Islamic State claims to behead U.S. journalist

A video purported to show the death of James Foley in retaliation for strikes in Iraq. A second prisoner, also said to be American, was threatened in the video.

For governor, a political
crisis in Ferguson unrest

The attention on Jay Nixon comes weeks after he stoked rumors that he wants to be considered for the 2016 national ticket.

Coco Murray plays piano at her home in Chevy Chase. (Yue Wu/Post)

After losing their mom and sister in a storm, how five girls learned to heal

Before her death from a falling tree branch in a summer storm five years ago, Kelly Murray set up a camp to help girls become self-reliant. Now, her lessons are shaping her own girls’ lives.

    A separation at the border, and a frantic search for a 10-year-old girl

    A separation at the border, and a frantic search for a 10-year-old girl

    A Honduran family fleeing to the U.S. didn’t foresee the risk of their child being lost in the chaos.

    McDONNELL TRIAL 

    Sister-in-law: Former Va. first lady could be ‘sweet’ or ‘deceptive’

    Sister-in-law: Former Va. first lady could be ‘sweet’ or ‘deceptive’

    Robert McDonnell’s sister made the case that the couple’s marriage was more strained than their finances.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is booked on felony charges, then goes for ice cream

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is booked on felony charges, then goes for ice cream

    He was accused last week of abusing his office and trying to coerce an elected official to resign.

    Barrier-breaker Hashim Khan, who won 7 world squash titles in ’50s, dies

    Barrier-breaker Hashim Khan, who won 7  world squash titles in ’50s, dies

    Kahn, whose record stood for a generation, learned to play squash barefoot in what is now Pakistan.

    My husband became a woman, but
    I’m still straight. It hasn’t been easy.

    My husband became a woman, but <br>I’m still straight. It hasn’t been easy.

    POSTEVERYTHING | Since David became Deborah full time, his wife says she’s now in love with  her.

    Local

    IRS seizes records of Park Southern and its owner

    IRS seizes records of Park Southern and its owner

    The probe comes after intense scrutiny of Park Southern’s subpar conditions and troubled finances.

    Sports

    Nats win one the easy way,
    stomping Diamondbacks 8-1

    Nats win one the easy way, <br>stomping Diamondbacks 8-1

    Relentless offense — and Stephen Strasburg’s strong outing — gave the team its 8th straight win.

    Lifestyle

    Look out!: Learning to drive in D.C., where number of crashes is rising

    Look out!: Learning to drive in D.C., where number of crashes is rising

    For Malia Obama and other teenagers of the District, this rite of passage is a little bit scarier.

    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.

    Business

    Meet the ordinary people who want to influence monetary policy

    Meet the ordinary people who want to influence monetary policy

    WONKBLOG | Community groups take their message to the elite economics conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., this week.

    Diversions