Israel, Hamas agree to 12-hour pause in fighting

Large Palestinian protests against Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip spread across the West Bank, as U.S.-led talks to secure a lasting truce sputtered.

Russia and Ukraine trade
charges of border shelling

The situation is growing increasingly volatile, with more than 15,000 troops said to be massed on the Russian side.

Men are detained during an anti-gang raid in El Salvador in March. (AP)

Gang member deportations in ’90s may have contributed to border crisis

Critics of proposals to deport the new crop of youths from Central America warn that the U.S. risks making the same mistake twice.

Killer of 3 Marines tried as a juvenile
in Afghanistan, prompting outrage

Killer of 3 Marines tried as a juvenile <br>in Afghanistan, prompting outrage

The family of one of the slain servicemen alleges they were “misled” about the proceedings.

How spy agencies keep surveillance ‘toys’ from law enforcement

How spy agencies keep surveillance ‘toys’ from law enforcement

The most sophisticated technology — the tools and sometimes even their existence — is often classified.

Texas man close to exoneration didn’t realize DNA testing was happening

Texas man close to exoneration didn’t realize DNA testing was happening

Usually those who have their name cleared spend time making their cases. Not so for Michael Phillips.

Rand Paul lays out his ‘third way’ plans to attract minorities to the GOP

Rand Paul lays out his ‘third way’ plans to attract minorities to the GOP

In a speech to the National Urban League, he highlighted racial disparity in criminal justice.

Stephen A. Smith apologizes after domestic abuse remarks create stir

Stephen A. Smith apologizes after domestic abuse remarks create stir

ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle was among those critical of how he discussed Ray Rice’s suspension.

Picks of the Week 

They want a baby.
The economy is making them wait.

They want a baby.<br>The economy is making them wait.

U.S. birth rates are near a historic low. This is one couple’s lesson in the new economics of child-rearing.

Redemption? In Iowa, Rick Perry moves beyond the ‘oops.’

Redemption? In Iowa, Rick Perry moves beyond the ‘oops.’

The immigration crisis has given him the chance to stare down Obama — and win back voters.

I blamed my wife for our messy home. I was wrong for many reasons.

I blamed my wife for our messy home. I was wrong for many reasons.

ON PARENTING | He thought a dirty house was a sign of a lazy mom. Then he realized it was their mess.

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Jealousy is one of humanity's most baffling emotions. (Bigstock)

Dogs want your attention. All of it.

TO YOUR HEALTH | A new study suggests that dogs can feel jealousy, marking an important shift in the way scientists study the emotion.

Politics

4 senators worry about NSA surveillance of Americans

4 senators worry about NSA surveillance of Americans

The senators tell intelligence chief their concerns about NSA collection of Americans’ e-mails, phone calls.

Lifestyle

Would-be ambassadors, families are living in limbo

Would-be ambassadors, families are living in limbo

Fourth grade in Falls Church or Albania? It depends on if the Senate acts before its August recess.

Arts

‘Never happy’ Woody Allen talks ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

‘Never happy’ Woody Allen talks ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

His comment on satisfaction is about his work; at home, life is tranquil, filled with the comforting sounds of family.

Real Estate

House of the Week | Off-beat NW DC home for $1.25M

House of the Week | Off-beat NW DC home for $1.25M

Jeff Speck-designed flatiron house has all the right angles.

Sports

Choice of bats is highly personal

Choice of bats is highly personal

Ash, maple or birch — Nationals have their preferences, but science suggests there is no difference.

Business

Shark Tank investor: Don’t make this pitch mistake

Shark Tank investor: Don’t make this pitch mistake

“It makes me want to leave the room,” says real estate mogul and shark investor Barbara Corcoran.

Federal Government

An offer the White House can’t refuse?

An offer the White House can’t refuse?

FEDERAL EYE | Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) gives a top Obama political adviser an alternative to testifying before Congress.

Discussions

Going Out Guide: D.C.’s just as fun when you’re flying solo

Going Out Guide: D.C.’s just as fun when you’re flying solo

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | The Going Out Guide shared ideas for what to do in D.C.

Diversions