The Washington Times plans to drop its Sunday edition, the newspaper announced on Monday. The conservative-leaning Washington Times, which was launched in 1982 by the Unification Church of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, said its last Sunday edition will be published on December 27. The financially troubled newspaper, which began laying off at least 40 percent of its 370 employees earlier this month, said in a statement that it would begin producing a “more focused Monday through Friday edition.” The Washington Times does not publish a Saturday edition. Along with deep staff cuts, the newspaper this month unveiled plans to be distributed for free to “targeted audiences in the branches of the federal government as well as at other key institutions.” Home or office delivery would be available at a “premium price,” it said, while single-copy sales at newspaper boxes and retailers would continue. The newspaper announced Monday, however, that its newsstand price would be raised to one dollar from the current 50 cents. The daily circulation of the Washington Times is around 67,000, compared with 582,844 for The Washington Post.