U.S.-Israel ties help and hinder cease-fire efforts

Gazans question whether Americans can be an honest broker for peace in light of the military support, plus billions in aid, that the United States provides.

Air Algerie plane with 116 people vanishes from radar

The MD-83 traveling from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital was missing for hours before the news was made public.

Joseph R. Wood III, left; man protests outside the prison. (AP)

Arizona execution lasts nearly 2 hours

Witnesses said Joseph R. Wood III gasped more than 600 times before dying by lethal injection. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” his lawyer said.

Morning Mix

Stories from all over

Babar Suleman and son Haris. (AP)

Babar Suleman and son Haris. (AP)

Father and son round-the-world flight ends tragically in Pacific

Teenager was trying to set record when plane crashed off American Samoa.

GOP hopefuls aim for kinder,
gentler approach ahead of 2016

GOP hopefuls aim for kinder, <br>gentler approach ahead of 2016

Potential candidates are taking a more connected approach with the economic anxieties of poor.

Why Michele Bachmann should
run for president — in 2 charts

Why Michele Bachmann should <br>run for president  — in 2 charts

SHE THE PEOPLE | The Minnesota congresswoman joins a list of people contemplating a 2016 bid.

Politics

Do 10,000 baby boomers retire daily?

Do 10,000 baby boomers retire daily?

FACT CHECKER | Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says 10,000 baby boomers retire every day. It turns out his math is accurate.

Lifestyle

For White House interviews, it’s never one-on-one

<b>For White House interviews, it’s never one-on-one</b>

A press staffer almost always attends when reporters sit down with administration officials.

Arts

Tapman needs a sidekick: A sound designer

Tapman needs a sidekick: A sound designer

Capital Fringe’s “The Adventures of Tapman” has great dancing, but the production values keep it from flying.

Real Estate

Ask the Builder | Here are the tools and supplies you’ll need in a natural disaster

Ask the Builder | Here are the tools and supplies you’ll need in a natural disaster

These items can help you secure your home in the event that first responders are delayed in reaching you.

Sports

Gruden starts training camp set to put stamp on Redskins

Gruden starts training camp set to put stamp on Redskins

New coach will blend elements from elsewhere, but is ready to make his mark with Robert Griffin III, team.

Federal Government

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

FEDERAL EYE | IRS officials filed court statements about the agency’s efforts to recover Lerner’s files. Find out what they said.

Discussions

Ask Boswell: The Nats have good players, but no superstars

Ask Boswell: The Nats have good players, but no superstars

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | Tom Boswell took questions on D.C. and local sports.

Diversions