giants.

How a chemist unwittingly helped spawn the synthetic drug industry

How a chemist unwittingly helped spawn the synthetic drug industry

John W. Huffman is arguably the most prolific inventor of outlawed synthetic cannabinoids.

What Nagasaki looked like before and after the bomb in 2 horrifying images

What Nagasaki looked like before and after the bomb in 2 horrifying images

The images were printed in 1946 inside a U.S. government report.

After a parent screamed at her, this first-grade teacher called the police

After a parent screamed at her, this first-grade teacher called the police

COLUMN | Rather than take unfair criticism from supervisors, she took matters into her own hands.

Tips on how to travel light without sacrificing comfort and style

Tips on how to travel light without sacrificing comfort and style

Pack it all in — without overstuffing or suffering.

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Unarmed black men seven times more likely to die by police gunfire

So far this year, 24 unarmed black men have been shot and killed by police — one every nine days.

From left to right: The exterior of a storage unit in LeDroit Park and the renovated interior.

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Transforming a storage unit into a chic apartment

Local

Marijuana law creates confusion but finds growing acceptance in District

Marijuana law creates confusion but finds growing acceptance in District

The illegal market is as robust as ever — perhaps more so with residents curious about marijuana.

Sports

Michael Jordan: ‘No question’ he could beat LeBron James one-one-one in his prime

Michael Jordan: ‘No question’ he could beat LeBron James one-one-one in his prime

The NBA legend also commented on drafting Kwame Brown and had plenty else to say at a Q&A session for summer campers.

Technology

Verizon is changing the way it sells cellphones; no two-year contracts

Verizon is changing the way it sells cellphones; no two-year contracts

THE SWITCH | The carrier will sell devices separately from data plans and offer only four types of plans.

Business

You only get one shot at retirement: plan accordingly

You only get one shot at retirement: plan accordingly

COLUMN | A few things come up repeatedly when you ask retirees what they would do differently. Some of the regrets may surprise you.

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