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.

Uber hires David Plouffe for a prominent political fight

WONKBLOG | The controversial online transportation firm learned it needs firepower to conquer the markets.

A man protests the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson last night. (Getty)

In Ferguson protests, ‘a turning point’

Police arrest 47 people in late-night clashes, but Capt. Ronald Johnson said a city torn by riots was beginning to heal.

Morning Mix

Stories from all over

Orphaned baby elephants in Nairobi National Park. (Getty)

Orphaned baby elephants in Nairobi National Park. (Getty)

The end of the African elephant

A scientist predicts it could happen in this century.

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.

Common Core support has eroded across the U.S., a new poll shows

Common Core support has eroded across the U.S., a new poll shows

A wide-ranging Gallup survey also shows trust in the nation’s public school system has evaporated.

Local

Congressmen ask Va. GOP to postpone party battles, but the answer is no

Congressmen ask Va. GOP to postpone party battles, but the answer is no

The rebuff from state Republican leaders is a fresh sign of discord within the organization.

Sports

On fire and in first place: Nats extend winning streak to season-high 8 games

On fire and in first place: Nats extend winning streak to season-high 8 games<br>

Relentless offense, and Stephen Strasburg’s strong outing, lead the team to stomp the Diamondbacks.

Lifestyle

The case for eating crickets

The case for eating crickets

INNOVATIONS | Here’s why you should stop being grossed out and embrace a sustainable, nutritious food.

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

Nice try, this is no Tesla

Nice try, this is no Tesla

INNOVATIONS | I drove the new Mercedes-Benz electric car. They have a long ways to go to catch the king.

Federal Government

In the Loop: SeaWorld and Disney

In the Loop: SeaWorld and Disney

Despite financial woes, SeaWorld is still awash in political activity

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