Israel hits power plant, targets Hamas chief

Israel hit Gaza with heavy fire after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuffed calls for a truce and told his nation to prepare for a long fight.

The one thing Israelis seem to agree on: Kerry failed

WORLDVIEWS | The secretary of state has been lambasted by Israeli media for his apparent failure to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

Spec. Andrew Kline helps Lt. John Eife with a radio while on patrol. (Post)

One last chance to tip the scales of war

U.S. paratroopers drop into contested areas to examine how Afghan troops are faring in the battle against the Taliban.

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Mob in Gujranwala. (AFP)

Mob in Gujranwala. (AFP)

How a 'blasphemous' Facebook post led to murder of Pakistani family

A murderous mob in Pakistan trapped members of a minority in burning buildings where they died.

China investigates one of its most powerful leaders in last decade

China investigates one of its most powerful leaders in last decade

Rumors have swirled around Zhou Yongkang, sending tremors through China’s political circles.

U.S.: Russia violated 1987 treaty by testing ground-launched missiles

U.S.: Russia violated 1987 treaty by testing ground-launched missiles

The pact on intermediate-range missiles was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Teen with bomb hidden in turban
kills cousin of Afghan president

Teen with bomb hidden in turban <br>kills cousin of Afghan president

The teen embraced Hashmat Khalil Karzai as part of holiday greetings before detonating explosives.

A third of consumers with credit files had debts in collections last year

A third of consumers with credit files had debts in collections last year

WONKBLOG | About 77 million Americans struggle with delinquent debt, according to a new report.

Politics

Bill revamping VA expected to pass easily, negotiators say

Bill revamping VA expected to pass easily, negotiators say

Top negotiator says House-Senate compromise to fix veterans’ health-care “must go beyond politics.”

Lifestyle

One good thing may have come out of last year’s shutdown misery: Babies

One good thing may have come out of last year’s shutdown misery: Babies

In D.C.-area maternity wards, some suspect a baby boomlet has to do with government furloughs.

Arts

Ronstadt, Rehm receive arts and humanities medals

Ronstadt, Rehm receive arts and humanities medals

The National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal were awarded Monday at the White House.

Real Estate

Searching for a pet free rental -- it’s a jungle out there

Searching for a pet free rental -- it’s a jungle out there

Check with management companies on their policies and consider renting a single-family house.

Sports

Gritty Murphy is angling for a role with Redskins

Gritty Murphy is angling for a role with Redskins

Drafted to complement star rushers, the Stanford grad who can rope a steer is standing out at training camp.

Technology

The FTC is expanding the war on bogus cell phone charges

The FTC is expanding the war on bogus cell phone charges

Up to 20 million people a year are affected by “mobile cramming,” according to a federal study. Now the FTC is laying out what wireless carriers should do to stop it.

Business

At Market Basket, the saga continues

At Market Basket, the saga continues

ON LEADERSHIP | ON LEADERSHIP | The grocery chain’s customers are getting more involved in a corporate standoff.

Federal Government

The VA bill would make firings easier. Is that a good thing?

FEDERAL EYE | Opponents say the proposal would roll back civil-service protections and discourage talented professionals from joining the VA.

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