U.S. to train Syrians only in defensive role

Officials do not believe the units will be able to seize towns from the Islamic State without the help of U.S. combat troops, which President Obama has ruled out.

USAID watchdog said to alter reports to shield agency

Auditors and employees have complained about negative findings being stricken from agency audits.

Four Blackwater guards convicted in Iraq deaths

The U.S. contractors killed 14 unarmed Iraqis in Baghdad in 2007, one of the most ignominious chapters of the war.

Canada gunman classified
as a ‘high-risk traveler’

An Ottawa officer runs with his weapon drawn outside Parliament. (AP)

The shooter killed a soldier and opened fire inside the Parliament building, shocking a country that rarely sees gun violence.

Testimony of some witnesses said to back officer in Ferguson shooting

Testimony of some witnesses said to back officer in Ferguson shooting

Michael Brown and Darren Wilson fought for the officer’s gun, interviews and the autopsy indicate.

Another man jumps White House fence, is captured on North Lawn

Another man jumps White House fence, is captured on North Lawn

Officials said the man, identified as Dominic Adesanya, 23, was caught after being bitten by a guard dog.

Fliers from Ebola-hit countries will be on a 21-day watch upon arrival in U.S.

Fliers from Ebola-hit countries will be on a 21-day watch upon arrival in U.S.

State and local authorities will track airline passengers’ daily temperatures and any symptoms.

In Mass. gubernatorial race, Coakley tries to redeem her reputation

In Mass. gubernatorial race, Coakley tries to redeem her reputation

But despite learning from her botched 2010 Senate run, Martha Coakley is tied with two weeks left.

Politics

Campaigner Obama: Help or hindrance for Democrats?

Campaigner Obama: Help or hindrance for Democrats?

President Obama has raised a lot of campaign cash for Democrats, but can he help them on the trail?

Local

Charter school substitute teacher accused of having sex with student

Charter school substitute teacher accused of having sex with student

D.C. police say the encounter occurred at Options Public Charter School, behind the teacher’s desk.

Sports

Gruden: Griffin improving, but McCoy remains starter

Gruden: Griffin improving, but McCoy remains starter

Barring some miracle, Washington will go with Colt McCoy against Dallas as star QB recovers from ankle injury

Lifestyle

Ben Bradlee: The paragon of Style

Ben Bradlee: The paragon of Style

Watergate may be his lasting legacy, but Ben Bradlee’s sense of Style brought a new sensibility to features.

Arts

‘Us’: A fractured family’s trip into parenthood’s regrets

‘Us’: A fractured family’s trip into parenthood’s regrets

Author David Nicholls paints a picture of a summer holiday sprinkled with as much humor as tragedy.

Business

Microsoft CEO’s faith in the system pays off

Microsoft CEO’s faith in the system pays off

ON LEADERSHIP | Two weeks after Satya Nadella’s gaffe over women and raises, Microsoft discloses the chief executive’s $84 million pay package.

Federal Government

Paid leave tops senator’s list of ‘silly, unnecessary’ government expenses

Paid leave tops senator’s list of ‘silly, unnecessary’ government expenses

FEDERAL EYE | Frequent use of putting federal employees on paid leave to discipline those accused of breaking the rules has assumed the top spot in a new survey of “wasteful” government practices.

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