Islamic State
waterboarded
Foley, others

At least four hostages held by the militants, including the U.S. journalist who was executed, were allegedly waterboarded early in their captivity.

Obama on the Islamic State: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’

He’s asked the Pentagon for options as he recruits partner countries to help respond to the militants in Iraq and Syria.

An image of what NATO says are Russian units inside Ukraine. (DigitalGlobe)

Putin calls on pro-Russian separatists to release trapped Ukrainian soldiers

Ukrainian military says Putin’s call for “humanitarian corridor” is further evidence that separatists are controlled by the Kremlin.

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Stories from all over

Ukraine says these are captured Russian paratroopers. (AFP)

Ukraine says these are captured Russian paratroopers. (AFP)

The chilling indifference of Russia to its soldiers in Ukraine

What does Russia tell the mothers of soldiers killed in Ukraine? As little as possible.

Landrieu claims parents’ La. home as her own, raising residency questions

Landrieu claims parents’ La. home as her own, raising residency questions

Opponents of the Louisiana
senator say she primarily lives in
a $2.5 million brick home in D.C.

‘I just don’t think a kid has any business with a weapon like that’

‘I just don’t think a kid has any business with a weapon like that’

An accidental Uzi death at the hands of a 9-year-old renews debate on how young is too young for firearms.

‘The audacity of taupe’: A nation distracted by the president’s tan suit

‘The audacity of taupe’: A nation distracted by the president’s tan suit

THE FIX | While Obama talked about Ukraine and the Islamic State, Twitter freaked out about his attire.

McDONNELL TRIAL 

Closing arguments set to begin as McDonnells’ trial nears its endgame

Closing arguments set to begin as McDonnells’ trial nears its endgame

The judge’s instructions to jurors, including the definition of an “official” act, could shape deliberations.

Local

Military pilot was fatally injured
in F-15 crash in Va. mountains

Military pilot was fatally injured <br>in F-15 crash in Va. mountains

The pilot, who was with the Mass. National Guard, was on his way to a base in the New Orleans area.

Sports

Nationals face strong arms on West Coast trip

Nationals face strong arms on West Coast trip

Mariners and Dodgers, led by Felix Hernanez and Clayton Kershaw, are among the best teams in baseball.

Lifestyle

Joan Rivers hospitalized after throat surgery scare

Joan Rivers hospitalized after throat surgery scare

The 81-year-old comedian was undergoing a procedure at a clinic when she stopped breathing and was taken to the hospital.

Arts

Elmore Leonard muscles his way into Library of America series

Elmore Leonard muscles his way into Library of America series

The master of the American crime novel will have his work collected in three volumes.

Business

Bad news: Wages are down for pretty much everyone

Bad news: Wages are down for pretty much everyone

Most workers saw pay decline over the past year. And the only workers breaking even since before recession are those with college degrees.

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