U.S. launched secret raid to rescue Foley

Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to free the photojournalist and other Americans being held in Syria.

Ebola crisis offers glimpse into Christian relief groups

Drastic measures by two organizations highlight governments’ reliance on them, and they haven’t escaped controversy.

McDONNELL TRIAL 

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell leaves court Wednesday. (AP)

McDonnell takes the stand, says
his wife was a ‘tense’ first lady

The former Virginia governor said she yelled at him the day after he was elected. As he laid groundwork for his defense, attorneys said he will fully pull back the curtain on his marriage Thursday.

Morning Mix

Stories from all over

Diana Nadell faces murder charges. (AP)

Diana Nadell faces murder charges. (AP)

Alleged murder-for-hire to get a mother-in-law's cash

A woman is accused of putting a out a hit on family.

A peaceful night in Ferguson after
a visit from the Attorney General

A peaceful night in Ferguson after <br>a visit from the Attorney General

Police radios and city streets were largely quiet overnight after Eric Holder Jr. visits the riot-torn town.

Men accused of sex assaults at colleges lash out, call discipline systems unfair

Some blame federal pressure — led by the White House — to stamp out sexual violence on campuses.

Gas pumps are prime targets for credit card fraud, so Visa is fighting back

Gas pumps are prime targets for credit card fraud, so Visa is fighting back

WONKBLOG | New software can detect whether it’s you or someone pretending to be you fueling up.

How wrong must you be in D.C. to lose your job? For pollsters, it’s a high bar.

How wrong must you be in D.C. to lose your job? For pollsters, it’s a high bar.

Even disastrously off-base calls
(a predicted Eric Cantor win, for example) don’t put them out of work.

Politics

‘Vacation’ is a relative term for Obama and Cameron

‘Vacation’ is a relative term for Obama and Cameron

Foley execution interrupts leaders’ getaways, sending Cameron home while Obama takes podium in Mass.

Local

Metro pays nearly $5M to settle whistleblower suit

Metro pays nearly $5M to settle whistleblower suit<br>

An ex-employee alleged that it awarded a contract to a Va. firm without seeking competitive bids.

Sports

Rendon’s turn to be a hero

Rendon’s turn to be a hero

Pinch-hit single in the ninth lifts Nationals to 3-2 victory over Arizona, extending win streak to nine and lead over Atlanta to seven.

Lifestyle

The exclusive, nerdy trivia community slowly spreading across the Web

The exclusive, nerdy trivia community slowly spreading across the Web

It takes quiz games to a new level
of obsession and competition.
(Try a few questions for yourself!)

Arts

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Viewed from atop the Washington Monument in October, artist’s rows of dirt will look like a person’s face.

Federal Government

Hashtag #It’s the intern’s fault

Hashtag #It’s the intern’s fault

IN THE LOOP | When it comes to public officials’ social media faux pas, it’s usually the interns who take the fall.

Diversions