• Scoreboard goes out, crowd silent, but Wiz top Nuggets 92-85

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) passes the ball over Denver Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson (1), bottom center, and Denver Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic, of Serbia, bottom right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The scoreboard wasn’t working at the outset, when there were thousands of empty seats and the fans that did show up were quiet as can be, so the arena announcer pierced the silence Thursday night, telling the small gathering by just how much the mediocre Washington Wizards were trailing the Denver Nuggets, basket after basket.

    Updated: 9:06 pm

  • Congress approves biomedical bill as leaders eye adjournment

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks to the media after the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. From left are, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., McConnell, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama bipartisan legislation Wednesday to beef up research on cancer and other diseases, battle drug abuse and speed government approvals of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

  • Trump DC hotel attracting foreign envoys and controversy

    In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump, left, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence acknowledge the crowd during the first stop of his post-election tour, in Cincinnati. The Heritage Foundation says Pence will deliver a speech Tuesday night, Dec. 6, 2016, to a conservative group at Trump’s new hotel in Washington, about areas of focus for the Trump administration in the first 200 days. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s new luxury hotel in Washington D.C. has been attracting foreign envoys, special interest groups — and a bit of controversy.

  • Johansson scores twice as Capitals beat Sabres 3-2 in OT

    Washington Capitals right wing Jay Beagle (83) celebrates his goal agains Buffalo Sabres Robin Lehner (40), of Sweden, and Buffalo Sabres right wing Erik Burgdoerfer (46) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trailing by a goal, the Washington Capitals spent their second intermission venting about their poor play. Marcus Johansson used the rest of the game to lead the comeback.

  • Standing ovation for Obama at his last Kennedy Center Honors

    Teresa Heinz Kerry, front row, from left, Kennedy Center Honorees Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, Martha Argerich, James Taylor, and Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter; rear row, from left, Secretary of State John Kerry, Kennedy Center Honorees Joe Walsh, Don Henley, and Timothy Schmit, and David Rubinstein are photographed following the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn’t reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama.

  • Sleek casino with Bob Dylan art opening outside Washington

    The MGM lion is seen in front of the 23-story hotel during a preview tour of the MGM National Harbor, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 in Oxon Hill, Md. The $1.4 billion National Harbor casino and resort, just outside the nation's capital, is scheduled to open this week. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Far from the Las Vegas Strip, MGM Resorts International opens its $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor casino and resort just outside the nation’s capital this week, advertising a gambling floor “bigger than the White House” and an art collection that includes a large welded collage by Bob Dylan.

  • Obamas celebrated at their last Kennedy Center Honors

    The 2016 Kennedy Center Honorees, front row, from left, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, Martha Argerich and James Taylor, back row, from left, Joe Walsh, Don Henley and Timothy Schmit are photographed at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn’t reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama.

  • NY tweaks medical pot law but still no talk of legalization

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is loosening restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law but, to the dismay of some pot advocates, there is no sign the state is in any hurry to join eight other states in embracing full legalization.

  • Players: Kerr’s marijuana admission could spark dialogue

    In this Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr reacts during the team's NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland, Calif. Kerr, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, acknowledged he tried marijuana twice in the past 18 months while dealing with debilitating back pain. Kerr told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Warriors Insider Podcast with Monte Poole on Friday, Dec. 2, that he used medicinal marijuana but it didn't help. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David West has undergone four surgeries in his long NBA career: left knee, right elbow and right foot twice to fix a couple of toes.

  • House passes $611 billion policy defense bill by wide margin

    In this Nov. 14, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington. The Reublican-led House is pushing ahead with a $611 billion defense policy bill that prohibits closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, forbids the Pentagon from trimming the number of military bases and awards U.S. troops their largest pay raise in six years. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly backed a $611 billion defense policy bill that rejects a number of President Barack Obama’s key proposals for managing the nation’s vast military enterprise.