Ukrainian port city fears it’s next in rebels’ sights

As the West grows increasingly alarmed by what it considers Russia’s brazen push into Ukraine, soldiers in Mariupol fortified trenches to try to defend the city from pro-Russian rebels.

Obama sets his own pace in a world whirling with crises

The president’s deliberative approach to foreign policy draws fire as problems erupt in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and Gaza.

A checkpoint to screen travelers for Ebola symptoms. (Pete Muller/Prime)

As Ebola spreads from remote African villages to teeming cities, fear swells

In Freetown, Sierra Leone, where 1.2 million people jostle for space, the streets hum with low-level panic and peddlers have switched from selling umbrellas to selling surgical gloves.

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    In Virginia, thousands of day cares operate without government oversight

    In Virginia, thousands of day cares operate without government oversight

    Out of 60 Va. day-care deaths since 2004, the majority were in settings that do not require a state license.

    Before the Brown shooting, at least 6 Ferguson officers named in lawsuits

    Before the Brown shooting, at least 6 Ferguson officers named in lawsuits

    All of the civil rights suits allege excessive force — some of them before officers came to Ferguson.

    A river of cash, and much of it legal

    A river of cash, and much of it legal

    The McDonnells received huge sums in legal gifts, thanks to loose campaign-giving laws in Virginia.

    Rams release Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL

    Rams release Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL

    Sam failed to make the Rams’ roster, but he probably will find another spot soon in pro football.

    Ocean City neighborhood wants tourists — just not on its street

    Ocean City neighborhood wants tourists — just not on its street

    One rental property on Teal Drive has led to consideration of banning rental homes in all of Ocean City.

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    The town where you must own a gun

    The town where you must own a gun

    It’s the culture — and the law — in Nucla, Colo., where the nearest stop light is two hours away.

    Does the number of premarital partners affect marriage quality?

    Does the number of premarital partners affect marriage quality?

    COLUMN | How to interpret a report on women, happiness and sexual partners before marriage.

    The college majors most and least
    likely to lead to underemployment

    The college majors most and least <br>likely to lead to underemployment

    WONKBLOG | Engineering and physics majors report success; English majors, not so much.

    VIENNA, VA - AUGUST 21:Tim Donaldson and Anna Whiston-Donaldson, whose son Jack died when he was swept away by a flash flood three years ago, stroll down the street August 21, 2014 in Vienna, VA.   She wrote a memoir titled 'Rare bird' detailing her ordeal.(Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

    (Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

    She let her son play in the rain.
    He never came back.

    After Anna Whiston-Donaldson’s son died, she wrote a memoir about her slow emergence from grief.

    Politics

    The five most disastrous campaigns of 2014 -- so far

    The five most disastrous campaigns of 2014 -- so far

    There’s bad. Then there’s these guys.

    Local

    Suspicious fires at hotel force guests out of bed

    Suspicious fires at hotel force guests out of bed

    Many spent the night wrapped in blankets in the hallways and lobbies of the Marriott Wardman Park hotel.

    Sports

    No time for United to let up

    No time for United to let up

    D.C., paying its fifth match in 15 days, could use a win at home vs. New York before a tough stretch of road games.

    Lifestyle

    The ultimate wedding status symbol: POTUS in the house

    The ultimate wedding status symbol: POTUS in the house

    Forget designer dresses or fancy favors -- having the commander in chief at your nuptials is a wedding win. Why the Obamas are hard-to-score guests.

    Arts

    Four stars for a 6-year-old theater critic

    Four stars for a 6-year-old theater critic

    Iain Armitage goes to plays with his parents, who then turn the camera on him for his reaction.

    Business

    Fares are up, but that’s not stopping Labor Day vacationers from flying

    Fares are up, but that’s not stopping Labor Day vacationers from flying

    AAA attributed the strong demand for Labor Day travel to consumers’ willingness to take on debt.

    Federal Government

    Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal workers

    Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal workers

    FEDERAL EYE | The move signals Obama’s intent to give the workers a pay bump while keeping the rates from automatically rising higher.

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