The El Faro had no history of engine failure, officials said, and the vessel was modernized in 1992 and 2006. Company records show it underwent its last annual Coast Guard inspection in March.Jason Dearen, Curt Anderson
The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison - the largest ever one-time release of federal prisoners - in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades.Sari Horwitz | Washington Post
The Justice Department and five states on Monday announced a $20 billion final settlement of environmental damage claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.Eric Tucker
The owner of a northern Kentucky reptile store is recovering after police officers pried off a 20-foot python that was crushing the man.Associated Press
Survival suits are designed to help seafarers float and stay warm. But even at a water temperature of 85 degrees, hypothermia can set in quickly, Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor said. Jason Dearen, Curt Anderson
 The two major fantasy sports companies on Monday were forced to release statements defending their businesses’ integrity after what amounted to allegations that employees were placing bets on information not generally available to the public.John Drape and Jacqueline Williams
Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for discovering that tiny particles called neutrinos change identities as they whiz through the universe, proving that they have mass.Associated Press
 Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is running a new ad that seizes on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's admission that the Benghazi committee can take credit for her diminished public standing.Matthew Daly
That sound you hear at 11 a.m. Tuesday -- those exultant cheers swiftly muffled by mouthfuls of English muffin, bacon, egg and cheese? They are the victory cries of thousands of McDonald's breakfast lovers, who for the first time in 43 years will (officially) be able to consume Egg McMuffins at whatever time of day they deem fit.Sarah Kaplan | The Washington Post
As she neared her final breath, people around her were contemplating ham n' cheese burgers and hotcakes.Yanan Wang | The Washington Post
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